Francophile Friday: Furry Friends in Paris


ink & watercolour illustration, 7" x 8.75" [18 x 22.5cm]
It's grand.  Mighty grand, to sashay into the weekend knowing our pooch pal Pepe in Pasadena has been adopted ~ with a huge pat on the back to his publicist and benefactor, Altadena Hiker.  And in time for Thanksgiving.  I hope his tummy is pleasantly plump with the finest of leftovers.  {In celebration of animal rescue in general, Altadena Hiker has gathered a bunch of animal-lovers to tell their heart-warming tales over here.} 

Here's to Pepe's happy new beginning, and to all creatures great and small in need of care ~ and the kind-hearted souls who do all they can to provide it.  You are magnificent.

We took Pepe to Venice last weekend, so we've taken a first class carriage to Paris for his send-off.  Thanks to dear Virginia for the photo inspiration.  I hope the gentleman who owns this apartment doesn't mind us moving in for a couple of days.  And re-colouring his white roses pink, to match our champagne.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

Venerdi in Venice: Ponte di Pepe Peep


ink & watercolour weensy meep miniature, 3.5 x 2.5" [9 x 6.5cm ] ACQUIRE A MEEP
[Update 24th November:  Hooray ~ Pepe has been adopted!!!  Our beautiful Altadena Hiker has just sent through the wonderful news.   Thank you for sending happy thoughts to Pepe, and for the many comments, clicks, links, and posts by the warm hearted bloggers involved.  Here's to your new loving home, little Pepe.] 

Pepe's still cooling his paws at the Pasadena Humane Society {I know, it's unthinkable} and there are concerns he's depressed, so we're busting him out for the weekend.  He's going for a W-A-L-K-I-E-S in Venice with his publicist, Altadena Hiker {rumour has it her heart weighs more than Phar Lap's}.  As for us, we're meeting up with them after we secure Pepe some juicy morsels from the butcher.   {And some liquid refreshments to revive our own crestfallen spirits.}  Thanks to Katie's excellent suggestion in the comments last week and in honour of Pepe, we shall hereby name this weensy illustration a Peep.

If you can spare a moment to click and view Karin's latest {and possibly last} appeal for Pepe, or even better, leave a comment, that will help keep him in the news for a wee bit longer. Please, let's continue to spread the word and send our warm fuzzy vibes, and surely Pepe will captivate the soul of someone who can give him a loving home.  Soon.  And on that note...

Happy Venerdi in Venice to you, and big hugs to Pepe! 

Grazie mille to dear Pierre at Venice Daily Photo for the magnificent photo inspiration.

Francophile Friday: Paris Purple & Pasadena Pepe


ink & watercolour illustration 22.5 x 18cm  Inspiration: Virginia Jones {bisous & thanks}
When I was strolling through my inspiration folders earlier this week, Virginia's photo of this charming abode in a Paris lane said, "Pick me! Pick me!"  {And you think you're crazy.} Through a stroke of serendipity, the gorgeous purple gives me an alliterative excuse to feature a dear little puppy dog who's well overdue for a purple patch.  Pepe in Pasadena needs a home.  {I'd already drawn kitty before hearing about Pepe, otherwise he'd be enjoying a fairytale walk with us today.}  He's in the care of kind souls at the Pasadena Humane Society but it's high time he had digs of his own to, err, dig around in.

Altadena Hiker is well known to {and loved by} regulars here, and being a wordsmith beyond measure, has given Pepe a write-up that must surely find him an adoring family, even if his magnificent smile somehow isn't enough to woo them.  Please, if you can give Pepe a moment of your time and leave a comment on Karin's post, it will help keep Pepe visible and increase his chances of adoption.  And if you can give Pepe a caring home ~ he'll love you forever.  {So will I.}  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

Venerdi in Venice: All Weather Campo


ink & watercolour weensy meep miniature, 3.5 x 2.5" [9 x 6.5cm ] ACQUIRE A MEEP
I know several people ~ unrelated to each other ~ who coincidentally planned on going camping this weekend.  {Until the heavens opened yet again, causing a quandary of risk assessment increasing in direct proportion to the quagmiry likelihood.} 

My idea of camping is setting up house in a campo in Venice.  How about this one?  {Thanks to Danielle of VenetiaMicio for the beautiful inspiration!}  Several levels of luxury, black kitty cat included at no extra charge.  If we encounter any flooding and need to evacuate, we can easily shimmy down from the windows on 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, directly into our on-call gondola, and have Hugh whisk us away to safety.  Perhaps I'm being fussy, but that's my idea of roughing it.  {1000 thread count would be so much softer.} And on that note...

Happy Venerdi in Venice to you!
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