Search This Blog

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Easter 2016


Dear Diary,

Angelo:  It's Easter time once again.  I can't believe how quickly time has flown by.  It was just last Easter that I was waiting and waiting and waiting for Adam to arrive.  


Every day, it's my chore to collect the eggs from the hen house (and, recently from the hay stall) and bring them in to the pantry.  I'm pretty much over collecting eggs and I just can't see running around collecting coloured eggs - unless they're chocolate, that is!  So, I've opted out of the traditional Easter egg hunt and gone straight for the good stuff.


"Forget the basket of eggs!  I want chocolate!"


Ok.  I'm wearing silly rabbit ears.  I just want to get into the spirit of the holiday!

Adam:  This is my first Easter in my new home so I decided to join in the fun.  What do you think of my pyjamas?  Jesse bought these last year for Angelo, from someone on eBay.  They were listed to fit a Sasha doll but by the time the parcel had arrived, Easter was long past.  Regrettably, he didn't try them on Angelo before today.  Now, he finds that these are so big they don't fit either Angelo - or even me!  I had to turn up the legs and I'm swimming in them.  But, I can't say I know anyone else with Easter egg PJs and bunny rabbit slippers!  And, Angelo has promised to let me wear the bunny ears next year.


"This guy claims to be the local (retired) Easter Bunny. "


Recently, while thrift store shopping, we found this old guy.  He says that he was the Easter Bunny but had to give it up due to advancing age.  He's a little touchy about the wear and tear on his body; he asks how we'd look after all those years of running around delivering jelly beans and hiding eggs.  I suppose he has a point.

Jesse:  What would Easter be without the traditional hot cross buns?  I have a fantastic recipe by Richard Bertinet, famous European baker and chef.  They are always a treat when served freshly baked and with a nice cup of tea.   They don't hold well so we have to eat them all on the same day (life is tough!)  I make a batch daily from Friday through Monday (our holiday) and give them out to people who live in our little village.


The best part, other than the mixed dried fruits inside, is the strong rum glaze!



You've probably noticed that the crosses are wonky.  I can never make them right. It seems the piping bag and I are not on speaking terms and cannot do anything in a coordinated manner.  Usually, I leave the cross off and call them hot atheist buns.


Image result for free easter graphics

Sunday, 20 March 2016

More boots

Dear Diary,

Angelo:  I have such a cool papa!  A fortnight ago, Adam had a present of new boots.  I was very happy for him because he still doesn't have many shoes and boots.  I couldn't be jealous because I have lots of them.  So, I was very surprised when a package for me arrived from Hong Kong.


Imagine - not 1 but 3 pairs of boots!  These are the finest boots, or shoes for that matter, that I own.  They are so well-made and fit me perfectly.  The scale and attention to detail is fantastic.  


These are a burgundy colour.



The zipper is hardly visible in this colour.



These are actually a beige colour and not white.



The zipper is easier to spot in this colour.  



These boots are black.



If you look very closely, you can see the zipper.



The corrugated soles so I won't slip and fall.



I am such a spoiled boy!  Good thing Papa likes his boys to have lots of fashionable clothing, and that includes footwear.


Sunday, 13 March 2016

Swanning around


Dear Diary,

Adam:  This weekend we went on a 4 day extended weekend.  Jesse and his hubby had just celebrated their 35th anniversary and decided a short holiday was in order.   Being part of the family, Angelo and I went along to see the sights.  

For those who don't speak British English, "swanning around" means to be carefree, doing exactly as one likes.  This is what the four of us did for four days.  We drove south of where we live, to a place called Lake Waihola.  We stayed at the Black Swan motel, named for the beautiful black swans who live on and around the lake.  
It was difficult to get good photos because they kept dunking their heads in the water to feed.

Did you know that the Crown (Queen Elizabeth II) retains the right to ownership of all unmarked mute swans?
We loved watching the swans swimming and eating.  They weren't far off-shore and they seemed to be used to people watching them.

When we checked-in at our motel, we found more swans waiting for us. 

"Are they real or towels?"
"Hello.  I've never been this close to a swan before!"
"I hope they aren't planning to sleep here in our bed tonight!"
The next day we brought a picnic lunch and sat at the shore in the sun to enjoy the ambience of the place.  While we were eating, a man came by with his dog.  The dog loved to swim and every time his master threw a stick into the lake, the dog eagerly jumped in and swam out to retrieve it.  They repeated this many times and the dog never tired of the game.

"Look, Angelo - over there!  See the dog swimming in the water.  He's bringing back the stick."
Good dog!
Angelo: We had a lot of fun, driving around the area, shopping and picnicking.   We really did just "swan around"!





Wednesday, 2 March 2016

boots

Dear Diary,

Adam:  Things are looking up in the clothing department for me, thanks to Cynthia on the Carpatina Yahoo Group.  Jesse posted a question, asking how well the Kidz n Cats boy clothes might fit me.  Cynthia, who has both boy dolls, tested the clothes and replied that they fit just fine.  Jesse then did an internet search and found a pair of boots and leggings for me.  They are made by Heart & Soul and came from a company in Germany.

My new boots shown next to the Carpatina shoe.  I'm wearing the new leggings.
The boots are very nicely made with a zipper up the back.  They are a snug fit but I don't mind.  As you can see in the photo above, the tights don't fit too well; they are more like 'low-riders' in the crotch.  I hope the pants fit better.

The soles of the shoes.
The pair of boots are made for the right and the left foot, unlike many of the generic 18" doll-sized shoes which can be worn on either foot.

Comparison of the boot with my foot.
The tights are sheer and I had to pull them up tightly (you can see my toes in this photo) so the crotch wasn't down to my knees.  I haven't tried the new books with socks yet.

Kidz n Cats on the left; Carpatina on the right.
The width of the two brands is the same; the length is different.

Comparison of the two brands.
The Carpatina loafers are meant to be more fashionable (I suppose) so the toe is longer. 

This now opens up a new source of footwear for me.  Neither Jesse nor I like the generic 
shoes as they are always too large to look right on me.  Now, we just have to find more shoes for boys!