Tuesday 16 April 2024

BONDING

 


Obie and Otto have been getting bonding over the last few days, remembering back to their days side by side on the factory floor being passed from getting given a full head of hair to being strung and dressed.


Otto telling his brother he'd spent nearly all the time apart in his box, luckily with a window to watch the world pass him by. This made Obie feel sad for his bro , as he'd been here, there and almost everywhere over the years.

Gigi the baby giraffe leans against Otto , offering comfort and a back to scratch..

"Well you can put all that behind you and move forward " Says Obie " You have escaped that box and our new mum never leaves her children in boxes' so no fear of it happening again"

" That will be so good " replies Otto softly " It's so nice to be with family"



"Well what would you like to be when you grow up? " Obie asks " I want to be a race car driver "

Otto pauses then says " I'd like to be an actor or if not then a zoo keeper maybe with giraffes "


Did someone say Giraffe ? thinks Gigi appearing between the boys


" Mm a Zoo keeper? good to have a fall back plan" says Obie " I would not mind being a zoo keeper but tigers for me"


"Maybe I could have a race track in a zoo? " wonders Obie " or even a racing zoo with the animals competing!"

Otto looks at his brother amazed, while Gigi wonders what car she could fit in to drive, she'd quite like whizzing about!

Getting into the dream Otto adds " Maybe with a drive-in theatre, so I can be acting too !"

" Wow! What a great idea! Let's go tell the others, they may want to join us " says Obie excitedly

Meanwhile Gigi is still thinking ... maybe a motorbike their quite whizzy but my legs would be too long drat! Mmm maybe an ambulance! with the siren going so everyone would have to get out my way!! I'd win every time!! result!  




Sunday 14 April 2024

ANOTHER APRIL SUNDAY

 


Well another week's gone by and a very productive one at that. We had one of my favourite things delivered on Wednesday, I don't enjoy the cost of it but I love just how much a difference the home and garden can look after its been here a few days!

Bet you have no idea what arrived, so I'll tell you a lovely bright yellow 8 yard skip!! Yes that's what it was a big skip!! I can only live with loads of mess for so long and so finally I ordered a skip to be dropped off, so we could break down the old kitchen units and start clearing the carport and back garden patio where they'd been left since Paul removed them. We'd half filled it with a couple of hours, then Thursday was adding all the stuff that was hiding around the garden, broken pots, rotten wood, things no longer needed but no good to donate. Once everything heavy, awkward and no longer needed was in, Friday  we  added the massive pile we still had of cardboard, even though we'd been leaving large piles for the recycling collection every two weeks. 

They recycle everything from the skip that they can, so its not going to landfill. So now we can use the gazebo again and the garden corners ( Where Paul likes to leave things ) are all nice and empty .

The weather's been beautiful since Thursday, the sun shinning and the garden growing like it's going out of fashion! 

We have been playing musical pictures in the breakfast/day room.

This was the one we were going to put up here, The banishment of Cordelia from Shakespeare's play King Lear but our daughter Lindsey thinks it's a sad picture due to the subject, so we tried some others.


We tried this one from off the stairs.


Then this one that did not have a home yet.

or this one, my favourite but problem is where it hangs on the stairs it looks perfect! So which do you think we settled on? I'll share a photo next week when Paul's finally wallpapered that last bit of wall at the side.

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Today's headliner are Beatty and Magda, in their summer dungaree shorts, hoping that summer will arrive soon just because we've had a couple of lovely warm days !! 

I'm sharing this wonderful photo from my Sasha Calendar, given to me by a lovely friend.


Look at that view and that handsome well dressed Gregor enjoying it.

On the doll front..

If you read yesterdays post you will know that the expected Caleb arrived from the US and it took barely a week!. Which means that two dolls arrived this week! Slippery slope or what!

Otto is same colour as Obie, so not as dark as I hoped but in truth much better if you want to photograph them and also makes him a true identical twin, well apart from one's got an English accent and the other American! More from them in the week.

Also a small pile of clothing arrived from Maudie May, which the two lads dived into first and are very happy.

One doll did sell in the week, which was just as well with these two arriving !

Well I'm off to find some clothes belonging to a doll I'm selling but naturally I but them in a safe place....

Have a lovely healthy happy week ahead with I hope some warm dry weather

Dee





Saturday 13 April 2024

AN EXPECTED ARRIVAL!

 


Lovely and quick  Otto ( Othello ) arrived today for the USA. Barely a week from door to door! Excellent service.


He came in his original box wearing all his original clothes. It looks almost minty and still had some sand in his torso.

Now when all my dolls arrive that have a quick wash, unless more is needed, and a nice new change of clothes. So I stripped off Otto and found some sand but also he had a strange feel to him. I ran my finger along his leg and it seemed to cause a smear?

So straight to the sink, I ran some water wet my hand and just wiped it over him, to find he started to get little soapy suds! So he was given a good wash over to rid him of the soap or whatever he'd had left on him. Very strange! I did wonder if it was something to hide a possible problem he may have but he was not smelly or appear to have any mould etc.

He does appear to have one leg slightly shorter than the other but apart from that nothing else at present.


So he's had a change of clothes and been out looking round the garden.


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He had a delve through the newly arrive assortment of items from Maudie May's and selected a pair of Giraffe cut offs and a skull top! An interesting mix..

Last time I saw him he was off in search of Obie, wanting to know how his box went right and off to USA and Obie's went left and off to a store in the UK! I don't think Obie will be able to help with that but at least it will break the ice after not seeing each other since they were born.


Tuesday 9 April 2024

AN UNEXPECTED ARRIVAL

 

Now I know I mentioned there could be a Gregor arriving , It was not this lad! The famous state of affairs that seems to happen with my doll buying, like buses several arrived on the scene at once!


I have one on the way, but he's travelling long distance, however his brother here, was just up country and since I'd been thinking twins would be nice and had been tempted by another, I decided to invite him to live here.

Now, don't tell him but I really wanted the very dark Caleb's and I'm so hoping that his brother is , even if he's turned out to be on the lighter scale himself.

When he arrived this morning Paul's words were " How longs he staying for, poor lad " because any of the other black Gregor's or Sasha's I have ever bought have moved on usually in a few months!! I mentioned he's waiting for his brother, so he should still be here in at least two weeks ;) 

Well I have to blame the FB Sasha group for setting off my search for a nice black Caleb, when they had a week long show and tell about all the Cora's, Caleb's and babies and wonderful photos started appearing. It reminded me that I wished I'd kept my first ever Caleb, who was lovely and black and small. But back then I worried about marking his pristine face with greasy fingers and he was hard to photograph from being so dark. So he was adopted and although others did arrive and then leave, he was the one I would really have loved to have back.



Then , there is Gill, sharing her not one !, not two ! but three Caleb's !!!, looking so smart and handsome. So naturally I was off looking but missed out on a couple in the UK a couple of weeks back.

Then who turns up on doll photo day but Sherlock Caleb Holmes hunting for Spring, which re lit the idea to go check for a nice dark Caleb. Off I go to check the sites , where  lo and behold there is not one Caleb on sale but a half dozen !!!

Next thing I know one is on his way to the UK ! And I'm still looking at a couple of the others.... but managed to resist.... until 


Obie ( Oberon ) appeared But hey ! at least it's not triplets....mm... 

So he awaits impatiently for his brother  Otto ( Othello ) to arrive. Let's hope he is a nice small very black lad or I may just have to have triplets.... 


 


Sunday 7 April 2024

AN APRIL SUNDAY


So Easter was lovely but now it's over, so we move on to sorting out the panelled wall area in the breakfast/day room. 


I decided that the green in the kitchen would be way too bright for a whole wall in the rest of the area. Above on the right is F&B Breakfast Room Green, lovely colour and perfect name. However that would mean buying another pot of their expensive paint.
So on the left we have the Emerald Green paint from the kitchen but mixed up with some Farrows cream 67 paint also by F&B that we had left over from the hallway. This I'm calling Paul's green.

So more decisions ! 


In the end we decided to use Paul's green, since it costs nothing, uses up the paint and is a lovely colour. Above is it's first coat, which looks lovely and brighter than seen in the photos but not too bright.
He now needs to fit the door to the boiler cupboard, so he can paint that before mixing up a second batch.

Our print for the empty wall in the kitchen finally arrived and looks well in the space, there is still space for other things if necessary too.


The print is of a section of the beautiful garden at Great Dixter, the home of the late Christopher Lloyd, shown is the long border with the house behind. If you love medieval buildings and gardens, this is well worth a visit.

I have also been finding frames for some of the prints that have been waiting a few years to get on the walls!


I finally found a frame that would fit this long print which Paul then cut down the frame in height and remade.
Years back when we did the hall stairs and landing, we left a space above an arts n crafts copper plate for a print of a women pouring water from a bowl, it's taken us until this week to finally frame and put up the print !


I have one more print to frame and then I'm finally caught up and we can forget about frames!

The weekend , so far as been dry but very windy thanks to storm Kathleen, which has hit other parts of the country much worse than around here.



Todays headliner is the gorgeous Magda, still wearing her winter purples but since it's been so chilly with all the wind around, she's been more than happy to stay wrapped up. Although she does say she is ready for a change in the next couple of weeks.

On the doll front not much has been happening, well apart from me buying a Gregor.... but more about him once he arrives. I need to get my act together to sort out a donation to the festival raffle in the next couple of weeks and also try getting back into the doll studio! 

So I will wish you all a happy healthy week ahead 

Dee






Friday 5 April 2024

IT'S THE FIFTH SO DOLL PHOTO DAY

Yes the fifth already. What a starting photo we have this month. So lets get it going...



From Daddy John we have this fabulous photo of his boys in their leathers. Don't they look the business! Now are they 'Jets' or is it Grease Lightening I can hear playing in the background?  Will it be Harley Davidsons's John's got to save for or five hot rod's ? Either way that man's gonna be poor for years... unless Daddy Steve help out....


From Scarborough we have this sweetheart looking forward to the warmer weather coming, now it's April.


Also over at Gregoropolis, those who are not revving up a motor bike or hot rod, like Kenzo and Robin are strutting their stuff in their new Ginny made shirts. " Do you think it's her abstract period? " Kenzo asks " Mm that or it's Daddy Steve's " Robin replies.


Meanwhile over in Germany, Dr Watson aka Caleb, is enjoying some lovely spring weather out in the garden and wondering if someone! had been that way and knocked over the daffodil ! He just cannot help being 'on the case' no matter where he is. I think it's just fallen that way in the wind Caleb, no need to get out the coat and hat yet!



Here in the village, Magda's been sheltering from the winds by hanging out in the new covered arbour benches. Luckily she's not changed out of her winter wear yet especially as it all seems to be sunshine and showers with strong gusty breezes at the moment.


She also checked out the tulips found in the pots that are bringing some early colour to the flower garden.


Many thanks to everyone for sending in a doll photo and taking part. Still time to have your added just send it in.

I'm off to watch Grease since I cannot get that song out my head every time I see John's boys photo.

Monday 1 April 2024

APRIL 1ST

 


Well April has arrived ! Hopefully it will bring warmer drier weather although today is cloudy with a chance of rain, typical.

Saturday was a gloriously sunny day a sign of things to come in the coming months hopefully. I'll probably be moaning in a month that its too hot but hey! I'm British its what we do, complain about the weather ;)

Everything since the beginning of the year has been taken up by the house and garden, but Paul's now finished the kitchen completely... yes a first for us in years.. there is usually something that never gets done but not this time.  Because we moved the larder cupboard to the other side of the room, so we could put in the peninsular, the wall where it used to be now needs work to bring it match in with that side of the room.

He already has a head start on it because he put in the panelling when he did the panelling in the kitchen. So it's not masses to do. Once it's done we can just enjoy the results and rest up until later in the year.



Claudia and Pippa are today's headliners.  It was not until I took this photo that I realised Pippa was smaller than Claudia, which is lovely. I do like the smaller dolls and it's nice to have  a difference in height amongst them. 

I will be needing to have yet another change round with the doll cabinet as we need the space it's standing in, so another space needs finding. It's forever musical doll cabinets in this house! 

I have been tempted by a few Sasha's and Gregor's lately but have managed not to acquire any so far...

At least now it's starting to brighten up and most of the works been done, I'm starting to think about getting out into my doll studio and having a big clean out. Alas what I then need is a place to sell off all the things I no longer need in one fell swoop, rather than a piece here and there! 

On the grandchildren side I sent a big Nanny does as she pleases box to them, inside of which was a sit on tractor with trailer and a digger!


Adam is a big fan of these types of things, and although it's meant for both of them, he will hog it, so he is a very happy bunny this Easter. I did not forget Clara however knowing the tractor would be more Adam's thing, her present could not arrive until this Thursday/Friday.


But she's receiving a large tent that can be used inside or out and will fit up to three children. I don't usually spend large amounts or buy big presents for them but since their birthdays are November and February the colder winter months, and right on top of Christmas, they get all the new play things around the same time. I was going to wait until the summer to buy these for them but then figured the tractor would get more use now with a two week Easter break.  It's the first time I've sent them anything big and first time I've not checked with my daughter first and I won't be making a habit of it but hey Nanny does have to get some brownie points ... 

So we are off to visit them tomorrow and then it will be back to sorting out the last part of the house for now.

Since it's now April, It will soon be doll photo day , so please send in your photos. Have a great happy healthy month ahead.

Dee





Friday 29 March 2024

DID HE MAKE IT?

 Is the pope catholic ? Of course he did.


Even the shelves are up and filled.

Walls have been papered and the purple cupboard is finally well covered.


Finally found a new space for this print.


My beautiful, at least to me, purple larder cupboard. The colours in this photo of the walls etc are truer to life than in most of the other photos.


From the breakfast/day room side


The carpets down so it's official !



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So just the cornice to decide on, one if we do it and how. You can see a straight small piece on top of the left hand cupboard by the hob and the traditional piece is laying on top of the oven unit. It was just too cold and wet for Paul to be outside cutting it, so he'll sort it on Saturday and we can decide which one.


And look at that lovely wall space... just ripe for a picture or three!!!