Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The perfect Bonnet

    I have been in search of the perfect bonnet. When at last I did find it, via mail-order, I anxiously awaited on the Post for delivery . At least one hundred years old, and very delicate. I wasn't sure it would fit on the small recipients head, but I certainly hoped it would.
    This hat is far too small for the Southern Belle.....
"Besides, ah only weah Taffeta!"
And far too big for the other Southern Belle....
"Oh Dea-ah, this old rag, ah wouldn't be caught dead in it!"

 Hmmm, not a bad fit here.... but wrong person. Sorry dolly.

Aretha is simply NOT in the mood for this nonsense...


  And wearing this bonnet gives Claudette the strange desire to take a stroll in the park with her parasol and her pet poodle, Gigi....
 But this hat is NOT for her.


It's all Peepers can do to keep from dashing up the nearest tree..
Ouch! Watch those claws!!!!
and Sasha is awfully charming to behold.
 But these girls do not get to possess this dear little bonnet. I bought it for someone very, very special.


" Do you mean.... moi?
Oh, May I please, please try it on?"


 Fionna, your neck is indeed long and graceful, but that is not quite what I had in mind.....
 "Is this better?


Oh, my.... it is just your size!

"And, do I look divine?"
Indeed you do Fionna, even better than I had hoped!
(Lest you think I have lost my mind, I really do plan on drawing Fionna in her new hat in an illustration I am working on. So you see, she really did need the perfect bonnet.)


  1. How very patient our animals are when we play dress up with them. I'm sure they think we humans are an odd lot, lol!

    Fiona does look fabulous though :)

  2. Oh Fiona looks marvelous!! How funny.. I think she loves it.. I must say I think Claudette looked smashing in the bonnet.
    Thanks for sharing this.. Great post.

  3. I'm amazed the cats let you do that lol

    As for Fiona she looks ever so cute and very much like a 21st century Jemima Puddleduck.

    I cannot wait to see how you artistically interpret Fiona in that little bonnet.

    Jeri if you would like a little inspiration I have just written about an ancient bluebell wood - I could just see Fiona walking along the little path in one of my pictures.

  4. What a lovely bonnet, such inspiration, cheers Marie

  5. she looks define and so wonderful! makes me think of Beatrix Potter,
    The Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck.

    next week I will get 2 african goose bumps (is this even english?)
    they are about 4 weeks old...photo's will follow on my blog of course...

    have a lovely day!

  6. YOU ARE MY KINDA GAL! I would have done the same thing! SHe looks fabulous. I look forward to the drawing!!! ANita

  7. You live an absolute fairy tale life with geese wearing bonnets, and walking on your porch. Bet that was a chore to get that on, and then to try to take pictures ! Too, too cute ! Gina

  8. Jeri ~ What a delightful story and pictures. The hat really looks just right for Fiona.

    You have made me smile this morning.

    May you have a lovely day.


  9. it all makes perfect sense to me, having once dressed my vacuum cleaner as a snowman.

  10. Yes, Fiona is a dead ringer for Jemima Puddleduck, but poor Jemima had nary a brain in her little head. Fiona, on the other hand is a simply brilliant goose!
    Anna, I really love it... African Goose Bumps!

  11. Valerie,I would have loved seeing that vacuum cleaner! We just make do sometimes, and since you are working on a Christmas book in the summertime, I guess a vacuum cleaner is a fairly upright replacement for a real snowman.

  12. Oh how this is such a treat to come here in this world of creatures with a personality!!! Jeri, thank you for coming by today; it means a lot to me! I love your world...the Dutchess and Penny from Angelsdoor both had told me I would just adore you, and they were right!!!

    Au revoir, Fiona! You look stunning! Hehehehe Anita

  13. Your animals must be very forgiving. LOL! The cat would have had me scratched to pieces.LOL! Fiona does look lovely in the bonnet though.

  14. Hi Jeri
    Thank you so much for your most welcome visit and kind words. The raccoon is one of my favorites also..
    Enjoy your evening.
    Warm regards,

  15. Derest Jeri~ Oh yes that is a huge compliment as I too , I am *very* fond of Tasha's work as well as Beatrix Potter.My *children* looks a lot like farm children from where/when I grow up... there is something tranquile about the simplicity back in Brazil farmland and how my life still is , that I love so very much.

    Thank you for visiting me. I am very fond of your work as well,grin...I just love the animals.... your turtle has captive my heart.Smiles~

    ps. I must comment on your post.... the hat is *perfect* for Fiona and you *MUST* paint her now... Absolutely lovely!!!When you new book will be ready?

  16. I have a new rooster
    come over and take a look...


  17. The perfect goose for the perfect little hat. She looks so fetching in her bonnet. Have a good weekend.

  18. You make April in our corner of the
    world so enchanting...which it is
    if you look through God-glazed eyes
    You make us see what you see and
    create for us a reflection of what
    we see but cannot express as well..

  19. Thank you for sharing your beautiful world with us!


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