Two little girls, one holding a bunny, headed for the gate in the back fence. They didn't tell anyone where they were going, I guess they figure their mum would know. They would always be found in one of a handful of places and lately it was the taddy pond. Well beside the taddy pond mostly because they had already collected a whole heap of tadpoles weeks ago. There was a little thicket of hawthorn trees near the pond mixed up with some wattles. The spiky hawthorns were far enough apart that you didn't get scratched when you walked by but they kept intruders out who maybe wanted to know what was inside the thicket.
Inside was a little open space, some rocks with moss, some native cranberry bushes, a sheoak that dropped fairy pencils, a quiet spot where the sisters could play and not be disturbed. I'm sure when no one was around rabbits sat there and discussed things such as the best gardens to raid and which houses had the meanest dogs. Hoppy McSpots wondered if one day she might meet a real rabbit but unless she was forgotten by the girls and left in the paddock there wasn't much chance.
I don't know if Amelie ever wore her pretty white cotton dress into the paddock but I think she probably did because she loved it so. Who wouldn't love it with the pretty vintage lace around the hem and neat little pintucks across the bodice to make it super comfy. It has just a touch of Liberty bias at the neck and sleeves and lovely vintage mother of pearl buttons down the back. She definitely wore her big midnight grey felt boots tied up with leather laces and her hand knit red woollen socks to keep her feet cosy.
Amelie is one of my Mabel style dolls, she is 19" tall, made from cotton knit skin fabric and stuffed with Australian wool. Her face is hand embroidered and lightly blushed with coloured beeswax. Her hair is English Wensleydale locks crocheted and hooked into a crocheted wig. It can be gently styled but not combed or brushed.
She not suitable for children aged four years or younger and would be best suited to an older child or adult collector.
Hoppy McSpots is made from spotty linen and stuffed with wool like Amelie. Her ears are lined with some precious Atsuko Matsuyama fabric. She has a little hand knit skirt in the same Mad Tosh yarn as Amelie's socks and she also has a very cute ladybird button brooch. As with Amelie she is not suitable for children aged four years or younger.
AMELIE AND HOPPY HAVE FOUND A HOME.
Thank you so much.