Well, we are not only off, we are now already landed. And I have been tracking Flat Richie like a hawk. His first journey from his home in Dublin to an until-now undisclosed location in Europe started last Saturday and ended today (Thursday).
That’s actually faster than I had thought or hoped. Only four working days from here to there – the gods of the postal service were on our side. And I am delighted that Flat Richie’s arrival at destination coincides with his recipient’s debut in blogworld. So rather than me posting pictures of his arrival, you can read a blog post by Kate on her brand-new blog HERE. She’ll probably update you with more info on Flat Richie tomorrow, but in the meantime, this is the first leg of Flat Richie’s journey:
This map will be continuously updated – it’s going to be great fun watching Flat Richie’s progress across the globe…
Here is RAPS 175 – the travelling shrine!!!
While I am at it, I might take the opportunity and reveal the travel shrine that has been exclusively designed for the Flat Richie project. Now that Kate has shown the front and back of it on her blog, I think it is fine to disclose the design here. There will still be plenty of other surprises in the parcel, but this, dear participants and readers, is what the accompanying RAPS looks like:
Quite honestly: It really took me a long time to finally come up with a concept for the travel RAPS. Not sure why I had shrining block, but somehow the ideas wouldn’t come. I wanted to do something about travelling, yet I also needed to get Guy in there, because he had been designated as Flat Richie’s bodyguard. I ummed and ahhed for ages. Until I could not delay it any longer because I had set myself a deadline for dispatching the parcel. And then I suddenly noticed this little trinket tray next to my laptop, a small, blue glass tray gifted to me by Kathy. “Not all who wander are lost”. BINGO!
Well, with Tolkien on the outside…
… we needed Tolkien on the inside, too. Or Thorin. Just because I can’t resist poking a bit of fun at this otherwise so majestically serious chaRActer. Yep, *some* who wander *are* actually lost… *hehehehe*.
However, others are seasoned travellers, in summer and in winter.
See who I mean? Ok, let’s take a closer look. Here is summer again:
Hot pants, eh? And winter:
So that is the travel shrine, complete with medieval precious rocks primitively embedded in the triptych. And no, the “medieval precious rock primitively embedded” does *not* refer to Guy. He’s the faithful shepherd (sorry, the fridge magnets actually spelled shepherd wrong…). And I hope he will continue to guard the RAPS, the parcel and Flat Richie to the next recipients. Can’t wait to see it travel again!
Anyway, I hope I have come up with an adequate design. And I hope that the whole shebang is going to survive all those parcel journeys. We’ll certainly find out soon, once Flat Richie attempts the next leg of the journey. Have a good trip!