A dolls house no more...

But the memories are still strong. 

In fact it's only relatively recently that I've dismantled my old dolls house, partly because of the space it took up and how it contravened my "clear under the bed policy" and also because, it's unlikely that I'll ever play with it again, although sorting it out for the final time I did quite enjoy myself. 

It was a handmade affair, crafted with love by my grandparents and parents and as we lived in Bungalow Road, it was a bungalow. The flat roof lifted off and doubled up as a garden, complete with a 'mirror' pond. Just don't ponder what happened to the water when the roof went back on!

My dolls house, hand made by my dad and grandad

Lifting the roof also unveiled the high-tech lighting system, a series of battery-powered coloured switches that lit up each room, and I think a standard lamp in the main room, clearly a sign of the times, which like many things fashion or interiors related come back again, and a number of decades later we have a standard lamp in our living room.  

Which now I look at it is red and white. Just like the exterior of my dolls house was. A spooky coincidence?

THE PORCH ROOF

THE PORCH ROOF

WITH WINDOWS

WITH WINDOWS

AND FRONT DOOR

AND FRONT DOOR

AND GARAGE DOORS THAT MATCH AS WELL.

AND GARAGE DOORS THAT MATCH AS WELL.

Inside was a bit of a mess. Most likely to having been moved around, although perhaps the garage less so as that seemed to be taking a more realistic role.

THE LIGHT SWITCHES WERE STILL IN ONE PIECE

THE LIGHT SWITCHES WERE STILL IN ONE PIECE

THE LIVING ROOM WAS A BIT TOPSY TURVY

THE LIVING ROOM WAS A BIT TOPSY TURVY

AND A SIMILAR SCENE IN THE BEDROOM

AND A SIMILAR SCENE IN THE BEDROOM

IN THE KITCHEN TOO

IN THE KITCHEN TOO

AND IN THE BATHROOM

AND IN THE BATHROOM

...AND AS EXPECTED THE GARAGE NEEDED A CLEAR OUT TOO

...AND AS EXPECTED THE GARAGE NEEDED A CLEAR OUT TOO

It seemed only right that I should put things in order, so some tidying up was undertaken. Much easier than a real-sized house!

ORDER IN THE BATHROOM

ORDER IN THE BATHROOM

SHIP SHAPE IN THE BEDROOM ONCE MORE

SHIP SHAPE IN THE BEDROOM ONCE MORE

AND THE TABLE'S SET FOR DINNER  

AND THE TABLE'S SET FOR DINNER

 

BUT NO PROGRESS IN THE GARAGE

BUT NO PROGRESS IN THE GARAGE

Note the yellow curtains and bedding set, yes the yellow thing is a long-held thing. And I had a smocked dress, in the same material as those curtains. It was always my windows dress, now I wonder if this is the reason why.

THE CAT REALLY DID SIT ON THE MAT

THE CAT REALLY DID SIT ON THE MAT

AND I REALLY DID TIDY THE GARAGE

AND I REALLY DID TIDY THE GARAGE

And can you tell by the decor that I'm a child of the Seventies?

ALL MY DOLLS HOUSE MEMORIES IN A BOX
MAKING ROOM FOR THE LIGHT PANEL

Once everything was sorted most of it was packed into a pretty storage box, and then quickly rearranged to make space for the lighting panel. So now I have a smaller box of parts of the inside and exterior of my dolls house, and of course I'll always have the memories.

A BOX OF DOLLS HOUSE MEMORIES

Do you still have any of your childhood toys?

My week this week: Projects

An obvious word for me, as I've always a project or two on the go, but this past week I think I've surpassed myself. 

Our long-term project to cut circles into our grass and add edging is coming to a close. You're right,  it's taken a while as we first started this last August! But we're getting there, finally. The next steps is to tackle two of the problem areas we have in our garden and a couple of weeks ago I spoke with Katie Rushworth from ITV's Love Your Garden and sought out some pro-tips on how to get started laying sleepers and talk through my gabion basket plan.

She was great to talk to and after our half-hour conversation I was motivated and equipped enough to order the sleepers which will form a raised bed around our lilac and where the old veg beds used to be and smarten up that part of the garden.  I also got on and ordered the gabion baskets I needed to get on with building the seating area and stand for our new pizza oven.   The sleepers and gabion baskets arrived yesterday and the pizza oven and logs are due today, so it feels like it's all coming together.

Which is just as well really as we're having a bit of a do in the garden in mid-June, and ask MOH keeps pointing out there's stuff to do in the house too. Yes, I know dear, that's why I have this mammoth list. Yes another project on the go, but alongside getting the garden and house ready, there's also the small matter of party arrangements too.

Back to the garden, that seems to be playing ball timing wise too;  all three of my peony plants are in bud, and I think it's the first time they've all coordinated their diaries; the giant fuchsias I bought a while back are now normal sized and I've big hopes for them and the plug plant bedding are growing steadily, whether they'll be in flower or not remains to be seen.

It's good to see the peonies flourish though as they're one of my favourite flowers, and I had them in my wedding bouquet ten years ago, so it'd be nice for them to make the party. I keep mentioning subtlety, like you do, that a nice bunch of peonies would make a lovely anniversary present, let's just hope he hasn't got his eye on the ones in the garden for that!

peonies in bud complete with ants, hmmn

While we're on flowers, my Gertrude Jekyll rose is thriving too. It has plenty of flowers and more to come and again it's significant as it was my fourth wedding anniversary present from MOH, and finally I've got it in the right place and it's flourishing.

Gertrude Jekyll rose in bud
Gertrude Jekyll in full bloom

But back to the projects

This weekend we're aiming to

  • install a three layer raised bed of sleepers where our old veg beds used to be,
  • assemble and lay out the gabion seating and pizza stand feature,
  • acquire enough 'rubble' to fill the 1 metre cube, which is the pizza stand.  We've already collected twelve sacks, and have another twelve to collect this evening, Gumtree is amazing!
  • take delivery of the pizza oven, 
  • cure the pizza oven before hopefully firing it up and eating our first pizza,
  • clear the greenhouse of plants ready for the allotment,
  • attend a family barbecue and 
  • celebrate my birthday on Monday, and it's a bit of a big one this year!

Wish us luck, and keep your fingers crossed for the rain that's forecast for the Bank Holiday stays away, as if we manage all of this I think I'll have earned a birthday glass (or two) of fizz!  

The Reading Residence

Post Comment Love: 26 - 29 May 2017

Hello there and welcome to this week's #PoCoLo. If you were here last week, thank you it was great to see you and it was great to have Morgan back too, I'd missed her as my co-host.  If you're new here then welcome, I'm sure that you'll find some great blog posts, and blogs, to read and both Morgan and I hope you become a regular linker.

I've had the best kind of week; not only have I had a couple of days off with the sun shining, but I've been able to satisfy my planning needs! And thrift, that's featured too. Before I went to work Monday I'd ordered, paid for and arranged delivery of the sleepers for another of my garden projects, and our gabion baskets arrived Wednesday as well. I love it when companies deliver on what they say, on time and without fuss, it makes such a difference.

I've also had some gumtree success finding two people locally who have rubble to give away. Yesterday we collected twelve sacks and later today we're collecting twelve more from someone else.  This is great news for us, as we have a cubic metre gabion basket to fill pretty quickly so the new pizza oven - which is due to arrive later today - has somewhere to go.  

I may still buy some bricks to add a decorative touch to the baskets, but the advice I received from ITV's Love Your Garden presenter, Katie Rushworth has been a big factor in getting myself sorted and ready to sort out the problem areas in our garden once and for all. That's the post I've linked this week, so you can read more about my chat with her.

She really is lovely and clearly knows her stuff. She started in fashion design but moved to designing gardens as she loved being outside and surrounded by nature, and that enables her to use her creativity in a different way, although there are similarities with the use of shape, form and texture.

My photo this week is of the helicoils, spring-like fixings, which we'll use to bind our gabion baskets together. Already I've learnt a new language, having laced the baskets together on Thursday assembling them. Later today there'll be some bracing, to add strength and well who knows. But everything is starting to come together!

A close up of the helicoils which we'll use to secure our gabion baskets

This week Morgan and I care keeping the linky open until 11pm on Bank Holiday Monday, so there's a bit more time to link up if you're out and about this weekend. Monday is my birthday, quite a significant one, and I'm hoping there'll be some treats along the way.  Have a great Bank Holiday weekend, and don't forget to check out some of the other posts linked up.

Blogger Showcase: Sir Leprechaun Rabbit from multiple blogs

Well, this week's Blogger Showcase is quite a character and has many blogs including , he says he's everywhere and that definitely seems the case. He was discovered by blogging rather than the other way round and with three blogs, he writes for fun and says blogging is a lot like gossip, in that you can control how much (or how little) of a secret you can tell.

Wise words indeed, pop over and take a look at the full set of answers on Morgan's blog, I'm pretty sure you'll find out more about Sir Leprechaun Rabbit who says he's much more than just a long-eared wordsmith!

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