So here goes, a splurge of stuff that is blogworthy in no particular order!
Ophelia Days is currently resplendent in pink and salmon (what a horrific clash!) watching the bush that has now grown to almost cover the entire front window. I feel she is not happy about this situation as life is for sure less interesting in the land of leaves than in nosing who is dropping off what to the neighbours but such is her life until I get my hands on my lost shears! Her main episode of glory this summer was becoming star of the stalls at Bury St. Edmunds Relay for Life. Decked out as a saucy french maid (with no guidance, by my 12 year old daughter-I didn't know whether to be proud or horrified!) complete with TART (s) FOR SALE signage, our lady with the legs drew in the crowds as the Relays official jam tart seller (Thumbs up to Liz for some cracking tarts). She helped a very young girl overcome her fear of mannequins, had her photo taken with young and old alike (for a donated 50p towards the cause) and brightened many a persons day when the rains came and she had to be rapidly ensconced in the car! Apparently me scurrying along with a pair of fishnetted legs upside down in the rain is comedy gold! Who knew? Anyhow despite the inevitable rainfall and the lack of encouragement for the relayers from Ophelia (she kept very quiet) it was a brilliant day and we raised around £900 for Cancer Research.
In other news Ophelia has been offered work as a supporting actor in a number of Les Miserables parody sketches being produced by none other than Thing Two himself! Its a family affair! In the next few months it is very much hoped that a youtube channel will be launched showcasing the hilarious talent that resides in the family rambling household in the shape of Thing Two and his extraordinary acting and singing comedy capers. Very much central to each production are costume support and theatrical guidance support from Thing One. Me? I just hold the camera! And wobble! Les Miserables, the movie, has become one of our favourite things ever of late and most nights cooking tea involves impromptu bursts of Eponines heartbreak or Cosettes bird song. Ophelia is none too delighted at the prospect of having to dress up as a prostitute but was more than happy to play the posh bird in our first undertaking, "How do you do? My names Gavroche" which you can enjoy below! See if you can spot the back stage hand doing an appalling job of hiding! Its no Wheres Wally?!
A family trip to Denmark recently allowed us to meet mannequins from another time and place! It struck me that in Denmark that there is a lot of 80's fashion. It seemed to me that this look wasn't rocked by youngsters who have just discovered their mums penchant for stonewashed jeans in the day and are revisiting a particular time of fashion but that infact it was being worn by people who wore it in the 80's and have probably worn it ever since! I have never seen so many tracksuit tops in one place! It felt sort of incongruous alongside the clean simple functional design of alot of life in Denmark.
Regarding the mannequins we had fortune to meet, to be fair they were part of historic displays in a museum but nevertheless there was something so unkempt about them. You may recall that Ophelia herself was once part of a museum display but even in the photo of her at that time you can see the fashion model aching to get out. These Danish mannequins had given up, pure and simple, to spend a life in nasty fabrics and dreadful wigs. I wanted to rescue them all!
Most disturbing of all was a mannequin that unfortunately I don't have a photograph of! It was a child mannequin dressed up as Pippi Longstocking with two differently sized hands-one average and one pathetically withered and black shoes the length of her pigtails-well over a foot long! She looked ridiculous. Pitiful really. Denmark is a fabulous and fascinating country but they don't look after their mannequins! The ones in the adult shop window looked like they had indeed been for a rough night on the tiles!
Right. Hand cramp is settling in my dears so I will rest a while and be back to greet you another day, hopefully not too far in the distant future. Enjoy the photos and please like and comment on the youtube video even if you you don't really like it! Adios!