Friday, 2 April 2021

From Vanoce to Velikonoce.... other words, from Christmas to Easter.  The time between the two seems to have swept past very quickly this time.   If you had told me in March last year that I would be spending these two festivals in the Czech Republic rather than the UK I should probably not have believed you.

But there you go, the best laid plans etc etc.  If I have learned anything in this year of Covid it is that making plans is a fairly futile activity.  I should have headed back to the UK before Christmas.  No. Then at the end of January. No. And now it seems as if my latest plan to try again before the end of April, after my second vaccination, may also come to nothing.   But who knows?  It is as it is and no amount of fretting will change it.

The last time I was in the CR for Easter was in 2017.   In fact, that is the only other time I have been able to put an Easter window into Small Worlds.   Since the number of Easter-related items I possess is small compared with Christmas ones, I was afraid that whatever I found for the window would make it very like the last time.

However, as you will see if you visit both windows, you have indeed met most of the things before, but I am pleased to say the constituent parts are enjoying themselves differently this year......

One of the strange effects of Covid for me is that despite in theory having a lot more time on my hands than usual, there is a huge reluctance to do anything constructive with it.   So although I could have thoroughly tidied the museum workrooms and made much progress on the planned miniature second-hand bookshop, none of that has happened.   And the Easter display, which could have been ready and waiting to go into the window, only came into being on Wednesday 31st March, with Butterfly's help,  and you will not be able to read this blogpost till Good Friday at the earliest.

Nevertheless, it comes with my heartfelt good wishes for a happy and peaceful Easter, full of sunshine and chocolate eggs!  Energy levels are low at the moment, despite the sunshine outside, so I am not fighting with New Horrible Blogger, but just leaving you a stream of pictures to enjoy.

So this is some of what I started with....

And here comes the result, with the odd (musical?)comment attached:

Test layout before going into the window...

If you go down in the woods today.....oops, sorry, wrong animals

These birds really do make this noise.....

Vainly waiting to pour a cuppa for Mrs Tiggywinkle, who is otherwise occupied

And finally wishing you all a very happy Easter filled with spring sunshine. 

Thank you for visiting

 PS the ducks insisted that I include their action sequence at the end....splish, splash, splosh!

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Laterne, Laterne.... the very obvious title for this blogpost, words taken from a well-known German nursery rhyme. As those who have read my Christmas blogs before will know, I like to have some appropriately seasonal music along with the writing.   Sadly this particular song is deeply uninspiring.  

In fact lanterns do not seem to have inspired much in the way of song. There's this - which I have never thought of as a lantern song, but the pictures belie that - apologies for the earworm.....

(In the olden days, before Ghastly New Blogger, you would have had here a pretty picture leading you to the video - now it requires many hours of work to achieve this so the link-clicking is left to you. My apologies)

So why Laterne anyway?  In this strangest of years, despite in theory having had much time on my hands both in the UK up to August and then over here in the Czech Republic where I am comfortably ensconced for now, I have been deeply uninspired to create anything for Small Worlds.   The museum was open from mid-June, thanks to the efforts of friends over here who got things going and the museum staffed, so that I was able to take over when I arrived in August.   In terms of visitors it has been a stunning year, probably because many people stayed in the country rather than holidaying abroad, but in terms of creation and blogposts, zilch from me.

But delightful as the summer window, installed by Ondrej and Jana, was, my pride would not allow me to leave it in situ over Christmas. 

However, there was a problem in the workrooms of no space to work in - when they removed last year's Christmas window I told them to just deposit stuff wherever there was a hole, and they did. Added to which health problems meant that when I had left in October 2019 I had barely managed to produce that window, let alone clear up after myself.  

And my legs are even less cooperative now.  So I desperately needed something this year that I could create with minimum movement, effort, and space.

And then a light dawned.  We own many lanterns - we love candles in all shapes and sizes, and even more so when inside a pretty lantern. And what is the inside of a lantern but a tiny space into which one can insert a miniature scene? Sorted!

Add to the lanterns two flea-market stands and a vast collection of Christmas objects, including the amazing children who have featured in every display over many years (click here for proof of their versatility), it must be possible to produce a window display.  

And Butterfly, though here, is occupied with her own projects but she would surely put in the window with me, something my legs will not allow me to do alone at present.

And lo! So it came to pass.  I have no intention of struggling with new, unfamiliar and uncooperative,  Ghastly New Blogger (henceforth to be known as GNB) so most of the rest of this post will be photos without text - the processes are self-explanatory.  It comes, as ever, with warm good wishes for a peaceful Christmas and many hopes for a somewhat more normal 2021.

This little room has been "borrowed" from a box created by my daughter-in-law, Laura, some seventeen years ago and features my lovely grand-daughter, Anya,  as she then was - at that time catless!

And the children take centre-stage on their very own stand - some strange sort of water-lily feature, another flea-market find.....

And so to the window display in position - as usual apologies that the photos are not super-clear, window glass and reflections are not helpful when trying to take pictures from outside, but at least Butterfly does better than I do.

Is he at the top of the ski-jump or shouting "Let me out!"?

I hope you have enjoyed these glimpses by lantern-light and I sign off with the traditional Christmas greeting and a light (!) musical fantasia. (I managed to upload one video.) 

All good wishes for the festive season and the coming year!