I used 4 of these pictures just after Poppy passed away. Last week I looked through the shots I had not used and found this funny one of her laughing. I recognise that laugh so well. Poppy darling, I miss you so much. This month is so hard, unbearable thinking about the terrible things we went through. You are at peace now my darling.
I found this image one day. It’s so sweet that Poppy wanted to take a picture of us together. She knows how i hate having my picture taken but i’m so pleased she took this. I was sleeping, exhausted from the strain, and there she was jumping around taking pictures.My beautiful girl. Photo: 13th Nov 2012
This was Poppy’s Mummy’s pet monkey when she was a little girl. Poppy treasured this along with Karen’s original 1960’s Sindy dolls and clothes. Poppy was very gentle with her toys and antiques were always safe in her hands.
Popkins favourite thing has always been Build A Bear. We bought this from Lakeside shopping centre in the week before Christmas. The trip lifted her spirits and she enjoyed picking out which bear to make… I love you Poppy. We all love you Poppy xxx
From Brighton… Where Else? You’ve got to love him haven’t you? Poppy did, and got very annoyed if any unauthorised person should remove him from the miraculous glass of water she had prepared to enable his party trick. Bought in a lovely shop in Bond Street, I think it’s called ‘Not a Butchers’. Poppy loved this shop, full of quirky and slightly camp nik naks.
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.