Last week there was a Farmers' Market here in Bavorov and since the window of Small Worlds is directly opposite the rear door of the castle hall in which it is held we prepared our first window display - a woodland scene - in time for it.
The task was not too difficult - some of my friends will recognise the characters involved. Especially Lynda who, indefatigable in helping to pack up our house in England, was the one who removed them from their previous display on the landing and packed them carefully for their journey to the Czech Republic.
We did a test run in the room, before setting up in the window. In the end quite a number of things were rejected, amongst them the Wombles seen at the front. They definitely belong to Wimbledon Common rather than a Czech wood. And all fungi were reserved for an autumn display.
Sadly we forgot to take photos of the window before the Easter Bunny came along and transformed it today ready for the Easter Holiday. Velikonoce, as it is known here (the name comes from Veliké noci - the Great Nights) is a very popular festival and as you walk through the village many people have put decorations in their windows. There are some strange customs as well.....
Photographing the window from the outside has also not been very successful - much reflection in the glass, either of me or the house opposite. Butterfly, who has a couple of Easter offerings of her own, then contorted herself from inside the room and tried to take photos at an angle......
I hope nevertheless you can get an idea of the woodland scene.
There has been a pleasing amount of interest from passers-by, with parents holding up their little ones to see more closely. At one end of the window we have details of the coming opening hours and the delightfully expressed information about the collection that Abbeybufo of Stitchwords produced whilst peeling potatoes one day.
I leave you with a series of close-ups and my very best wishes for a Happy Easter - oh and the title of this blog makes my last offering inevitable. It comes direct from my very own childhood - as Abbeybufo has it in her introduction to Small Worlds:
"Do you remember when you were little? I mean really little, when everything in the grown-up world was too big for you, and it seemed there was always someone bigger telling you where to go, what to do …"
I'm happy to say I remember it well and I hope that following my dolls house journey brings back happy memories for all of you too.
to one and all
PS After the somewhat ribald comments flying around about the young lady squirrel's loose morals I feel I owe it to her to post a further picture in her defence...