Touring with the Travel Teddies – Part 1

In 2000 I took an 8 week trip around the UK and Ireland with my daughter and two friends and a band of Teddy Bears. Here is the story from the point of view of the bears.
You may like to try a crazy perspective such as this when creating your own vacation scrapbook albums. I hope you enjoy the album.
WARNING: Lots of Scrapbook layouts on this page. You may experience delays in downloading.
Many thanks to Thatch and Jools who were the Tour Photographers.

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And so it came to pass that during the months of August and September 2000 a travel savvy band of intrepid Teddy Bears (Sundance, Gaffa, Ambrose and Camembear), together with their personal staff, embarked on an Odyssey to the wilds of England, Scotland, Ireland and a little bit of Wales.

Along the way they were joined by Pooster and tiny Bluey who kept a low profile throughout.

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Despite the bumbling efforts of their entourage Thatch, Jools, Karen and Seona, who were just along to document the adventure on film and internet, The Bears successfully guided the group on a wonderful tour around the aforementioned countries.

Special attention was paid to the crinkly bits of Northern Scotland and an historical investigation of pretty much every stone circle and barrow in the region.

Fortunately the scientific nature of this historical quest was offset by an equally important quest to investigate as many pubs as possible across all countries. This second quest was extremely successful, introducing The Bears to Blackthorns Cider; the nectar of the Gods.

This Saga is a Tribute to the Intrepid Bears who have gone where no Bear has gone before.

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Heading off to Hartfield, Winnie-the-Pooh country, we packed a picnic and then The Travel Teddies led an Expotishun through the 100 Aker Wood to the North Pole. Following all the landmarks in the books we felt sure we had found it and so we settled down to a little smackerel something.

The next day we were up at dawn (shudder) and trekking through the Hundred Aker Wood to Pooh Bridge (yes it really does exist). It was great to play Pooh Sticks in the misty early morning. Very surreal.

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At the village of Avebury (near Stonehenge) the Bears spent some quality time contemplating the ancient standing stones that encircle the village. The sheep were an optional extra. We found they seem to hang out a lot around ancient standing stones.

Then up the M1 to Yorkshire where the Bears were introduced to Blackthorn’s Cider as we did an extensive study of the hostelries of York.

Pooster joined the Travel Team at York and escorted us through the beautiful ruins of Reivelaux Abbey.

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With their unerring navigational skills, the Travel Teddies guided us across the country to the Lake District, where they installed us in a youth hostel at Grasmere. As we were traveling we had an ongoing project to upload a photographic record of our journey onto the Internet, building a web site as we went. Remember, this was 2000 and that was not the sort of thing people did back then. Facilities were very limited, not to mention bandwidth.

Suffice to say, the managers of the hostel had to request that we curb our electronic activities as we were blowing out their generators!

So before we got into any more trouble, The Bears wisely headed us up to Scotland…

I hope you’re enjoying this Ursine Saga. I’ve tried to reduce the size of the graphics so as not to make it too much of a pain to download.

Read part two here next.

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12 Responses to Touring with the Travel Teddies – Part 1

  1. PreSchool Mama February 21, 2008 at 12:54 am #

    Too cute, Karen! Can’t wait to see what the bears get up to next week.

    It loaded without any problems at all, BTW.

  2. JoLynn Braley February 21, 2008 at 5:22 am #

    Karen, this is so cute. I wish I’d done this when I was a flight attendant, just too cute. :)

  3. karooch February 21, 2008 at 7:40 am #

    Well the darn Bears were absolute tyrants, but they knew what they were doing and managed to get us out of trouble a few times on the trip. Glad you’re enjoying the saga.

  4. Raymond Chua February 21, 2008 at 3:11 pm #

    Lovely bears. :)

  5. Jan - queenofkaos February 21, 2008 at 10:44 pm #

    What a wonderful article.

    I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s my life dream to go to Ireland (I was born on St Patricks Day, my only claim to fame :0)) and I’d love to go to Scotland too.

    Thanks for sharing your experience in such a unique an interesting way.

  6. karooch February 22, 2008 at 7:53 am #

    Thanks Jan. It was a great trip, not to mention a pretty good test of our relationships with each other. Thank God for the Bears. They kept our sanity!!???

  7. Tink February 22, 2008 at 11:35 pm #

    How cute Karooch. Definitely looking forward to part two.

  8. karooch February 23, 2008 at 12:24 pm #

    It’s like reliving the trip again Tink. I had a blast putting the post together.

  9. Olga March 14, 2008 at 9:03 pm #

    The layouts are fantastic and the trip looks like it was great fun. :) The teddies are a fantastic idea to tell the story in the layouts, very original. Thanks so much for sharing this with us and best wishes. :O)

  10. karooch March 14, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    The teddies ran a tight ship, I can tell you. And it wasn’t until they discovered Blackthorn’s Cider that they lightened up and cut us some slack.

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