In November,1992 Queen Elizabeth II gave a speech in London on the 40th year of her accession to the throne in which she describes that year as being Annus Horribilis (which is Latin for a horrible year) in which her daughter, Princess Anne, got divorced, a son, Prince Andrew, separated and another son’s, Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage was ‘rocky’ and to top it all Windsor Castle caught fire and was extensively damaged.
This last month has been a horribilis/scary/frightening time for me, as at the very beginning of February and completely ‘out of the blue’ in the early morning I was rushed by emergency ambulance to the local NHS hospital in Cheshire with Pneumonia in the right lung and a Pulmonary Embolism (blood clot that had travelled up from the leg) in the left. No time, apart from putting on my dressing gown over my PJs and gathering my Arthritic medication, mobile phone and my hair and tooth brushes before I was whisked off to hospital. Hadn’t, until then, ever realised just how finely our lives were balanced!
Unfortunately to add to my discomfort our local private Nuffield Hospital refused to take me in after the initial diagnosis as too high a risk with them having no respiratory consultant on site, no available resuscitation facilities and no spare beds at that time. (So much for paying BUPA £726 a month then for use of their private hospitals!)
Am now back at home and getting over the shock, with complete rest orders and no going out (to prevent catching any environmental public germs.) My sincere thanks to the excellent Paramedic Ambulance service, my wonderful daughter who came racing up from the south, excellent supportive and so helpful sister, three much appreciated caring and useful brothers, visiting doctor and super home help who have supported me throughout not forgetting my dear friends for their gifts, flowers and phone calls.
Now, this being the first Sunday of yet another month, on with the task in hand of introducing a few more of my dolls that attended the 2016 Sasha Brood SCW display last May.
First up is an early falling haired Trendon wigged girl (wig bought and customised for me by Sharon in Spain) in a very attractive black and grey Tweed coat and hat outfit by vintage-sasha with commercially made shoes and ‘Kiltie’ black tights.
This Frido Gingham side part NP girl has beautifully detailed eye painting and has been with me for many, many years. She wore this very pretty navy/pink spotted dress by vintage-sasha with navy commercially made socks and JJ hot pink sandals and holds the as yet unfinished wooden SCW string puppet (needs a couple of head/tail feathers gluing on) that Dollmum very kindly made up for me during her wonderful SCW workshop.
Squeezing in (look away SS!) Holly, one of my favourite little orchid eyed Gotz waifs. in this most attractive Pinestreetstudio shorts outfits with commercially made brown socks and JJ sandals.
Three little Trendon babies complete today’s post. Here we see, Meeny, an early little lad with gorgeous eye painting wearing a OOAK Ruthsdolls romper outfit made from two pieces of Laura Ashley material that I sent to Ruth.
This is one of the very first baby Nightdresses made in 1969 for release in 1970 with fully hand-painted eyes and with the slanting upwards quirky eyebrow. She was purchased from Kelly Wenarsky’s personal collection some years ago and is wearing a very pretty smocked short dress set by Elizabeth-Anne (now Marilyn Hosckiss- spelling?) as she was known in those days.
Lastly we have QE2, a 1969 little facial dust gathering (he likes to sit on one of my bedside chest of drawers so has unfortunately become very dusty with me recently being in bed for 80% of the day) quirky eye browed baby Woolly wearing a delightful two piece Dollydoodles day wear set and hugging the dear little lamb comforter given to the babies by Susan Bulger Pomeroy.
Many thanks for popping by today. Great to see you here again. Have a wonderful month of March, the official beginning of Spring.