Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! It’s Off to Patreon We Go…

The poet Lord Byron once said "IF I don't write to empty my mind, I will go mad" and when I think back to that fateful day many years ago when curiosity got the better of me and I picked up a copy of Dolls' House Magazine in my local supermarket which then went on to change my life - I understand where the man was coming from!  Hello and welcome to my Patreon page as the artist, storyteller and 'Head Mouser' over in the Mouse Town... St M's is also home to a gang of unique mice, a brood of chickens and two Little Big Cats who love nothing more than sharing the tales of their musings, ministry and mishaps from Merryworth Town - even though I'm usually the one attending to most of the work including the designing, creating, researching, blogging and the cleaning up!

To Merryworth Town!

As my ideas for the Mouse Town of St M’s have grown, so have the properties AND with another church, a village shop and a manse in varying stages of the embryonic design process, I have been happily dreaming up so many new festivals, feast days, fundraising ideas and fun for this 12th scale parish that unless …

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With THOSE Mice Away – Let’s Play!

Nestled in a fictional place known as Merryworth, the Mouse Town is a 12th scale model village and St M's Church, a parish hall and a collection of shops including 'Mollie's Tea Room' and the 'Leaf & Maple Flower Shop' are all to be discovered there. St M's is also home to a gang of unique mice, a brood of chickens and two Little Big Cats who love nothing more than sharing the tales of their musings, ministry and mishaps from Merryworth Town...

At Home With Lord Byron…

Of All Romances in Miniature... Perhaps this is the Best Shape in which Romance can Appear. Lord Byron As an artist AND a passionate devotee of Regency History who loves to create a scene and not only of the hysterical kind; it is perhaps only to be expected that I would create a Regency inspired …

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One Last, Lovely Smile?

Dear Diary... The American poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant once said that Autumn was the "year's last, loveliest smile" and even though I adore the season's vibrant colours, collecting horse chestnuts, the fallen leaves and the welcome appearance of the humble mince pie, I haven't really had much to smile about lately. Since September I've been …

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A Tears For Fleurs Tutorial!

Hello and welcome to more efflorescent tales from a corner of my world! After the celebration of All Hallows Eve, the first day of November is one for remembering the dearly departed with the festivals of the Mexican Day of the Dead and All Souls' Day and with this in mind, I designed a unique …

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That’s ONE Crooked Hen!

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laughter broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.” If the author of the enchanting tale of Peter Pan is to be believed then Sir James Matthew Barrie will not doubt be reassured to discover …

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Wake UP! September’s Over!

Summer has come and passed The innocent can never last Wake me up when September ends... © Green Day Dear Diary... It's probably something of an understatement to tell you that I'm rather glad to see the back of September and that of the month before when my father died suddenly and even though I had walked away from our …

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Please Handle With Care!

Dear Diary... Once upon a time as I rattling on to a good friend about my plans for the summer, she shared a childhood anecdote with me when she too had been busy regaling her grandmother about her plans and to which the grandmother had replied: “If you want to make God laugh Susan, tell …

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A Death So Final. So Over.

Today commemorates the untimely death of Marilyn Monroe at the age of 36, an effervescent glamour puss and arguably the most famous female icon of all time. I suppose she was trying to make a phone call before she was overwhelmed. It was just so unbelievable, so simple and final and over. Ralph Greenson My interest in …

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Flaming June!

It only seems like a week ago to the beginning of last month when I had spent the morning looking at some images of two brides who had both married on the first day of June some years apart and my memories of being surrounded by buckets of glorious sunflowers, fragrant roses and lush foliage …

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At Home With Nicole…

As well as a passion for creating ‘Life in 12th Scale’, the Regency world of the poet Lord Byron and chocolate – I also have an enduring interest in the life and legacy of Nicole Brown Simpson. I just don’t see how our stories compare -I was so bad because I wore sweats & left …

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Make a Bed for Byron? Yes? No?

Today's Valentine's Day. There's a whole day devoted solely to love. Does that make any sense? Nah. Love makes us all crazy. But it's fun too. Lisa Greenwald. Dear Diary... Listen! Can you hear that crashing sound? Yes, that’s the sound of yet another New Year’s Resolution demolished! As my intention was to have shared …

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Screaming Carrots? How Exquisite!

Dear Diary... Events took a somewhat eventful turn in February and although not entirely unexpected, the last few months have been of upheaval and change as I have moved abode some twenty miles north to York and as this ancient walled city is my hometown, I have been fortunate to have met with much delighted …

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Heigh-Ho! Heigh-Ho! It’s Off to Bow I Go….

I find myself looking to the past on most days at the moment for if I’m not in search of an elusive ancestor for a client or trawling through the 1911 Census for a few of my pesky relatives who still appear reluctant to reveal themselves some 106 years later; I could either be immersed in the year 1815 as the work on my Lord Byron abode continues or otherwise curled up in a quiet corner somewhere with Lady Byron and Her Daughters; and before you ask, it is the title of a new biography about His Lordship’s much maligned spouse! However, one rainy weekend and in the company of my genealogical assistant, I literally took a walk in the past during a visit to London for as I trekked up and down Fairfield Road in Bow which is not only the road that my family live near but also the road that Hargrave Potter, the son of my 4 x Great Grandfather was trekking along on that very weekend an incredible 130 years earlier...