The idea for this post came from a wonderfully vivid comment Barbara from March House Books left on my Polly and her Playmates paper doll post. She described the visits of rich swanky relatives, arriving in a big black car, flashing their wealth and beautiful clothes. Of course to me Barbara had the more enviable life on a farm, with the run of wild flower meadows from which she could return laden with armfuls of bluebells. But I suppose at the time that was little consolation for a young girl who dreamt of owning the lovely dresses her cousin wore.
The comment immediately brought to mind the stories of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. I think they are recognisable enough that I can leave these truly delightful pictures to talk for themselves. A few people seemed to enjoy my use of the word 'verbose' in the same post - well this time I'm showing equal restraint!
The stories were written by Barbara Hayes and the artist signed himself as Mendoza. (I think the illustration of the auction is particularly clever as you can see he has put his name on the painting they are bidding on.)
Trees in Trinity College, Dublin
I love these flowering trees - the grow on the boundary of the square often used as croquet lawns in the college. The flowers have almost had their time so I wanted to capture them before they are gone again for the year.