Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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Freda Knight

Joined May 24 2015
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70 years old
United Kingdom
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Hi, my name is Freda and it is a pleasure to meet you all!  I am happily married to Dave, and we enjoy our home, and keeping it nice, as well as having holidays.

Having retired from the Court Service (a former Court Shorthand Writer and PA) and NHS (Secretary to a Consultant in Palliative Medicine), I am now free to pursue my hobbies, which includes collecting vintage children's books (particularly early Hodder & Stoughton 'Famous Five' Books) and, of course, dolls' houses.  I am also an avid reader, and keen gardner.  I enjoy studying German and keep my skills honed by contact with a German uncle, who does not speak English!

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Reply Clare Harlow
2:31 PM on June 10, 2017 
Hi again, Freda, I've just read your profile, and my partner says you sound just like me! I too was a PA, studied French and German at college, and am now teaching myself Italian. I have an Italian aunt!
Reply Clare Harlow
2:20 PM on June 10, 2017 
Hello Freda, thank you for your lovely comments and welcome. Fancy, another Famous Five aficionado! I too have all the books in the lovely Soper jackets. None signed, sadly, but I am lucky enough to have some letters written by her. Can't wait to get going on this lovely old house, but have a DH/10 and a Triang No. 71 in pieces too, so they will all have to take turns! I see you have a lovely old No. 62 - just like mine!
Reply Anne
10:51 AM on February 12, 2017 
Thank you for your welcome. I love looking at all the houses and exploring this site and pleased that I have now found time to join.
Reply Ana
6:34 AM on December 6, 2016 
Freda, it is from my grandmother's treasury chest :) She is almost 95 years old and she is still very passionate making crochet. This particular one is from her school uniform. I admire her work, every piece is so delicate! We have like whole room full of them, but sadly my home is in a different style and I can't use them... It is really nice to meet you!
Reply Freda Knight
4:29 AM on December 6, 2016 
Hi, Ana - Your profile photo shows some beautiful crochet. My mam was very talented with a crochet hook and I still have a beautiful jacket (hand crocheted) to go over an evening dress. It's nice to be in touch.
Reply Ana
3:42 AM on December 6, 2016 
Oh, thank you Freda! Sorry for the late reply, but I missed your warm message! November was a quiet busy month and I didn't had much free time and now I have so many lovely pictures to catch up :) It is so nice to be back!
Reply Tortula
3:12 PM on September 5, 2016 
Thanks for the nice welcome Freda
Reply Deborah
2:52 PM on February 28, 2016 
Hi Freda you have some lovely pics! I am new to this site fab isn't it? Did you manage to find a home for that house at all as it has so much potential wow
Reply Maddy
5:18 PM on November 27, 2015 
Thank you, Freda. This is certainly a fascinating site with so much to look at and read. It will take me some time to become familiar with it all but though slow, I am going to enjoy every bit of it. I love the stories that some members weave around their dolls and I can feel everyone's enthusiasm for their houses coming off the screen at me.

Best wishes.
Reply MichaelA
5:09 PM on November 14, 2015 
Thanks for your lovely comments Freda....I really do appreciate them.
Reply Sarah
3:21 PM on September 16, 2015 
Hi Freda, you're right ... at least time spent on this site is constructive ... there's so much to appreciate and learn. Like you I'm amazed at the creations and take much pleasure from seeing other people's work - including your own tales which always give me a giggle!
Reply Sarah
4:28 PM on September 15, 2015 
Thank you Freda - I have been a keen watcher of this site for a while now and thought it was about time I joined. Like Lucy, I get blamed of spending too much time in la la land!! - who can blame us?!
Reply lucy
5:47 PM on August 6, 2015 
Hello Freda,
I hope you enjoy your retirement and your dollhouses , it can be addictive ,I do not know where the time goes ,I work as a miniaturist and spend most days and nights in dolly land or la la land as my husband would say lol
Reply Margo
4:23 PM on July 23, 2015 
Freda, Thank you for the warm welcome. I am still working full time and trying to catch up with the work so I can take some time and pleasure in working with miniatures again.
Reply jenny
3:28 PM on July 21, 2015 
Hi Freda, just received a copy of A Story Party at Green Hedges today, just settling down to studying it, thanks for the recommendation! Still debating about the other book!
Reply Freda Knight
5:32 AM on July 13, 2015 
Hi, Jenny - how wonderful that you named your Stockbroker 'Green Hedges' - a little piece of immortality for Enid's home. As I'm sure you know 'Green Hedges' was demolished - such a loss at a time when they were obsessed with pc - so shortsighted. I can well understand how the design of the stockbroker looks similar to 'Green Hedges'. There is an iconic photo of Enid leaning out of a gabled bay 'bedroom' window and smiling. Another good book (for research) is 'A Childhood at Green Hedges' by Imogen Smallwood (the younger more troubled daughter of Enid). Like yourself, it was the 'Famous Five' books that gave me my impetus with reading - and I've never looked back. Lovely to meet a fellow Blytonian.
Reply jenny
4:39 PM on July 12, 2015 
Hi Freda - small world!! I'm very pleased you are one and the same otherwise I might have sounded rather odd!! I joined the Enid Blyton Society due to my love of dolls' houses as I was given a battered Triang Stockbroker house, and was looking for a theme, I have a copy of Enids "Story of my Life" book and spotted that her house Green Hedges looked vaguely similar so now I have my "Green Hedges" I was looking for any personal hints and tips in the society journal so I could make it as authentic as possible! There are photos in my album on this site but they were taken 4 yrs ago now and I have added a lot more to the house!
I have a copy of the Barbara Stoney biography and I visited the exhibition at the Seven stories exhibition in Newcastle Upon Tyne too.
As for favourite Blyton books!?! Well...the list is too long!! I owe a huge debt to her as she got me reading, I was a late starter in reading as I was bored with the schools books, until my mother bought me a copy of the first Famous Five and I've never been without a book since!!
Reply Freda Knight
2:27 PM on July 12, 2015 
Hi, Jenny - guilty as charged! In fact, it is my third article. It was whilst I was looking for vintage 'Famous Five' books in Todmorden that I found my dear little Triang 61. One hobby crossed over into the other, you might say. Instead of returning home with a book in my rucksack, I had dolls' house in a bin liner! It's so good to know that you are also a member of the Enid Blyton Society as well as this website. Lovely hobbies and great people. Do you have any favourite Enid Blyton books?
Reply jenny
1:46 PM on July 12, 2015 
Hi Freda, I've just received my "Enid Blyton Society Journal", I see in your profile that you collect Enid Blyton etc are you the Freda Knight who has written one of the articles??
Reply Comfort
2:35 PM on May 30, 2015 
welcome, freda! i hope you really enjoy this great site! send pictures! lol