Edward Explores: Liverpool

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Being a traditionally jointed bear, Edward is understandably wary of water. It was therefore with some trepidation that he set off on his latest adventure. He had been warned that this would involve a number of boat trips, both for pleasure and as a means of transport. He remained unconvinced that such journeys could be enjoyed.

The first leg was straightforward if a little tedious – a long car journey with occasional pitstops for coffee and to stretch legs. Due to the worrying lack of snacks, Edward was glad when his destination was finally reached. He wasted no time in checking out the menu provided.

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In the event, a further journey was required before dinner could be enjoyed. It was a relief to our intrepid bear that a train ran under the river separating his hotel from the city to be explored.

Liverpool is well known as an historic port, but also for four young men whose music has endured beyond its impressive heyday.

Replenished and then revived by a good night’s sleep, Edward once again travelled into the city where he bravely agreed to board a Ferry ‘cross the Mersey. Invited to be photographed on the boat’s railings during the short river cruise he politely declined, opting instead to observe from the relative safety of his comfy travel bag. In his opinion, a small bear could easily fall into the waterway and be difficult to rescue, especially as some of the turns the boat took were notably bumpy as it faced side on into the tide.

Back on dry land, Edward undertook a tour of the Museum of Liverpool where he met a queue of strange but friendly creatures. He also visited the Maritime Museum, although remained perplexed that the city wished to claim a connection to the Titanic, given its fate. There was much to mull as Edward enjoyed the small snack that heads this post. The sun was now shining and the Albert Dock looked fine with its bustle of tourists and groups dressed to impress as they imbibed copious quantities of celebratory beverages.

Edward’s bearers then took him on a long and circuitous walk around the city before stopping for dinner at another fine eating establishment.

For his final day, Edward travelled inland to Chester, by train again much to his relief. Here he visited the remains of Roman baths, which he was pleased to find did not contain water. The amphitheatre was more of a concern as he had read bears were sometimes baited in such places and generally treated appallingly. Edward enjoyed his tour of the grand cathedral, and then imagined how it would be to drive a train. One day he may like to try this for real.

It was now time to move on to the next leg of the adventure, a transition that Edward was not looking forward to. As if in sympathy the weather had turned horrid, with water pouring down from the sky as well as lapping against the walls of the nearby docks. Edward sat in his vehicle and contemplated what was to come – an overnight journey on a very large boat that carried cars and lorries as well as people and their bears.

In the event this turned out to be a rather pleasant part of the journey. Edward was provided with one of the best cabins available, with a porthole and door onto a small deck. The darkness and rain precluded fully enjoying these features, but the bed and snacks enabled a good night’s rest despite the surrounding water on which they floated across the sea.

As a new city to visit, Liverpool had interesting features to enjoy but not enough to fill the three days allocated – hence the unplanned trip to Chester. The overnight sailing proved a surprising highlight, although Edward was still happy when the boat docked and he could disembark onto dry land.

Can you guess where he had now travelled to? All will be revealed in his next Explore.

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Edward Explores: Exmoor

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Edward has recently returned from his latest adventure and thought some of his friends might like to read about it. This month our intrepid travelling bear has been exploring the beautiful Exmoor National Park.

Having driven down a somewhat clogged motorway, Edward was relieved to reach his accommodation, the Crown Hotel in Exford – you may read a review of this friendly establishment here. Edward was provided with a comfy bed and a good supply of biscuits. Having rested briefly he left his room to look around and was pleased to find some resident bears. These fine fellows are looking for new forever homes but were being well looked after in the interim.

Edward was eager to experience the various sights Exmoor offers. It has many rivers to walk alongside with fields and woodland for those willing to tackle the steep ascents and descents. Beyond these paths and trails is moorland, which roll out into the distance to provide stunning views on clear days. Sheep, horses and some rather scary looking horned cattle graze this area freely. Edward enjoyed admiring the colourful flowers growing from the heather.

After each long day’s walking up and down hills repeatedly, sustenance was required. Edward ate at The Crown and also the nearby White Horse Inn in Exford. Dinner at this latter establishment proved rather too dramatic when an elderly driver bashed his car into the bay window where Edward’s table was positioned. Thankfully nobody was hurt and damage minimal. The small car hit the brickwork below the window. It was worrying to consider that, had it been a larger, more modern vehicle, the glass may have been stoved in!

Despite this event, food was relished. The White Horse provided tasty fare, although The Crown was deemed superior in preparation and presentation.

Over the five days he was there, Edward visited many interesting places. On the cliffs above the seaside town of Lynmouth was a fascinating, natural phenomena known as the Valley of the Rocks. A herd of wild goats live here. Edward also climbed to the highest point in Exmoor – Dunkery Beacon – although encountered annoyingly persistent flies on this excursion.

As pictured at the start of this post, afternoon tea was taken at Watersmeet. Here Edward met some friendly dogs and bold birds. The Crown Hotel welcomes dogs and there were several of these in the bar each evening. Edward likes dogs so long as they don’t start thinking he is their plaything.

Although sad he was left to read in bed when his bearers walked from the hotel to Tarr Steps, Edward understood that the forecast rain could play havoc with joints and fur. He spent this day reading about the forthcoming Dark Skies Festival. It sounds a most interesting event.

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After his enjoyable trip away, Edward was excited to return home. This is because it was now his birthday weekend and celebrations had been planned. The eldest of his young bearers made him tasty brownies and cookies. Her partner arrived bearing a variety of cakes from his place of work. Champagne was opened and imbibed before the whole family headed out for a birthday meal at the local pub.

All in all this was a very good week with much to see and good food to enjoy. Edward is already planning his next adventure, but that is for another story.

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Once upon a time there were three bears…

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Do any of my readers watch the BBC television series, The Repair Shop? In July 2013, while camping in the New Forest, I took my intrepid teddy bear, Edward, to a wonderful little shop in Beaulieu where Amanda and Julie, the teddy bear ladies from the show, once sold new bears and repaired older ones. Edward met their original Bartie Bristle, a unique teddy bear created by the ladies. My elder son bought me one of his cousins from the mass produced range. And Edward had tea with the residents of the Bear It In Mind Hotel and Spa, who were awaiting repair.

I also came away with a little book, written by Julie and beautifully illustrated by Jill Fry. It tells the story of the shop and of Bartie Bristle. The author kindly signed it for me. I have watched with pleasure as these lovely ladies have found success doing what they so obviously enjoy.

I mention all this because I thought at the time I might have some old bears who would benefit from their care and attention. Almost a decade later, with Amanda and Julie now having closed their shop and become television personalities, I was delighted to come across Flump Bear Care on Instagram.

From his base in Leicestershire, Dr Flump takes in bears of all types and ages, offering necessary repairs and rejuvenating spa treatments. Patients stay in welcoming accommodation where they may interact with other guests and permanent residents. Some of the bears are sent by their humans. Others are seeking adoption in new, loving homes.

Having contacted Dr Flump to book my bears in for treatment, I carefully packed them in a large box ready for posting north at the end of last month. Here they are pictured shortly after checking in, a tad nervous but knowing they are in good paws.

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After initial assessment, they were each added to the schedule for operations. I was kept well informed at every stage that I may provide agreement to what was being recommended. I was also happy to see pictures appearing on Instagram of them playing, chatting and taking tea with the other patients and residents at Flump Bear Care.

My three little bears were very brave as they faced a plethora of repairs as well as enjoying their deep cleansing spa treatment.

Joints were mended and tightened, eyes and paw pads replaced, many darns were added and stuffing sorted as needed. The most obvious repair was to Fluffy’s muzzle, returning to him the signature shape of the Chiltern Bear from the 1950s. Don’t they all look so much happier now? Blanche can dance again. Goldie can kick a ball around. Fluffy is simply delighted to be able to see!

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Blanche was particularly pleased to be offered a complimentary, knitted waistcoat with sparkly threading. Fluffy was feeling so chipper after his treatment he decided he no longer needed the cardigan, that has helped hold him together for many years. The only accessory he has requested is a new, shiny ribbon. I will be happy to provide this.

These three bears are my and my siblings childhood teddies. Fluffy (early 1950s) belonged to my brother. He was left behind when Andrew emigrated to Australia in the mid 1970s. Blanche (early 1960s) was my sister’s. She and Fluffy lived in my parents’ dark and dusty attic until I realised and brought them to live with me. Goldie (mid 1960s) is my first bear and required work on her limbs at the joints as the younger, tomboy me used to play quite demanding games with him. I’m not sure his memories of parachuting out my bedroom window will be good ones…

Flump Bear Care offers a skilled and friendly service. Repairs are carried out with the aim of retaining original character and features where this is possible.

To anyone with a bear who would benefit from a clean and repair, I can highly recommend their services.

I am delighted to have my three bears back home where they belong but know they will be sharing tales of their big adventure for many years to come. Thanks to Flump Bear Care these years may now be spent more comfortably – with working joints, secure eyes and paw pads, and adequate stuffing.

For repairs, contact Dr Flump via direct message on Instagram

Bear adoptions are arranged via Instagram or Etsy

This post represents my thanks to Flump Bear Care and was not sponsored in any way, shape or form.

Edward Explores: Devil’s Bridge

The extra bank holiday granted for the recent Queen’s Jubilee celebration gave Edward’s bearers a four day weekend. It was decided that this would be the ideal time to leave the country for the first time since early 2020. A hotel was booked at the interestingly named Devil’s Bridge in mid-west Wales. It was hoped there would be less bunting here than rapidly proliferated as the weekend approached in the English village where Edward lives.

On entering the country Edward was immediately made to feel welcome. The hotel at which he stayed provided tasty biscuits for him to enjoy on his big bed – although sadly these weren’t replenished daily. If interested in an overview of The Hafod, you may read a review, in which Edward features, here.

Legend has it that the first of the devil’s bridges was built by the eponymous wicked being in order to trick a lady – whose cow had strayed across the river – into giving up her soul. She was far too canny for this mean minded ploy, although it was unclear from the various write-ups of the tale whether the dog she sent across in her place was rejected or taken by the devil. Edward asked the creature guarding the steps down to view the three bridges that exist today – built one on top of the other over several centuries as replacements were needed. He barked his reply before spreading his wings.

Edwards bearers took him on several river walks where he was able to view waterfalls, being careful to stay dry. He was also interested in the remains of a mine by a river, although not one of the deep ones he had read about that used to exist all over Wales, providing quality coal for trains. This one was a source of minerals, and still raises issues around water pollution today.

As well as the bridges and rivers, Edward explored the nearby town of Aberystwyth. It had a castle that had seen better days and a steep hill offering a fine view of the coastal settlement. It was quite windy on the summit so our intrepid bear held on tight to the bench where he paused to rest.

From Aberystwyth it is possible to catch a steam train back to Devil’s Bridge. Edward met a rather cheeky monkey at the station and offered words of advice about acceptable manners. Teddy bears are, of course, always well behaved.

After all his adventuring, Edward was pleased to return to the hotel each evening for dinner. He very much enjoyed his puddings and remained perplexed that one of his bearers kept opting for cheese instead.

Adventures do, of course, come to an end and our small bear – from the now defunct English Teddy Bear Company – was welcomed back to his home country, as may be expected. Although the Jubilee Weekend was drawing to a close, Edward arrived home just in time to join a tea party hosted by Elizabeth for a new friend she had made. He did wonder why Monty was guarding the teapot so carefully.

Edward was pleased to be travelling further afield again and enjoyed his few days away. He now has a more local trip pending that he looks forward to telling you all about next time.

Edward Explores: Cornwall

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Readers may remember that, back in March, Edward kindly consented to partake in some modelling for photos to be included in a hotel review. He proved himself so skilled at this he was asked to repeat the experience on his latest adventure, to beautiful Cornwall. This time, rather than helping to celebrate a birthday, he was assisting in the celebrations for a wedding anniversary. You may read the subsequent review of the hotel he stayed in, at Talland Bay, here.

Edward entered the county via the Tamar bridge. As well as a road bridge, there is a railway bridge. Although Edward was travelling by car this time, he remains fond of trains and was pleased to observe one as he read about the history of providing means of crossing the river.

Having arrived at his destination, Edward was whisked off for a bracing coastal walk. This time of year is bluebell season, and he stopped to admire the many more unusual white specimens growing along the verges.

On his return to the hotel it was time for a little sustenance. Dinners included delicious puddings that he was eager to sample each evening.

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An early start was required on Saturday morning as Edward’s bearers wished to take part in the Eden Project Parkrun. Edward waited patiently for them to cross the finish line that they may all enjoy breakfast together. He wasn’t convinced by the bacon butties they seemed to be enjoying but approved of the small snack provided for him.

There was then time to look around the landscaping and biomes – complementary entry was offered to runners and their support crew. Edward was pleased to spot a bee, even if it was rather large and inactive, as he has read they are vital yet endangered. He also took time to admire the unusual plants growing in the areas visited.

Next on the agenda was a visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which proved easier to find than the Eden Project had been. Edward wondered if the friendly giant rising from the earth to greet him had a friend who had lost their hand. He contemplated this over the tasty cookie provided to replenish his energy levels.

It was a tad damp on the Sunday but Edward was brave and agreed to climb out of his waterproof snooze bag to pose on rocks as his bearers looked out over Looe island. As a reward he was given a bag of Cornish fudge, freshly made on premises in the town.

The final day held the promise of a fine afternoon tea before journeying home. Edward accompanied his bearers on a woodland walk that they may build up an appetite for this treat. Although excited to join such adventures, teddies always have sufficient space in their tummies for cake.

Edward enjoyed his few days in Cornwall immensely. As he bade farewell to the friends he had made there were quiet words with the balloon bear at reception. We hope they realise how far it is to Wiltshire and no risky journeys are attempted for a reunion…

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Edward Explores: When Bill met Ted on an Excellent Adventure

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Edward usually goes by his full, given name. He is sometimes referred to as teddy but, up until now, has never been a Ted. He was therefore somewhat bemused when he recently visited Shakespeare country and met a bard bear named Bill. Bill much prefers this moniker to William and assumed Edward would have a similar preference.

Bill was a resident at the most excellent Billesley Manor Hotel. He naturally assumes the place name is a hat tip to him. Having lived quietly in this one place, Bill was delighted to meet Edward. He listened avidly to the many tales of travel and adventures that our intrepid teddy enjoys partaking in.

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On this trip away, Edward was helping celebrate a birthday, something at which he is highly skilled. When his bearers realised Bill’s hotel had many links to Shakespeare, they asked Edward to help in a write-up of their literary stay and adventures.

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The ensuing photoshoots took place around the hotel and in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon. It was tiring work for a small bear so sustenance was sought in coffee shops along the way. Edward makes an excellent model for such an endeavour. You may read the resulting hotel review here.

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On the final day of Edward’s stay, Bill took his new best friend into his garden to discuss their future destiny. It was decided that, although parting is such sweet sorrow, they would prefer simply to stay together. Arrangements were therefore made, the assignment completed, and Bill has now joined Edward’s sleuth in Wiltshire.

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Arriving home, Edward was pleased to find that his younger bearers had made him a cake. It was covered in a great deal of butter icing, so much in fact that a second cake was made a day or two later to make good use of the excess.

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Having celebrated eldest bearer’s birthday with a trip away, a second celebration was planned that would include the whole family. Edward enjoyed the subsequent trip to his local Prezzo, especially the puddings he was given to taste.

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Bill has spent the past fortnight meeting the many bears he now lives with. He and Lottie have struck up a particularly special friendship. Edward is always delighted when the new bears he welcomes so quickly find their niche.

Bill and Lottie
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Edward Explores: Bars, beaches and many tasty treats

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Those of you who follow the adventures of my intrepid teddy bear, Edward, will be aware that he enjoys the occasional pudding. This past month has therefore been a good one for him. It has included: a birthday celebration lasting an entire weekend, a few days away on the Devon coast, and Valentines Day. Although he understands why some eschew the latter event, Edward’s heart holds enough love for everyone and he has enjoyed the sweet treats made available to mark each of these various occasions.

The birthday bearer opted to eat out at a local pub to mark her special day. Naturally, Edward was invited to join the attendees. He was somewhat concerned when the kind waitress delivered the order placed, and then relieved when his food finally arrived at the table.

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The next day was the actual birthday so a cake was made. Edward sampled the first slice and declared it delicious. He wondered if it contained carrot because the newly aged bearer is a vegetarian.

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With the weather set fair for the time of year it was decided that a trip away was in order. It is quite some time since Edward visited Devon so this is where he was taken. He stayed in a rather nice hotel that understood the need for stocking the room and its fridge with welcoming treats.

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Edward enjoyed drinks by the fire and a selection of sweets with coffee each evening.

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Days were spent exploring the blustery coastline. As well as walks, Edward took a bus ride and found a shop selling tasty ice-cream cones. On his return to the hotel he was pleased to find his biscuit supply replenished.

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Dinner at the hotel was quite a quirky experience. Live piano music was played on a baby grand that turned out to be electric. Singers were accompanied by a recorded soundtrack with volume intruding on conversation. The food was, however, much to Edward’s liking, although the menu remained sadly unchanged throughout his stay. He also regretted not packing more changes of clothing as he always prefers to feel suitably dressed – and dapper – for every occasion.

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On the final day Edward came across some welcome signs of spring. It may still be regularly cold and a tad damp but the promise of better weather is cheering.

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As mentioned earlier, Edward likes to mark Valentine’s Day. He made a banoffee pie for his bearers, and they made a coffee and walnut cake for him.

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Edward hopes that all his readers have a bear to hug, and that they enjoy the unconditional love offered by a teddy.

He and Elizabeth were recently spotted planning another party for later in the year. And Edward is already making plans for his next exciting adventure…

Edward February with Elizabeth

Edward Explores: The 12 Days of Christmas

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Winter is the season for hibernation so Edward has spent much of the past month snoozing in bed. He did, however, join his bearers to celebrate Yule – the 12 days of Christmas. To brighten up midwinter, the halls were decked. Edward then hung his stocking under the tree in anticipation of the goodies Santa would bring.

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On Christmas Eve, just before bedtime, Edward watched his favourite film. Much as he loves The Snowman, he ponders why the young boy’s teddy ends up on the floor. Perhaps the bear in the film had been looking out the window and was nearly caught when the boy woke up unexpectedly at midnight.

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As well as many tasty treats, Santa delivered a new friend for Edward. Although dating from 2017, Paddington was first purchased by a financially motivated collector and has spent the intervening years in a box wondering why he was not allowed to meet the residents of what he had assumed would be his new forever home. When he was eventually taken out of his wrapping it was for an all too brief taste of freedom. He was photographed and then repackaged without being given even a single hug!

Thankfully, Edward’s bearers spotted Paddington’s listing on a sale site and quickly mounted a rescue plan. Money boxes were emptied. The postman was eagerly waited for.

Paddington has now received many, long overdue hugs and will not be put inside his box again. Although unsure why he was expected to play hockey on a pool table on Christmas Day, as a bear with a taste for travel and adventure – exciting new experiences – he was happy to oblige.

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Having topped up on the many tasty festive snacks, Edward has now returned to bed to complete his hibernation, but not before he and Paddington saw in the New Year. Edward wishes all his followers and friends a healthy and happy 2022. He hopes that this year may be filled with many more pleasant and revitalising explores.

Edward Explores: The Dorset Coast

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“Edward is a bear with flair. He looks so effortlessly cosy yet stylish.”

Kathryn Eastman, on Twitter

Being a bear, Edward spends a fair proportion of this time of year enjoying a long winter’s nap. Before he settled down under the duvet, however, he enjoyed a splendid adventure by the seaside. The weather was cold and blustery but dry. Well wrapped up in his woollens, Edward ventured forth on some scenic walks.

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The drive to the coast included a stop at a lovely bookshop to pick up something to read. Daylight hours are limited in England in December so there would be time between walks and dinner to enjoy a good story. Edward prefers books featuring bears but this choice kept his bearer happily occupied while resting each afternoon.

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Dinner on the first night included a delicious sticky toffee pudding – a well deserved treat. Then, having slept well in the big bed provided, it was time to set out on an explore.

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The first walk Edward embarked on was to climb Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast. To get there it was necessary to follow a track that went from sea level to cliff top several times. Being a small (but perfectly formed) teddy bear, Edward was carried.

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Golden Cap was actually climbed twice as sea mist descended during the first ascent. Despite his bearers’ tired legs at the extra effort, the views were well worth the repeated exercise.

Edward also explored the remains of St Gabriel’s Church, a small building that has stood for many centuries. It fell into disrepair when locals moved to less remote locations, to work in the burgeoning industries. Edward enjoyed the peaceful ambience but worried about the lack of roof given how clouds kept rolling in.

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Edward also enjoyed viewing the various artworks he passed on the paths. Being a cultured bear, he paused to consider what the artist wished to convey with each installation. He liked the tree stump spider and the boat stack – even if he was nearly blown off the latter by the prevailing wind. The yellow blob on a rock, however, had him perplexed.

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Back at the hotel there was good food to appreciate. The vanilla cake was tasty but Edward will always prefer a rich chocolate brownie.

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Much as Edward enjoyed his latest adventure, he was happy to return home where he could be tucked up warm in bed after his sometimes damp exertions.

He wishes you all many hugs from your furry friends and the good dreams they encourage by keeping you safe from the monsters under the bed. Edward plans to snooze now until Christmas, something he highly recommends.

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Edward Explores: Grasmere

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While the Cop26 climate fandango was happening in Glasgow, Edward’s bearers were as confident as they could be that lockdown restrictions would not be tightened for its duration. It seemed unlikely that international bigwigs flying in for photo opportunities would be further inconvenienced. Such a window of opportunity offered the chance for a longed for adventure of which Edward heartily approved. A hotel room was booked in the English Lake District and a five hour car journey embarked on.

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At the half way point some refreshments were required, especially by the driver and his co-pilot. It is a long time since Edward visited a motorway service station. He’s sure he remembers biscuits being made available at previous Costas.

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After such a long journey, Edward was pleased to arrive at what was to be his home for the next few days – the Bridge House hotel in Grasmere. He tested the bed and declared it comfy before phoning his friends back home to reassure them of his safe arrival. He preferred the telephone provided to those he is usually offered – much easier to dial with paws.

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One of the perks offered by his welcoming hosts was complementary afternoon tea. Edward availed himself of this yummy treat on each day of his stay.

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The hotel was also home to some other friendly creatures. Edward enjoys making new friends – such a sociable bear.

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On a walk around the local village he encountered a pumpkin that also looked friendly, telling Edward all about the recent Halloween antics they had witnessed in Grasmere. Edward didn’t understand why tricks would be played on anyone but approved of the widespread sharing of treats.

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Adventurous bears always enjoy the opportunity to try new foods. The Bridge House did not serve hot dinners so a trip up to The Inn nearby was required for these. The set menu did not change over the course of Edward’s stay but the puddings he sampled were declared delicious. Of the cheesecake, lemon posset and sticky toffee pudding, the latter was his favourite.

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After the first day of the trip, weather turned decidedly wet and windy. Edward therefore opted to rest in bed rather than joining his bearers on their mountain and lakeside hikes. This proved a wise choice given the tales they told him afterwards:

  • climbing a mountain for the 360′ panoramic views only to find the top shrouded in cloud;
  • getting lost on the descent and encountering large, scary cattle emerging through the mist;
  • having to cross worryingly boggy fells only to find themselves far from the paths being sought on their maps;
  • getting soaked to the skin in torrential downpours that masked what should have been splendid views.

Somehow the bearers still claimed to have enjoyed their days. Edward pondered if this was the adrenaline rush of human survival.

Edward is convinced that his was the more sensible option although remained concerned about his bearers’ joints. However much they try to convince him that water will not cause damage, he has observed the many times they return from exertions filmed in moisture only to subsequently complain of pains. He remains glad that he only has five joints to look after – and he always takes good care of them.

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It was, however, lovely to travel further afield after such a long period of confinement to his local area. Edward brought home cookies for his friends as an easily shared present. They were all eaten and enjoyed before they could be photographed.