The West Enders in September Part 1

I had so hoped to be posting a new story with posts for upcoming holidays – Rosh Hashanah, Nigerian Independence Day, Halloween, and Dia de los Muertos, but once again, I’m posting on my phone from the hospice. I’m really disappointed about Nigerian Independence Day because I wanted it to be an African Diaspora Day with dolls dressed in some of the beautiful African inspired clothes I have. Not to be. I hope I can still manage Halloween but we’ll have to wait and see.

The view from my room.

As you can see, I have access to the lovely garden although it was too chilly today to get out there. I was shattered because I’ve arrived here after a gruelling week in hospital in which I had a crazed woman in the bed across from me shouting all day and night. She even rang the police one night to tell them she was being kept against her will.

But now I’m here and with me is my new Sindy doll, the Flower Magic Doll.

Marigold Collier

Eventually I’ll get her out in the garden with her watering can and post more interesting photos. I’m leaving her other accessories in the box until I get home. If you’re interested in seeing her flower shop, check out Vanda’s (Taswegian1957) post: https://dollsdollsdolls.net/2022/09/14/kid-kreations-flower-magic-sindy/

The reason I’ve been readmitted is that covid finally caught up with me, despite taking more precautions than anyone else I know. Fortunately I was given monoclonal antibody treatment due to my immunosuppression for my underlying illness and did not become terribly ill or require hospitalisation while I had it. Unfortunately, it precipitated another exacerbation of my lung disease and for the fourth time this year, off to hospital I went via ambulance after recovering and testing negative. My overall condition has taken another downhill step but I’m still alive.

The good news is that while I had covid, I was able to sit at the dining room table and work on a room box kit, creating a new Frida Dahlo’s Mexican Restaurant. Here are a few photos of the process.

The kit “before.” I was checking if the restaurant would fit.
Painting with steroid induced shaking hands and covid induced fatigue. The yellow walls required 5 layers of paint.
Almost finished.
Ready to open!
Excellent food and margaritas!
Cerveza fria!

This final picture is the whole setup in the doll room. The little beach house is next door and everything is designed to try and create the illusion that the restaurant is on the beach.

I hope to post more garden photos soon!

The West Enders in August

West End Village, aka the doll room, is tidy and organised enough for me to start working on the Mexican Restaurant. Once that’s finished, I hope to be able to embark on Season 6 with more stories. For now, I thought I’d post a few updates.

An ongoing concern has been the poor wait staff at the café and pizzeria who never seem to get a day off and wear some of their nice outfits. So I’ve recruited two new baristas for the café and will start rotating dolls through their shifts. Adela and Kalani have new jobs at the café.

Adela has started already and Heidi can’t wait for Kalani to come and relieve her.

Tamra and Marguerite enjoy cappuccino and carrot cake.

The Panenka family relaxes around the pool. Dûsko mans the grill.

Bonnie, Claire, and Steffi relax with the babies in the pool.

Ollie and Katie relax with drinks and fresh strawberries. The perfect way to enjoy the hot days of August. The West Enders hope to return soon with a new season!

The West Enders in July: the Grand Finale

Hello, dear friends and followers! It’s Mini-Me here again. We’re all at home now and I thought you might like to know what we’ve all been up to since we’ve been back. I’m back at work, nothing too exciting here.

Ilana’s had her hair done but hasn’t chosen a new wardrobe just yet.

Elena is glad to be home with the rest of the Panenka family. Candi tells her all about buying the café and asks Elena if she would like to work there as Candi is really short of help.

On Saturday night, Carmelita persuades Lauralyn to go to the pub, the King George III. The pub is busy and it’s nice to be back in West End Village.

Lauralyn gets chatted up by Diondre almost as soon as she arrives.

The pub is full of single men, as usual, and Barry seizes the opportunity to try his charms on Carmelita.

Across town at the posh bar at the West End Manor Resort, Lenora and Vera drink tropical drinks and chat with some of their new neighbours.

Anna May is reunited with her sisters, Ebony, Lela, and Naomi. They seem pretty intent on something – or someone.

Tobias Alford walks in the door. You may recall that he and Dalpinder went to GlastDollBury22 with Naomi and Ebony. They haven’t heard from him since.

Undeterred, Ebony introduces him to Lela and Anna May.

Lela and Anna May say hello then retreat while Ebony drags a reluctant Naomi over to chat with Tobias.

Anna May: “Well, he’s a tall, dark, and handsome hottie. I wonder how serious he is about our little sisters.”

Lela: “Ebony said they slept in separate tents and that it was friendly but not romantic.”

In the meantime, have you noticed what’s going on here in the corner? James and Mel are looking mighty cozy together. What’s that all about?

Ebony chats blithely away to Tobias, who looks like he wants to escape, while Naomi’s attention is focussed elsewhere. Who is she looking at?

It’s Raheem. He seems to have noticed her as well.

That’s it for the West Enders for now. Maxi-Me has been working day by day to get West End Village up and running but it’s coming along slowly. She hopes that her health will remain stable enough now to start posting Season Six! Clearly there are some stories to be told. We aren’t certain of the format yet. It’s easier and less time consuming to leave out the speech bubbles so the format you see tonight may be what we adopt. As always, the photos will be the focus rather than the text.

Please feel free to comment below!

The West Enders in July, Part 7

On our final day in hospice, the girls have decided to model their own clothes against a black background.

Lenora goes first.
Lauralyn is next.
Elena is happy to have her clothes and accessories returned and can’t wait to join the rest of the Panenka family.
Carmelita looks lovely, as always.
Although it’s a warm day, Vera decides to wear her complete outfit.
Mini-Me and Ilana watch from the other side of the room. “She looks like she’s channeling her inner Morticia Addams,” Ilana whispers.
Did Vera hear that?
Anna May is next up.
She and Vera decide to pose together to emphasise the black and white outfits.
Next Ilana struts her stuff.
Last but not least is Mini-Me. She can’t wait to get home tomorrow even though she’s enjoyed the hospice stay and Maxi-Me is feeling so much better.

The West Enders in July, Part 6

The hospice crew are all happy to hear that they’re going home on Monday. They’ve enjoyed the garden and on Friday, Maxi-Me was moved to a fabulous room to get her away from the smokers. Here at the hospice, patients are allowed to smoke outside their rooms so that end of life care is still about enjoying life. Unfortunately, secondhand smoke causes Maxi-Me to become quite ill very rapidly. So we all moved further away.

A view of the room.
There are lots of places to do photo shoots in the room so today we chose a white backdrop. Some of us are still wearing someone else’s clothes.
A new West Ender named Vera arrived wearing a long black gown that was completely unsuitable for July, so she swapped for something else.
Vera had a black romper under her gown and Elena tried that on.
There was a prop for the girls to play with too.
Of course, Lenora had to show off.
She’s back in her original outfit.
Lauralyn’s outfit is part of her identity and culture so she never swapped with anyone.
After a few days wearing heels, Mini-Me’s feet hurt so much that she’s decided to return Ilana’s dress and wear her own with her flat shoes.
Oh, that’s better!
Ilana has taken her hair down and looks very glamorous in her dress.
Carmelita looks very stylish in Elena’s outfit.
Anna May is so much taller than the other girls, she hasn’t even tried to swap.
In the end, everyone changes into their original outfits, ready for tomorrow’s final photo shoot.

The West Enders in July, Part 5

We are all hoping this will be our last blog post from the hospice. Maxi-Me’s new medication regimen is working well. We have enjoyed our stay and the garden but new adventures (and clothes) await at home. And despite Lauralyn’s hopes, Idris has not made an appearance.

Hanging out in the room.

Last night Lenora and Carmelita wanted to do some clothes swapping for a photo shoot so Elena graciously contributed one of her outfits. The garden looked lovely.

We loved the look of the clouds.
The ring necked parakeets were squeaking away and two flew right over our heads.
It was a bit breezy and the girls were afraid they couldn’t all hang on so Elena waited to make sure it was safe.
Eventually she joined in.

“Now what?”
“Pose, silly!”
“Like this.”
Carmelita looks great in Elena’s outfit.
Lenora’s turn!
Carmelita’s original outfit looks great on her.

With that, we’ll end our photo shoot with some close ups and fingers crossed we’ll all be home soon.

Elena
Carmelita
Lenora

The West Enders in July, Part 4

The final visitor to the hospice who hasn’t been able to explore the garden is Ilana. Once again, Maxi-Me is a bit constrained in how far she can get as her portable oxygen isn’t filled up. It’s really hot today so we waited until evening to go outside.

Ilana models the outfit she came in. Then she and Mini-Me decide to swap.

The girls have a whole new look.
Ilana is Nicole’s niece and Ben’s sister.
Nicole
Ben
“You look amazing in that dress, Mini. I think it’s you. I understand there’s a lot of clothes left in the village by previous residents, including cocktail dresses. Maybe you should keep that and I’ll pick something else.”
“Ilana, you are too kind! When we get back, we’ll get you a whole wardrobe sorted.”
Ilana likes this tie-dye dress but is dreaming of a whole new wardrobe. Besides, Mini-Me hasn’t suggested she keep it either!
In any event, a new friendship has formed.

The West Enders in July, Part 3

Yesterday was a busy day in the hospice so Lenora MacDonald had to wait until evening to have her photo shoot in the garden. As a reminder, since we haven’t seen Lenora in a while, she’s sister to Merida and daughter to Mairi. This new Looks version with her curly hair is perfect in that role!

Merida MacDonald, created by Mari of Salem City Dolls, who also created Elena Panenka.
Mairi MacDonald, created by Con “Fox” of TheFoxyDolls on Etsy.
Lenora MacDonald, with her curly ginger hair in the garden of the hospice.

Lenora liked to pose, as fashion models do, especially in places that emphasised her eye shadow.

Lenora
Lenora is a fabulous model.
I’m not sure she’s going to continue her modelling career; she might play fiddle to Merida’s guitar. Sister act!
Merida’s lost half of her duo when Cho went back to Japan.
Lenora will certainly let us know what she wants to do!

The West Enders in July

Good morning! Mini-Me here. Maxi-Me is undergoing palliative symptom control at Marie Curie Newcastle Hospice so some of us have accompanied her to keep her company.

We’ve been exploring the garden. Our room opens onto a beautiful garden with loads of birds and Maxi-Me likes to go out in her power chair to explore.

The garden is lovely and we have been taking turns exploring.

Lauralyn and Carmelita are here too.

Lauralyn has had a chance to enjoy the garden too but we can only go out one at a time because it’s so windy.

It was supposed to be Carmelita’s turn yesterday but Maxi-Me couldn’t find any clean clothes, only pyjamas. Then Mr Maxi- Me turned up with three boxes – three new dolls! They definitely weren’t dressed for a garden unless it’s a garden party! This is Anna May Majak.

This is Lenora MacDonald. We’ve met Lenora before but she has a new look.

Finally, this is Ilana Bernstein, Nicole’s niece. She is an aspiring opera singer as well.

The weather is supposed to warm up later this week and be less windy so hopefully the rest of the ladies will get out in the garden soon!

I shall leave you on my bed of roses! More soon.

The West Enders in Late June

The West Enders enjoyed the Jubilee celebrations and afterward got busy trying on clothes and then heading out to GLASTDOLLBURY22 on Instagram. If you aren’t familiar with this event, check it out! It’s a music festival for dolls celebrated in photos and videos in a tribute to the Glastonbury Festival, which was in person for the first time since the pandemic. First, however, we’ll see what fashions have inspired the villagers.

Kimiko arrived in West End Village without her suitcase with her original outfit. She loved her mod orange dress and was very pleased to find one that looked even better on Etsy at CambriaDollAtelier.

Takashi, Akira, and Cormac have chosen more eclectic looks from Louisham Os’ online shop, SouoL by LouoS.

Cormac also likes to hang out with his friend Kiyoshi while showing their loyalty to their favourite American baseball team, the Chicago Cubs. It’s a bit more casual look!

Naomi Majak has arrived to join her sisters Lela and Ebony. She’s just in time for GLASTDOLLBURY22 and Ebony has arranged a blind date for her with Tobias Alford. Ebony is being accompanied by Dalpinder. They are looking for the best spot to set up for the festival.

The men chat while Ebony sees the perfect place.

Mel is so happy after her divorce and is enjoying life as a free woman who can go out without a bodyguard keeping an eye on her. Is that Kimiko with Mel’s brother William? All three are wearing tee shirts from MichMinis on Etsy. Kimiko leaves them for a moment to say hello to Katie and Ollie who are enjoying tropical drinks from OneSixthSense (OSS) on Etsy. We hope everyone has a great time at the festival!