Monday, 27 March 2017


Well Spring is officially here ! The clocks moved forward on Sunday morning, the sun shone and the day was clear and bright.

So Liberty went out into the garden in her spring outfit.

Liberty or Libby as we call her, was our first ever Sasha and came from the USA , hence her name.

She is standing on one of the flower garden covered seats which is showing signs of it's winter wear.

She is wearing a pleated skirt set with shoes by Ruth Hartley matched with a Swiss style jacket in blue by Karen Warnaka.

Libby is a Pintuck limited edition with real hair wig and her eyes have darkened from the bright blue to this brown, which I think looks lovely with her blonde hair. Her eyes have always been brown since we've had her.

Libby made the right choice wearing the KW jacket with her clothes, it's only just Spring and there will still be plenty of bright but chilly days ahead.


Sunday, 26 March 2017


Well pretty much a terrible week all round.

At work this week I had a totally unreasonable customer who was also rude but I was not, only following the bank processes. I have to say that 99.9% of our customers are usually lovely people who behave well even when they have an issue.

Then the terrible happenings in Westminster, with people losing their lives in a violent and tragic manner. But this also showed the best in people, who rushed to help those injured, or to protect others.

And the the passing of our dear little Izzy. It was time but time seems so fleeting when these things happen. For those who don't know,  Izzy was diabetic in her last few years and had lost her sight. She coped with her sight loss wonderfully but in these last couple of weeks she'd seems more confused about where she was, when making her way about the house,or garden, especially when she'd just woken up. But on Thursday she woke and was poorly, unable to get her baring and just laying down and not wanting to drink.
Just before she was due to be taken to the vets , she rallied and got up and had a drink and seemed to recover.
The vet said that her liver was starting to fail and was releasing toxins into her brain which was why she was more confused than before and it was agreed that it was time to say goodbye , for her sake , as she was such a little fighter , she would have carried till her last breath.

So now she's been buried in our flower garden.

We have placed her in the sun as she loved to lay outside with the warm sun on her before moving into the shade if it got too hot.

She is close to the bench where we sit and have a cup of tea after a hard days work or gardening and also where I take photos of the dolls for the blog. When we sat here , she would sit on the concrete base under the seat and watch out from between our legs, there is usually only the little angel statue underneath. Izzy loved the garden and you would see her sniffing the flowers when they were in bloom.

We still have her Brother Hamish with us, which helps as there is still a dog wandering about although we still feel that something is missing. Izzy would always follow me out into the kitchen and sit or as she got more tired and frail lay by the doorway awaiting to escourt me back into the living room once I'd finished whatever I was up to. Same as she would always come with me when I went to hang the washing out and would turn to go back in as soon as I picked up the empty basket.

We also have Archie my daughter Lauren's Westie who stays here when she's at work as Paul works from home so he's not left on his own. Archie is the one on the left of this photo.Could I get them to both look at the camera at the same time?

This is me trying to get a photo of the pair of them together, Archie sits as requested , he does like having his photo taken , While Hamish , who is going deaf, pretends to be totally so!

Despite being ordered to sit Hamish keeps coming!

He paused long enough to let that young whippersnapper know whose the elder here! So that's the best one I got!

So now we have two of our dogs buried in the garden, Jasper our Golden retriever who passed away aged 12 back in 2005 and now Izzy, so looks like we'll be staying even if we ever win that lottery!

On a happier note, the sun is shinning today and although the breeze is cool it does seem like Spring is making herself felt. When the sun shine we tend to head out into the garden and those jobs that have waited over the winter come to the front of things to do and the house takes a back seat while this happens. So the hallway will be on hold for several months while we go outside to keep on top of all the garden jobs. I will finish with a photo of our Magnolia Stellata and the hopes that your week ahead is a good one.