It's a Draw! And It's a Draw!


ink & watercolour weensy meep miniature, 2.5 x 3.5" [6.5 x 9cm ] ACQUIRE A MEEP
It might surprise you that I follow the Australian Football League {AFL} ardently {and ardently follow none of the others ~ life’s about balance, after all}.  Whether my team makes it to the Grand Final or not {this year, it was Not}, I love the festivities and wouldn’t dream of missing the telecast.  Frankly, I felt last Saturday’s pre-match Grand Final celebrations were of the Less is More philosophy ~ prudent for a job interview, but I prefer some judicious excess with my Grand Final countdown.  Nonetheless, the match itself more than compensated by turning into a nail-biting thriller and ending in an exhausting draw.  And in honour of tradition, rather than having extra time or a Golden Point, everyone comes back this Saturday to do it all again.  For several days, I was cross about it, petulantly demanding rule changes of my TV while stomping my foot childishly.  Now, I’m starting to see some benefits.  Another Grand Final.  Double the fun {though half again of the pre-match entertainment}.  I just hope it’s another close match so that kitty and I can be on the edge of our seat.

But on to bigger celebrations: tomorrow is my 2nd blogoversary.  Hooray!  I still pinch myself over the friendships I’ve made with dear blogpals.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your laughter, loyalty and kindness. 

{Update 7th October: Entries are now closed, thank you.}  Being a birthday of sorts, there are gifts and we'll have a draw of our very own.  But this one definitely will result in winners at the designated time. Every commenter on this post receives an entry in the draw, and entries close midday next Thursday 7th October {Brisbane time, convert here}.  Winners will be announced in the post on Friday 8th October.  The first randomly drawn entry wins the original ink & watercolour of today’s Meep Miniature, and two more names will be drawn to win a notecard mini-print of your favourite Shell Sherree illustration.  Bonne chance, merci, grazie!

Friday Fleurish: Book Your Posy


ink & watercolour weensy meep miniature, 3.5" x 2.5" [9 x 6.5cm ] ACQUIRE A MEEP
It's been rainy and overcast for most of this week, so the garden is feeling very chirpy, even if the washing on the line begs to differ.  I caught a towel trying to throw itself back into the top loader this morning.  I gave it my blessings, with a healthy sprinkling of lavender oil for good measure.

It's been ages ~ ages! ~ since we had a Friday Fleurish, so with the weather bureau's welcome expectations of a fine spring weekend, here's a sweet fragrant posy in a vintage cut crystal glass for you to place on your windowsill, or on a carefully nonchalant stack of books such as this.  If the mercury and birds are starting to head south in your neck of the woods, I hope these blooms bring you some cheer.  {To save you searching, the kitty is snoozing on a small buttoned footstool under the table...}  And on that note...

Happy Friday Fleurish to you!

{Inspiration thanks to September 2010 Country Style, Australian edition.}

Bicycle Built for Two


ink & watercolour weensy meep miniature, 2.5" x 3.5" [6.5 x 9cm ] ACQUIRE A MEEP

This is the closest I've come to a bicycle in a long time.  Maybe I'll acquire one for decorative purposes.  I'd consider riding it down to the local shops just for the pleasure of filling the basket with an armful of fresh tulips and a crusty baguette, but the last time a bicycle and I became closely acquainted, it was not a happy affair.  And I don't fancy helmet hair.  Better to lean it suggestively against the house and enjoy the daydream.  You're most welcome to take it for a spin if you're so inclined ~ good luck encouraging kitty to wear her helmet...

Francophile Friday: Paris, Honey?


ink & watercolour illustration, 7" x 8.75" [18 x 22.5cm] Paris Prints Here
My mum and her hubby keep bees.  Well, technically, hubby keeps the bees.  But as their hives reside just a hop, skip and pair of sensible shoes down the slope from the back verandah, my mother can't help but be a tad besotted with their endearing behaviour ~ therefore, she is going back where she went before {when the bees first moved in} and had vowed never to go again {after an unfortunate early incident involving a flaming smoke puffer and an ill-fitting beekeeper suit}, and is going to become a beekeeper's assistant once more {with a puffer she has personally prepped and a gaffer-tape-modified beekeeper suit}.  After a happy ending to a swarming event by these dear little creatures earlier this week {spacious peach tree versus insufficient room for bees-knees}, I took inspiration from Cali's photo {merci, dear Cali!} of this quaint faux beehive on a street corner in the quartier des Halles in Paris to see us into the weekend. {Update: located on Rue Pierre Lescot.}  May your weekend be filled with milk and honey.  And well-behaved bees.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

First Official Meeps Baby: It's a Girl!


ink & watercolour weensy meep miniature, 2.5" x 3.5" [9 x 6.5 x 9cm]
For new visitors here who might be scratching your heads over this Meep business and wondering which exotic herbal tea we're dunking our nutty bikkies into, you can follow the crumb trail right back to here, in the comments section almost seven months ago to the day, where the word Meep first made its appearance with many thanks to Queen Amy.

Anyhoo, after adopting this word faster than the next generation i-Whatever will be adopted by the converted masses, we've had our first official Meeps baby.  Virginia of Paris Through My Lens is now the clucky mum of a dear little black rescue kitten and she named her Meeps.  In the grand tradition of the chicken and the egg, or a mirror reflected in a mirror {I'm mid-dunk of a passionflower-absinthe-infused Yorkshire black tea, in case you're curious}, how could I resist doing a Meep of a Meep.  And her mum. 

Happy New Home, dear Meeps.  You've landed on your paws beautifully, little one...

Venerdi in Venice: Arte Moderna e Meepea


ink & watercolour weensy meep miniature, 3.5" x 2.5" [9 x 6.5cm] ACQUIRE A MEEP

After Tuesday's high risk of a fire hydrant incident {albeit a fetching one}, I thought I'd raise the tone by taking us for a classy wander to this art gallery in Venice, in the Campo San Stefano.  The only incident potential I see here is one of our voluminous totes knocking a Murano glass sculpture from its plinth, so let's see if we can divert Hugh from his gondolier duties and put him in charge of minding our bags.  Today's diversion also gives me a handy excuse to thank Pierre of Venice Daily Photo again, not just for today's inspiration, but for his thoughtful and generous feature of our ~ well, I guess you could call them "collaborations after the fact".  Grazie mille, dear Pierre!  Your kindness is beyond measure.

As for the kitty, unlike the young man in the original photo, she refuses to spend a lovely Friday engrossed in her laptop and missing the chance of gelato with her friends.  I vote that we take a leaf from her book {after we've all dropped in on each other's blogs, of course!}  And on that note...

Happy Venerdi in Venice to you!

A Wee-nsy Temptation


ink & watercolour weensy meep miniature, 3.5" x 2.5" [9 x 6.5cm] ACQUIRE A MEEP

I'm working on being more decisive.  So is this puppy dog.  Will he choose the hydrant?  Or will he choose the kitty.  Hydrant?  Kitty?  She is wisely distancing herself from any potential embarrassment while he makes up his mind...

A basket of pastries, on the other hand, would make life so simple.

Francophile Friday: Paris Room With a Vue


ink & watercolour illustration, 7" x 8.75" [18 x 22.5cm] Paris Prints Here

A certain someone is flying to Paris today.  Well, today her time, which is tomorrow my time and possibly yesterday by the time you're reading this ~ wherever you are.  Fortunately, she is not the type to confuse easily.  She knows exactly when she needs to board her winged chariot and I'm rather certain she will arrive at the airport early and with barely contained pastry Stohrer urges.  Today's illustration is inspired by a photo from one of her previous visits.  I'm not sure if she'll be gazing out on the same view during this coming vacation, but I felt it was a nice way for us to wave her Bon Voyage and wish her the happiest of times, with only the merest hint of envy in our wavering voices.  Meanwhile, we can enjoy pressing our nose up to the glass here and imagining the delights in store for her.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!
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