The many and various ways I pass the time now has a new addition. Usually it involves drinking coffee whilst sitting at a computer keeping in touch with chums, or sipping wine sitting on our tiny terrace catching the sun, and wondering what else I can do to avoid any cleaning or tidying or putting away of stuff and things that aren't even MINE. And now I am going to type this blog. Provided that doesn't become a chore as well, in which case...

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Oh, OK, then, you CAN have some photos...but only a handful

Mrs Charlotte Dolly and her adopted daughter,
Miss Amelia van der Graff, finish breakfast
Edith the nursery maid checks on baby Louisa Dolly

Edgar the white terrier and Lionel the spaniel grow hopeful that 
Old Mrs Dolly will soon take them on their morning constitutional

 In the afternoon visitors call by to practise their music together
and entertain Old Mrs Dolly with Beethoven's Archduke Trio

The dogs think string instruments sound like cats,
but are well-trained in not barking


  1. Hari OM
    Beautiful!! I love that there are doggies. The dresses are stunning Marion - loving the breakfast dress of Mrs Dolly in particular. I would wear that! thank you for giving the glimpses. Hope your weekend is shaping up nicely. YAM xx

    1. Ah! I can't lay claim to Charlotte Dolly's day dress, as The Daughter made that and another one (for the doll that later became known as Emily) over a long weekend in October when she came to visit and the weather wasn't fit for gallivanting. She got the hang of the smallness much more quickly than I did. I struggled and struggled with a tail coat for Mr Dolly and she knocked up two frocks in the same time.

    2. ...ah so the talent continues down the line!! Yxx

    3. Oh, hellya, Yam! She's slimmer, fitter, more beautiful, very very hard-working, conscientious, patient, affectionate, wise and altruistic and outright bloody FUNNY and she is my bestest female friend ever. She also cooks up a storm, does Christmas for us both every once in a while, makes her own Christmas cards from scratch, all original art works, and it all goes on and on. If I'd stayed up all night with a pen and paper designing My Perfect Daughter I couldn't have done better, I have always said so, and if that makes anyone out there puke bile, sorry, mate, but it's TRUE!

      Also, she doubles/trebles as Perpetua's niece and goddaughter, and she might also vouch for her. No pressure, Perpetua!

    4. I doubt there's much i can add except to say that it's very rare to see so much competence and sheer common-sense wrapped up in such a likeable bundle. She's fantastic company. :-)

  2. Oh wow, I love the musical instruments! The dresses i already knew to be gorgeous.

  3. There is a cello, which Mrs Dolly's sister Emily plays. Emily stays with her sister to give her extra help and company when Mr Dolly is away on business. He has a porcelain-importing business, so he often has to go to port to check on cargo, and sometimes even further afield (several times to France and Germany and once even to China, which was a strenuous six month journey).

    He takes the train to Bristol at least once a week and stays overnight, sometimes for two nights. He is a fan of all things new-fangled, so adopted train travel as soon as it was available.

    1. Oh, and sometimes when William visits he brings his violin. William is now engaged to Emily. They will marry this summer.