One of my favorite books is entitled
"Green Dolphin Street"
The story is about 2 sisters named Marianne and Margarite, close in age but as different as night and day. They grow up 'very proper and privileged', during the early 1800's in the English Channel Islands. Both fall in love with a precocious neighborhood boy, Willliam, who eventually falls deeply in love with the younger sister Margarite and through a series of unfortunate circumstances, he is parted from her for many years. He pioneers NewZealand and eventually decides to send back to England to ask Margarite if she would cross the ocean to be his wife and mistakenly writes the name of her older sister, Marianne, who believes that she has, at long last, finally won his heart. She sails to New Zealand leaving her devastated sister, Margarite, behind and after months at sea, she arrives ready to marry her true love. William anticipation turns to bitter regret when he realizes his mistake but marries Marianne anyway and so begins their unhappily married life, in New Zealand facing tribal wars, fearless missionaries, country and city ife in a raw and untamed land up against their rigid Victorian upbringing. There is, as well, a different kind of 'adventure' for the unhappy sister who was left behind, and all 3 characters find unexpected challenges that they must overcome along the way. Elizabeth Goudge, the author, says that this story was based on fact. That a man DID mix up the names of two sisters and married the wrong one AND kept quiet about it and made a success of his marriage, much to his own surprise and delight. Upon further investigation through Google, I have found that there are MANY fans of Green Dolphin Street! So for those who are devotees, here is my tiny contribution to 'SPIRIT' of the book, and I hope that it will stir from within a 'remembrance' of times past as each of our souls journey homeward towards the future.
#43 GREEN DOLPHIN STREET
(the beginning of the make-over)
|Are you getting a sense of the personality of the house yet?|
|Here, today, on the west coast of Canada, the sky was overcast and grey, so I decided to simulate the interior of #43, by changing up the lighting and here is how it turned out! |
Very misty looking.
|Another shot that I like!|
|Here is the 'Val D'or" china tea set, and a green and cream cup and saucer by a Canadian artist, Janice Crawley. The faux"capodemonte"|
and the blue and white hand painted dish, are by me.
|A sewing chest that used to be in " At home by the sea" (a previous doll's house). An urn and some red paper flowers that look pretty good in it.|
|The fireplace and 'friends'|
I made the French mantle clock and the jeweled topiaries, the 2 tall candlesticks and the tiny square picture in the silver frame. I would like to have more pictures on the mantle when I get closer to the end.
|The basket of "driftwood"|
|The fabulous umbrella made by Fatima! Perfect for when you have to walk the dog in the rain!|
|The writing desk with the lamps, sunglasses, Eiffel tower , a vase of wildflowers and some old letters.|