Raggedy Ann’s bubble returns

The toys of Mosgiel woman Jo Douglas have re-emerged during lockdown and have so far attended a ‘...
The toys of Mosgiel woman Jo Douglas have re-emerged during lockdown and have so far attended a ‘‘vaccination clinic’’. Photo: supplied

A group of adventurous soft toys have made a comeback in Mosgiel to put smiles on people’s faces during lockdown.

Jo Douglas
Jo Douglas
Last year, Mosgiel grandmother Jo Douglas crafted a display with her collection of about 15 toys, led by Raggedy Ann, during Alert Level 4.

She set up the scenes in her Forfar St front yard, or inside if it was raining.

After the country moved into lockdown early last week, Mrs Douglas decided it was time to bring the crew back.

“I thought, why not ... it is just a bit of fun,” she said.

So far, the soft toys, part of the same bubble, have gathered to eat home-made bread and read the Otago Daily Times, visited the Covid-19 vaccination clinic and been to the paralympics for trampolining and high jump.

The toys have a go on the trampoline. Photo: supplied
The toys have a go on the trampoline. Photo: supplied

Last year, Mrs Douglas’ grandchildren helped to set up the scenes.

While they were not staying with her this lockdown, they were happy to jump online and give her some ideas.

The finished set-ups were shared over video calls, she said.

The displays were also being enjoyed by families out on their lockdown walks, and their reactions pleased Mrs Douglas.

The toys gathered to eat home-made bread and read the Otago Daily Times. Photo: supplied
The toys gathered to eat home-made bread and read the Otago Daily Times. Photo: supplied
“Quite a few kids are going past at the moment and they peek in,” she said.

“The other day, I had Raggedy Ann out vaccinating everyone.

“A family went past and the mother said ‘oh look, they are having a tea party’.

“It wasn’t quite a tea party,” she said, laughing.

Mrs Douglas planned to continue setting up the scenes as long as lockdown continued.

“It gathers a momentum of its own once you start.”

molly.houseman@odt.co.nz

 

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