Friday, 17 August 2012

Introducing some old friends

As Poppets estimated arrival date approaches (7 weeks to go!), Mr PC and I have been working on getting organised and sorted with the nursery and all that stuff. There's a whole long story about this process which I will spare you for now, but as I formulate the plan for the nursery in my mind's eye, I have been squirrelling away some items and also fishing out some old items from my own childhood.

When I was a kid we moved house and country a few times which means that many things like toys and clothes were parted with throughout the years. Now at the grown up age of 28 there are just a few items left which are the ones that I could not bear to part with. Everyone needs some of their childhood toys and games, right?

Well, two items which I wanted to add to Poppet's nursery have been unearthed from their storage box in the loft and have been spruced up ready for their new home. And Mr PC's Steiff bear has been fetched from his parents' loft and has joined the crew too.

So without further ado, I'd like to introduce three of our old friends:

Hamish is my teddy bear which my great grandfather bought for me when I was born. He went everywhere with me and even has a wife and son (Mrs Hamish and Baby Hamish).

He looks rather dashing now as he had a short stint at the Teddy Hospital the other week and got a thorough wash and blow dry along with a new leg and a new spiffy pair of boots.  This is a pic of him before his treatment:

I'm not sure if you can see the difference, but he really came back looking good as new! And the story about his leg goes like this: Way  back when we were still kids, my little sister somehow managed to pull his leg off and although mum sewed it back on, it went awol after a while and poor Hamish had been one-legged ever since! Now he is back to his former glory and I realised how much I loved this bear. I hope Poppet will love him just the same too.

This pink knitted dolly was another of my top favourite toys and she came along on many days out. I carried her in my 'handbag' (a pink plastic shopping basket) whenever I went anywhere.

She's in pretty good condition all things considered and just spent a couple of nights in the freezer to make sure any dust mites etc are exterminated.

This is Mr PC's childhood bear, a Steiff teddy that his granddad bought for him when he was born. He too went to the Teddy Hospital for a wash and blow dry and has come back looking good as new. Isn't he adorable?


This is Ted's 'before' pic and I must say, what a massive difference!

So there we are, three old pals waiting to meet Poppet's acquaintance when she comes! Do you still have your childhood teddy? Maybe unearth them from their storage box, spruce them up and give them pride of place once again.

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