Friday, May 21, 2010

Francophile Friday: Keep the Carousel Warm

ink & watercolour illustration, 4.5" x 6.25" [12 x 16cm]

Tuesday's talk of a relaxed train trip inspired me to have a little blog breather ~ yes, that one I promised a while ago and conveniently forgot about.  I'll be posting on Fridays only for a bit ~ a change is as good as a holiday, some wise drunk ~ err, soul once said.  Paris seems the ideal spot to keep you in suspended animation for the coming week.  And how better than a beautiful carousel ~ it takes you nowhere in a leisurely fashion and there's a lot to look at along the way.  You'll also find a generous supply of fairy floss {cotton candy} and macarons upstairs to sustain you.   And on that sweet note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

24 comments:

  1. No gloves or pearls required for this mode of transport!

    Such a sweet miniature pony. And life is sometimes like a carousel (not caramel as in a box of chocolates): taking one "nowhere in a leisurely fashion." But you are right. If one is lucky "there's a lot to look at along the way."

    Taking a breather is a good idea. I can't imagine the hours invested in each one of your posts. It sure is appreciated though. Now excuse me while I grab some barbe à papa and a couple of VMs to go! Happy Francophile Friday to you too, dear Shell.

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  2. Go take a break,ShSh. Rest & relax and enjoy life for a while: walk the dog, feed the dog, pet your dog, etc. Sea you next Friday.

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  3. Lovely! I can almost hear the music....
    Have a relaxing break :)

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  4. Oh, I'm glad you're finally taking your break, Shell, though we'll miss you.

    If it's okay, I'll just keep riding that merry-go-round and eat macarons until you come back.

    Happy weekend a have a fun mini-break!

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  5. Enjoy your vacances, Shell! You've given us something sweet to look at while you're gone.

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  6. I'm more than happy to take turns on riding this magical carousel and the fantabulous train that goes "Meep!" until you get back. Happy weekend! :)

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  7. Thanks so much, everyone!

    Cali ~ I didn't know the French for fairy floss. Even though I love the name fairy floss, I think barbe à papa is even lovelier!

    Cafe ~ perhaps I'd better bring home a dog as a starting point. ;)

    Ms M ~ one thing's for sure, it is not Smoke on the Water.

    PCN ~ there's a bucket of fried chicken as well, just to stabilise your blood sugar levels.

    Petrea ~ not as sweet as all of you!

    C@FVF ~ they are right up your alley, aren't they! Happy weekend to you, too.

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  8. Nice view to keep us waiting till you're back !
    Nice, pleasant and well deserved break !!

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  9. Oh lovely! We'll spin about with blithe dignity till you get back. Take it easy! It's nice to stop the Internet once in a while, isn't it? Press a button and pouf, it's gone, and there you still are with your lovely tactile paper and paints.

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  10. Yes, we can always flip through the portfolio for a Shell fix. Enjoy.

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  11. Oh I'll keep my bum right here on this pony and I think I see my sweet Davis in that airplane right behind me! :) Joyeux vacances dear Shell.
    xx
    V

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  12. Will be thinking of you resting and relaxing (I hope), keeping a saddle warm for you on one of your pretty painted ponies, saving you a purple macaron, and looking forward all the more to next Friday, my dear!

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  13. Marylène ~ thank you ~ enjoy!!

    Mise ~ that's what I'm hoping for. :)

    Hiker ~ yes, and the archives have become rather plump, too.

    Thanks, Virginia ~ have fun with Davis and Eva!!

    Alexa ~ I'm counting on that!

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  14. Beautiful art work !!LOved the post !!

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  15. Have fun resting sweetheart; I'll just be turning, turning on my pretty pony, waiting for your return.

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  16. A cafe on top of a carousel, now that idea is just gold! You have picked a beautiful place to leave us waiting, I would gladly ride this carousel around and around.

    Enjoy your break m'dear!

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  17. Happy weekend to you, Unseen Rajasthan!

    Thanks, dear MmeB ~ thanks, dear MmeB ~ thanks, dear MmeB ~

    Amy ~ if they can't squeeze in a cafe, perhaps an espresso machine at the very least!

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  18. Hi Shell,
    I LOVE your illustrations! So glad you stopped by, I'll definitely be checking in on you for inspiration!

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  19. This reminds me of a photo I took this weekend. What a wonderfully nostalgic illustation. :)

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  20. Hi, the paris apartment! Thank you ~ it's lovely to meet you, and I'm enjoying visiting you, too!

    Debs ~ somewhere in Sydney? Lovely! Was there fairy floss?

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  21. Shell I'm just back from my mini-break, and it's definitely a good thing to step away from the computer. It's fun catching up though, and I especially like this peaceful pony! Have a happy relaxing week and I'll be looking forward to Fridays now even more for my dose of your drawings!

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  22. Katie ~ lovely to have you back, and yes, good to check in on the outside world a bit more often. :)

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  23. Think of the childhood! very nice...

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  24. Thanks, Sarah ~ glad to bring back young memories.

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Merci, grazie, thank you for joining our conversation lounge. Your smile lights up the room. Even more beautifully than our crystal chandelier. x

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