We Love the DVD of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Spike Jonze. I found a cult shop off Carnaby Street which sold toys from the film as well as funny Japanese toys all of which used to thrill Poppy. I used to venture down to this shop during Poppy’s chemo stays when she’d want some kind of surprise after a day of school and ‘the playroom’ at UCH. We have another character called Sigi too.
Poppy has various toy trolls. I’m not sure if everybody buys them, they are certainly something I enjoyed as a child. This one came from Shoreditch market. He’s very big and made by cult maker ‘Dam Things – Est 1964‘. He’s a hangover from hippie culture. He has a hair clip holding his hair at the back. I think this must have been placed on him by Poppy.
Poppy had a whole collection of these stuffed cats. I’ve been buying them for years from one of our favourite shops, Habitat. Most branches of Habitat closed down in the recession but the new owners kept the brand going with 3 flagships stores in London’s West End. There is a great Habitat in Tottenham Court Road, 10 minutes walk from UCH hospital which we would always visit before chemo. I continue to mooch around there after my fortnightly counselling sessions. I try not to get sad and instead take inspiration from the wonderful colours and beautiful things.
This came from a very expensive t-shirt shop around the back of Carnaby Street. It had very weird bears and rabbits, beautifully made by hand. Cosmo and I selected this one for Poppy in the summer of 2011 during a chemo stay. It’s Very Poppy, but then again all of the bears and creatures in that shop were ‘Very Poppy’.
Poppy was an avid Directioner.
Poppy loved any big event, so the Olympics coming to town was no exception. Poppy loved her day at the Olympics and bought some mascots in the Olympic Shop.
Poppy loves dressing dolls and animals in odd clothing. I’m not sure if this fur coat is issued with the doll, I can’t think how she came by it otherwise because it fits perfectly. Did the coat come with a monkey?
I’m not sure where this doll came from but she has had one of Poppy’s hospital nametags place around her by Poppy.
Poppy loved Japanese things, odd creatures and creatures dressed as creatures. She bought this one from a little shop in Brighton which took her fancy.
We’ve always loved The Muppets. Poppy’s enjoyed them right from when she was a baby. When she was in hospital after her operation, the latest film came out. We went to see it when she was well enough in an early morning screening away from crowds. This backpack was a promotion from Cravendale Milk and Poppy loved me buying lots of Cravendale and inputting the codes online until one day after 40 odd litres we were sent this precious backpack.