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Monday, 26 September 2016

Introducing armand marseille

Dear Diary,

Jesse:  "Boys, here is your new brother.  His name is Armand Marseille.  

He comes originally from Germany.  I know he looks very young but actually he was born sometime around the turn of the last century.  He is bigger than either of you and has joints which move.  He is sturdy but we have to remember that his head is made of bisque and can break if we are not careful with him.  He's been around for well over 100 years and we want to be around for a lot longer.

Introducing Armand Marseille

Angelo:  I was very excited!  Getting a new brother was way better than a new push bike!  But, I was curious about something and I just had to ask - "Papa, why is he wearing those old fashioned clothes?"

Jesse: I had to laugh at Angelo's question.  "Well, Angelo, it's because he is an old doll.  To us, his clothes look old fashioned but in his early days, they would have been very fashionable.  Don't forget that you still wear knickerbockers!  The broach on his hat has special meaning for him and so we'll keep it for him to wear whenever he wants.  It will be like when I wear one of my antique Scottish thistle pins."

Adam:  I didn't mind how he was dressed; I thought he looked so nice.  Angelo and I have become very close over the year since I came here to live and I know that Armand will feel the same.  It means we will have to work to make him a part of the family.

Jesse:  I knew already that Armand would need new clothes but it wasn't going to be easy.  He is a big boy, 59 cm to be exact, and he has, what it called in the doll world, a toddler's body.  That's a nice way of saying he has a belly and a big butt.  Nothing is impossible and I had been getting ready for his arrival.  "I have already thought about new clothes for Armand.  I've knitted 4 new cardigan/jumpers and 3 hats.  Lynnette the seamstress made him a pair of trousers.  The best news is that the footwear for the generic 18" doll fit him perfectly so he'll have many pairs of shoes and boots.  I have already ordered a dozen different ones.  And, Adam, you can wear them too!"

New clothes waiting for Armand

We helped Armand to get undressed and to try on his new clothes.  He was so pleased but I was even happier because everything fit him perfectly.

Contemporary clothing has changed the boy.
Jesse:  I am confident that I made a wise choice, bringing Armand here to live with us.  He is very happy;  Angelo and Adam are pleased, too.  Armand will speak for himself in future posts.

He sure is tall!

Monday, 19 September 2016

Letter: "shades" of autumn

Dear Diary,

Adam:  I received a letter from my friend, Antonio.

Dear friends in New Zealand -

After several days of cloudy, rainy weather, we are enjoying a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon.  It's one of those rare, perfect "in between days" - not really summer anymore, but not yet autumn.

Looking cool.

 I took the opportunity to sit out on the patio and enjoy the nice weather (and the quiet).  

"Are you awake?"

Benjamin Roy joined me for a while, but then went off to play with his friend Pete.  

Beauty in cut crystal.
I also spent some time arranging some lovely autumn hued flowers that we picked up at the market.  As you can see, both B.R. and I are absolutely loving our new sweaters that Jesse made us.  Angelo and Adam: you are very lucky to have such a crafty papa.  We suspect that if Steve attempted to knit, we would have to be standing by with a scissors to cut his fingers loose.  Thank you again for the beautiful gifts.

Take care.


Adam:  Love the shades, Tony!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

A box arrives - part 2

Dear Diary,

Angelo:  I was getting excited about the package sitting on our front porch.  Was it for me?  Maybe it was for Adam?  I ran to find Adam to tell him about it.

"Adam, there's a package on the front porch for Papa.  What do you think might be inside it?  Could it be for either of us?  I want a new push bike or maybe it's full of new clothes for you."  

"The postie left a parcel for Papa on our front porch."
Adam:  I got all excited about the contents of the mysterious parcel but I couldn't imagine what might be inside it.  I would like to have some more new clothes.  We went to examine the box.

"Let's go look at the parcel."

We took a look at it through the door.  "I don't think it's your bicycle or my clothes; it's not the right size for either.  Maybe Jesse has bought something for himself, like knitting wools or books.  We'll have to wait until he gets home to find out."

Angelo:  We thought Papa would never get home.  When he got to the porch, be bent down and read the return address.  We saw a big smile break across his face.

Jesse:  When I came home, I found a package outside the front door and two very excited and inquisitive boys inside.  They were fairly bursting with questions, wanting to know what was in the package from overseas.  I said, "I have something to tell you so let's go and sit down."

Waiting to hear the news.

I've been thinking for some time now that it's time to expand our little family.  I knew this was the right decision when Simon came to live with you as a lodger.  So, I searched for just the right boy to come to live, one who would add quality to our lives.  After a long search I found just the perfect one and finally he has arrived in New Zealand after a long trip from abroad.  I want to introduce you to the newest member of our family.

-to be continued-

Monday, 5 September 2016

A box arrives - part 1

Dear Diary,

Angelo:  As I was walking past the front door, I happened to look outside and I saw a parcel had been delivered. 

I looked through the window and I could read it was for Papa.  It's an awfully long box, much bigger than me - bigger than even Adam. Whatever can be in it?  We'll have to wait until Papa gets home later today to see what's inside.

I wonder, what is Papa up to now?