RA Pocket Shrine 150/? – Manège à trois

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!

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77 thoughts on “RA Pocket Shrine 150/? – Manège à trois

    • I’d say snow has a different meaning to those of you who have weeks and months of it, every year. Over here, it is a rare occurrence, and when it happens, I love it because it reminds me of home. But then again, I have the luxury of living centrally, and working from home, so it doesn’t impact me so much. Nonetheless, I would also like a big, furry Thorin to keep me warm 😉

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  1. Lovely shrine, and with Guy in it! 🙂
    We are having cold weather too. Here in Verona it doesn’t snow yet, but it did in Rome (and that’s a very unlikely event. I grew up in Rome and I remember seeing my first snow when I was 8 or 9, and then never again until I moved to Verona at 25)
    It’s going to snow tomorrow, of course on the day when we have to travel to take our niece to the airport in a city a couple of hours of train from here. I hope there won’t be delays because of the snow.

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  2. Love the painting and the shrine!

    We have at least 10cm of snow now and it’s only today the heavy snow is due to arrive. Somehow I don’t think I’m going to make it into the studio today (or probably for the rest of the week!)

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  3. This is when I wish I had a four-wheel drive vehicle, son -in-law will get my eldest to work but my youngest will wait till later to see if roads improve , trouble is the road clearing teams only do the main roads and it is hard to get from home we are in is a semi rural area.

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    • Yep! I hate to think what people outside of towns are faced with this morning. Luckily, over here the schools have been shut down for the day. We now have a status red weather alert, so public life has ground to a halt for the moment. Stay safe, Yve!

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  4. Mir geht momentan dieser Song im Kopf herum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87lDRkFpBaU
    Der Winter Song von Ingrid Michaelsen und Sara Bareilles hat hier sogar als Weihnachts-Charity-Aktion irischen Background (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Song_(song)), den aufgenommen wurde in Dublin.
    Also am besten drin bleiben, Schnee draußen anschauen, Tee trinken und kuscheln… ob zu dritt oder zu viert, bleibt jedem/r überlassen. 😉

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  5. My 3 fave out 5 in one place! ❤

    Here is also cold. In the morning was -14C. It should be the coldest day for this week. It's now down to -7, Sun is out. And I have to go to dermatologist in 30 mins, and have German class in the evening (18.30h).

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    • Yep, a shrine full to the brim with favourites. Guy *had* to be there.
      Wow, -14! It’s only -2 here, but the country is on lockdown. Schools closed, streets virtually empty. Yesterday there was panic-buying in the supermarkets – empty shelves! And tomorrow is the 1st of March…

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  6. Oh, Sonja, you are forever inspiring me do sharpen my crafting skills with your creations. But nothing is more delightful than you little treasures you create to honor our favorite man.

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  7. Dear randompicker, after all this time, I would really like you to pick me.My three favorite men are in that very cute and artistic shrine.To Guylty, give that thing a good spin,keep warm,we are in a cool spell,HA,40 degrees and a wind chill of 25degrees.Anyone hear anything about dreamerfiction??? D

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  8. We ended up getting close to a foot of snow on Friday/Saturday, although most of it is melting now. I hope that’s it now! But just in case it’s not, the manège and its occupants will be a welcome distRAction!

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    • The weather has calmed down for the moment, but the Dept of Education has already declared all schools closed until Monday. So there is more snow in store for us, and I will keep filming it, yes.

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  9. I think we’ll get more snow yet in the next 2 days and as the temperatures in my house are plummeting company under the duvet or round the house would be very welcome! One can make me tea, the other can cook a stew and the other.. oh well, i’ll find him something to do.. like letting a bath or something ;-))))

    My question is, would sensible Mr T have to intervene to keep Thorin and Guy fighting over me????
    (no entry as you know…. my Proctor is keeping me warm… though i have to find a bit of cloth to cover the bare chested guy during this freeze, don’t want him to catch a chill ;-))

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  10. Oh my goodness! Where do you get your ideas? Combining his characters in one tin. An adorable tin. I know I’ve said before that you seem to have wonderful tins with flip lids over there. All we have is Altoids and Sucrets.
    I promise it would have a good home here near the Gulf of Mexico. So sorry the Gulf Stream isn’t keeping you warm. I miss the snow. We’re already in the 70s but with good breezes, perfect Houston Rodeo weather. Sadly, this winter destroyed my backyard. Some plants I knew wouldn’t survive, even though I covered them but I’m bereft that my 25 yr old Oleanders that I grew from 100+ yr old bushes that survived the Great 1900 Galveston Hurricane.
    Sorry, I digressed. I just can’t stop crying over their loss. And the Sego palms all over the area. I hope your snow covered garden survives.

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    • That is such a shame, when plants that have survived other natural catastrophes suddenly pack it in. They are almost like pets, in that way.
      I am seeing the whole freak weather scenario as a big adventure. We are dry and (relatively) warm inside, and since our house is centrally located, I could easily go to a shop and stock up if I need anything. Well, that is if the shops continue to be open. All considered, I think they are overdoing it a bit at the moment with regard to weather warnings. Yes, it’s windy, but it’s not particularly cold, and there is only a thin layer of snow out there. Conditions that are normal where I come from. But well, Ireland is not used to it, so it makes people wary and nervous. I am hoping for more snow, actually.
      As for the pretty tins – well, these were from Australia, but yeah, there are plenty of cute tins available here. Actually, I must go through my stash and take some pictures and show them off.

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    • Send gulf stream to NY..I need warm,I think I lost some of my plants. OH No,just saw weather forecast,storm coming from South headed for NY, Noreaster on Friday and Sat. I think I need to move to Ireland !!!

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      • Hehe, you won’t get warmth here, either. It doesn’t usually get below freezing point in winter. But neither does it get particularly warm in the summer (between 55 and 60F tops). If you want wind and rain, this is the place.

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        • It almost sounds like bragging when I say we hit 81 yesterday, although it’s cooler today and the wind is ferocious. I guess I thought you’d have snow piled up like Edinburgh does. If snow just coats the grass blades, everything shuts down. But that doesn’t happen often. Although there was enough back in January for the kids to make little foot tall snowmen…don’t laugh. We have to work with what we’re given.
          I also apparently am the only person in the neighborhood that has an ice scraper in my car, one I’ve had since the ’80s in Dallas.

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          • 81????????? OMG, that’s tropical. In February!!!
            Nope, snow not piling up yet. But just heard on the news that they are expecting up to a meter of snow for tomorrow. Yay – I am looking forward to that. Currently it is not the snow but the gale force winds that I find eerie. They are rattling our old windows, howling in our chimney. A few hundred homes in various parts of Dublin are cut from the electricity, though, and that sort of thing would worry me. Hope the winds will not damage any vital electricity lines for us…

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  11. What a team! Almost like a boy band 😀

    Last week has been very cold here too. -23 degrees this morning. It takes a long time to get used to the cold weather. Stay warm!

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    • Boyband 😂. What a fabulous inspiration. I should actually note that down.
      Oh, um, and when I hear your temperatures, I almost feel like apologising for our mild winter flurries…

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  12. These pocket shrines are really, really sweet, fullof admiration, well done… It´s freezing here, too, but we had mostly sunshine and blue skies over the past two weeks, only on Monday there was some snow that caused a lot of trouble in traffic, I was really fortunate I wasn´t affected… Stay warm and safe…

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    • Glad you like the shrines ;-). Four years in, I am still compelled to make them. There’s so much material to go in them…
      Looks like a blizzard out there now. The country has shut down – schools closed til Monday, all government institutions closed, the traffic is non-existent. An enforced holiday for most people. Unless you work from home, like me…

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      • It started snowing here too. In a hour and a half we have to take a taxi to go to the station, hoping that there aren’t cancelled trains or delays. A few days ago some train got 27 hours of delay.
        And then we have to take a bus to the airport and hope that our niece’s flight can depart. After that of course we have to go back home.
        If it wasn’t for this, I’d have loved to stay at home and taking pictures of mini Guy and friends in the snow…

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  13. -1°C feels freezing if you aren’t used to it. It’s the same in here every year when the temperature drops below zero for the first time after summer.

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  14. We’ve had a hot summer here, it was reported that we can’t expect autumn weather to really come through until mid April. Today has been mild, but only a temporary relief, it’s warming up again into the 30C’s. We’ve had very little rain, and everything is so dry, I would welcome some cold, wet weather at the moment!

    So pleased you like the little tin, Guylty, and I LOVE what you’ve done with it! I’ve been keeping a look out for RAPS- suitable tins ever since you started creating them, but hadn’t been able to find any. Then, out of the blue, I discovered these in a gift shop – luckily they were empty so I didn’t have to munch my way through any contents before I sent them off! (not an entry)

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    • We always want what we have not got… Hot sunshine sounds pretty good to me (even though I am still enjoying the wintry spell here).
      And thanks again for those tins. They are so cute, and I really wanted to do something with them asap. Whenever I get tins that have non-commercial designs, they tend to spark ideas. In that sense I prefer them to other tins. Like in Australia, such tins can sometimes be found in gift or souvenir shops here, too. I find it hard to resist them…

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  16. Du hast meine drei Lieblingsrollen verarbeitet 🙂 Schöner Shrine ❤
    Ist der Schnee inzwischen weg und Dein sohn wieder da?
    Bei uns war es s…kalt, bis minus 10 Grad die ganze letzte Woche aber traumhaft schönes wetter 🙂
    heute morgen hat es geschneit, ist dann mal locker auf 3 Grad hoch, wieder alles weg….

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    • Hehe, ja, dieser Schrein hat die Vorlieben so ungefähr des gesamten Fandoms abgedeckt…
      Der Schnee schmilzt mittlerweile. Und Sohnemann hat vor einer Stunde vom Flughafen getextet. Gelandet. Nun ist nur die Frage, ob er irgendwie vom Flughafen in die Stadt kommt, denn der ÖPNV ist noch nicht wieder voll in Gang.

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