Playing in Fall Leaves


Playing in Fall Leaves is the title of this month’s challenge in one of my online art groups.  This one is only open to Playing_in_fall_leaves_webpeople that are a part of this group, unlike the Gothic Arch Challenge, which is open to any one online that wants to participate.    Here is my little Paper Whimsy girl playing amongst the Autumn leave….as we know them here in Australia………..complete with her ‘furbelows’.  A misspelling on my part to another group prompted me to look up the origins of a word I had always known, but had never really taken the time to understand.  It is mentioned in the words of a song from the musical play of Oliver Twist (a famiy fav. & one that I played a lead role in, 25 years ago!!)

fur·be·low (fûr b-l)

n. 1. A ruffle or flounce on a garment.2. A piece of showy ornamentation. tr.v. fur·be·lowed, fur·be·low·ing, fur·be·lows To decorate with a ruffle or flounce.

[Probably alteration of Provençal farbello, farbella, fringe, perhaps alteration of Italian faldella, pleat, diminutive of falda, flap, loose end, of Germanic origin; see pel-2 in Indo-European roots.]
flounce, ruffle, frill adornment – a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness gauffer, goffer – an ornamental frill made by pressing pleats jabot – a ruffle on the front of a woman’s blouse or a man’s shirt  peplum – a flared ruffle attached to the waistline of a dress or jacket or blouse
Nancy, the lead female in the story leads a pretty grim life & eventually is killed at the hands of her brutal boyfriend.  In this scene she is ‘taking the Mickey’ out of those that are in more fortunate circumstances.


: Though you sometimes do come by

   The occasional black eye,

   You can always cover one

   While he blacks the other one,

   But you don’t dare cry.

   BET: No flounces, no feathers,

   No frills and furbelows.

   All winds and all weathers

   Ain’t good for fancy clothes.



:   These trappings,

   BET:   These tatters,

   BET and


:  These we can just afford.



:   What future?

   BET:   What matters:

   BET and


: We’ve got our bed and board


This has prompted me to post a challenge………….we haven’t had one in a while………….stay tuned for the next day or two while I think up something interesting….it will be all about FURBELOWS!!!


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