Sunday, 26 February 2017


I'm not going to say it! But I will say that on Wednesday it will be March! The start of Spring! Which will be wonderful! I'm so looking forward to seeing the garden start to awake and the buds start to push through the earth to start filling the garden with some colour.

It's amazing how a bright spring day can lift the soul and fill you with joy. There is nothing like standing outside in the garden or the countryside and feeling that small touch of sun on your face while you look about at the surrounding view as the earth starts to warm.

Okay enough of this sentiment! ;) What's been happening here in the village, well quite a bit in one way and another!

When Spring starts to encroach I always start to fill with ideas and plans and the need to change or alter things and so it's been these last couple of days.

Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that I've been working on my Sasha ' Studio' with a view to moving my blog photography into a space that could be left as room setting etc and also for storing the few.. cough cough.. dolls I have.

And so Paul gave me the end of his workshop and I set it all up and ready only to not get round to using it because It's a little small with all the things I have! I had originally considered this building...

This started Life as an open topped Gazebo which a few years back we roofed. However we have been concerned that we don't know just how the posts it all rests on are sturdy. They could be rotting depending how the previous owner fitted them.Last year we did a temporary fill in on two sides, so we could over winter some of the more tender larger plants.
We had intended to remove these temporary walls and lay a concrete foundation round the edge and rebuild the walls with insulation between and make it into an outside office cum summerhouse.Therefore making sure that if the posts failed the roof would be held up by the new walls.

This photo shows you that it's a much bigger area than my corner in the workshop. So I said to Paul that I'd like to have this space for my dolls and sewing machine and other things etc.Then he could have my old Studio for his stained glass workshop.
But I knew this would be an awful lot of work to get this was is mainly a gazebo with a roof up to scratch so I went to look at what was available on line.

and look what I found...... a lovely log cabin that can be put together in a couple days. It would be big enough for my daughter Lindsey , who works from home a couple of days a week to be able to have a corner for her desk, it's double glazed and 40mm thick logs but we will insulate it as well. So we are considering this and to that end I'm selling a few dolls to pay for it.

I'm needing to doll fund it due to working for a major bank that's just announced it's results of losses for another year and there is going to be branch closures and redundancies. My branch I know won't close as it's been modernised but that does not mean we won't lose our jobs as they may have other people they want to keep and move to us. So to that end I need to not spend money, if you know what I mean to fund this.

So I will be selling a few dolls , not just Sasha's, but some of my other unused dolls, I've already sold my Little darling girl as although I loved her , she just sat about and I did nothing with her and it was nice having her but I can honestly say I won't miss her as she took so long to arrive I'd grow cold about her and it did not change.

So look out on my sales page as any Sasha's I decide need to go , will be listed there along with anything else clothes etc .

Nothings happen house wise as Paul's spent this weekend making the new compost bays for the garden. We made a point of getting the wood at the same time as we bought the wood etc for enclosing the porch.

He's using scaffold boards and treating them in the hope it will help them last longer. With such a large garden we need a big compost area.

Thought I'd share this old photo of my 68 brunettes, Jenny, Ragnor and Meredith. Especially as Ragnor keeps telling me he needs a castle  ! and he says our garden is plenty big enough and if I'm getting a big studio, him and his brothers should get a castle .....

Well enjoy the coming week, I'll be trying to get a good couple of photos ready for the doll shelf photos on the 5th , so please send in your ready for the day of sharing.



  1. I am looking at one of the same cabins as a temporary abode should our house finally collapse.
    But please would Ragnor mind spelling the word C..A..S..T...L...E in future? There's a somewhat demanding Button-nose boy here who thinks he has lordly connections as it is and I realy don't want him getting any more high and mighty ideas!

    1. I did think one of those could do you while you get the wall repaired! I will tell Ragnor to spell Castle in future.. oops C A S T L E. He's gone off to draw some plans! He's nothing if not optimistic, says he's going to get Percy to look them over before he presents them to Dad... :)

  2. How exciting! I love the cabin......good luck with making that plan work. My brother has something similar in his back garden for his model railway layouts and it works so well.

    Good luck about your job *sigh*
    And good luck to Ragnor getting that....."medieval defended house" in the garden somewhere one day too.

    1. Thanks Jane, I so need the right amount of space for all these props I have and hopefully this will solve the problem once and for all!
      It's definitely a sigh!
      Ragnor is full of hope and plans !

  3. I've worked for a major bank for 20 years now, through good years and bad, and change and uncertainty seem to be a constant. Spring is a wonderful, hopeful time. Even my most ambitious garden projects seem possible in the spring. Don't mention castle to my boys. They already want a clubhouse, but I'm sure a castle would be much more to their liking. For such little guys they can certainly have grandiose ideas!

    1. I've been at this one for nearly 18 years or it could be 19 I've lost track!What will be will be , as the saying goes!
      Spring is the best time for making plans and having dreams , some may even come to pass!! :)
      I'm trying to convince Ragnor a medieval tower would be just as good! and much easier to find space for!!

  4. Maybe you should have also spelled the word C A B I N ... no I can't have one, it wouldn't fit into our tiny back yard. I think it's a very good idea to give you space for your studio.
    Keeping my fingers crossed for your job.

    1. I could spell the word C A B I N :) it looks like an easy option but in truth it will still involve a lot of work..
      Thank you , I don't mind the job going if they pay me big goodbye ;)

  5. That cabin/castle is just beautiful and it's double glazed - perfect for your one or two dolls and that shoe box of props!
    There is something about wood which is so attractive. Such a warm feel and the scent of pine.....
    Now all you need to do is part with one or two things - now that might be the hard part!

    1. You are so right Rosie ;) I didn't realise you'd seen that shoe box! ;)
      I agree, about wood, It will be a shame to have to insulate inside as it would be nice to have keep the wooden wall on show.
      Yes finding enough things to help pay for it that I can bring myself to part with is going to be the hard part!

  6. This is a great idea, we looked at the same recently for our garden as Brian thought it would work well for me, my dolls and my sewing stuff....but since Brendan got married I have room, well sort of. What is it that we seem to fill any space we have!!!
    I hope you'll get your cabin, and will make good use of it I'm sure!

    As for your job, hopefully you'll be able to work until YOU want to, but the uncertainty is not good. :(

    1. Lol we can never have enough space for our dolls especially as one goes then three appear!
      You would get good use out of one bring in a much warmer place. I will have to heat mine to make sure everything keeps in good condition!
      I'll just have to wait and see what happens but I'm not going to worry about it! Xxx

  7. What a fantastic cabin! It will be great to have a special area for your dolls and blog posts. I hope your job works out the best way possible and I have to say that leaving the workforce is very, very nice, at least so far! 😊 xxx

    1. It well be soooo nice to have all that space! I'll just have to wait and see what happens with the job but it would be nice if they don't do the redundancies until later in the year but if it happens earlier so be it! Glad you are enjoying being home 😀 Xxx

  8. Wonderful cabin which if the plan goes through will be a perfect Sasha Studio...bigger, cleaner, lighter and more airy and much closer to the house for all those coming and goings with the camera and dolls etc.

    1. It is and would be , if plans work out! I think it's still going to be a lot of work :)