USING LEGO AS A remedy for her acute arthritis, the engagingly delightful Judy has spent decades creating a wonderland of pleasure with hundreds of items – big and small – housed in transparent shelves in various rooms in the home. She works from Lego manuals. 18-year-old grandson, who worked with Lego from an early age, can create something using his imagination.
The sights that greet the visitor are something to behold, a treasure trove of Lego ingenuity. It features famous buildings such as Buckingham Palace, the Leaning
Tower of Pisa, Tower Bridge, The White House, The Pentagon, The Lincoln Memorial, The Taj Mahal, and even the supermarket frequented by that popular TV family, The Simpsons. There is an orange Porsche replica of her husband Martin’s car, a ship from Pirates of the Caribbean, and various war machines from the popular Stars Wars franchise; one fascinating item being the Lambda Class 4A Shuttle.
Disneyland’s Magic Castle is there in all its glory, complete with Disney characters. However, when Judy tried to move it for a photograph it fell apart, much to our horror. Unperturbed by this slight set-back, our redoubtable hostess merely smiled and said: “There is a message here and it’s that the creation is not strong enough and will have to be re-done.” Judy has three children and 12 grandchildren. One of them, 18-year-old Adam, has also succumbed to
the magic of Lego and spends hours with his granny working on them. He has the ability to create the Lego objects using his imagination. Says Judy: “Working together on Lego projects with someone you love is excellent for bonding whether it be fathers and sons, grandfathers and grandchildren. And even grandmothers like me who are happy to be part of this special club.”
Judy is a frequent visitor to Lilliputs, the toy shop where she acquires the different items to be constructed and it’s said that Lego in Denmark has recognised Judy’s talent and dedication to this ‘art’ form. She tells me with a wry smile that every time she starts talking, her husband buys her a new Lego set to keep her quiet.“
Special days are set aside when nursery schools are allowed into the rooms housing her impressive collection, where the children can view the exhibits, try their hand at making their own, and then having a party. We often take out the Lego trains, we set it up and the children have fun.” Judy says that when she is assembling an architect’s building, like the Guggenheim Museum, she can fully appreciate the thinking that goes into the planning. “Lego also serves as a teaching tool and one can learn about many things. When you assemble a car, the engine parts are so lifelike that you can see how it all fits together.”
Her collection of motor vehicles is impressive, too, and includes a Volksie van, a Jeep, motor bikes, and luxury sports and racing cars. One item is the Yellow Submarine of Beatles fame, and there are miniature images of the Fab Four in front of the exhibit. Batman also has a section to himself. “My fingers are my tools and working with Lego is amazing for my arthritis. The smaller items are the most difficult to manipulate. I think more people, especially the elderly, are now taking to the Lego craze. It’s great therapy.” Some items, such as the Death Star,(Star Wars) took her a week to complete – but it is truly a work of art.
When not engaged in this passion, her other passionate is doing charity work and nothing pleases her more than paying back to the community. “I am so blessed,” she adds.