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Quel méli-mélo!

So the pooch is called Milo. I was embarrassed to take him to the vet for a check up and have to confess he was unnamed, so we finally bit the bullet and picked a name. Why Milo? Well, mainly because my friend Jenny, suggested Snowy (who was Tin-Tin’s dog – as in “Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin!” and in French, Snowy was called Milou – anglicized to Milo.

I tried to film Milo playing in the garden but it is so difficult as he only seems to want to play with my shoes and the bottom of my jeans (a problem Snowy seems to have too) but I did manage to get this short movie of him earlier.

His name also reminds me of a French phrase I always liked – ‘Quel méli-mélo!’ which roughly translates as ‘What a jumble!’ or ‘What a mish-mash!’ or a ‘What a muddle!’ and which describes one of my posts beautifully :-)

I remember a few years ago gazing longingly into a Cartier jewellery store window and seeing THE most beautiful necklace and matching ring, bracelet and brooch – which needless to say was completely out of my price range. It was called the ‘Méli-mélo’ collection and I have always remembered (and coveted it!)

It’s so aptly named as it’s a wonderful mixture/jumble/concoction of various precious stones. I have a birthday on the horizon if anyone is feeling generous….. :-D

Milo is also a chocolate malt drink from Australia

and the first name of the actor who plays one of my favourite characters in my favourite TV show ‘Heroes’ – Milo Ventimiglia who plays Peter Petrelli.

On a more serious and sensible note, my favourite shop, Falkiners, which I am sad to say I have not visited for quite a while, has been reborn as Shepherds Bookbinders. It will be hard to think of it as anything but Falkiners, but while perusing their excellent web site, I noticed they now have a blog which contains new products and news of workshops etc. I highly recommend a visit. They have just brought out an instructional ‘Handmade Books’ DVD which sounds very interesting and I also want a deckle edged ruler and the new 2009 diary book blocks are in and there is new paper to tempt me and an archive of traditional tools from Sangorski and Sutcliffe and gorgeous reindeer leather from Finland…. did I mention I have a birthday coming up…? :-)

24 responses to “Quel méli-mélo!

  1. Daddy Papersurfer October 22, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    How many birthdays do you have every year? ……. or is time flying by faster than I thought?

    There’s no way that’s a real dog – it’s an animated mop head!

  2. Kaija October 22, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Oh it’s almost impossible to imagine Tintin’s dog being called some other name than Milou! I’ve always liked the name Milou, and of course Milo too :)

    The reindeer leather is amazing! Very very soft to touch and quite stretchy. Paring it is very different from paring goat skin, but it’s not hard at all. The Finnish reindeer parchment is also great and reasonably priced too!

  3. Diane October 22, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    DP – just the one but they do seem to come around far too quickly. I am going to start having them every two years to see if I can slow this ageing thing down.
    As Mlo gets older, I will get him clipped so he looks more like a dog and less like a mop

    Kaija – I can’t imagine him called anything but Snowy!
    Ooh! I have to get me some reindeer leather – it sounds amazing and also like it would be nice to work with…

  4. Teresa October 22, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    I happen to think mops are very cute, myself, having a sick fondness for clean floors… ;D

    The Cartier necklace is fabulous! I don’t have that kind of money, but if my skills in jewelry making ever get that good, I’d actually make you one at a fraction of the cost (because I don’t have a famous name)!

    Oh, but your posts are the most delicious jumbles! And, yes, Milo is a perfect name for a perfect puppy.

  5. Vanessa (the old friend)! October 22, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    He looks just lovely the way he is meant to be! Don’t get him clipped! Milo suits the au naturel look?

    He is gorgeous!

  6. Diane October 22, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Teresa – if you ever run out of floors to clean, I can offer you an activity holiday at house cleaning mine :-D
    I will definitely take you up on your offer, if you decide to copy the Cartier necklace! I just love the style of it – the fact it is full of precious stones is a bonus but not strictly necessary. Honest.

    Vanessa! How are you?
    Have you seen Bichon Frise show dogs? They look quite ridiculous – just like powder puffs! I want a rough and tumble little dog although keeping a white dog clean in the countryside is going to be a challenge :-)

  7. AmyH October 22, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    My brother got a dog last week and named him Milo, too. Sadly, he decided within a few days that he couldn’t care for him and gave the dog to my sister who promptly changed his name to Hurley. Mile was named after Milo from Heroes! Who wouldn’t want a nice reminder around of Peter Petrelli?

    Glad to see you posting again! I missed you while you were gone!

  8. Diane October 23, 2008 at 11:47 am

    I’m assuming that Hurley is named after the curly haired, largish chap in ‘Lost’? Give me Milo any day!

    It’s nice to be missed! Thank you :-)

  9. strugglingwriter October 23, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Cutest video ever! Your dog reminds me of my dog when I was younger. She was a Cockerspaniel-Poodle.

    Nice cameo by your hand :)

  10. Diane October 24, 2008 at 9:39 am

    I was thinking of getting a cocker-spaniel/poodle dog – they call them cockerpoos over here, but I saw lots of Milo dogs in France and they were so well behaved, I thought I would get a Bichon Frise.
    They were obviously much older dogs – Milo is very cheeky!

    My hand thanks you :-)

  11. creechman October 24, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Que meli-melo! I can sure use that phrase today. Cute dog too.

    And isn’t everyone looking for that archive of traditional tools from Sangorski and Sutcliffe.

  12. Juliarso October 25, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Very good blog with very good content. Cheers!

  13. Diane October 25, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    creechman – sorry about your electrical problems. Look on the bright side – at least it gets you out of doing the laundry….

    Juliarso – your blog is fascinating – I haven’t heard of most of the plants you mention but I love the idea of using natural, traditional remedies whenever possible. Great idea to gather all this knowledge together in one place. :-)

  14. misterwoppit October 25, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    I thought a Bichon Frise was a type of ice cream. Or is that a Bouchon Fraise? I get confused. That reminds me……I’d better take Fido out of the freezer.

  15. La Donna October 25, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    ‘What a jumble!’ Love it!

    La Donna

  16. Shinade October 26, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Diane,
    My goodness I know it seems like years since I’ve dropped over. I do so hope you will forgive e.

    But life was pretty hectic for a while with a five month visit to Maine and then returning home to be sick for a month and I am still not 100% yet.

    But, I am so glad I did make it by today. Oh my what a darling little precious ball of fluff!

    Thanks for posting the video. I am so glad I came in today and got to see it.

    Happy Sunday!:-)

  17. The Rev. October 26, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Cute pup! I love the video!

    When my future dog arrives, I’ll have the name problem already solved – I’ve had the name picked out for several years: “Colonel Indiana-Montgomery Anderson”, though for introductory purposes he’s simply “The Colonel.”

    And yes, he will wear a red bandanna at all times. :)

    Ps: Finally joined the blog network thingy on Facebook – thanks for the invite; I left you a five star review (of course)!

  18. laketrees October 27, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    there is a movie called Milo and Otis…
    good pick on the name ;)

  19. Diane October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    mr woppit – welcome! I hope Fido isn’t in the freezer because if he is, the ice cream is melting all over the dog basket….

    La Donna – it’s a great phrase isn’t it? Rolls off the tongue!

    Shinade! So nice to hear from you again. I’m sorry you have been ill – I hope you recover very soon. Glad you approve of Milo – he is very cute….

    Hi Your Revness! Glad you like the photo and video! I don’t imagine your dog is going to be a small handbag sized dog with a name like that! Excellent name though – and I’m loving the red bandana :-)
    Thanks for joining the Facebook blog network and many thanks for the review – I have reciprocated :-)

    Kim – that is weird, my friend Edwina has a puppy called Otis – I’ve never heard of the film, I must look it up!

  20. laketrees October 28, 2008 at 5:51 am

    an American film Diane..
    the cat’s name was Milo and Otis was a pug dog …
    cute film :)

  21. laketrees October 28, 2008 at 5:52 am

    ps ..
    don’t forget your image and bio for the TAD :)

  22. Diane October 28, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I added the TAD badge – and a Laketrees one to my sidebar yesterday, did you notice? I’ll get onto the other stuff asap. :-)

  23. laketrees October 28, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    thanks Diane…
    if you make up a 125 x 125 badge for your site ..
    I’ll add it to my card section at laketrees :)

  24. Aimee September 26, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I want that necklace too!!!!! It’s gorgeous! My bday is coming, too! :-)

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