Monday, 11 April 2022

Sylvanian Spring Part Two - "Come inside!"

As we enter Easter Week 2022 I return, as promised, with Sylvanian Spring Part Two - we have been outdoors in the Sylvanian village so now it is time to take a peek inside the houses and other buildings to see what is going on.

I have in the meantime travelled a long way in the real world and am spending a few weeks in England prior to making my way back to Bavorov in early May to finalise getting Small Worlds ready for the summer season. We hope, if nothing gets in the way - but who can predict that nowadays? - to open on Saturday 18th June, with normal weekly opening hours following on from then.

This will be a word-light, photo-heavy post, showcasing Butterfly's work setting the scene, telling the stories, and taking the photos whilst I sat and admired her endeavours.

She painstakingly explained to me that in order to reverse the scene accurately, the buildings had to appear from left to right, rather than from right to left as in Part One.  (Or vice versa - I am the first to admit that the reversing of shapes and patterns is a total mystery to me, even when carefully demonstrated!)

So starting on the far right when looking into the window we have the water mill, which houses the baker's shop, known for its delicious Danish pastries.  (Although we call them Danish pastries, the Scandinavians call them Wienerbrød/Wienerbröd = Viennese bread).

No Wienerbrød for Grey Squirrel today though, just a plain loaf and a roll to match.

Tucked neatly between the baker's and the café handily next door are the café tables, not a seat to be had as usual, especially when the sun is shining....

Meanwhile the proud parents of Mimsie Meercat are considering whether to wait for a space or head home having bought some pastries from either baker or café to go with their coffee.

The café next door - buying much of its wares from The Water Mill - is busy.   The Hedgehogs are choosing their morning treats and little Master Hedgehog, in despair at not being able to see properly, has climbed up for a better view.

Ah - now he's happy with his sandwich!

Moving along the street we come to the sort of shop no tiny village should be without - the Dollshouse Emporium!  

In the summer, the owner prefers to mount a display outside, leaving a rather empty shop, but in the spring it is safer to keep the houses safely indoors, away from the April showers.....

And finally we reach Rabbit Range, an imposing house with much space - which is sorely needed since after all these are rabbits and we know all about their breeding skills!

Despite the house's size, as you can see, it has been necessary to convert part of the garage to gain enough space for the ever-increasing family....

Here's the latest addition......

Mrs Rabbit really can't afford to take her eyes off her brood for a moment - look, there's one heading for the stairs while she's waving to Mr Rabbit outside....

And by the time she gets in - oh no! There's two of them - let's hope she is just in time!

So that brings me to the end of the update into springtime goings on in Sylvanialand and it just remains for me to thank Butterfly for all her hard work and to wish you all a very Happy Easter!

 Well - just one more thing. I hate to end a festive occasion without some music but seriously - did this ever catch on?

PS I recently gave a talk about Small Worlds to a group called the Collectors' Studio. It was done on Zoom and can be found now on YouTube. There is a written list of associated links I am happy to send anyone interested.


  1. great to see the latest catch up and I hope you enjoy your trip to the UK ! Happy Easter.

    1. Goodness you are fast Helen, I haven't even posted any links yet! Happy Easter to you too....

  2. The French call them Viennoiserie, too!

    1. Do they? I started to write a digression essay but found too many languages use some form of Danish so gave up!

  3. Marvellous stories and photos. Mrs Rabbit certainly has her paws full.

    As for the dance - if the Watusi, why not the Bunny Hop?

    Andrea x

    1. Must Google The Watusi. Bunny Hop starts off much like the Letkiss, very popular in the sixties, but it degenerates somewhat into wild abandon....

  4. Lovely to see part two of this, it's all very evocative of Spring (which is a very on-again, off-again here so far this year), Easter and Passover. I hope the young bunnies manage not to get into too much trouble - they certainly seem to be the epitome of mischief looking for somewhere to happen! I meant to say last time that I also really love all the tiny cars Sylvanian cars - I recognise some of them as variants on the Morris Minor, but am I correct in thinking that the red one in the garage is an Austin A3o? Can't see enough of the car to be sure, but the bonnet certainly looks like one.
    I hope your time in England is going well, look forward to another visit to your Blog once you're back in Bavaerov, and preparing to open for the season.

    1. Ooh that's an interesting observation Susan. I had assumed all the cars were variations on the Morris Minor/Mini theme but you may be right. I will do some research! We certainly have a Sylvanian mini tucked behind Mr Bean's house but it is not yet the right colour... Spring a bit on and off both here and in the CR too. I hope it settles soon into glorious weather!

  5. Love Sylvanian Families, this make me want to set up my daughters ones again. Pretty sure I've heard of the Bunny Hop & I wasn't born until 1968 :D.

    1. I had heard the name Diane which is why I googled for the video but I had no clue what it was like! We danced a lot of the Letkiss though....

      Go on, get out your Sylvanians. They make a lovely Easter setting :-)