As Naomi explained in her post I am staying with friends away from Geeveston because of the ongoing bushfire threat. I have not heard of any fires near my house but with windy and unpredictable conditions, there is a real danger to properties well away from the fire from flying embers. I took Cindy and Polly with me but I could not possibly choose one or two dolls to take with me and leave the rest so I shut the door and hoped they would be there when it was all over. I did put wet towels in the window sills and shut all the internal doors of the house. I doubt that would have helped but it made me feel better.
I’ve often worried about what would become of my collection after I’m gone but I’ve never given a lot of thought to what I’d do if I lost it. Apart from my pets losing my dolls would be harder than losing anything else because of the amount of time and effort that has gone into collecting them all. There is a story or a memory attached to every one of them.
I do have home contents insurance but I have no idea how much if anything, the doll collection is worth. I had said to Naomi in the past that when we buy our new home we will have so many antiques and collectibles that we should do something about insuring them separately. However, even if we did, having the money wouldn’t necessarily mean we could replace them. Some of those dolls, and other things that Naomi has collected; took years to track down, others were toys from our childhoods or were gifts. Some were bought from overseas and it would cost a lot to replace them now. I don’t know if I would have the heart to do it all again or even if I will live long enough to do it.
The fire situation seems worse every day and I can only hope I still have my dolls and Naomi’s fashion dolls, paper dolls and dolls house furniture. Losing her stuff would make me feel even worse than losing my own. If they are all still there and I get home I do intend to start on a proper inventory, listing what we have and including a photo. I should have done it a long time ago. If you have been meaning to catalogue your collection, don’t leave it. I’m thankful that because of this blog I at least have photos of most of mine.