Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Happy New Year 2022!

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year! It's 2022 already! 

2020 and 2021 have been quite difficult and exhausting so I truly hope 2022 will give us all a break.

This year I unfortunately haven't been able to get my hands on a Sylvanian calendar, but I think it would be a good idea to keep the monthly posts going, so I decided to re-post some of my favourite pictures I have taken. 

This is one of the very first Sylvanian pictures I took. I believe I didn't even have much furniture for my brand new Beechwood Hall back then! We can see Nicholas McFarlane enjoying his balcony here. The sea in the background is the actual view from my window. Arcfield is supposed to be near both the sea and the forest, and since the McFarlane's home is on high ground, it works! The lighting worked in my favour here, too. :)

My boyfriend Marcos also suggested that I each month I could post the biography of one of my families. I think this is a great idea, as I still have so many to work on, write, and post. Some families don't even have their picture for the biographies page taken yet! And some others I don't want to post yet since seeing the complete family would spoil some of the stories I have thought of, haha. I really should get started on writing those... But motivation has been eluding me lately. Sorry about that. I'm still working on that Sleepover story I keep talking about, haha.

So, I have updated both my Stories page (with links to all my stories) and the Families page, where you will see some new pictures and biographies. I sneakily added the biographies for the Chocolate Rabbit grandparents a few months back, and today I worked on the Waters Beavers, so this month I have two to post here!

Grandfather Rhys Chocolate and Grandmother Patricia Chocolate are Teri's parents. They are adventurous, free spirits and are often away, travelling by boat. That doesn't mean, however, that they aren't loving grandparents that dote on their grandchildren, because they sure are! They often come back to Arcfield to visit their family.

Rhys, a sailor, loves indulging his many grandchildren and their friends with tales of his adventures at sea (although it might be that not all of them are strictely true!). Much to his daughter's dismay, he also likes telling embarrassing stories about her childhood!

Patricia, an excellent cook and baker, loves making delicious meals for her loved ones. She tends to overcater, but she means well and just wants to make sure that no one stays hungry. Aven though she's a refined lady that was born in a wealthy family, she feels much more at ease doing things herself and freely traveling the world with her adored husband than she ever was back at her childhood's mansion.

Father Arthur Waters and his wife run the fruit cart in the village plaza, where they sell their own home-grown produce. Arthur is also known as a bit of an odd job man in Arcfield; if anything needs doing, you just need to let him know and he'll be there to lend a hand. Woodwork, broken pipes, roof repairing, you name it, he can do it. He has a calm, carefree disposition, in contrast with his rambuctious family! He adores his wife, Molly, but her nosiness and prying ways seem excessive to him at times. He believes people's private affairs should be left alone if they so wish!
Mother Molly Waters runs the fruit cart with her husband Arthur, and she loves their occupation, since it makes it possible for her to chat with everyone on the village and find out about every little detail of their lifes! An honest Sylvanian, full of candor, generosity and warmth, it is hard to refuse to answer her quick, insistent questions. She does mean well deep down; if she hears someone's in trouble, she'll do whatever's in her hands to help them. She has her hands full with her four children, but adores being a mother and loves her little ones' cheekiness; she hopes they won't grow up too quickly!
Brothers Fred and George are like two peas in a pod; they're always seen together and they're usually up to no good. Cakes and pastries are their absolute favourite, and if a cooling cake on a windowsill is suspiciously missing a slice (usually two), it has usually been these two's doing! Rumours say they're both quite admirative of the town biggest troublemaker, Freya Chocolate, but since she's a little older than then and also more subtle in her mischievous deeds, the three of them haven't associated just yet. The villagers can just hope they don't ever think of it, or even worse, that they start competing!
Baby sister Ginny and baby brother William (usually called Bill) are very happy babies, always full of smiles. They love to play together and with other children, as well as dressing up in costumes for the village's festivals and holidays, and it's very likely that they will inherit their older brothers' naughty dispositions. For now though, everyone enjoys their cuteness and hopes for the best!
Finally, a brand new picture! My entry for the monthly Sylvanian Photo Challenge in the forum:
This month the theme is New, and the sloths are a new family in my collection! I got them for Christmas (along with the black moles!). Seems like the babies are exploring the treetops of Arcfield already! :)
I hope you have a wonderful rest of January and that the Three Wise Men bring you plenty of presents if you celebrate that tradition in your country!
Stay safe and healthy, everyone.