At this time of year the summer sun and warmth has started to slip away and become just another fab memory. Autmn slips in, quietly and without fuss and we start thinking seriously about Christmas and the New Year holidays. Those toys and pastimes that we so used to look forward to receiving. My sisters and I were always keen doll owners. The thought that we might just have another playmate to add to our family of dolls, especially if it came with a whole wardrobe of clothes and accessories. Our boy cousins used to sigh and eyes would go skywards at the very mention of such sissy, girly things. But they joined in eventually, especially if we were playing doctors and hospitals, or car mechanics if they had their garage and toy cars around. I now have several children in my extended family – I love toy buying for birthdays and Christmas!