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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

The Gallery - Love

There is nothing more loved in this house than Spencer bear.  Once upon a time, as you can see above,  he was fluffy, his fur was yellow, his eyes sparkled and he had smart clothes.  Now, after two years of hanging with Mr G he is worn, faded, he's lost a lot of weight, his eyes are glazed, quite frankly he is a shadow of his former self.

Here he is over the summer, on the right, drying after his weekly bath, next to emergency bear. 

Spot the difference?  Newly purchased, emergency bear had taken a spin in the washing machine with Spencer bear, in a vain attempt to make him a passable substitute in well, bear emergencies.  Silly idea, even after several washes, the evil infiltrator was detected and thrown out the cot in seconds.  No, to make a real bear takes something very different... love.

All you need is love and I reckon it's going to be a love fest at The Gallery this week.

If I don't see you again before the big day, HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

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At 21 December 2010 at 19:16 , Blogger Emma said...

I can empathise, Leo has his 'Raff' a cuddly orange giraffe. I brought a new one for raff emergencies (we've had a few - if Leo is ill Raff usually gets the full brunt of it!) "Fat Raff" as he is known, is just an horrible imposter, I have washed him repeatedly and even slept with him (!) in an attempt to make him more 'loved'

Great post!

At 21 December 2010 at 19:48 , Anonymous @jencull (jen) said...

hehehe,yeah, the little ones can always tell the difference, I remember refusing the emergency one myself when I was young:) Lovely photos. Jen

At 21 December 2010 at 20:11 , Blogger Headhuntress said...

Oh, that is so cute, funny how they just "know" about these things isn't it?

Love, love, love and Happy Christmas to you too! xxx

At 22 December 2010 at 07:56 , Blogger Mummy Mishaps aka Jenny Paulin said...

What a great post and I love those photos, especially the washing line one! My dad, who bought Burton's penguin, has an emergency one on standby should we ever need it, but I think Burton would know the difference as his Penguin is very weathered now after several bash in the washing machine!
Great post and merry Christmas xx

At 22 December 2010 at 11:37 , Blogger Laura said...

Lovely post! He really is a shadow of his former self, a truly loved bear. Merry Christmas :)

At 22 December 2010 at 13:51 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

love that bear - love your emergency bear (and that it failed as a substitute).
We have an equally loved cuddly toy - I won't allow it out of the house - just in case. Luckily for me it has a very sleepy individual and we HAVE to leave it for long naps while we are out.

At 22 December 2010 at 17:05 , Blogger This Mid 30s Life said...

What a great photo of the 2 bears side by side.

We had to buy a replacement giraffe after a mishap. We didn't think our darling would notice this new one's eyes hadn't been sucked out. He did. Happily our original one turned up after a few days - phew.

At 22 December 2010 at 17:54 , Anonymous Kath Parklover said...

"Smarter than the average bear." (Yogi bear's catchphrase - I think!)
Your son is nobody's fool.

At 22 December 2010 at 19:17 , Blogger LinzW1976 said...

Ha ha ha, what a brilliant (albeit unsuccessful) idea! x

At 22 December 2010 at 21:03 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's something quite hilarious about that skinny, worn-out bear hanging on the line. Bless him.

I wanted my kids to have an attachment object like that, but it never really worked. The older one had a Buzz Lightyear soft sponge thing that he loved for a while, but today he offered him to the baby to distract him from eating the jigsaws. He'll sacrifice anything for those jigsaws!

At 22 December 2010 at 22:11 , Anonymous tiddlyompompom said...

love it, and such a good idea. shame it didn't work

At 23 December 2010 at 08:42 , Blogger MuddynoSugar said...

Aah, you can't beat a well loved bear.

At 23 December 2010 at 10:07 , Blogger Orla xx said...

those bears are adorable xx

At 23 December 2010 at 17:15 , Blogger SuperLittleMen said...

Nothing can replace that loved teddy bear not even an identical one! Lovely post x

At 23 December 2010 at 19:02 , Blogger Kate said...

So funny! We have a 6 year old rabbit Hobbs who is worn to almost nothing - we nearly lost him once and I felt like I'd lost one of the kids... and no - the substitute never made it into the bed either.

At 23 December 2010 at 20:51 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

I LOVED hearing about Raff, Burton, giraffe Hobbs and everyone's emergency creatures.
Headhuntresss -they just 'know'!
Gemma I will be taking a leaf from your book. Kate one of the kids - so true - it's like having 2 extra passengers when we travel with the kids.
Mid 30s - did your child eat the eyes? ;)
Imperfect pages - that is seriously nice, but also very clever, sibling behaviour. I applaude!
Kath - spot on, love yogi!
Emma - glad you got the 'sleeping with' in, i tried that too.


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