Sunday, 19 January 2020


I started writing this post on the Sunday that was the fifth and therefore doll photo day, so Sunday's chatty post was put to one side. Then I totally forgot I'd started this post and wrote another.
So rather that waste it , I have added to it to bring it up to date, so a mix up of sundays today.

The last weekend of the December, we had a late Christmas celebration with little Clara and her parents, they came for the weekend and we exchanged gifts and had a lovely Christmas dinner cooked by my wonderful husband! Yes I am very lucky as paul enjoys cooking and my girls love his Christmas dinners, so if ever I say I'm going to cook it , there are cries of " But we want dad's ! " and who am I to disappoint them !

Before you think result! I do therefore do all the clearing up and washing up, with help from the dishwasher, and will deal with any food requirements for the rest of the day.

Casper also had his second birthday on the 5th, it does not seem that long ago he was just a little puppy wanting cuddles! He still likes to have cuddles! Casper also likes to bark when he's excited and his bark is very loud , he gets excited when we have visitors, so he can make Clara unsure and a little upset but it was lovely this visit as Casper only barked a couple of times and Clara was fine with it and was even giving him some sausage as a treat.

So two already! Next up it will be Clara who is two and then in May Rufus ! So 2018 was a big year round here! A Granddaughter and then two retrievers!

On the doll front I have already sold on one of my non sasha dolls this year ! and I'll need to have another hard look at all the rest and decide if any others can go! Although it's not my intention to have another cull but it doesn't hurt to re-assess what is standing about on the shelves or laying about in boxes.

Thankfully I'm passed the buying any old doll or adding more clutter to what I already have, especially this time of year once the new years arrived I seem to see all that stuff that's got no home or is never used and want rid!
But like us all, I start with the best of intentions and then fall by the wayside when it comes to the good stuff! Not wanting to just give it away but then never getting round to actually selling it. Although I did manage to move on some furniture last year, so there is still some hope!

This week's been a distruped one, due to Paul needing to go and stay with his dad overnight for a few nights before having to drive back home every morning to work. I did say welcome to the daily commute , since he works from home with only the occasional trip into London.

Thursday I came out of work and got into my car and must have had my left leg at some sort of angle it didn't like because it made me gasp as I sat down. Then I could not straighten my left ! everytime I tried a massive pain shot into my knee! So I sat for a while rubbing it and trying to straighten it but everytime pain! Eventually I phoned Paul to say I may need him to come get me and take me to A&E to see what I'd done to myself. He needed to collect Lindsey first, so we agreed he'd phone me back once he'd done that.
I kept rubbing and trying to straigthen my leg and suddenly I managed it without any pain ! I texted Paul to say I'd drive myself home after making sure it wasn't going to happen again! I got home fine but later my knee was aching, so obviously i've pulled or twisted something but I can straiaghten it and can walk on it ! No Idea what I did but I don't want to be doing that again in a hurry!

Thankfully my knee/leg was okay, as yesterday we attended a surprise 90th birthday party for Paul's aunt. It was lovely and so nice to see so many of the family on that side, that we've not seen for a few years, as one of Paul's cousins said, it's usually funerals these days that the family see each other on masse.

Today the sun is shining bright but alas the day is therefore very cold! There is talk of ice and snow ! I hope it's just talk! I do not like ice and especially snow because of driving in the stuff ! I was starting to hope that this winter would be a lovely snow free one but I suppose it's early days yet.
I can image those of you in countries like the USA, Canada, Switzerland etc rolling your eyes at my moaning about the few inches or days of snow we may get, when you look outside and see several feet of the stuff along with deep minus temperatures! which can last for weeks!
It's because we are spoilt here!, we only have a little snow now and then , which means we never get good at dealing with or driving in the stuff and see it, after the initial beauty, as a massive hazard that's fraught with danger !

Only Mary was dressed warm enough to go outside and enjoy some bracingly fresh air !

 I did ask if she wanted her hood up but she was happy to leave it down and get that fresh zing !

We had to go out the front of the house to take our photos as the back was too bright! So she stood amongst the spring plants in the new metal trough.

Most of the others are still waiting for their scouting jamboree ! and so are still in their uniforms and since that will not behappening until around March /April they'll have a long wait!

I may have sold another doll, which will be good but still need to have that doll review and make some decisions ! I'm still having a fight with myself not to buy some old bears! Don't know why I've starting going down that route, well apart from their sweet faces, but I have a big enough hug as it is, especially if I consider all the really small bears I own.

Well I'm off to have a quick look around the net, then get on with a few household things plus some planning! It's already the 19th and not a list in sight!!!

Have great healthy week ahead free of any snowly icy hazards.


Thursday, 16 January 2020



1 / The christmas lights hang down, no longer stopping on first shelf

2/ Only four plates now on middle shelf

3/ The small Christmas bowls on top shelf are no longer stacked in two's but placed across in four places x2

4/ one small copper mould missing

5/ Christmas ball removed/missing

6/ Green and red chicken tin missing

7/ Jug from right  now in dish on the left on dresser top

8/ Two new winterberry bowls now on right of dresser top. x2

9/ Greenhouse tin now removed /missing from dresser top on left

10/ Tureen on left of bottom shelf now on right

11/ Gravey boat now on left not right of bottom shelf.

12/ Mini mug 25th Dec now on middle shelf instead of bottom.

13/ One one bowl now on bottom shelf in brights , there was another stacked inside in first photo.

14/ two mini stamp mugs , no longer on top shelf , now swapped with two mugs from lower shelf. x2

So 14 !

 Did you find them all? Did you find more? you can add the double, where two items were moved together, which I've counted as one move.