16. Wooden and string giraffe
This toy giraffe was how I used to occupy my fingers and my imagination in childhood. By careful manipulation of the base he could be made to 'walk' and 'talk'. Long conversations were had with my giraffe, who would listen politely before nodding his head in agreement. (He was quite a good dancer as well.)
17. Wood and string brooch
My father brought this brooch of a climber's boots and pick as a present for me from the Lake District. I was not impressed. He had taken my older brother to the lakes for a walking weekend, leaving me, a mere girl, at home. Although fond of brooches I don't recall ever having worn this one.
Do you think that I was consoled by being brought a present? Not on your life!
I don't know why I have kept it.