visited Periwnkle in October 2001 with my (now ex-) wife, Judy
There is a story attached to
the acquisition of this model which was retired by Lilliput Lane in September 1996. While
we were at the tea room (below left) I remembered there was a Lilliput Lane model of
the same name. The waitress confirmed this and said she'd thought of getting one.
realised that one could be for sale on eBay and thought this might make a
surprise Christmas present for Judy.
I found one. ...but it was in the US. The
solution was to have it sent to my old office in Michigan so I could collect it on a December US
Unfortunately it didn't arrive in time before I had to return to England. However Judy's children were
going to visit us in the UK for Christmas, but they didn't
have time to pick it up at the office -- 50 miles away. So the model was taken
from the office by one of my friends who met Judy's son Charlie at a road side
on M23. He then hand carried it to
England. After I picked them up at Heathrow, Charlie nearly gave the game
away but I managed to intervene in time. The picture below is Judy on Christmas Day 2001 with her surprise