The underpinning took much longer than expected and, to be sure that we don't waste time and money trying to put it in order, we have been asked to allow another 3 months before carrying out any interior work. So, we are living between our bedrooms and a little caravan we've borrowed, meaning most of my Sashas are still squashed in boxes.
We do have a couple of new girls - one is mine and one my mother's but want to wait to introduce them properly at a later date. The windy weather will not show them off to their best and indoor photos are not possible. None the less, I just can't wait any longer to play Sashas here, so I sneaked into the off-limits guest bedroom and grabbed a little lady who has been waiting a long time to meet you all. She is so keen to be a real Bryn Derw kid that she doesn't mind if her photos are less than perfect.
She is a 1001 Anika from the later Gotz production and was bought for a little girl who has since begun to prefer electronic gadgets to her dolls, so has moved in with me. She also has brothers, Tomos, known as Twm, and Sion. Their names are taken from the famous Welsh Wizard, Twm Sion Cati. Cati Jones was his mother and, presumably because his father was unknown, he took Cati for his last name.
Cati is usually the abbreviation of Catrin, the Welsh form of Catherine.
Cati has not had clothes of her own for some time and was thrilled when this little sweater arrived from Shelly, along with a pair of black cords. The heather coloured sweater has dear little kittens on it, just right for Cati! She borrowed a pair of black Boneka shoes and happily topped her autumn outfit off with her very own Hattie hat. However, we must apologise for her lack of socks, the Bryn Derw wardrobe is a little thin on accessories.
She also has beautiful hair. It is thick, shiny and a natural shade of brown. One of my (few) criticisms of the Trendon dolls is their tendency to have too much curl in their hair which can make them appear to have had a perm - not age appropriate, to my mind. Cati's hair is perhaps a little too long as she came with braids, which require considerable length to look right, but it could, and might, be trimmed a little.
Originally, R sent her dolls here for safe-keeping. Her brothers are doll tormentors! I bought them from her a few months later because she wanted money to buy an X-box so, technically, Cati, Sion and Tomos are now Bryn Derw kids but, should the technology phase begin to lose appeal in the future, they will return to R.
In the meantime, I am enjoying having Cati, the little cat-loving lady, to stay with us here and, if they need it, she and her brothers will have a home for life at Bryn Derw.
Please forgive the poor photos. I hope to feature a doll at least once a week until we are more comfortably settled in our house and can tell our next Bryn Derw story.