Kensington's garden

I have been working in the garden a lot recently, giving me little time for anything else.  Well strictly speaking that's not true,...


I have been working in the garden a lot recently, giving me little time for anything else.  Well strictly speaking that's not true, as I have been to London for five days this past week!



As you can see the garden is coming along nicely.  I have planted a hedge and filled the raised bed with soil.  I already have some lovely vegetables growing in there.  The cabbages and lettuces are by Angie Scarr,  the seedlings are made by....me!  Yes, another fantastic Fimo creation by my own fair hands ;-)))



' Hello hello, who's that?',  I hear you ask.  Well this sweet little kitty was my first purchase at the Kensington Dollshouse Festival this past weekend, at precisely 1 minute after 10 ;-)  Can you blame me?  He's just so sweet!  He was made by Annie Willis of Fine Design.



I think he is my favourite purchase from the show.  Perfect for my little city garden.



But hang on, what is he looking at?



It's just the vegetables, not a bird in sight.



OMG it's a rat!  And it's stealing my radishes!  (Rat and radishes made by Georgia Marfels).



 Don't just stand there cat!  Get it, get the rat!  Chase it away, do something! 



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I had a great time in London.  I spent a lot of time at the beautiful V&A museum, met up with my Norwegian friends (see this post) and of course visited the Kensington Dollshouse Festival.  I love to see what the exhibitors have made, and chat with them.  But that means that even spending the full two days there doesn't give me enough time to see everything.  I know I know, I talk too much!

Unfortunately that also means I did not take any photos.  None!  I am so sorry!  I really intended to write a full show report...  Of course I will show you some of the things I bought in my next posts.  Until then...!



PS:  I have just decided to name the cat 'Kensington',  for he surely is of noble birth.  I will call him 'Tonnetje'  for short (meaning 'little barrel'  in Dutch, as he is a little bit overweight).  

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  1. Dear Josje,
    What a nice garden. The cat fits perfect ! It's a really nice and realistic cat. This looks better then a cat of Fimo.
    I can't wait to read about the London trip.
    Hugs Dorien

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    1. Hello Dorien, yes I like furred animals better than the all fimo ones. I think they look more realistic. I'll try to be quick with my story about the London trip!

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    2. I like furred animals also. Take your time! When your ready I read your story.
      Hugs.

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  2. Lovely garden! I'm in love with the kitten on the wall. ;)

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  3. Hello Josje,
    What fantastic purchases. I love Kensington, he is just wonderful and incredibly well made! Your garden is just fantastic. You really are incredibly talented!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Ah thank you Giac, you are always so kind with your comments!

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  4. Oh, Josje, your new cat is just beautiful and his Dutch name would work quite well here in SA too, so I like it very much!

    Your garden is gorgeous, not so sure about the rat though and somehow I don' think Tonnetje feels like chasing it :-), I am glad you had a good time in England.

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    1. Thanks Elga! Oh London was wonderful, I really love going there, such a beautiful city. Not much left to spend in Rheda now though (basically -nothing-). Haha!

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  5. It's a very beautifully made garden! The little details are amazing. I just keep looking at your cat, Kensington, it's so lifelike! Are you sure it isn't a real cat that's been put through some sort of shrinking ray? I love it! Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. Thank you Brian! The little garden still needs a little work but it's getting there. I really wanted a cat to sit on that wall and I'm so glad I found this one, it's pose is perfect! I wish we had a shrinking machine, wouldn't that be cool?! Or maybe not when it was accidently used on ourselves ;-)))))

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  6. I love everything you have done, it looks fabulous. A small kitchen garden with vegetables is such a great opportunity for color and interest. You new cat is so cute. The wall is the perfect spot for him.

    The kitties around here love my brick walls. It is their favorite place to keep an eye on what goes on in the neighborhood.

    I am glad to hear you had such a good time in London. I look forward to seeing all your new treasures.

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    1. Oh London was wonderful! Such a beautiful city with fantastic museums! I hope I'll be able to go back next year (if my wallet will let me as it certainly is not a cheap place to visit!).

      I am very happy with my cat, he is very cute! It didn't seem very likely to me that I was going to make one myself any time soon so I am glad I found this one. He doesn't have the little paws like your cats do, but I still love him. It feels like she used real fur on it, I'm not sure, but it is so soft. It is also very heavy so there must be something inside the body to give it the weight.

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  7. Ha quedado maravilloso, es una preciosidad, me encanta, el naranjo es muy real, fantástico.
    Un abrazo.
    Yolanda.

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  8. Your garden is a real treasure, I love everything in it. Your cat is perfect in the scene.
    Geneviève

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    1. Thank you Geneviève! I thought of you at the show in London as I saw a few dolls there which I thought must be related to your Nina and Lucie ;-))

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  9. Has hecho un buen trabajo en el jardín. 'Kensington' es una maravilla y la pequeña rata tampoco está nada mal.

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    1. Thank you Isabel! I think as long as the rat stays outside and doesn't eat all of my vegetables it is not too bad ;-)

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  10. Your garden is wonderful. I like the cat.
    Bye, Faby

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  11. Ton jardin est magnifique, j'aime beaucoup

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  12. I love this garden! The veggies, the kitty and even the rat stealing radishes! What a beautiful setting, and gorgeous pictures---

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    1. Thank you Linda! Well I heard that in real life you're never more than a few meters away from a rat (the furry kind), so I'm just trying to make my scenes as realistic as possible, haha!

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  13. c'est un merveilleux petit jardin ! Les légumes y poussent fort bien !!! Le chat est tellement mignon. C'est une jolie scène.
    Bonne soirée. rosethé

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    1. It is a summer scene of course, with the vegetables being that big already, and the apples as well! The Narcissus should not be on the table as they are spring flowers, obviously, but they will have to do for now. Still a lot more to do in this garden (and in my real one too!!!). Thank you Rosethé!

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  14. Love your little garden. As always it is the details that bring things to life. You have captured the scene perfectly! Lucky lucky you getting to Kensington. Best wishes, Carol :)

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    1. Thank you Carol! Yes I know I am so lucky to be able to go to a show like the one in Kensington. I must say I wasn't going at first as it is expensive and a lot of hassle traveling (even though it is a short distance), but I was reminded in a very sad way of how short life can be through the illness of a friend and decided to take the opportunity and go anyway.

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  15. Hi Josje! You seem to have had a fabulous trip. Kensington or Tonnetje is adorable and seems to have become king of his domain. Watch out nasty looking rat! I love your little garden very much. It adds a new dimension to the yard. You have a cozy looking little patio. I would love to sit there and have a picnic with you. I have the feeling that you are a great cook! It's so interesting to peak through the windows and see the enchanting interior!

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    1. Oh I don't know about my cooking skills Lucille, but I do love to eat! And to eat ouside with some green plants around me is something I love to do, so in miniature of course I have to make something like that. You're like me, I love to peak through windows too, trying to see what's inside ;-))

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  16. Hi Josje, Beautiful cat and I also really like the rat with the radishes. It perfectly shows that the details make the scenes and their little stories. I do hope Tonnetje will save your vegetables and chase away the rat. I'm not so sure about my own cat taking on a rat!

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    1. Well rats can be quite a challenge for a cat, but I remember my own childhood cat (also a red one) bringing home a rat for us once. And a huge seagull as well, that was so big he had trouble carrying it. So funny. Our Thomas was so sweet and cuddly inside the house, but once outside he metamorphasized into a vicious killer. He wouldn't let you pick him up outside either, inside he loved to be carried around.

      I have started on the kitchen Idske! I will start on the windows today, I want to make sure I can fit your tiles underneath the window, above the 'aanrecht'.

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  17. Wow your garden is stunning. I love all the wonderful details.
    Hugs Maria

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  18. I absolutely love your garden - it is perfect :)

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  19. Hallo Josje,

    Je tuin met groenten ziet er prachtig uit. Wat een fantastische kat en rat heb je gekocht. Ik ben benieuwd naar je andere aankopen.

    Groeten Xandra

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    1. Dank je Xandra! Ik hoop dit weekend wat foto's te maken.

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  20. Aaaah wat is Tonnetje een schatje, goed dat je hem hebt geadopteerd. Ik ben benieuwd naar je andere aankopen in Kensington, jammer dat je geen 3e dag mocht blijven :-)

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    1. Pff haha, drie dagen zou ik wel redden waarschijnlijk. Maar tegen de tijd dat ik dan foto's zou gaan maken is alles al verkocht, dat gaat zó snel daar!

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  21. Oh, this all looks so wonderful, a trip to London, that gorgeous cat and meeting lovely friends....what a delight!!!! Not to forget your miniatures which I LOVED seeing......wow!!

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    1. Thank you Linda, oh it was such a lovely trip! I was very tired when I got home, but worth it! Can you believe that for a 45 minute flight I traveled a total of 7 hours?! Of course that is nothing compared to the traveling you have to do when you go to Paris, but still...

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  22. Josje,

    Now I can add another talent to your already long list.....story telling, Lol!! I did so enjoy your little tale and Kensington's too (spelt differently of course...; ) ) he really is a little darling and is perrrrrrfect perched up on that wall, he really does look like he is ready to pounce on that naughty rat!

    Your court yard is looking lovely, all those vegetables look good enough to eat, and well done on the seedlings, the look very delicate. It sounds like you had fun at the Kensington Fair and no doubt you have some wonderful treasures to delight us all with!

    ML Fi x

    Thanks for putting a smile on my dial this morning!

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    1. Hello Fi, Oh I too thought he was going to pounce on that rat, but so far he is still standing on top of that wall. Useless beast! Well at least he looks very cute. Perhaps he realises that and just wants to show himself to his best advantage. ;-))

      Oh the seedlings...I almost threw the whole lot in the bin. I had to speak to myself in a stern voice to finish these simple little things. Just rediculous how I fight the fimo! Just not my material to work with ;-)

      You must explain the expression 'putting a smile on my dial'! Of course I understand the general meaning, but where does it come from? It sounds nice :-)

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    2. Hi Josje,

      You know, you had me thinking for a minute.It's just something that we say and I have only realised now that you ask it's from a Children's show. My kids never watched it but it must have been on just before ABC kids as it was the closing song. Put a smile on your dial, we'll see you in a little while.....
      Funny, sometimes you say things out of habit more than anything.

      xxx

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    3. Ah thank you Fi! We do get a lot of American and English TV over here, so I'm familiar with most English expressions from those regions, but not so much Australian.

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  23. What a beautiful garden and I love Kensington! So amazing! What did you use for the dirt?

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    1. Hi Penelope, the dirt is ground up tea leaves. It looks pretty good don't you think? Under the hedge I used dried coffee grounds, which also looks very natural. The coffee smell slowly fades :-)

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    2. Yes, it looks so realistic. I want to create a roof garden on top of my dollhouse so I am thankful for any tips (and ideas). Thanks!

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    3. I love rooftop gardens! When I'm in a city and spot some greenery up high on a building, I always wish I could go up there and see it for real.

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  24. Oh, what an Absolutely Perfect Kitty!!! I LOVE his expression.... and his stance.... he looks SO Real... as if made for your garden! And the RAT!!!! EEEEK!!!
    Your garden is becoming such a lively place! I LOVE it all and admire your making the plants yourself! I am glad you had so much fun at the Kensington Fair!!!

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    1. Well Betty, I did not make the cabbages, Fimo just isn't my thing! But the tree I did make and I will have lots of other plants to make to fill this garden. I want something growing up the wall to hide the outside light wiring, that will be so much work!
      Yes I agree with you on the kitty's stance, just what I wanted! I was so lucky to get him, these animals were selling fast!
      Thanks for your lovely comment!

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  25. What a perfect garden bed, with perfect heads of cabbage! I love the entire scene - the chairs are perfectly worn, and that darling cat! Sooooo amazing and real! :)

    Many mini hugs,
    Jackie

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  26. How beautiful - and what a cute kitty! I want to be 5 inches tall so I can hang out in this garden.

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  27. Prachtig Josje je tuintje en ja Tonnetje is a beauty! het lijkt zo echt dit tuintafereeltje mede door Tonnetje.

    Groetjes Helma

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    1. Dank je Helma! Vind ik ook hoor, zo'n kat hoort gewoon bij zo'n tuintje :-)

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  28. Hola, qué tal? hoy he descubierto tu blog y me ha encantado, tienes trabajos estupendos, te visitaré con regularidad para ver tus trabajos. Ya tienes una seguidora nueva. Un abrazo, Arantza.
    http://miniaturasarantza.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you very much Arantza, lovely to see you here!

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  29. Kensington is wonderful but the rat....OM, the rat is out of this world! how he holds his radish, keeping it tight for its dear life!
    Your buyings are always the best and I cannot look forward to seeing what else you bought.
    Have a nice eveining, Ro
    PS I don't think you chat too much ;o)

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    1. Haha, yes I enjoyed chatting with you Rosanna! I hope to see you again soon.
      The rat is good isn't he? I'm not really into these funny kind of animals, I mean I love seeing them at shows but don't use them in my own scenes...But this one I couldn't resist for the vegetable garden I was planning. It's made by Georgia Marfels, she also made the crows and blackbirds I have at the front of my house.

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  30. Excellent and I love your canopy over the door too.

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  31. What a peaceful garden! I don't know if it will stay that way as soon as Tonnetje sees the rat! LOL

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    1. Oh no I think there will be some fur flying when that happens...But so far it is suspiciously quiet in that garden...;-)

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  32. hoi josje, wat heb je een geweldige kat gekocht in londen, ik zou die met liefde elke dag in m'n tuin achter de ratten aan hebben zitten, haha! en wat schrijf je toch altijd superleuk! en (nogmaals) bedankt voor het kijken bij Swan House he, ik zou echt zijn stand weleens willen zien, lijkt me grappig (en verwarrend voor beursgangers die net zo verbaasd zullen hebben gekeken als jij), zo'n stand met wat verdwaalde miniaturen. Iedere hobby heeft z'n excentriekelingen zullen we maar zeggen :D

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    1. Dank je Monique, Ik moet zeggen dat ik hem vorig jaar ook heb gezien op de beurs en dat hij toen net zo'n tafel had, dus de mensen zullen er wel aan gewend zijn. Zoals ik al zei, ik denk dat hij er vooral is om in te kopen.

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  33. I'm glad I'm not the only one who returned from a show with no photos! Your garden is extraordinary, Josje, and I LOVE your new kitty! He is unbelievably life-like. I hope a headless rat doesn't appear one morning on your doorstep (my real life kitty's little gift to me, lol). I hope to make it to Kensington, someday...and you KNOW we'll have to meet sometime in Chicago!

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    1. Hi John, Yes you must understand what it is like. I got so drawn in by all the gorgeous things I saw, I just forgot to take any photos.
      My childhood cat used to leave us lovely gifts like that, half eaten rats and mice and even a seagull once. The seagull was so big he could hardly walk with it. I can see him still...;-D

      Oh if I ever make it to Chicago you have got a date!! ;-)))))))

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  34. Una auténtica maravilla. Como me gusta ese pequeño huerto de hortalizas!!!

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    1. ¡Gracias! Espero que añadir un poco más plantas y vegetales en los próximos meses.

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  35. Hi Josje, long time no see ( my fault entirely). Love your kitty and a great scene with Georgia's rat. Her rats are very tough,, though , as I know by experience. My demonstrating rats are boldy standing on the big stairs in the Kendrew house...:-(
    Hope to see you soon!

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    1. Hi Elly, well, neither cat nor rat have moved at all, a true stalemate;-)
      I'll be seeing you soon!

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  36. Wow wat een prachtkat !!
    En misschien wil hij gewoon vriendjes worden met de rat :)
    Gr. Nancy

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    1. Ja zeg, vriendjes met de rat...daar is hij niet voor aangenomen hoor!

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  37. Hello Josje! Your cat is a chubby darling, and I only wish that you would take a closer full faced photo so that we could admire him more. My sister in residence, had a cat that used to regularly bring home half dead or stunned into silence, rats! She would bring them into the house and drop them onto the kitchen floor, bat them around somewhat, then leave. The rat would then revive and then try to hide and( Woe is Me,) would seek shelter under the refrigerator! It once took a whole week to finally get it out and so seeing your ' Ratigan' in amongst your fabulous veggies was enough to give me the shivers! They are only cute in miniature, but your little garden and the patio and the garden furniture and the fruit tree are all FABULOUS!

    elizabeth

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    1. Your rat story made me laugh. I would be horrified finding a rat in my kitchen! The occasional mouse is bad enough ;-)

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  38. Una labor preciosa y perfectamente realizada. Me gusta mucho la ambientación y el gato es un buen detalle

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    1. Thank you Maria! Still some work to do here, but I also like the atmosphere and the cat ;-)

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