The title here is taken from the song sung by Deniece Williams (and also by The Who.)
I gathered together the last seven of my lads and off we went driving around within a short radius from Alsager looking for some suitable photoshoots. Unfortunately there hasn’t been hardly any changes to my Gregor Brood section, either with the dolls or their DD clothing APART from one most attractive 1968 Dark Denims with NP eye painting, sam, leaving here for a new home to help pay for my daughter’s 50th birthday family ‘do’ and gifts……SAM seen here below. A hard choice but needs must as it was either him or several; of the others.
…..so I’m hoping that the change of scenery will stop you from being too ‘bored to tears’ this morning.
As in last week’s post they are all wearing Dollydoodle’s clothing with commercially manufactured converses. My lads are named after some of my very favourite of my past boyfriends.
1. Iain, was the first out of the large blue Ikea plastic travelling bag when this old rusty car was spotted by the gateway to one of our local Cheshire farm shops. He is a Frido ‘minty’ 1969 Gregor Dark Denims lad and one of my rare eBay purchases.
Not sure which make of car it is so hoping that someone can enlighten me. Notice the small side-light on the front wing. This was how they used to be ‘in the olden days when I was young’ and not incorporated in with the main head-lights as they are nowadays.
Nicklas. Fritz’s younger brother, is a very handsome 1960s Gotz slate-eyed, sharp-nosed lad and he and his brother are named after Sasha Morgenthaler’s two sons.
3. Matt is a petite Frido 1968 Gregor Shorts lad with the tiny eye painting. Always preferring the brunette and blonde haired boys the very best I was only tempted to buy him as he came wearing the RARE three-quarter length grey woollen socks (albeit covered in darns from moth holes) that these very first lads were given for their original outfits before they were replaced by the shorter grey nylon ones. (Although I was rather disappointed that these weren’t mentioned in the recent Sasha Identification book.)
Not quite sure just what this refers to written on the passenger door.
I think that Matt has a very younger kid’s look about him…..as does his best friend Jac, seen below.
Jac, another petite Frido Dark Denims lad who is from 1970 and who has since been customised by Shelly. I just adore his long fringe which completely covers his eyes giving him a rather shy, mysterious appearance.
(I can unfortunately remember when the rear car number plates used to be like this.)
You can just see a peep here of his eye painting.
James, is a 1971s Trendon PJ boy who last year returned to us after spending two years in the US. He is seen here climbing over the ancient 2000 year old gnarled hollow trunked Yew Tree situated in Astbury’s St. Mary’s Churchyard (a few kilometres further on from where the rustic old car stands.) Yew Trees are completely poisonous (except for the fleshy insides of their seeds and have always been held sacred and linked with death since early man and was used for making weapons, tools of death. It is the oldest of our trees, some still here are over 4000 years old and was always planted in churchyards and often used in funeral rites…. and so therefore protected. The trees hollow trunks and many have such great girths (like this one has) that have to be supported to stop the tree from falling over. (Sorry forgot to take a photo of this this time!)
Antony, another handsome and minty Frido Dark Denims boy from 1969 who came to us from Sashadolluk, is also seen playing in this ancient tree with it’s completely hollow and widespread trunk.
Next is the twelth of my lads and who came into our Gregor fold the last so he took on the name, Sam (the name of the 1968 lad who recently left.)
He is seen here in the middle of Alsager, my home village, which has now unfortunately increased and become a small town over the last 48 years since we arrived to live here. It is called Milton Gardens and is a beautifully kept and restful green space (behind is a much larger green field where the annual carnival and major outdoor activities take place as well as boy’s Sunday football etc.) There is also a super children’s playground (where my Sasha babies occasionally like to visit) and a recently renovated skate boarding park adjoining it to one side.
There must be over twenty-five of these three tiered flower planters scattered around the town decorating the pavements in front of the shops not to mention about fifty+ hanging flower baskets or hay troughs attached to the shops/banks/supermarkets/church’s/library/civic centre/doctor’s surgery etc walls…. and which are watered every night with the council’s water wagon. (My apologies as I forgot to take any photos of these but will try to do so and will try to add them in a future post.)
We have won (or come runners up) the village/small town in bloom award most years.
New Sam, is standing to the right of the centre circle admiring the planting. (I had planned to take a photo of my daughter standing here on her 50th birthday but time just didn’t seem to allow that to happen. Pity, as I thought that it would have made a lovely photo with the flower planted number 50!)
Moving on to just a half kilometre away New re-visited this unique tree trunk that has been freshened up this year by another budding artist (although IMO not quite as well done as it has been in previous years when you compare the additional photos!)
These two following photos were taken in the year 2011 with Jac.
I do hope that you enjoyed catching up on my lads over the last two Sundays and look forward to hopefully seeing you again on Sunday, October 5th…. although not too sure just what I’ll then be featuring. In the meantime have a great time enjoying your Sasha Dolls and thank you for popping by.