Meet: Monsieur et Madame Champignon (or, to you and me, that’s Mr. and Mrs. Mushroom)

Bonjour mes amis!  (translation: ‘Hello my friends’).  Ok, that’s about ‘it’ for my schoolgirl french that I’m going to try to impress you with.

Meet: Monsieur et Madame Champignon  also known as: Mr. and Mrs. Mushroom . . . .

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I’ve been playing with clay again  (in case you hadn’t guessed).  I actually started out with the intention of making some little-whittle mushrooms for another project I have in mind, but by the time I’d got my clay on my desk, modelling tools all lined up (well, ok, thrown in a jumble onto my desk), my water spray bottle,  and the various other bits and bobs which come into play when modelling/sculpting with clay,  the mushrooms had grown in size and character, and fired by a random memory which popped into my head of some grumpy faced mushrooms I’d seen quite a while ago, (link Caroline McFarlane-Watts <—clickable safe link).  Then the idea grew because of a song which was playing on the radio, I began to think I would make some ‘Mushroom Folks’ (as I’ve Christened them), but doing them my style.  Happy and joyous.  And, from that initial thought, Monsieur et Madame Champignon were born.

Please allow me to walk you all around the home, and friends, of the handsome French Chap and his beautiful Parisian wife . . .

Madame Champignon

Madame Champignon is a well dressed lady, as you would expect, with a swanky french hat complete with snail. And, as you may have noticed, she has the longest of long, silky eyelashes, ruby-red lips and a little rouge to her cheeks.  So Chic!

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They sit atop a small mound of grass surrounded by moss – which allows other creatures from Fairy Wood to hide, and they keep the romantic couple company.  There are mice (who love to eat the left over bits of Camembert and Roquefort which picnic makers drop). There are also two slugs, (complete with tentacles) who leave the most delightful shiny trails behind them, and will sometimes have a game of ‘Guess what I’m drawing with my Slime!’ with the Champignons. And of course – there are the two snails, which the the French couple allow to clamber over their hats – although as they climb up to the hats, they do have the tendency to tickle the Monsieur et Madame, and Madame giggles quite audibly. 

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Mr. Slug – he’s the bigger, and stronger of the two slugs.
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The rear view of Monsieur et Madame Champignon.  If you look carefully you can see a tiny mouse to the left and Mrs. Slug, leaving her slug trail behind her on the right.  (that’s a teeny tiny pine cone behind the Monsieur).

 

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Both of the snails which adorn the  Mushroom Caps  Champignons Hats have pink bodies and pearly yellow shells.  Sadly the camera didn’t seem able to pick the colours up.  But it did a half good job in this photo.

The curled and ‘frilly’ bits on both of the mushrooms aren’t mistakes.  They’re the bits you sometimes find on your mushrooms which you buy from the greengrocers or supermarket.

There are other little dints and dents on them both …which are there simply because I looked at some mushrooms in the fridge closely and saw that each one had its own character lines … so the Monsieur et Madame have their own dints and dents to add character too. (They also have ‘dirt’ marks –  as you would expect!)  😀

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The Monsieur has a lip …. and a half!  As I was creating him I began to think of fabulous French men who I knew from movies … and the one which reigned supreme was Maurice Chevalier, who my mother was all dreamy and doe eyed about.  Inside my head I could see how he used to extend his lower lip, and from there …. Monsieur’s own lip developed.

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I’ve been told that Monsieur Champignon calls his wife  “My sweet, my darling, my one true love!”.  ❤  Somehow, I feel that this is probably true, for he looks like he would,  don’t you agree?

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The whole scene is set upon a small piece of slate

I had SO much fun making this happy couple of romantics and all the way through the creating process, I kept on singing ‘I Remember it Well’ – sung by Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold in the fabulous film:  Gigi . . .  eventually I went to YouTube and found it, and played it while I was sat at my desk, so that I could be reminded of the words.  I share it with you here:

Thank you so much for coming and sharing a coffee moment with me, and to meet Mr. & Mrs. Mushroom.  I hope you liked them, and that you got a smile from them.

I love to know that you’ve visited, so please do let yourself be known and leave a comment and / or a like if you’re a little shy.  (But don’t be shy … we’re all really lovely people here on this blog).

Wishing you a truly magical Monday.  May the weather be calm and beautiful where you are.  May life be treating you kindly … and may you find contentment hidden in the folds of the hours as they pass by.

Much love to you, from me in my corner, to you in yours  . . .  have a blessed rest of your day my friends!

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Things I’ve Learned This Week

Hello, and a very Happy Friday to you.  If you’re still on Thursday wherever you live in this world, then take that greeting as an early one for tomorrow.

I’ve learned a few things this week which were real eye openers.  The types of things that make your eyes increase to the size of saucers, and then your brain says …..  “Really?  REALLY??  Are you sure?.  So, I went on a seek and find the truth mission and I list here a few of the things which I found out this week – which might make your eyes widen to the size of saucers too.

Britons eat 97% of the world’s baked beans.  I was really surprised about this.  I thought that it would be the USA who would have eaten the most baked beans …  Cowboys and all that.  But no.  Us British are the Baked Bean Babies.  We must have some Cowboys here and I don’t know about them!  Yeeee Hawww!

There are more stars in the universe than words which have been spoken by all of the humans who have ever lived.  I don’t know about you, but there’s something so romantic about that fabulous information.  Something which made me stand at the window and look up to the night sky and quietly whisper a long, slow  . . .   w.o.w!

I also learned:

The Romans used powdered mouse brains as toothpaste.  I’m not going anywhere with that one.  I’m just putting it out there and saying nurthing.  (I’m not judgemental).

And this gave me a moment of eye-popping when I heard about it  . . .

France was still executing people by guillotine when the first Star Wars film came out.  Yes, I didn’t believe it either. So I went on a seek and find mission to find out the facts just to make sure . . .

Yes … it’s true.  France really was still using the guillotine for executions when the first Stars Wars Film came out.

The first Star Wars film was released on May 25th, 1977.

The last person to be executed in France was put to death in September 1977.  The death penalty was abolished in French law in 1981.  It is now also forbidden by the French constitution, and by several human rights treaties to which France is a party.

I’ve been chatting with Chicken Grandma this week about slugs (and their ability to nosh down on all my Hostas!  grrr)….  and I learned this about the gardeners monster:  Slugs …. have 4 noses.  This is obviously how they found all my Hostas and ate them all.  So…  I motion that when we get a cold, we should all begin to sneeze over slugs so that they catch a cold and can’t sniff out their favourite treats in our gardens!

Well, I think we’ve reached that moment when we all sit back and enjoy ….

THE JOKES

What’s brown and runs around the garden? . . .  A fence

What do you call a snail on a ship? . . .  A snailor

… and this is one you might have to say out loud . . .

How do you catch a unique cat?  . . .  Unique up on it.

How do you catch a tame cat? . . .   Tame way, unique up on it.

one for the British folks….

How do you get two whales in a car?   Start in England and drive west.

and finally …

my last words . . .

Life would be infinitely happier if we could be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18!

Y’know …  I think that might be something I would give a try!  What about you?

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Thank you so much for coming and having a coffee with me.  I so appreciate your company. 

Sadly, this is the last of the regular weeklyThings I’ve Learned This Week posts for a while.  It’s going on a summer holiday.  It will be touring the country, in a VW Campa van, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying a coffee at each stop on the way.  (I hope it sends postcards!)

Just to be clear:   ‘Things I’ve Learned This Week’  is taking a summer holiday.  Not me.  I’m sticking around.  You don’t get rid of me that easily!  😀 

Until we meet next time, may life treat you kindly, may love find you, and …  may you find something to smile about at various moments throughout your days.

With love ~

 

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