Oh baby, it’s cold outside. Ireland is in the throes of ‘the Beast from the East’. Having been bombarded with advance warnings and status orange weather alerts, the Arctic weather front finally made it to Ireland last evening. The snowflakes were tiny, but there were so many of them, it literally only took minutes for the whole road to be covered in white.
Supposedly, this only the start of the bad weather. The snow showers are expected to get really heavy from today. I think I need to warm up.
And how better to warm up than with a little shrine concoction. In all honesty, today’s shrine is not “not that kind of hot”. No naked flesh, I’m afraid, to fan the internal flames. But well, in the whole circus of Armitage roles, even the fully clothed characters can generate some heat.
This delicious little tin came to me all the way from Australia, fancy that! Big thanks to Mezzie 😘. It’s so cute, I loved the colours and the vintage design at first sight. Le manège enchanteur – the enchanting circus round. And then I kind of made a Freudian slip…
Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s called ménage à trois. The spelling is deliberate. Honestly. But hey, who cares about a switched vowel, anyway. Let’s just say that that particular mènage up there really covers all the angles. Someone to keep you warm, someone to love gently and ardently, and someone to pursue possessively.
And that’s just the cat *miaow*, never mind that black panther front right!!! 😵
And here is the ringmaster himself, welcoming the adoring public to his circle of influence… or so…
There is space for a candle in this shrine, as ever – but I actually didn’t try it out because the holder is only glued in. The lid was too nice to deface it with a hole for the candle holder.
Please forgive me for indulging, but just because I was so pleased with my set-up, including the beautiful painting I used for it, here’s another one.
If you are interested and would like to see more of the painting in the background, you can see the watercolour study that was the sketch for the painting on the website of the National Gallery of Ireland where it is illustrating an upcoming exhibition on the 250th anniversary of the first British circus.
Whose heart needs warming? Applications by comment on this post 😉. The recipient will be decided by randompicker on Friday, 2 March, 12pm GMT. Shrine will be sent anywhere in the world, no p&p!