In her post titled "Happy Endings; new Beginnings" on December 10 last year, Isobel mentioned the biggest bear in the whole world (or at least my world, anyway) Rusty! Well as arranged, he duly arrived with my friend, Philippa just before Christmas. She put him in the passenger seat of her car and strapped him in with the seat belt (so he was a legal bear) and he seemed to enjoy the trip! Philippa said that she was only aware of one other car's passengers taking note of her unusual driving companion, unlike the occasion when Isobel introduced Rusty originally - when the Morrell family were still Canadian residents. A little girl travelling with her parents caught sight of Rusty in Philippa's car, and after a bit of careful passing, her father was able to position their car for the little girl to see who it was! Discussions during Christmas established that auspicious event took place in either 1984 or 1985 - so, although Rusty does look a somewhat dirty colour, he is in very good condition for a 25+ year old Bear, otherwise. Here is a picture of him in the only place he can currently stay in our apartment here in Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England, UK.
|Rusty sitting in a wicker chair - and only just fitting in!|
Isobel is also considering having him dry-cleaned, rather than try to wash him by hand. He's a bit big for her to handle - with her arthritic hands and fingers - and she's fearful that no matter how carefully he is washed, he might shrink in the process. Dry-cleaning seems to be a good possible option, and she is going to meet (she hopes) the dry cleaning man who visits Heytesbury twice a week. The first opportunity for a chat is going to be on Tuesday but the timings may not be right. Isobel will probably get his telephone number and try to set up a meeting later in January for Rusty and him to meet. Don't suppose he gets many Giant Bears to dry-clean normally!
Now to the New Farewell: Hairy Bear 3 will be on his way on Tuesday to his Forever Home somewhere in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He was ordered by Mr. TG the week-end before the Christmas Holiday, and because Isobel was in the middle of completing all the Fleece Baby Bunnies, she could not fulfill the order in time for Mr. TG to give it to his partner as a Christmas present - since it takes her at least 6 days to make a Hairy Bear from cutting out the pattern to embroidering the facial features and claws. As we'd still not replaced Hairy Bear who left us for Portsmouth, England in September, 2011, Hairy Bear 3 is not even going to be introduced to our Family, really. But - as Official Mascot to ColdhamCuddlies, I insisted on having our usual farewell picture taken before he gets packed up tomorrow prior to posting on Tuesday morning. The photograph also shows just how big Rusty is - because I am considered quite a Big Bear in the normal course of things, and Hairy Bear is about the same size as me too! (Isobel here: Hairy Bear should be: he's made from the same pattern as you!)
|Hairy Bear 3 and Me, sitting on Rusty's lap!|
|Hairy Bear 3 awaiting approval|
We'll keep you posted on the result. Keep your fingers crossed.....meanwhile, Bye for now. Cy Bear