I’m introducing this birthday post with the ‘nothing short of FABULOUS’ Acrostic poem composed especially for me by the now famous Sasha poem writer, Dee Owen, for my birthday.
For those who aren’t sure just what an Acrostic poem is compared to an ordinary poem.
An acrostic is a poem in which the first letters of each line/verse spell out a word or phrase. The word or phrase can be a name, a thing, or whatever you like. Dee has chosen to use my name ‘Kendal.’
Usually, the first letter of each line is capitalized. This makes it easier to see the word spelled out vertically down the page. (Unfortunately when I copied and pasted the poem my blog didn’t highlight the first letters K,E,N,D.A,L (which Dee had also coloured in blue) as they were before and I’m not sure how to rectify this.
Acrostics don’t need to rhyme, and no need to worry about the rhythm of the lines. Each line can be as long or as short as you want it to be….even just one word….but Dee has decided to make life much harder for herself and not only put in rhymes at the end of every other line but also kept the line rhythms.
‘K’endal happy birthday
I hope you have a blast
Remembering the good one’s
and presents from the past
‘E’very post delights us
and makes us dance with joy
At seeing all those Sasha’s
Gregor’s ,babies and their toys
‘N’ever would we want you
to stop all that you do
For we love all your hard work
and appreciate it too
‘D’elicious are your dolls
the dresses and the shoes
Their poses and the backdrops
their accessories and news
‘A’mazing are the photo’s
you kindly share with us
We wish we could product such
with even twice the fuss!
‘L’astly please remember
your public does await
For news and views from Sasha Brood
while eating your mint cake!
With Love from Dee xx
For those of you who don’t know what ‘Kendal Mint Cake’ is, it’s a white energy bar made in Kendal, Cumbria, from pure and natural ingredients like sugar, glucose syrup and oil of peppermint, which is used by people walking in the famous Cumbrian Landscape (Lake Districts) to renew their energy levels.
Whilst talking of Dee here is a photo of the large Sasha birthday card that she had, had made for me. Inside it reads….To Kendal. Have a lovely Birthday. Love from Dee and the Sasha Clan. xx
Many, many thanks again Dee for the truly wonderful poem and beautiful birthday card.
Next up is the introduction to my birthday doll. As you can see from the photo he was bought from Sashadolluk and is an early 1960s Gotz slate-eyed, sharp-nose lad who I recognised as once belonging to Ronny (of absolutely-sasha) and was, and still is, called by his original name of Spencer.
This larger photo below was taken by Shelly Baxter too.
Here he is at Alsager and eager to be joining the Sasha Brood lads….especially becoming friends with Fritz and Niklaus, my two other sharp nosed Gotz boys.
The first task though was to be sorting him out with a set of Dollydoodle joggers, hoodies and saggy beanie hats before he meets my gang.
I love his hair style of ‘short, back and sides!’
I was delighted that he had come in a Summer Doddledoodle outfit as that would save me a job of equiping him with shorts and a T-shirt later on…..but Judith had other more wonderful ideas.
I showed him Judith’s ‘specials and basic’ clothing website pages and he choose this camo set and toning gilet.
Now all re-dressed he is heading off in the car to have some birthday photos taken amongst the shrubbery at my late mother’s bungalow as he wants to see just how effective his camo outfit is.
Safely strapped in and leaning securely against the superb comfortable French Bulldog cushion that Little Lonely, from ‘absolutely-sasha’s’ household, so very kindly sent me for Mother’s Day, we set off to drive the five kilometres across the country lanes to Audley.
On arrival he opted first for a little shrub and tree climbing to stretch his legs after the journey.
I hope that you agree with me that he’s a very handsome lad. Fritz had better watch out when he finally gets to meet ‘the girls!’
I am really thrilled with him.
……and luckily he’s very photogenic for my average compact digital camera and shakey hands.
Leaning against the tree trunk and debating what to do next.
Yes, that is some of the ‘white stuff’ also known as snow! It was bitterly cold out there so we only stayed for about ten minutes. What I do for my blog!
Spencer really enjoyed himself trying out his traditional camo fabric Dollydoodle outfit against some natural backgrounds.
Next are my birthday cards. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time this week to lay them all out on my bed as I normally do. I do apologise but here they are standing on my bay window ledge. Thanks to all who so very kindly sent me all these wonderful cards.
I also had four of the wonderful Jacquline Lawson animated birthday cards and amazingly all were different. Many thanks to you four for thinking of me.
Now for my super birthday gifts. Firstly two Sasha canvases made by my daughter from two of my photos that she particularly likes. To accompany these she kindly organised and put some of my new pictures up around the house and gave me time on the computer plus drove me ‘out and about’ locally.
A fabulous ‘bumper bundle’ from Judith of Dollydoodles…. which includes a few belated previous Christmas and birthday presents as time, as we know, often excludes us dealing with these gifts. Included are a camo Spring/Summer outfit for my new boy, Spencer, a taupe gilet for a Gregor, two pairs of skinny jeans for Sasha plus a NEW product of a Sasha sweet little denim skirt for Sasha. A million/trillion thanks Judith!
A most attractive birthday Dollydoodle outfit of the red spot/girl on a swing that I unfortunately had sadly and maddenly just missed when it was first listed….and a Dollydoodle Easter baby sleepsuit that had gone on a ‘little walk-about’ detour and so missed Easter and arrived for my birthday instead, both from Susan Bulger Pomeroy. Tons of thanks Susan for these fabulous two outfits.
Susan has also sent me two pairs of Sashapotamus’ Pirate PJs for a Gregor and baby the week before and these will be shown on my next week’s blog post.
I am delighted as always with Steve’s thoughtfulness, generousity and kindness. Not only has he given me a ‘oh so pretty’ little Trendon black baby but a cream Dollydoodle fleece little jacket and leggings for her to wear plus an attractive vintage-sasha outfit for one of my girls. Loads and loads of thanks Steve. Have decided to calll her Stephanie so using some of your Christian name’s letters.
No mistaking whose outfits these next two are….given to me by Sarah Williams herself! My girls are, like me, over the moon with these two fabulous little dresses. Loads of the BIGGEST thanks are being sent your way. You always know just what I love for my Sasha girls.
Delightfully fine and beautifully knitted by Shelia Vincent (Cuddlelugs) items from Shelly. As you know, like you, I am a great fan of her little knitteds. The pen BTW is a Sasha Doll UK pen! Many, many thanks Shelly for ALWAYS remembering me at Christmas and my birthday…..as if you haven’t enough to be doing with your own large family and website! It is so very much appreciated.
Two most useful and attractive little jackets for a Sasha girl and a baby, from Chris Taylor, especially suitable as Spring hasn’t made its full appearance as yet. A stream of wonderful thank-yous are flowing down to you.
Most attractive and useful notelets from Jill Mackley. Always needed here for those much appreciated thank you notes and odd messages that I continually need to send out. Many, many thanks indeed Jill.
My school/teacher friend Kate Smith arrived the other day armed with these delightful tulips which are enjoying the warmth of my home and opening out beautifully. Many, many thanks Kate.
My middle brother on advice from his wife, Ingrid, who knew just how much I had enjoyed the recent TV series (and didn’t want it to end!) sent for these Truffle chocolates (via the internet) from the Selfridges’ store in the Trafford Centre. Such a wonderful thought. Many thanks indeed to you both.
My eldest brother popped over to visit me to wish me a happy birthday and although we don’t now give each other presents (far too many of us!) he didn’t as you can see arrive empty handed. We all know how much I love chocolate and have to have some every day for the energy and of course keeping the sugar levels up! Thanks, John (JR.)
Off now to have some very late breakfast, well more like a brunch at 12.00pm before I die of starvation BUT will be back later this afternoon to post my new birthday Sasha/Gregor/baby clothing in action on some of my dolls. Many thanks again to you all for the wonderful cards, e-cards and gifts which made my day into a truly extra SPECIAL one.