So for a few weeks the family took up residence in the big doll box which contains assorted beings of various shapes and sizes, some of them naked, some headless, many in varying states of undress.
Although the family had lived in a box for many years in Susanne's attic - here they can be seen blinking in the first light of day for a long time -they were clearly now not happy in their temporary home, so I felt it necessary to find them a suitable alternative venue as soon as possible.
They had actually emerged briefly during last summer, when two friends from England, Jill and Sheila, had their first attempt at some mini-dressmaking. They'll be back in September, I hope for another go!
I looked around Small Worlds to find the family a suitable home but there was no Edwardian house to be found.
The Walmer Victorian is well and truly peopled, and is in any case of a slightly earlier period.....
When Butterfly and I arrived back in Bavorov in April we immediately removed the window display which had been in place since last September, replacing it with a hastily assembled (in more senses than one) collection of pop-up books of houses and shops. I managed to forget to take any photos of the new display but it featured several of these.
Cue very slight digression: whilst searching for the pop-up images I came across this delightful website called "Victoria Stitch". I know some of you will enjoy it greatly - I can't wait to explore it further, especially the miniatures section. But it's all delightful, including the personal part.
I was anxious not to leave the books in the window too long - apart from anything else the strong sunshine was fading them. In any case I wanted a fresh display for the opening day on June 14th. So what to put there? The town museum had decided that they no longer wanted to display the French patisserie with the artist's studio upstairsand it was standing forlornly in my barn - no space in Small Worlds.
So what better than to kill two birds with one stone and use it in the window, adding the evicted family rather than the Caco dolls that were presently enjoying tea and cakes there? (Oops, another homeless family....)
No sooner said than done.
Meanwhile,louche uncle had clearly commissioned a portrait of his latest love and taken his place upstairs to oversee the painting,
whilst Miss Prim the governess, allowed to don a frivolous hat for once, took charge of the children outside......
Even the former servants found new jobs behind the café's counter
It didn't stay quite like that mark you. Milena the Milliner - you will remember her work from my last post - felt that neither Miss Prim the governess, nor mama, were showing to their best advantage. So mama went to the milliner's for a new hat and dashing matching cummerband
Whilst mama was at the milliner's, papa and his mother (or could she be his mother-in-law?) had clearly had words and she had flounced off to another table.
Let's hope they shortly resolve their differences so that they can all enjoy their new "home".
Thank you for continuing to follow the adventures in Small Worlds. If you missed the details of Butterfly's labours of love in the Tudor Tavern and the gallimaufry of other tasks you can find them by clicking on the links.
I hope to see you again soon when - don't hold your breath though - this may finally make its appearance!
PS Just for Andrea....(see comments below)