Archive | October 2012

Queensferry Parish Church, Teddy Blessing Service, 28th October 2012

On 28th October there was a ‘Blessing Service’ in Queensferry Parish Church,  for 687 teddies, made and donated by wonderful volunteers, who care enough to do something to help children who have very little.

500 teddies in bags are on their way to Malawi. The remaining 167 teddies will be sent elsewhere in the Spring. the 59 blankets and 18 puppets will go to Eastern Europe.

A mountain of 687 teddies and Teddy bags, 59 blankets and 18 teddy puppets

A close up!

Each teddy has it’s own drawstring ‘teddy bag’

The teddies were spread around the church to allow the congregation to participate

There were teddies everywhere!

Teddies in baskets for the children to give a ‘Hug of Love’ to send to the children in Malawi

All the congregation will be asked to give a ‘hug of love’ to the teddies.

Teddies upstairs waiting for ‘hugs’

Teddies absailing from the balcony to join their friends!

Norma Brown, Co-ordinator, tells the congregation about the wonderful volunteers, where the teddies are going, and an update on Claire’s Adventures.

He wants to give his hug now!

The children give their ‘Hugs of Love’

Dr Peter tells about his experience with Bruce Bear in Punjab, India, when he worked with Slum Doctors (read about this lower down in the Blog).

It was a wonderful response, a wonderful day, and a  wonderful service!

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Benji’s Adventures in America – September 2012

Claire was very busy with Olympic ‘stuff’ so when my new friend David asked if I would like to go to America with him, I jumped at the chance!

We stayed with his relatives in Las Vegas, who have a lovely house!

I slid down the banister and landed on an elephant! I hope no one saw me, but it was fun!

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We started our tour at the Hoover Dam. It is HUGE!

This is David and me!

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We were on Route 66!

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On the way back we saw Las Vegas at night. The fountains at the Belagio looked great lit up!

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Next day we had a bit of sunbathing in our host’s garden!

It’s a pity David forgot to get me down to my ‘bearskin’! I was very hot.

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We went to Oatman, an old Gold Mining Town

In Oatman,  burros own the streets!

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Our next visit was to the Grand Canyon!

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     Ouch!

 Oh, it’s a long way down.

I hope I don’t fall!

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We next went to Bryce Canyon National Park. The Mountains here a bit more jagged.

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David put me here, he’s not very kind to animals! I will have to think how to get  back at him!

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One of my new American friends who wanted to know about Teddies for Tragedies!

(we found her in the mountains, she is not one of David’s relatives!)

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We went home to a beautiful sunset.

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The next day we went to see Las Vegas by day!

The Venetian Hotel

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I had to take the photo. David would not let me near the machine in case I won ‘his’ money!

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I had an early night as we were going to a Gold Mine in Death Valley, the next day!

An old mine

A donkey drawn wagon

Mining area.

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Two new friends.

Now I saw my chance to get my own back on David for the trick he played on me.

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Only kidding!

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The next day we went to a Chocolate factory!

I had fun hiding amongst the goodies!

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I had a wonderful time in America.

 Thank you David for taking me!

 

Mary’s Adventure in Ullswater, Lake District

My friend Eileen said she wanted to take me to Ullswater to meet her sisters and have an adventure!

I had a long journey from Edinburgh via Lancaster, and we had to go on a bus because the train was ‘off’ that Sunday.

I was very pleased to arrive and decided to have a nap.

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However, being like my sister Claire, an adventurous bear, I went to look at the weir which had risen after all the rain. I was a bit worried that I might end up in the water!

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We went to a rather nice Art gallery, with a friendly lady on the counter. Just as well as it was a miserable day.

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At Holker Hall, country seat of the Marquis of Cavendish, the house and garden was super but we liked the café

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I wanted to show everyone that it was a National Trust property.

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I enjoyed looking at the old recipes at Wordsworth’s House, but preferred the cake!

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We went to Ullswater through the mountains for our next journey.

This is beautiful!

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We arrived at a forest where the river was fierce and fell 20 metres down the hills (the river, not me!)

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A friendly Dad stopped to say hello to me, and his little girl enjoyed looking at me

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Sadly that was the last day of the holiday, so the next day we were off to Grange- over- Sands station to catch the train back.

Thank you Eileen for letting me experience the beautiful Lake District.

Freedom of the City of Edinburgh Ceremony, for Sir Chris Hoy.

I was invited by Ray to attend the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh Ceremony,
for Sir Chris Hoy.

Guests gathering in the Assembly Rooms

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Why we are here – Chris Hoy in action

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Special guest Gavin Hastings  posing with a Games Maker Doll

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Lord and Lady Provost –Lord and Lady Hoy

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Gavin Hastings addresses the audience
with an insight to Chris Hoy

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The presentation

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Ray and I met the torch bearer who ran up the Royal Mile

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Oh yes, there were other athletes there!

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A beautiful sight to end another exciting day!

Well thank you very much Ray, for the opportunity to be part of Team GB, London Olympics 2012.

Now, what will my next adventure be??

After the London Parade, I attended the Scottish Parade!

Not London this time. Can you guess from the picture where I am (Clue G*****W)?

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I think they call this levitation – good job Ray was with me otherwise I would not have known how to spell it.

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Entertainment was by a dance group and a band called ‘Drums & Roses’

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Alex Salmond and others arrive not to the best of welcomes!

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The althletes waved to the crowd to acknowledge the great welcome they received.

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And yes! Another badge to add to my collection – Glasgow is hoping to host                             the 2018 Youth Olympics, just hope my track suit will last till then!

My next visit is to Edinburgh, to see Sir Chris Hoy, get the Freedom of the City!

10th September 2012. Team GB- Olympic Athletes London Parade

My friend Ray, having been a Games Master at the London Olympics, was invited to the Parade of 800 Team GB Olympic Athletes in London on 10th September. He asked if I would like go with him.

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In search of a train. I am really looking forward to yet another trip to London especially on a train.

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Lovely sunrise as the train crossed the Forth Bridge.
I love the sound as the train rolls over this wonderful structure.
Please can I throw a penny out of the window?

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Saluting the Union Jack flying over Admiralty Arch.

The area from Admiralty Arch to the Mall was a ticketed area for groups who made an invaluable contribution to the Games and the success of the Athletes.
These include volunteers, members of the blue light services, military personnel, Team GB and Paralympics GB coaches and support staff, friends and family of the athletes, as well as groups of schoolchildren from London boroughs. Also me!

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Games Makers and me patiently waiting for the ‘Team GB’.
(He looks bored!)

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     “Oh! Aint they just loverly”

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Me getting chummy with two new friends – the one on the left took part in the Olympic Opening Ceremony and the one on the right took part in the Closing Ceremony for the Paralympics. Both still in costume!

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“Rule Britannia!!”

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Hooray!! Here they come – Look at those shiny medals.

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And they just kept coming!!

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Do you remember these from the Opening Ceremony – they formed a ring around the athletes when they arrived in the Olympic Stadium.

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Gosh! I wonder if I could have an outfit like that – will have to speak to Norma when I get home – ha!ha!

Thank you for taking me Ray, next stop Glasgow!