Archive | May 2012

Claire’s Adventures in Canada, May 2012

Claire Bear’s Trip to Canada  May 2012

4th May I Checked in for Air Transat flight to Toronto with Herbie and Catherine Lambe. I had a very good flight and introduced myself to the cabin crew who were very interested inTeddies for Tragedies’.

 5th May  I went to the African Lion Safari, with Scott and Haden, where I met some interesting animals!

I was a bit scared of this guy!

6th May We went Knox Presbyterian Church in Oakville. The minister at Knox is Rev Mike Marsden who is a friend of our minister, Rev David Cameron.

Later we went to watch Scott learning to swim. I thought it was a  bit wet for me to try!

11th May We all went up north to Huntsville, Ontario, where we stayed at the
Holiday Inn.

  Scott invited us to a very special Queen’s Jubilee Party so I put on my best dress for the occasion!

12th May  Today we all went for a short hike to
Arrowhead Provincial Park.

There were too many Black flies and not a Moose to be seen!

I had my backpack on and my new Canadian sweatband!

13th May Went up to Lion’s Lookout in Huntsville. I really liked the view.

16th May  Scott took me to his school!

17th May  At Toronto Airport, on the way home I met the only Moose I saw in Canada!

 I had a wonderful time in Canada with the Lambe’s!


Meet Benji Bear.

Meet Benji Bear

As Bruce Bear decided to stay in India, to comfort a very sick child, I needed another cousin to step in for me. I was going to be in Canada while I was requested to go to Girls Brigade Camp.

So Bruce 2, re named ‘Benji’ (by the Girls Brigade) volunteered to be the first boy in G.B.Camp!


In May 2012, when the 46th and 7th Edinburgh & Lothians Girls’ Brigade went on camp, they brought with them a new recruit – Benji Bear (the first ever boy to go on GB camp!)

All the girls and Benji had a fantastic time – here are some of their photos.


 We stayed in New Lanark Youth hostel – here is Benji at our opening night payers


                      On the Saturday we went to New Lanark Heritage Centre –

Benji really enjoyed his ride at the Annie McLeod Experience!

We went to the roof top garden, and Benji really enjoyed finding out how the wool he is made from, comes from the mill!

Can you spot Benji in the schoolroom in New Lanark, or in the interactive play area? (Did the girls sleep very much on Friday night?)

On Saturday afternoon we went to the Falls of Clyde, where we told Laura the ranger all about Teddies for Tragedies. She told us all about badgers and Benji saw some Peregrine Falcon chicks that had just hatched.

On Sunday morning we told the Minister of St. Nicholas, Lanark all about Benji!

We all then went to the Time Capsule to go swimming – but I’m afraid Benji just had to have a coffee with one of the leaders – and we couldn’t even take a photo…

Benji is now really looking forward to visiting Butterfly World with the GB Explorers!

Meet Heather Bear

Meet Heather Bear

On 30th April, Heather Bear accompanied Norma and Laurie Brown to Jupiter, Florida, to stay with a friend of theirs, Dr Lorraine, who is a Vet.

Lorraine is also involved in a lot of animal charity work. One of her interests is with ‘ARF’ – the Animal Rescue Force, who take in and re-home unwanted pets. Lorraine gives free treatment to any sick or injured pets and often takes them in to her own home to recover until fit for adoption.

Heather went to see what it is all about.

She met Robert and Melissa who also work there with Lorraine (who is in the middle with Heather), and had a look at some of the cats and dogs who had arrived at the centre, waiting to be adopted.

And she had fun playing hide and seek!

Heather also did some sightseeing while in Florida.

She visited a local historic park and found an old sugar cane press.


And nearly got stuck when she had a look to see if there was any sugar cane in it!

She also went to see her very first Baseball game!

There were hardly any supporters for that game!

Then she went up to the Kennedy Space Centre.

and was amazed at the size of things!

Her next visit was to St Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied city in America, begun by Europeans, in 1565, and said to have lots of ghosts!

She took a Trolley tour to see the sights.

Then she drank from ‘The Fountain Of Youth’. This is in a National Park, in the area where St Augustine began

and went to see the St Augustine Lighthouse which has 219 steps to the top!

On her return to Jupiter, she went to the beach and saw where turtles have started to lay their eggs.

Heather decided that she wanted to stay in Jupiter, Florida, to help Dr Lorraine with her work.

So she didn’t come home!

Lorraine also crocheted a colourful blanket and donated it to Norma for ‘Teddies for Tragedies’.

Claire’s Arizona Wedding Photos

On 7th March I set off with our Minister Rev. David Cameron, to attend a wedding in Arizona.

I wore my Wedding outfit and my new hat!

I arrived in Arizona with my teddy in my backpack, and the first things that impressed me were the huge cacti.

On Sunday I went to the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church.

I visited the peaceful Sanctuary in the Church which has an impressive view.

Soon it was time to attend the wedding, with Rev. David, looking impressive in his kilt!

A photo of the Bride and Groom!

I’m not there as I took the photo!

I had a wonderful time in Arizona, (it was very hot!)