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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

An amazing Dollhouse.... Weekend away in Olinda Part 4

This is my last post about our weekend away in Olinda (which seems so very long ago now - sigh!) but I just had to share with you this amazing dollhouse which we saw in the village of Sassafras.  It belonged to the much married (for her times) Dame Zara Bate nee Dickens but whose second husband Harold Holt was seventeenth Prime Minister of Australia.  Harold Holt was the Prime Minister who tragically drowned on the Mornington Peninsular, his body was never found, allowing all sorts of outrageous conspiracy theories to form.  For example, he was really a spy and he had been collected by a submarine and taken off to live a life of luxury in some other country.  

Anyway, Dame Zara obviously had a privileged childhood as you can see from this magnificent dollhouse.  Enjoy! 

Isn't the detail amazing?



Crazee4books said...

Hi Kaye,

This doll house is incredible. Every room is
jammed with miniature versions of everyday
things (for the era it was made in anyways)
and there's so much to see. It's amazing
that everything is still in it's place after all
these years.

Our local theatre company (Georgetown
Little Theatre) put on a production of The
Lion in Winter back in the winter time too.
Our godson was in it and played Richard.
It's a great play for someone like me who
loves history and the many colourful
and larger then life men and women who
lived, loved and ... on occasion ... fought
and slayed their way through the centuries.

Remember Arsenic and Old Lace the movie
which stared Gary Grant. Sigh!! Hilarious
movie ... handsome man. Perfect.

I love your Santa Sack Kaye. It turned out
great. The fabric that you used is really
beautiful and I love that verse that you
stitched. Jeanette is going to be thrilled
with it.

Your orange fur boy is such a handsome
fellow. He looks like he's a good size too.
He's so much like my Rupert.

I am marking that recipe for orange short
bread for future use. My mouth is watering
just looking at the picture. Yum!!

Ouch!! Your poor arm. That's a nasty
burn. Hope it's healing now and doesn't
leave a scare. Your DS2 owes you a
bouquet of flowers I think. Although he
was a sweetie for making you the tea in
the first place.


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Kaye what an amazing doll house ...I've not seen one like that before!

Alison said...

I've just realised this is Kaye....that I used to work with? Is it? I didn't realise you were a blogger? You write on my blogs as Kaye, without the link to your wonderful blog! There is certainly lots to read about and look at on your blog Kaye! YAY!

sharine said...

I could just imagine how much my girls would love this. Maybe next school holidays.

shez said...

wow Kaye thats unbelievable.xx

cucki said...

Wowwwww it is truly so lovely xxx

Valma said...

Ho my ! this is what I dreamt of when I was young !!
wonderful doll house !
any tiny cross stitch in a tiny frame on the small walls ?? =D
big hugs

Kate said...

Wow. That is amazing.

Bea said...

Fabulous dollhouse. Such detail and wonderful miniatures. I think I enjoy them more now than when I was a young girl because I can appreciate the work that goes into them.

Gill - That British Woman said...

That would be wonderful to own don't you think?

Gill in Canada

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