‘A-Wearing of the Winter Green!’

After training as a priest and bishop, Patrick arrived back in Ireland in 432AD and immediately set about trying to covert the pagan Celts who inhabited the island.

Having previously lived and worked there, he was very probably already aware that the number three held special significance in Celtic tradition (and, indeed, in many pagan beliefs), and he applied this knowledge in a clever way.

One day a group of his followers came to him and admitted that it was difficult for them to believe in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. St. Patrick reflected a moment and then, stooping down, he plucked a leaf from the shamrock and held it before them, bidding them to behold the living example of the “Three-in-One.” St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The simple beauty of this explanation convinced these skeptics, and from that day the shamrock has been revered throughout Ireland.

 

Bishop Patrick was well loved and eventually became the Patron Saint of Ireland… and the Shamrock, their national emblem flower. His special Saints Day is annually celebrated on March 17th.

One of my Sasha girls (a 1968/69 Frido Gingham sidepart) very kindly offered to trawl through their three huge clothing boxes to find any remaining GREEN based Winter outfits (since it is far too cold to try on any Summer clothing) for her to model… and then me to photograph for this post.

I had hoped/planned to take these following photos outside amongst the new fresh Spring greenery but this sudden, cold easterly wind and blustery, falling snowflakes kept me indoors,

1. A checked Homespun smocked Ruthsdolls dress. (My apologies for the lack of hair slides/ribbons but still haven’t manage to open their hair accessory box since I fell on and damaged it a few weeks ago.)

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  • 3. A vintage-sasha pinafore dress.

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    7. A vintage-sasha cotton floral dress.

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11. A ‘Frocks and Socks’ smocked, Homespun smocked dress.

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13. A vintage-sasha floral cotton dress with velvet trim and beret.

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15. A vintage-sasha fine cord hooded coat.

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There are still a few more Winter outfits for her to model, but my Sasha allotted time has run out once again. (If I have any extra time later today I’ll try and add them on.)

Lastly I couldn’t finish this post without a little hopefully harmless Irish joke…(though as you can see as an ex-teacher I felt obliged to ‘mark’ before adding it.)

Hope that you enjoyed visiting us today and we look forward to seeing you again.

We leave you with a little spot of Irish music and dancing until the next time we meet.

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UK’s Mothering Sunday.

The Remaining Sasha Brood and I would like to wish all UK Mothers a very happy…..

 

Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in the UK since the 16th Century and stems from an early Christian tradition when everyone was expected to meet at the main church where they were baptized or where they worshipped as a family and known as ‘The Mother Church’ (and from which we get the title ‘Mothering Sunday.’) It was a day to give thanks and honour the Virgin Mary.

As Christianity spread across Europe, Mothering Sunday became a bigger thing. Families were reunited, as those who worked as servants were allowed to take the day off to be with their mothers.
This special annual day is what is termed a ‘moveable’ feast/day… although always falling on the fourth Sunday of Lent… three Sundays before Easter Sunday.

Over time, Mothering Sunday lost its focus and its importance throughout Europe. It wasn’t until after World War II that it started to grow in popularity again, but this time aimed specifically at our mothers in our country. (Other countries celebrate a ‘Mother’s Day’ and this is usually in the month of May.)

This week on Facebook we have been looking at Sasha Doll’s hairstyles and this gave me the idea of adding my offerings here instead as most of our own mothers play such a big part in our various hairstyles when we are children.

BRAIDS/PLAITS.
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CURLS.
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SIDE BUNCHES.
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HIGH SIDE BUNCHES.
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Chon with side bunches on her second birthday Raleigh Trike present.
(PS. I knitted her cardigan!)

Me at 10/11 years in my Chaucer House school uniform.

Chon at 7/8? years on holiday in Wales.

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Me aged 11 with two of my brothers in 1952 in front of our first ever TV. (My mother smocked and made up mine and my youngest brother’s clothing… and knitted my Angora cardigan. Now NO laughing as this was how we were dressed for best/parties in those days!)

Me (9/10?) still with side bunches with my two eldest bothers. (This became my eldest brother’s photographic face!)

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My daughter aged 3? on holiday wearing my youngest brother’s brothers cast off beachwear.

BOBBED.
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SIDEPARTS.
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SIDE PONYTAIL.
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PARTIAL PULLED BACK PONYTAILS.
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COSSETTE WIGGED.
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Way too many photos I know but hopefully you can take it in stages as you’ll have a little more ME time to yourself today.

Especially thinking of all those mothers, who like me, their children can’t get to visit them due to various circumstances… but as my late mother so wisely once said…’It isn’t about how you visit, treat and think of me on THIS day but more about on the other 364 days.’

Thanks, once again, for dropping by as it’s always a treat to see you here and enjoy the rest of YOUR day.

‘Let’s Play Sashas!’

I can still hear these words above spoken by my young daughter many years ago… although when we did she’d always chose to have the 1966 Sasha Brunette Gingham, whilst I only ever got to play with the 1968 Gregor Dark Denims… until a couple of  years later, when she was given the 1970 quirky eye-brow brunette Baby Nightdress for her birthday and we’d take turns in re-dressing her.

Even after three/four years she only had a few of the original Sasha outfits, the wide skirted Gingham dress and white Mary-Jane shoes (that came on her doll) the grey Dungarees and white blouse (MY very favourite of the Frido outfits!)

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…the Gregor navy jumper, four seamed Denim jeans and white sandals (that came on him) and the red dressing gown, pale blue pyjamas and red towelling slippers, plus the unisex red duffle coat and boots as we didn’t have any internet access or know of any other Sasha Doll collectors or seamstresses…so not much of a dressing up session could ever be achieved.

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Later on, as Christmas or birthday gifts, she accumulated the green floral long dress, the ballet outfit, the baby Woolly set and then received the white smocked dress (couldn’t find a photo of this!) for one of her First Communion presents.

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Unfortunately we were never able to buy the Sasha white dressing gown and pale blue nightie, the Sasha Summer shorts set, the Kilt outfit or darker blue track suit that she so desperately wanted.

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Baby Gabrielle received the navy cord dungaree outfits to add to the nightie, nappy and shawl that she came in….whilst poor old Gregor got nothing!
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It was these memories that sort of prompted me to select a few odd items of The Brood’s clothing that never seem to get worn a lot or seen/photographed as much… and hopefully enjoy a little ‘mix and match’ Sasha playtime.

First up is this FANTASTICALLY knit cable white jumper. I first saw it on someone’s doll on the Sasha Mart (shortly after Judy had set up and opened the website) and after a few inquires managed to buy one.
(I can’t now remember who knitted it but it looks very like a Christine Durand.)

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Then we have this Gotz navy cord mini skirt, part of the Girl Scout uniform that has been here for a long time… but never actually been used until now.

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Another original Trendon clothing item is this little navy/white checked blouse, a part of the Red Pinafore outfit.

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Finally, my local Sasha friend Kate’s beautifully knitted cable jumper from the Golden Hands patterns (although this has had plenty of use over the first years when their clothing boxes were almost bare) and some thick grey woollen tights that were hidden at the bottom of the box.

As you can see I braved the bitter cold winds and spent five minutes outside with my camera before my un-gloved hands went too numb to feel, never mind click, the camera’s take button.

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Thanks for popping by again, on this first Sunday of March, and I hope that you have enjoyed your time here with us, as we have had having you view us.

(PS. Individual clothing photos by Shelly Baxter of Sashadolluk.)

Second Chances

Don’t you just love it when you are given a second chance at something?
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As many of you know after last year’s serious health illness I decided to completely downsize my seventy-nine much loved Sasha Dolls, hundreds of fabulous outfits, footwear for every occasion, a huge variety of toys for each doll’s fancy, a good selection of furniture, some superb props and backcloths (all accumulated over my twenty-two years with Sasha Doll Collecting)…to…ZERO.
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I naturally started out with the adoption of those dolls, outfits etc.  particularly requested by my Sasha friends etc. (since I wasn’t at that time planning on keeping any at that time) BUT then ‘Sasha friendly’ peer pressure started kicking in asking (demanding???) me to keep a few dolls to continue to remain in the Sasha community.
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Well, by then many of my preferred ‘keeper dolls’ had long gone to new homes BUT then, a couple of weeks ago, I unexpectedly got the offer of buying back one of these dolls. Naturally I jumped at the chance… and so Miss Concave (a wide faced 1967 Frido Blue Cord NP) is now back here again.
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To celebrate the occasion I treated her to this stunning new studio length dress by Petrana/ Sasha-Doll, Made for the Love of Sasha (and which I think suits her perfectly!) and OUT came the CAMERA (after well over a year of lying idle) to take these NEW photos BELOW!
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Many thanks for popping by and I hope that many of you get a ‘second chance’ if needed, like I did here.

A Few of my Favourite Sasha Doll Photos.

Whilst still DELETING photos at ‘The rate of knots’ (an old English expression for doing something quickly. The speed of ships is measured in knots. A knot is one nautical mile per hour, equivalent to 1.15 land miles per hour.)  I’ve come across these Sasha/Gregor ‘out and about’ photos that have become some of my very favourites.

This is three of my Gregors enjoying exploring a floral Tank display on one of our local busy dual carriageway roundabouts which included some great difficulty of us getting on and then off because of the rather heavy traffic.
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This impressive Gregor sized castle was on another, and even busier roundabout, five kilometres further on and was even harder to get on and off due to the extensive safety pavement boundaries which you can see in the photos. (Was even considering having to phone 999 and admit being guilty as was desperate by now to go to the toilet to ‘spend a penny!’) What we have to do for our Sashas/Gregors!

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Up north now in Morecombe viewing this splendid Eric Morecombe statue on the sea front.
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Up in the north of England again with two of my dolls in Carnforth (just beyond Lancaster) acting out the scenes on the Railway Station from this famous old black and white film, Brief Encounter. (I actually did a whole blogpost on this though a good few years ago now.)

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Still north but this time in the world famous seaside town of Blackpool. Standing dangerously between the tram railway lines looking at Blackpool Tower!
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Now down on the beach under the Pier watching the unusual swirling water movements as the tide comes in.
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Back here and within a hundred metres from my old family home (situated to the left) was this little wildlife retreat. I just adore the overall secluded scenery in these photos. A perfect little ‘hideaway.’
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This was a wonderful wild flower field, although situated near a busy main road. I stopped here once to take some photos, one of which was used as a Summer front cover for the Sasha World Magazine of which I was the Feature Editor.
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Still on the subject of flowers here is Belle looking at the very last rare Lady Slipper Orchid growing on the edge of a golf course, which has police protection and 24/7 CCTV surveillance cameras,  again up in the North although I can’t now remember the name of the place.

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‘Police on petal patrol to protect UK’s rarest wild flower

She is a rare exotic beauty more heavily guarded than the Queen.
Britain’s last remaining lady’s slipper orchid, which is due to flower in a few weeks, has been given 24-hour police protection from thieves.
Local bobbies have been ordered to mount hourly patrols around the valuable plant, which has been growing at a protected site on a golf course for at least 100 years.
It is also being security tagged to prevent anyone snipping a cutting, which can fetch up to £5,000.

Plant patrol: PC Tony Marsh keeps a close eye on the lady's slipper orchid

Plant patrol: PC Tony Marsh keeps a close eye on the lady’s slipper orchid. Although experts have tried to re-introduce the purple and yellow bloom in other areas, none have flowered. He said: ‘The lady’s slipper is an incredibly important plant, having survived for over a hundred years when all other plants were thought extinct. People travel from all ends of the country on what is almost a pilgrimage to view the plant in bloom and are often overcome with emotion at the sight.’

One of a kind: The lady's slipper orchid with its purple and yellow bloom
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Baby Anis in my home garden enjoying playing with her little rubber duck in a bowl of water amongst some wild strawberry plants.

Finally one of my Sasha Dolls visiting the Frido/Trendon Factory in Stockport on one of my visits to view the newly converted apartments that were for sale at that time.

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I hope that you have enjoyed looking at these old photos that bring back so many memories for me and my dolls. Planning to add some more of their adventures very soon as my major photo deleting session in my ‘PICTURES’ continues.
Have a wonderful February.

A Few Older Photos Hopefully Not Seen Before

During the course of tackling ONE of my main New Year’s Resolutions….

To DELETE at least 50% of my millions of photos stored in my Pictures folders since 2002…

I am coming across the hopefully not/or very rarely seen before photos which I am adding here in case anyone with a hot drink in hand and a spare few minutes will enjoy viewing before MOST of them disappear into the Re-cycle Bin and hit the dust.

  1. (Apologies for the green hue but so love that Fritz look in his Dollydoodle surfer hoodie.)

2. (A keeper photo. 1972 Trendon Cossette wigged Shelly customised doll in a vintage-sasha tweed coat.)

3. (Not for the re-cycle bin! Gotz slate eyed girl in a Rosie Shortel designed and knitted Lama Jacket.)

4. (Originally taken for the backpack reference on a Jackie Rydstrom re-rooted early 1970s doll in a Sharon from Spain Ra ra outfit.

5. (Pinestreetstudio outfit.)

6. (Christine Durand hat and Sashawardrobe baby fleece.)

7. (A Kelly Wenarsky early customised Gotz girl in a Sashawardrobe Liberty Print dress.)

8. (Trendon twins in a Tommy Hilfiger Denim jacket and Pinestreetstudio outfit.)

9. (Wigged Gregor in a Doll Works coat and Pinestreetstudio beret.)

10. (Couldn’t make up my mind as to which was the better pose here so you’ve unfortunately got all three! Sorry!)

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15. (My first Karen Warnaka dress seen here on a very beautiful late 1966-67 NP.)

16. (A Doll Works Denim jacket over a Pinestreetstudio simple dress on my very first Kilt girl.)

17. (A Frocks and Socks delightful Three Bears smocked print dress.)

18. (Doll Works school pinafore on a Kelly Wenarsky customised later Gotz Stella doll.)

19. (The Gotz Kelly Wenarsky customised doll in a Pinestreetstudio outfit.

20. (A Peggy-Sue wigged Gotz waif in an attractive N. Gould outfit.)

21. (My very first Gotz 1970 No-navel girl in a part Sashadollstyle outfit.)

22. (Gotz slate eyed girl in a mixture of clothing items put together to form an outfit.)

23. (A wigged waif in my second bought  Ruthsdolls outfit!)

24. (Unfortunately can’t just recall the maker of this stunning dress!)

25. (A Ruthsdolls OOAK outfit made up from my supplied material.)

26. (A Sashadolluk second hand outfit on a Velvet wigged 1973 Pumpkin stringed doll.)

27. (Can’t understand why this photo is showing up so small. My THIRD bought Ruthsdolls outfit in around 1998 on my 1967 bobbed haired NP.)

28. (A Sashawardrobe outfit on my Gotz Yellow eye with lashes1965 girl. Rosie Bloomfield leopard skin style leather shoes.)

29. (A Hot Pink Dollydoodle shorts and top outfit kept to show the sun lounger!)

Many of these photos were taken up to sixteen years ago and with a much inferior camera which have been kept for the doll and outfit references… but which are now no longer needed.
Thanks for dropping by. Always lovely to see you here as it spurs me on to blog.

Bye, Bye Christmas, Bye, Bye!

My sincere apologies for the distinct lack of blogging over 2017…I’ll try to do better over this next year with the few Sasha Dolls that are still here.

First up were the Sasha cards for my Sasha friends. Time was getting on and still I didn’t feel up to thinking of a new design and then the setting up of the scene to photograph so trawelled through my millions of past photos and selected this ‘Walking in Winterland’ photo.
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Added this photo to the back.
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Next came the personal stamps that I had been wanting to do for the last few years but never seemed to have got around to it. I choose the photo above to match the card for the second class ones for the UK (and one of Toddler Bea for the first class that would be needed to go with the second class envelopes for the EU countries and US (although the latter would also have to have an extra 17p stamp to make up the higher rate postage required.)
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These came beautifully presented in special packs that I was almost tempted not to use them!
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Next up were my daughter and her partner’s and their dogs Christmas stockings. This year instead of going for my usual ‘sophisticated’ I decided to do FUN stockings for a change (especially after such a rough year health-wise.) So. as they usually open their stockings late on Christmas Eve after returning from seeing the latest Star Wars film I bought these four Star Wars designed ones.

For Chon’s partner. Darth Vader.
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For Chon herself. R2d2.
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For Chon’s Weimaraner dog, Bella. BB-8.
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And finally for her partner’s French Bulldog, Bernie! Chewbacca.
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I added the ribbons. bells and trimmings on the tops and even managed to buy some Star Wars Christmas wrapping paper!
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Some of the stocking fillers. On deciding to ‘do my bit’ for the environment’s huge plastic waste I bought these ‘his and hers’ Chilli bottles… plus some MAC make-up that Chon uses, thank you cards and a selection of chocs. to fill any small gaps.
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Their dogs gave them these personalised Mummy and Daddy cards and mugs. (Please note the deightful wooden carved and named dog shapes here.)
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The above wrapped!
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Special technical riding socks for his stocking plus some Dark 85% bars of Cocoa chocolate, Flapjacks and other energy giving nibbles/snacks plus a 2017 just released Star Wars stamp book with the new stamps included and explaining how they came into production etc.
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Lancome beauty products, a couple of miniature bottles and a few more thank you cards for Chon’s.

These were the squeaky toys in Bella’s stocking. I personally loved the rolled Daily Growl newspaper and the Ruldoph from these.
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…And these below in Bernies! My favourites here were his iBone and squeaky sprout.
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I was literally ‘over the moon’ with this Star Wars door mat. (Unfortunately this photo doesn’t fully portray the rust background colour.)
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I wrapped Chon’s other gifts from me (bottle of Baileys Irish Cream, a bottle of Port, Lancome’s Genifique serum, a larger replica of a Ferro Rocher individual chocolate, a pair of Oasis grey woolen sparkling gloves and an ‘ontrend’ leopard print scarf…and ALL of which I stupidly forgot to take photos of!) and placed them inside this attractive maroon box and then be-ribboned and decorated it.
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Just a few of the many of my three/four days table favours that I took with me for the family meal gatherings.
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Some more table favours. (These are coverings for the Terry’s Chocolate Oranges.
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My present for my sister’s daughter.
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Inside was this, I thought rather appropiate mug, Oh, Chemist-tree/Oh, Chemistry! (which I filled with Home made Fudge) that I had bought her, as she is just completing her three year Phd in Atmospheric Sciences at Cambridge University.
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A little under the tree gift for one of my sister-in-laws. (Went back to get another few but unfortunately they had sold out!)
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Was really thrilled to see and then buy this fab. felt free standing sledge to put all the children’s presents in.
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Have positioned a Sasha Doll to show it’s huge size!
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Spotted this dear red and green little Santa Helper apron with bells on it for a four year old great niece who wore it for handing out the sleigh gifts to everyone.
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Three little ‘must have’ gifts. I popped two little Christmas Lindt chocolate bears into the Reindeer purse, the Christmas Tree is another Terry’s chocolate Orange cover and the wooden red mini car has ‘a pull back and go’ action.
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I saw… and couldn’t resist buying this beautifully ‘soft to the touch’ John Lewis  Father Christmass.
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I always plant Chon some Hyacinths bulbs to see the New Year in.
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Chon’s presents to me, beautifully wrapped as always.
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Then in the last week before Christmas I started on the house decorations.                   A hopefully welcoming front door area.
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The Hall decorations.
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This year I added some extra trailing ribbons to this delightful Mistletoe wreath.
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Last years but one Twig tree that I added some lime green sparkling ivy and little fairy lights to…unlit during the daytime,
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When lit during the late afternoon/early evening…
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…and at nightime.
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The mantlepiece in the living room. This year I bought three new wooden Angels to add to the decor.
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The Twig tree (since I can no longer cope with a large freshly cut Nordic Spruce tree) taking pride of place for yet another year.
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….and when lit up in the evenings.
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Decided to add a few baubles and dangling ribbons to this gold wreath this year.
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Couldn’t find my usual Bamboo twig curls for the candleabra so used these various gold floral sprays instead…(and actually preferred them.)
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Although we go out as a family for the Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the two following days main meals I serve fresh Lobster/prawn salads with hot bread rolls and my home made Sherry trifle or mince pies and cream in the evenings to finish the days off.
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Finally a New Year gift for a friend’s little girl who loves Unicorns. You can colour in the T shirt’s picture and which will disappear on washing for you to recolour.
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I hope that you have enjoyed a glimpse of my Christmas 2017 as I like to take and keep a few photos to look back upon.