Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Though autumn winds blow it is still green..

My Bramble hedgehog kids arrived from Japan today.  They're so sweet & it was nice to put the whole Keikyoku family together finally.

In my family Kuri (originally Mr Mortimer Bramble) & Kiri (originally Mrs Eleanor Bramble) are twin brother & sister, & the new arrivals are Kiri's children (unfortunately papa has passed away).

The children (also twins, it must run in the Keikyoku family) are named Kaki (originally Abigail Bramble) after the Japanese name for persimmon, & Kari (originally Maxwell Bramble) after the Japanese name for wild geese.  Just yesterday a flock of wild geese flew over my neighbourhood & it was a lovely (if noisy) sight.

Uncle Kuri, Kari, Kaki & Mother Kiri Keikyoku.
I'm looking forward to getting to know them more & seeing how they fit in to Hawthorn Bay.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Sweet chestnut..

My other hedgehog (Mr Bramble) finally arrived today so I thought i'd add a few photos.

I definitely want them to be siblings rather than Mr & Mrs.  As planned I'm naming Mr Bramble Kuri Keikyoku (kuri means chestnut, keikyoku means bramble) & his sister is named Kiri (meaning fog or mist). 

♥ them.

Surprise gifts & disappearances..

Before the recent Solitaire family who visited, I briefly played host to another Solitaire family.  I mailed them off to their new home in December & was hoping that they would have arrived by now but the owner still hasn't received them & fears they've been lost in the mail.  I've been holding out, hoping they were just taking a long time to arrive.

I included some gifts in the package for the ladies of the family (2 of my crocheted dresses in pink) & took some photos of the lades in their dresses before mailing them off, but sadly only took quick photos of the whole family to show to their owner when they first arrived.

I don't know if having the photos will make their loss worse or at least give their owner something to remember them by, but here they are..

The other Solitaire family I played host to more recently also left with a couple of gifts (dresses I crocheted in white & light blue). Thankfully they made it safely to their new home.  I didn't post the photos before as I wanted the dresses to be a surprise, but now they've been received I can share them. 

Only looking back at these photos did I notice that both the Solitaire daughters had droopy whiskers.  

I'm still hoping that the first Solitaire family turns up.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Oy with the poodles already! (part 1)

It was a good mail yesterday.  Some of my poodle family arrived & they're incredibly sweet.

Papa & baby poodle are still on the way but they should be with me soon, so i'll take more photos of the whole family together when they're reunited.

I've been considering naming them after characters from Gilmore Girls because I love Gilmore Girls (so excited that the show is coming back for new 4 episodes!) & because of ''Oy with the poodles already!'' (from I Can't Get Started, season 2, episode 22).


I might name them;
Lorelai (after Lorelai Gilmore), Luke or Luc (after Luke Danes), Eustace (after Paris Gellar's middle name), Michel (after Michel Gerard, the Independance/Dragonfly Inn's concierge) & Babette (after Babette Dell, Lorelai & Rory's neighbour).  Also Babette had a garden gnome named Pierpont, which might make a good surname.

I'm not sure what I'm going to name them yet, I jotted some other ideas after I initially bought them, but seem to have misplaced it. I'm going to have to look for it before papa & baby poodle arrive, however the Gilmore Girls related names feel kind of perfect.

I think the poodle family are supposed to be apricot coloured, & Babette's cat in Gilmore Girls was named Apricot, so maybe the naming gods are conspiring & saying ''yes! go with those names!''.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Your love calms my brambles..

A new family have recently started moving into Hawthorn Bay, the Brambles Hedgehogs who I've decided to name the Keikyoku family (Japanese for brambles).

I just got mother Eleanor Bramble to start with, but as soon as she arrived I adored her & knew I needed to get father Mortimer Bramble too, though I plan on them being fraternal twins, rather than husband & wife.

They have such sweet happy faces & I'm so happy with my decision to add them to my collection.

As far as I'm aware she's my first Japanese Sylvanian, she's certainly the first boxed Japanese figure I've bought up to this point (the only other Sylvanians I have with flat hands are the UK Tomy Thistlethorns & the Calico Critter Neptune sea otters).

I really wanted to give her a Japanese name, so inspired by an old favourite animated film of mine - Hedgehog in the Fog by Yuri Norstein (1975) I've decided to name her Kiri (meaning fog or mist), & yet to arrrive Mortimer I'll name *Kuri* (meaning chestnut), which seemed fitting because of the spiky cupules that cover them.

Before she arrived I decided that she would have a clothes/habedashery shop in Hawthorn Bay - partially because I didn't want to deal with having to make her a crocheted dress, partially because I have one of the Singer style Sylvanian sewing machines & have been wanting one of my families to have a (non-crocheted) clothes shop.  I hadn't realised that was Mr & Mrs Brambles jobs are supposed to be:

Father Mortimer Bramble
is the Sylvanian tailor. He makes all the clothes for everyone in Sylvania. He loves sewing while gently rocking in his rocking chair. 
Mother Eleanor Bramble designs and makes all the special Sylvanian costumes like wedding outfits and Sunday best clothes.
Though it makes sense, in Japanese, hedgehog is harinezumi, which means needle mouse.

If you haven't seen Hedgehog in the Fog I highly recommend it..

Monday, 18 April 2016

The 13th is Magic!

There haven't been any new arrivals at Hawthorn Bay for a while now (the last family to arrive were the Whiskers cats in December last year) however a couple of families (funnily enough, both Solitaire cat families) have visited, passing through on their way to their new homes in far away places. 

The latter of the two arrived last Wednesday (the 13th) & they haven't left for their new home yet, & I wanted to check their condition out & take some photos to share with their new owner. 

I was especially taken with the sister Solitaire from this family, she has such a sweet expression, but they're all lovely & make a very handsome family. 

It seems that brother Solitaire is quite the character & a bit of a comedian.

Ahhh, that face!

The book in the background is The 13th is Magic! by Joan Howard.  It's a children's fantasy book from 1950 about a brother & sister named Jill & Ronnie & their adventures after a magical cat named Merlin moves in with them.

Sister Solitaire is quite the adventurer & wanted to go outside to explore.

& while we were outside we ran into some of the locals (2 of our neighbours cats) - Lily (grey female) & Jet (black male).  Lily stopped to pose for some photos.

Sister Solitaire survived her encounter with the giant cat with all 9 lives intact & a fun story to tell once she makes it to her new home.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

A Fisher in Winter.

I thought I'd take some quick photographs of Isabel Fisher before she moves on to a new home.. 

Isabel came to me with another purchase & I've decided to give her to a friend as a little Christmas present, along with a pink dress I've specially crocheted for her.

I'm not a big fan of Sylvanians with markings (an exception being the Appleblossom grey squirrel family, who I adore), but I must say that Ms Fisher has grown on me while I took photographs of her.   She's very endearing & I hope that my friend will like her too.