Tuesday 27 September 2011: 1911.... or 2011?
My first blip! Already I find myself thinking "Oh, if only I'd started yesterday, I could've blipped the platter of safi [fish] that Ali brought us last night!" or, "If only I'd started the day before, there were some great shots I could have taken in Bradran Persian Carpets when I went to look at kelims with Alison!"
But today is today... and the peg doll on my desk reminded me of my 12-year-old daughter's latest creative venture: inspired by watching that lovely BBC series "Lark Rise to Candleford" on DVD, she has been making peg dolls in Edwardian dress. There are at least a dozen of them now, nestling in an old tissue box, while works-in-progress lie on a wooden tray in the family room, along with scraps of cloth, ribbon, tulle, feathers, buttons, beads and glue. I am impressed by the attention to detail on these small works of art - the tiny hats with their feather trims are beautiful. It's difficult to capture this on camera, but the finished dolls are lovely. In the past she has given some to friends, who always accept them with pleasure.
In a world where children's minds now seem largely occupied with iPods, XBoxes, Wii, PsP, the plot of "Glee" or ManU's next match, it's refreshing to know that some of the old-fashioned amusements are clinging on. I used to make peg dolls as a child - a skill taught to me by my grandmother - and I hope that my daughters will in time pass it on, too (as long as there are still wooden dolly pegs to be found!).