Monday, 17 June 2019


Lots of grunting and groaning can be heard coming from inside the folly!
"Zak push it harder!"
" I am! You try pushing your side harder!"

"Together on three! "says Toby " Three!"
"What happened to one and two? " demands Zak

"Why do we have to hide it again? " asks Zak
" Stop asking questions and push harder!"

The boys have been arguing so much they've failed to hear the approach of  a vehicle... finally Toby listens..... over the sound of an approaching car? he can just make out singing.. " and if one green bottle should accidentally fallllllllll... theyyy be fifty one green bottles hanging on the wallllll "

"Shh !" whispers Toby " Someone's coming"

Zak is glad to stop trying to push and rests ,catching his breathe, while Toby looks over towards the archway... is the sound getting nearer....

Yes ! " Quick Zak come and stand in front of the sleigh! Quick !"
"What?  Why? "
" Just do it!"

" 49 green bottles hanging on the wall l l "

into view drives a small vintage open top bus .. full of singing ... bears.. " and if one green bottle should accidentally fa l l l l l l l  "

As those on the top deck belt out their song, Gertie on the bottom deck groans " Who on earth decided to sing ten green bottles! I'm sick of hearing about green bottles!"
Just as her best friend Amie ,is about to reply the singing stops and Gustave bangs on the roof " Halt! Halt! "
"What now " complains Gertie " He cannot need to go again? " surely!"
"Look " calls Gustave " Zak and the naughty Toby .. over there !"

" Oh no he's seen us !" whispers Zak
"Start walking towards them " Toby whispers back

Edward climbs out of his seat and stands and stretches beside the bus, these long bus journeys were hard on his old stuffing!
" Hello lads" he calls cheerfully " what are you up to? so far from the house  "

Hurrying forward and hoping that Edward cannot see the red sleigh " Nothing " says Toby back " Why do we have to be up to something!"

Edward moves towards them, so they hurry faster.
" I didn't mean it like you were UP TO something " Edward says soothingly " I just wondered if you were playing or such "
Giving Zak a dig, not missed by the ever seeing Edward , Toby says in an aside " Don't say a word!" Toby knows that if Edward asks Zak directly he'll spill the beans like the big sissy he is!

"Did you have a good holiday? "Toby asks trying to change the subject " The weathers been awful here all week... rain and cold ...terrible!"

Not fooled one bit Edward heads back to the bus and climbs back in his seat " Alas " he replies " last weeks terrible weather was the same for us but we did have a lovely two weeks before that "
" Good Good " mutters Toby

Leaning out the bus Edward asks " Can you lads follow us home to the house? I'm afraid we may run out of petrol before we get there plus another couple of hands will help us unpack the bus much quicker "
Toby's about to say no when he looks at Edwards face....... drat .. he knows if they don't follow the bus Edward will get back out for some reason and go look where they've left the sleigh!
so he replies " Of Course love to help come on Zak "

Gustave bangs on the roof " Forward!" he commands
Stanley, who is driving, calls out angrily " I don't need you keep telling me what to do and when to do it!"
Gustave looks down " Shall I drive? "
There is a collective gasp on the bus and breaths are held
" No thanks " says Stanley " I've no wish to lose another life after last time !"
" That was NOT my fault !" he growl's his accent thickening "If that old bear had nor step out in front of me I'd not have landed us in the bushes!"
"Whose he calling an OLD bear " demands Amie from down on the lower deck " I'll have you know I'm younger than you!" she shouts at the ceiling!

Toby and Zak follow the bus listening to the bears argue
" I'm bearly " snigger's Gustave " 35 where as you are at least 80 if you are a day!"
"WHAT! " screeches Amie " Stanley STOP THIS BUS!  I'm going to box that bear's ears until he's deaf  a post , like the one he's got for a brain "
"I'm not stopping" grumbles Stanley " we had to wait half an hour earlier ,while you chased him round the lanes and you didn't catch him then and you won't now! " he huffs " and I've no more energy for carrying your portly self back to the bus again "
"Stanley!" says Gertie shocked, as Amie's speechless ... well for a few minutes

everyone, even the boys wait with baited breath for Amie to speak...

"Stanley Blenkenforth  if you think I will EVER make you another of my award winning cream and apple puffs ,EVER again you are sadly.." here her voice deepens " mistaken "
"Oh hush you silly woman " laughs Stanley softly, winking at Amie's red face in the driving mirror " You know I love every inch of that plump little chassis ! "

After the barest of pauses the  occupants of the bus burst into voice " AMIE! you sly old thing ! are you and Stanley an item!" demands Gertie " I'm your best friend and you didn't tell me !"
"Well you'd have told everyone" says Amie
Hugo at the back of the bus asks " What's a chassis? and where does Amie keep hers? " pausing to think he continues " and why does Stanley love it all and can I have one of your award winning cream and apple puffs , I'm starving "
Upstairs Gustave is again offering to drive the bus " Come on Stanley you can go cuddle Amie's chassis that you love so much " he laughs
Anastacia , he's own truelove, pushes him in the shoulder from her seat behind him " Gustave behave! you don't want to miss out on having some of Amie's cakes then next time she's baking do you? "

"Now look what you've done Stanley !" says Amie wondering how to explain to young bear cub Hugo what her chassis is and should she be telling a cub of his tender years such things?
Toby and Zak listening to the goings on bus totally forget all about the sleigh and start asking questions of Zebedee riding on the back looking at them
Zebedee smiles from under his Inca style hat " Hug any good trees while I was away boys? " he asks

Meanwhile as the bus and boys move further away in the garden....

from out of the bushes comes a very stately reindeer , looking some what relieved.

Stepping in front of the sleigh he pauses.. that was a close thing if those lads had got this further into those bushes I'd have had trouble getting it out again.
Deciding it would be too dangerous to wait until dark to return the sleigh to the north pole, he starts to mutter a spell that binds the sleigh by invisible ropes to his body.

Using the last of his magic dust ,he mutters the spell that will make him and the sleigh invisible to anyone should they look skyward for the next couple of hours. Sighing he starts forward promising himself that's the last time he does Rudolf a favour.. Comet can you just go down to the south and bring me back a .. never mind .. he'd fallen down before he could complete  Rudolf's request.. those drone things people were flying now need to be controlled he mutters , then with a blink the folly is empty and a child looking up sees a ripple in the sky as if something just passed by but nothing was there?


Sunday, 16 June 2019


YES! it's true today we are having some SUN! it did not arrive until an hour or so ago ( 2 pm ) and who knows just how much longer it will stay with the very strong gusty wind that's blowing but it's so nice to finally see it!

We in England have had a week of almost constant rain ! Cold nights and cool days! I even put my scarf along with my long winter coat back on to protect me from the rain and cold  ! Where is Flaming June? I did catch a small glimpse on Friday when I was driving back to work for a good friends leaving do but since I was in the car and it was late afternoon there was no chance of enjoying it!

Although the weeks appear to be rocketing past the work is almost on at a standstill! But then we have both had a heavy week.

And yesterday we had friends coming to dinner , only to just be finishing a late lunch, due to me working the morning, for the door bell to ring and Paul to bring our old next door neighbours into the living room. We'd not seen them for about nine years! They'd been in the area and thought they'd knock to see if we were in.
 We had a lovely catch up and despite the length of time since we'd last met, it was just as if they'd popped in from next door!
( I'd lost my address book a few years back and it was not until last year that I managed to find their address to send a card and note ) So their address and contact details are now in the new address book.

So by the time they'd left and we had about twenty minutes before our friends arrived for dinner , so we had a full day that was perfectly spent with our friends.

I found this beautiful plate on ebay, it's from the 1930's and it's the first one from this maker that I'd seen in this colourway. So I snapped it up looking forward to adding it to my small collection from this company.

I knew it would fit in my new kitchen's colour palette of blue and yellow.

Only for it to arrive and be broken... : (

I think , this plate's lasted almost 100 years only to be failed by wrapping in flat bubble wrap and a slim box! Yes I have been refunded but I'd rather have this plate in the perfect condition it started it's journey in! I cannot bring myself to throw it out, so I'm going to see if Paul can repair it but I'll be forever aware it's damaged. So now I'll be looking out for another..... I think it will be a long long search taking years...

The kitchen ,due to work and visitors, came to a standstill this weekend but I am ever hopefully that progress will be made next weekend. I did however donate a large box of paperback books to charity and have decided to donate a lovely Denby tea set I own , along with some other china to another charity shop. I also sold another doll, so the possessions are slowly going down, although Paul says I'm also doing my hardest to just increase them in another way! ( He's referring to my vintage china! )

On a different note because this afternoon been lovely and sunny although very windy I have been able to get outside and see just what Toby and Zak were up to ! So I'm off to write the rest of that tale ready for publishing on Monday or Tuesday.

Have a lovely Healthy fun filled week ahead.


Saturday, 8 June 2019


"Toby! Your not supposed to be outside!" Zak calls after Toby, who is hurrying down the garden
" Yes I am " answers Toby

" You are not! " says Zak catching up " Mum said you was not allowed out after school for a month because you went to Norfolk "
" Exactly !" says Toby

" Exactly? " asks Zak
"Yes exactly " replies Toby " Mum said I was not allowed outside after school for a month  correct?
" Yes"
" Well it's Saturday so there is no school so I can come outside "

Zak's not quite sure that's what Mum meant when she banned Toby but asks instead " Why are we going to the folly? "
" Because " Toby says , finally stopping , so Zak can catch his breath....

" Because " repeats Toby his voice lowering " Last night when everyone was in bed ,I was standing on the kitchen counter trying to reach the biscuits when I saw a bright light and heard a thud at the bottom of the garden "
Keeping his own voice low Zak asks " How did you see a light if you had your head in the biscuit barrel? "
" I didn't have my head in the biscuit barrel! " says Toby raising his voice, then dropping it low again " I'd dropped a biscuit on the counter and was trying to find it when this light appeared, I saw the biscuit , then wondered where the light had come from! "
" And "
"and it came from down here because I was facing the back doors and could see the light through the gap in the curtains !" says Toby triumphantly

Then Toby's off again heading for the archway into the folly, Zak hurries on behind.

The boys stop near to the opening. Toby looks serious, Zak worried.
" What if it was an alien space craft ? " worried Zak
" Cool!" says Toby

" Maybe you'd best stay here Zak, then you can go get help if it's aliens!" Toby says gleefully
"Let's go get help anyway " Zak pleads shakily
" Nah ! "

Toby goes over to the archway, then looks inside " Wow! " he exclaims turning to Zak he calls " You just got to see this! " then he's gone.

Zak moves closer to the archway , he's feeling a little sick in his stomach " Toby ! Toby ! " he calls softly not wanting to let any aliens inside know he's around!

Muttering to himself shakily " Toby if you are being eaten by an alien I'm never talking to you again!" he moves closer and peeps round .

Once he manages to open his eyes , which were refusing to open, he sees Toby grinning at him.

"Come on Zak " calls Toby loudly " Look it's Santa's sleigh ! In our garden! "

Finally Zak manages to unfreeze his limbs and walks up to Toby . "Why would Santa's sleigh be in our garden in June! " he tells Toby " It must belong to Mum or Dad "
" What would they be doing with a red sleigh just like Santa's ? "
" How do you know Santa's sleigh is red? "
" because it is "
" That's not an answer " scoffs Zak

" We need to hide it " Toby looks around " maybe we could pull it into those bushes? "
" Why do we need to hide it? "
" Because we don't want the others nabbing it, it's ours, our secret " grins Toby happily
" according to you it's Santa's and he'll probably be back tonight to claim it !"
" Not " says Toby smugly " If he cannot find it!"

" That's stealing! " says Zak shocked
" Is not!"
"Is Too !"
"Too" "
while they are arguing they fail to notice they are no longer alone...

"Just great " something sighs " Kids "

to be continued....


Wednesday, 5 June 2019


June the fifth! Normally flaming June and it did start well but now we are having cooler rainy weather !
But hopefully there will be warmth between the showers!
 So dolls shelf day has arrived, so lets get going....

From Gregoropolis we have this row of beauties in their bright summer dresses, showing us that summer is on the way and they are ready for it!

Karin in Switzerland sends us the beautiful Lucy wearing a classic white dress among the white roses that spill over the wall where she stands....summer is coming!

Here in the village Jenny's been in the garden enjoying sitting amid the flowers , watching the bees buzzing.

From Jenni over in wales we have Noelle who's found the pattern book and is trying to decide just how many clothes mum needs to make her!

Oops looks like she's found the fabric stash and is going for the lot!

There's still time to have your photo added to this months doll photos. Thank you to everyone taking part.


Sunday, 2 June 2019


Yes June ! almost halfway through the year! But what fun we are having! The first of June in England  has been wonderful and warm , the sun shinning, which makes everyone feel happy and that life is good and hoping that the weather will continue through the summer.

So what's been happening in the village ? Well I just knew as I was typing about those kitchen doors being put on to the units in the kitchen that I'd just given that plan the kiss of death! You know what happens when you make plans.. yep things come along to ride over them !

However they have had a second coat of paint but I'll say no more for fear of another spanner getting thrown in the works!

But on the downsizing of our possessions I've been doing quite well in some ways. I put seven dolls on ebay and have sold three already and they are with their new owners or on the way. A couple of others have had some inquiries, so hopefully another one or two may find new homes. Now don't get me wrong , every doll I'm selling is a doll I do love but there just comes a time when you have to look at the space that's available and whether or not you have actually given a doll any attention.
It's all very well them having pretty faces but crammed in a cupboard will soon put paid to that!

So I'm thinning out my less used or attended dolls , keeping maybe just one or two of my absolute favourites from each design/maker or none at all!

I've also cleared a few more books from our cookery and gardening books plus others and now twenty nine are elsewhere in charity shops etc, making space on the shelves for Paul and my record albums from the seventies and eighties.
It's nice to finally have a place for them, since we took the box from out the shed and left it under the stairs.
There are still lots more books to look through but I'm doing them as and when I need the space at present because I have other places that need help first.

I have to say that I'm getting more committed to just getting rid of any of the household items that are never used or no longer needed and hope to be clutter free , well on the household side, by December!

I say some success clearing out because alas I cannot resist a discount on Emma Bridgewater ! And since I do consider my EB a collection but one that is always in use, I don't feel quite so bad about adding a mug or three, now and then !
Yes that is three mugs and a tin.... what can I say I love tins too! lol 

I've not yet Marie Kondo'd my clothes since I've worked all week including Saturday but hopefully I'll be able to get round to it this coming week.

On the work front everything was going smoothly and had settled down somewhat, with just a tweak or two still to sort but it's all blown up again! But more about that another time, the weekend weathers been too lovely to spoil with tales of woe

Well while I've been coming back and forward to finish this post all day now most of the new kitchen doors are now on! But still need a little work and their handles. The new lower units have arrived along with the new sink, so it's slowly coming along. Ill hopefully be able to share some more photos next Sunday.

So It's a new month , so it's almost time for those Doll shelf photos on the fifth, I've plans to take mine outside in the garden providing the weather agrees.

Wishing everyone with a birthday this month, a happy and wonderful day.