Wednesday, 13 December 2017


After working long into the night Granny Fortuna and Bruno finally have the shop ready to open..

It's nearly 8 am, Granny likes to open early, so any children can come in to look on their way to school.

Lots of Christmas cards ready to be purchased and sent off to family and friends.

Puzzles and toys waiting for someone to add them to their list to Santa!

But what's this? Where is Granny Fortuna? normally she'd have seen Bruno off to school and be pottering behind her counter ready to entice the children and their parents to a purchase or two !

It's eerily quiet in the shop...where is Bruno? he'll be late for school but where is Granny ? She's never this late......


Sunday, 10 December 2017


At 8 am today the garden at the back

The front drive.

By 11 am

The front at 11 am.

I do love how the snow covers the landscape and makes everything look so magical. However I don't like having to set off at 7.30 in the morning and driving down 16 miles of twisting mainly country lanes to work but for once my plan of taking a week off in the winter to avoid some icy snowy days has actually worked because I have this coming week off! So no early morning icy driving for me this week thank goodness.

We could hear some buzzing out front and wondered who was cutting? things up in the snow, so on investigation we found this..

This is a very large tree in one of our neighbours front gardens and with the snow coming down was a man cutting off some of the higher branches ! and also a part of the top! Now I don't know if this had already been arranged or whether there was an issue and the owner had called them out but rather him than me in this weather!

and this was how it was left. I'm glad they did not take the whole tree down, the top will regrow and fill out again in a year or so.

I decided to take a couple of my dolls who were wearing just the right clothes for a snowy day.

First out was Izzy my Nini girl by Johnathan Hayes. I think she would make a great Christmas card for next year! I just need to remember these photos in time to get them printed up!

This weather if perfect for her.

Then she was joined by Peggy , my Kathe Kruse girl , another who is perfectly dressed for this snowy day.

I'm not so sure she was enjoying the snow !

They valiantly carried on while it continued to snow!

To winter Misses together.

I asked Paul to go down and take a couple of photos of the folly in the snow.

Shame it's not finished , so the arched doorway would have been covered with snow. Maybe we'll get some another year when it is.

Well a busy week ahead, Granny Fortuna want's her shop up and running with plenty of customers, I'm still cleaning up the dust from the wall coming down, there are still presents to buy, cards to send and clearing out to do.

So have a great week everyone and if you have to travel in these icy conditions take care.