Ma Coney and the rabbit family
"The rabbits belonged to my mum,
that's Joan Marjorie Hudson as she
was then. I think she must have got them
in about 1934.
She got the mother rabbit in 1934.
They called her Ma Coney which is a
sort of pun on mother rabbit.
She just loved her, loved her to bits.
I have got some photographs of
Ma Coney in the garden and Ma Coney
on the swing in the garden and
wherever mum went Ma Coney went too.
Iv'e got a little picture of her on holiday
the following year and Ma Coney has a
bathing cap and a little rubber ring
for swimming and what not and then
I think the father rabbit came next
in 1935 and maybe the two little children
Freda and Oswald.
Mum said that she's written these notes
saying that Ma Coney's wardrobe was
made after her mother and she went
to an exhibition of two dolls with
complete trousseau given to
Princess Elizabeth, and I suppose
Princess Margaret Rose, by the
French people when the king
and queen went to Paris in 1938.
The velvet dresses were made by
our dressmaker Miss Appleton.
I too had a rust coloured one so
Ma Coney and mum must have had
similar outfits. And the nighties were
made by her mother - that's
Ellen Beatrice Hudson. The green silk
underwear was made by one of their
maids because they had
a live in maid always.
The pink cotton dress with a
butterfly collar was made by her,
by my mum, when she was about
9 or 10 and her cousin Stella came
to stay and they both
sewed a doll's dress.
And the pink dress with the
elastic waist was from one of our
school summer dress materials,
so she was cutting down her
school uniform for the rabbit!
And they bought the pyjamas,
the dressing gown and the
little tyrolean dress. And the
crochet scarf, beret and mitts
were made my grandma Ellen".