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Monday, 22 August 2016

A new friend in minneapolis

Dear Diary,

Angelo:  It's great to make a new friend!  Here's a letter we just received from Minneapolis, USA.

Hello Adam, Angelo, and Simon!

My name is Benjamin Roy and I have come to live with Sasha, Anthony, Giancarlo, and the others now.  They told me I should write to you all and introduce myself as I am now part of the family.  I can't tell you how happy I am to be here...I was stuck in a box for 30 years when my guardian Mr. Archibald Hetherington Nastyface found my only relative, Daddy John.  Mr. Nastyface arranged for me to be sent to Daddy John and here I am!  

The first day in my new home.

Daddy John has been so kind to me, he's been working very hard to get me some new clothes right away--it was such a relief to get out of that school uniform!

Finally, some new clothes!

Daddy Steve and my new brothers have all been very welcoming.  So far, Pete Dakota and I have hit it off the best.  We like to play hide-and-seek out in the backyard and just talk about a lot of different things.  I am a very quiet person by nature, so it has been quite an adjustment to all of a sudden having a large family!  Daddy John now and then will let me sit by myself for a little while, just to acclimate and hear myself think--the other boys can get so noisy!

Exploring the back yard of my new home.

I like to read a lot and just finished the new Harry Potter play.  I also like to listen to music (my favorite band is Erasure--and that's Daddy John's favorite, too!) and my job at home is to help with the dishes after dinner.  I think I will like it here very much.

Daddy John likes to call me "BR" for short and sometimes he calls me "BR-549."  He says it is a reference to an old television program called Hee-Haw he watched as a little boy.  Do you know that show?  I don't and sometimes I don't understand Daddy John's jokes.  He says that's okay; he says a lot of people don't get his sense of humor but he doesn't care as long as Daddy Steve and I still let him live with us and give hugs all around.  And I do!

On the front porch and happy to be home.

Here are some pictures of me.  I hope you all are having a good winter!   BR

Angelo:  It's been a long time since I came to live with Papa but this story brought back those good memories.  I hope that some of the other boy dolls we know will write to us and send photos, too.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Springtime love nest

Dear Diary,

Adam:  Winter is passing and spring will soon be here.  It's lambing and calving time now, even though the weather remains harsh.  Every day we can hear more birds chirping in the trees and bushes.  

We take a big interest in nature which surrounds us here in the country.  We like to feed the birds because it helps them to get through the winter.  Now, the birds are returning, looking for a place to nest and lay their eggs. Angelo and I decided to help out.

Angelo:  Papa bought a bird house last autumn, with the intention of putting it up this spring.  Adam and I are going to take on this job for him.

Adam:  We got out the ladder and soon discovered how big and heavy it is!  I wish we had a doll-sized ladder but then again, it most likely wouldn't have reached high enough.  

"You take the top and I'll take the bottom."

Then, we had to shift the house across the garden to its new home in the hedge.

"Ready.  Set'  Lift!"
Getting the bird house up the ladder was quite a job for us.  It was a bit tricky on the steps and we both wished we had chosen more stable footwear.

"Lift it up to me, Angelo."
Angelo:  I climbed into the hedge and immediately regretted it.  These bushes are very old and difficult to navigate.  It is a variety of the Hawthorne and the thorns are 5 cm (2 inches) long and very, very sharp.  I had to be very careful not to hurt myself.  Papa has had them go through the soles of his boots!

"Wire it up securely.  We don't want it to fall down with baby birds inside."
Now, we wait for a bird couple to move in.

Home tweet home.

Angelo:  We thought you'd like to see our outfits.  Before Papa could knit, someone made this for me when I had my former site "Angelo's World".  I've never even worn this before and it was fun to finally try it on.

Adam:  Jesse knitted this for me last year before he had any knitting patterns.  It is knitted with a very fine wool and so soft.  It actually fits me pretty well.  A few weeks ago, he was clearing out his knitting basket and found this at the bottom.  We were all surprised as we had forgotten all about it.  Naturally, I was delighted to get something new to wear.

Always handsome and well-dressed, clogs and Crocs notwithstanding.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

The new lodger

Dear Diary,

Angelo:  I was sitting and reading when the quiet in the house was shattered by knocking at the front door.  I just about dropped my book!  It was odd because our friends never use that door.  I got up to go to answer the knocking.

When I opened the door, there was a stranger at the door, a doll I have never seen before.  He seemed so frightened; he said that he was lost and homeless.  He looked so pathetic, thin clothes, no coat or hat and no shoes.  It's the middle of winter here and so very cold; I couldn't very well leave him outside so I invited him indoors.  I was curious to know more so I asked him for his name.

"My name is Simon Helbig."

I invited him to come in and get warm.  I thought I'd better call Adam to come and see what's going on.  He is older, after all, and more experienced in the ways of the world.

Adam:  Angelo called for me to come and help.  I went in and found him with a stranger doll.  I decided it would be best if we all sat down so Simon could tell us his story.  This is what he told us.

"Tell us your story, Simon."

"I found myself wandering around this little village; I was cold and lost.  As you know, most dolls have no memory of their previous lives, once they have left their home so I can't tell you anything other than my name.

"Where am I?"

I saw a house and I decided to go to the door and knock.  But, there was no answer.

"Is anyone at home?"

I started walking again and the next building I saw was this church.  It looked safe enough so I screwed-up my courage and went to the front door.  I didn't realise this old church  has been converted into your home.

"I hope someone is here."

I was so surprised when another doll answered the door.

"Can I help you?"

So here I am, homeless and friendless."

Angelo: Both Adam and I liked Simon and we didn't want to put him back out into the cold.  We decided to ask Papa what to do.

Jesse: The boys came to me and told me what had happened.  I agreed to let Simon stay as a lodger until he gets his life sorted.  I reminded Angelo and Adam that they had an obligation to give him a hand, especially since he was dressed in rags.

"My shoes will fit your feet.  Here is a pair for you to wear."

"You'll need some clothes.  These trousers are too big for me but will fit you nicely.  Here is a shirt to wear until we can find some which will fit you better."

"Wow!  You look so different!"

Simon:  I am so relieved to have a home again.  I know I'm not exactly part of the family, but being a lodger and living here sounds like a great idea to me.  Adam and Angelo have been so kind and generous to me.

My newest friends

Happily living in my new home.