Suddenly and without any warning….

ALSAGER, our small town (though which used to be classed as a village when I moved here 50 years ago) suddenly began to be INVADED with ORANGE spayed tri/bi-cycles of every shape. size and in all sorts of spots/spaces…Roadsides, Pavements, Railings, Parks, Lamp-posts, Trees, Roofs or Balconies, outside Cafes, Civic Hall, Library, Churches/Chapels, Road Junctions, Door Ways, on top of Walls and even in Shop Windows. In fact, anywhere where there was enough space to house one, one seemed to insert itself, as if by magic.

What was happening we asked amongst ourselves…but at first NO answers came.

WARNING….This is the LONGEST post that I have ever done (100 photos)…but only containing photos with the Gregors ‘on bike’ in the second half.) SO are you sitting comfortably (having toileted) and with refreshments to hand and then I’ll begin…
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Then FINALLY the answer began to emerge….The part 3 of the ‘Cycle Tour of Britain’ was passing through ALSAGER, and, in fact, right past the end of my bungalow’s road!
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Well! Once my Gregor lads (Fritz, Niklaus, Jac, Matt, Ross, Jon, Luke, Mike, James, Tony, Iain, McCarthy) heard that there was no stopping them and they literally bundled themselves into my car and they were off to be photographed on as many of these surrounding BIKES/TRIKES as they could!
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This is the race actually passing within a few hundred metres of my home.
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This is the part of actual race passing within a couple of hundred of metres from my home.
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After the race had passed through Alsager we moved on and followed it into Sandbach and Bereton where the bi/tri-cycles had been sprayed in yellow… SO naturally a few of my Gregors wanted their photos to be taken again,
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This is part of the race at Brereton.
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I’d like to congratulate all those who actually made it to THE END! (There were MORE photos but I felt that ‘enough is enough!’

I hope that you found it interesting and noticed all the support for the ‘2016 Cycle Tour of Britain’ from my local community. It has at least inspired Jac, one of my 1970 Gregors customised by Shelly, to start training for the next big cycling event. (My apologies as I couldn’t find his ORANGE T-Shirt in time!)
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Thanks for visiting us and we wish you a very happy Sasha and sun filled month of June. I’m now off to have a long afternoon nap!

My CI Studio Doll.

Due to my recent health scare in February (and unfortunately still ‘not out of the woods’) I have sadly decided to speed up the downsizing my large Sasha collection, rather than leave it to my family (who, although have always supported me with what they refer to as ‘those dam’ dolls) are not knowledgeable enough to attempt to disperse this collection at a later date as I am.

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This beautiful 1969 CI pale skinned vinyl girl is now listed on Sashadolluk and looking for a new home.

I was told, when I purchased her from the late Heddy Frick’s Estate, that she was one of her favourite Studio Dolls. She had travelled with Heddy (seen in the picture below surrounded by some of her studio dolls) to many important worldwide Sasha events and so is well known and photographed and has appeared in several doll magazine articles.
(The two photos below are by curtesy of Anne Votaw.)
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I have just had an email from Dorisanne who says this….’I’m so sad to see that you are selling Heddy’s “Dream Child” (that’s what she called her). I saw her in exhibits in Switzerland and elsewhere, and in Heddy’s home several times and I know how much she loved her. ‘
‘I enjoyed seeing the photo of Heddy with her dolls taken in 1993 for Sasha’s 100th birthday article in a local magazine. Two of my studio dolls are in the photo with her “Dream Child”.’ Many thanks Dorisanne for this extra interesting information.

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When Anne Votaw, Anne Louise Chandler and Susanna E Lewis were writing and compiling their three recent Sasha Books, Studio Doll owners were asked if they would like to send some of their doll photographs in the chance of them maybe being included in these books.

As there were strict rules and regulations with regards to the size, quality and background of the photos that had to be met I sent down my doll and asked Shelly (and naturally paid!) to take some photographs, some of which are seen here, for me to forward on to the ‘Three Anne’s’ as they became fondly known!
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This photo below of Hedea was included in the Sasha Dolls, The History, on page 103 showing how the later Gotz production used her outfit as a replica for Trudi, one of their 1990s serie dolls.

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I have Susanna Lewis’ permission to use this photo of hers as I couldn’t find MY original Trudi photo.

I also had to name the doll for reference and so not knowing if she already had a name, I eventually decided to call her Hedea, in memory of her previous owner.
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She comes with her original box, tag and wearing her original clothing consisting of a floral pinafore over a rust coloured linen dress (both with the Sasha label) and knitted socks and black leather court shoes. Her underclothing consists of a chemise, and beautiful lace trimmed underskirt and drawers, glimpses of which can be seen in some of the full length photos..
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I’m so hoping that Hedea will be able to find a new Sasha home in the very near future… although I shall certainly miss seeing her sitting here like this, on my bedroom chair, at the bottom of my bed, each morning when I wake up.
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Finally I decided to treat myself to a little photo play using a few different finishes.
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I do hope that you have enjoyed seeing all these stunning photos (although taken a few years ago now) by Michelle Baxter of my Studio Doll, Hedea, … and for which I’d like to take this opportunity yet again to thank her.

PS. My thanks too to all the recent month of June’s new adoptive parents of The Brood. It is proving to be a slight relief knowing where even just a FEW of them are going, thanks to my either seeing them on Facebook or due to being informed by private emails.

‘Where Did You Get That Hat…’

Where Did You Get That Hat? is a comic song which was composed and first performed by Joseph J. Sullivan at Miner’s Eighth Avenue Theatre in 1888. It was a great success and has since been performed by many others including Stanley Holloway. (You can hear it being sung on the internet.)
Warning!!! Another of my NEVER ENDING posts!
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My Sasha Brood and I take our ‘hats’ off to you for continuing to visit us here and wish you a Sasha filled month of June.
Ps. Miss Lippy sends her love and hugs to Simply Sasha.

I Wanted a Gotz Waif…

Though many, many years ago now to use for modelling my small selection of wigs. I searched and searched for quite some time until I finally found this very pretty little slate eyed nude waif on Marie Morgan’s website for £125 (although £125 was worth a lot more in those days than it is today) who had, had her fringe completely severed (leaving empty rooting holes on show and the rest sticking up) and hair length trimmed. The first photo shows you how she was when I first bought her.
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She remained like this for a couple of years, often wearing hats, until one day feeling the urgent need for a NEW doll to play with, I mustered up the courage to finally take the scissors to the remaining hair…and ‘Hey Presto!’ a new ‘ready to wig’ doll emerged!

The wigs shown here are Monique 8-9″ and only include their real hair Kimberly and Modacrylic Peggy-Sue styles (in various colours) as these are the ones that I feel suit this doll the best.

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My apologies if I have listed any photographs twice (would normally methodically go through and double check) but this Pulmonary Embolism (blot clot) in the lung is restricting the blood flow to the right side of the Heart making me feel really weak, tired and breathless and in a great deal of pain… now awaiting to have a few heart tests to see what can be done.

My sincere thanks to all of you who have adopted any of my Sasha Brood dolls since I last blogged. It is a great feeling of relief that they are going to such good Sasha homes families.

Have a wonderful ‘rest’ of the Bank Holiday weekend, thanks for dropping by and hopefully see you here again soon. Lastly, but not least, a big welcome too to my three new blog followers.

 

Happy Mother’s Day …

To all ‘non UK’ mothers who celebrate this today.

I’m afraid that this is a very short post today as have been following the Sasha Celebration Weekend in spirit via Facebook over the last three days… but just wanted to wish all those mothers whose special day is being celebrated today, a wonderful day, and hopefully spent with their children.

Today’s two photos show my ex 1990s Gotz family of 1995/96 Maria and two babies, rare baby Jeanine (1999) with blue eyes, instead of the original brown and limited edition of 850, Irka (2001) and all wearing OOAK Ruthsdolls Viyella clothing.

Whilst on line I’d like to express my thanks to Janet Myhill Dabbs and her helpers, Tricia Jackson and Diane Duke, for organising another truly great SCW. (So disappointed not to have been able to attend this year due to ill health.)

Oh, Why Do I Fall In Love….

As many of my Sasha friends know I have a tendency to fall in love, and buy, Sasha Doll waifs… purely on account of their overall looks… and definitely regardless of their faults. Well, imo no-one’s perfect are they?

So today we are looking at one of these dear little examples, and with my apologies to Simply Sasha, (although I think that she has finally seen their light and is coming round)  and anyone else who is not as keen on the Gotz Sasha Doll versions and their wonderfully unique facial expressions.

On seeing this little waif for sale on Sashadolluk, though many years ago now, I immediately knew that she was, what has now been termed, a ‘Kendal-must-have-doll!’ I named her Sophie. (Yes a named Sasha!)



…And so yet another waif joined The Sasha Brood. Whilst still on that massive task of trying to delete as many of my ‘rubbish’ photos that have unfortunately remained stored in my Pictures through lack of time (coupled with slight laziness and a tendency to put off until tomorrow what should have been done today) I have come across what I think are some rather endearing photo shots of Sophie over the years, although there must be many, many more that I haven’t had the time to find for this post.

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Yes, I know that  you love your fringe falling over your face but would you mind if, for just this once, I could clip your hair back so that we can all see your really pretty face?
You see, that’s so much better isn’t it? No! Surely though you can see much clearer now? No!

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Unfortunately she prefers this ruffled, untidy hair look as she likes to think she is more of a tomboy.
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In 2015 she travelled down to the Chat n’ Snap and was taken from there by Chris Meatyard back to her home where Sophie’s neck and arm splits were repaired and she was given a complete spa before being returned home to me. Many thanks again Chris for all your help with this.
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Last month on Facebook was a ‘Sasha Doll Mini-me’ theme running and I would have liked to have joined in but at the stage I didn’t know just how to add a photo/s. Quite recently I came across these very old (well I am OLD!) photos of me and think that there just might be a SLIGHT resemblance between Sophie and I at these ages…(although I certainly wouldn’t have been allowed to let MY fringe fall over my face!)

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17u Me at 5 and my eldest brother.

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19. Me aged 8/9?

20. Me aged 10/11.

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22. Me (about 11 years) with two of my eldest brothers.

I do hope that you weren’t somewhat bored today with this post centred on just one doll. although wearing a few different outfits and hope that at least some of you liked, or even fell a little bit in love with her, as I did/still do.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful month of May. Special wishes to all those attending the SCW next weekend. I am so disappointed not to be able to come and meet you all these but am sure that you will all have a ‘ball’ and look forward to seeing all the resulting photos.

Look Right, Look Left and then Right Again

….And then when it’s safe to cross to here, walk briskly whilst still looking from right to left.
WARNING…Bank Holiday Photo Overload although NO Descriptions.
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Hoping that you crossed over to here safely and enjoyed seeing what was on the other side of the road.
Have a great Bank Holiday and thanks for visiting.

Finally here is naughty Miss Lippy who didn’t come forward from the Media Library and put herself in the line up into the middle looking to the left section.
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Lastly here is Miss Lippy saying ‘Very sorry’ to Simply Sasha for causing her this unnecessary upset.
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