Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Meep: The Tulip Van Goes

ink & watercolour weensy meep miniature, 3.5 x 2.5" [9 x 6.5cm ] ACQUIRE A MEEP
This tulip-laden truck is not a figment of my imagination.  Aside from the weensy driver.  While the council now requires us to obtain licenses for our cats, they aren't yet of the vehicular variety.  {Patience, my pretties... all in due course...}  But back to the truck.  The real, life-size one belongs to Joost Bakker of Urban Crop, described by Vogue Living {Australia Sep/Oct 2010 issue, whose cover I'm in love with but that's another story} as "the Johnny Appleseed of Melbourne's sustainability movement".  If you live in Melbourne, this truck could be stopping at a convenient location near you These bunches of flowers {herbs coming soon} have their root systems intact and their own little supply of special soil ~ so they still have life in them.  And surely that's a good thing.  Urban Crop tells the story in a rather lovely way if you'd like to read more.  I'll leave you to it while I go and warm up the engine.  It's time for a certain someone's driving lesson...

23 comments:

  1. If he honks his horn does it say "meep! meep!"? Now I sound like the Road Runner cartoon.

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  2. That truck is simply a brilliant idea. I can see the trend catching on in Los Angeles. I mean, we already have about a million food trucks - why not tulip trucks? You should send them your image for the first prototype. :)

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  3. Oooo, I'm house/cat/goldfish sitting in Melbourne next month. I must look for those trucks. Maybe Fletcher and Weaver (the 2 kitties) can help me look??

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  4. What a brilliant idea~ pretty living tulips delivered to your door just like ice~cream.
    Is that kitty I see sitting in the drivers seat~ maybe he's planning a get-a-way tulips & all. If I were you I'd make haste "tout de suite" ( does he have a current drivers licence? )
    ~Dianne~

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  5. How lovely!
    My parents house is in the suburbs (of San Francisco) and there was a gladiolus farm across the street...that we could see from the windows...somehow your picture reminds me of that.

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  6. Petrea ~ with your lingering cold, I'm wondering if your poor nose goes "Meep! Meep!" when you blow it...

    Amy ~ give me tulips over hot dogs any day...

    Yvonne ~ oh, that sounds like a nice gig! Perhaps you can eat a truffle at Koko Black for me while you're down there. Just if it's not too taxing. ;)

    All things French ~ good point, kitty could be the getaway driver and perhaps not in their employ at all.

    Indie.Tea ~ gosh, having a farm like that across the street would be bliss!

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  7. Meep-meep! You and kitty are so very clever and talented - The little boxes on the ground and a whole truck of delightful tulips, prrrrrrrr....

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  8. The truck is just adorable! Enjoy a beautiful day, Kellie xx

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  9. Lovely drawing and what a great idea to sell tulips like this! I hope the Urban Crop idea catches on all over. Say, isn't it Hugh's birthday? Maybe I'll pick up a few tulips for him.

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  10. Here we have food trucks, but I've never seen a flower truck. I think that's much better -- and far less fattening.

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  11. Amy and Margaret beat me to it. I won't stand in a ridiculous line for a burrito, but flowers are another matter.

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  12. If only my nose would say "meep meep."

    I'm with Hiker, Margaret and Amy. I realize food trucks are all the rage, but the lines are long and that puts me off. Flowers, though...flowers are a different thing.

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  13. Such a cute truck.....i will take some tulips please! xv

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  14. Oh, such meepliness! There should be trucks like this worldwide. Driven by licensed kitties—why not? And Katie is right—our Hugh is 42 today. I keep thinking one of these days he'll catch up to me. Sigh.

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  15. I love the idea of a flower truck like this! Beautiful, colorful blooms passing by. I'm sure Kitty will make a purrrrfect driver :)

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  16. Genie ~ I can't help but notice that on a rainy day, kitty's very happy to stay inside and keep the seat warm.

    Thanks, Kellie ~ you too!

    Katie ~ uh-oh, I forgot to put a card in the mail to him. How careless of me! Hopefully the tulips will make amends.

    Margaret, Hiker, Petrea ~ few things inspire me to queue, but this would be one of them. {Yes, a van of macarons would be another.}

    Vicki ~ fresh flowers make just about everything better, don't they.

    Alexa ~ what's that expression? "He chased me until I caught him?" Though perhaps it wasn't referring to age. :)

    Ms M ~ the purrrple ones are his favourite.

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  17. Oooh, I'm gonna e-mail Urban Crop to see if they'll let me help kitty drive that truck! They can pay me in flowers. Or fried chicken. Or cake.

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  18. Oh, Shell, you do give difficult assignments. Any special flavour of truffle you'd like me to sample, as your surrogate?

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  19. PCN ~ take the flowers. I think you'd have to arm wrestle the kitty for fried chicken.

    Yvonne ~ Champagne! {I didn't have to think twice about it...} You're a doll, thank you!

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  20. Sincere thanks to our favourite artist, and funny lady, for the gorgeous print which just landed on my front verandah.

    Heck, I'll even eat 6 of those champagne truffles just for Our Shell, even though I'll have to force them down, I know.

    Grazie mille, bella!

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  21. Thanks, dear Yvonne!! I'm so happy it arrived before the weekend. We're up to six? How about a Baker's Dozen. ;) Prego, bella!

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  22. What a grand idea! Do they sell jewelry also? I have no luck with plants. Killed ivy once. Jewelry might have a better chance of survival with me. ;-)

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  23. Cali ~ we might need to upgrade to an armoured truck first but it's a very glamorous thought!

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