Teddy Bear Ince

By Teddy “Ince” and Miki de Goodaboom

(Illustration by Miki de Goodaboom, based on a photograph of The Pirate by Jo Du Nor)

Hello ! I am Teddy “Ince” Bear.
I play football and as you can guess, my hero is Tom Ince, the best midfielder in the world !
He belongs to a very, very good team : the Derby County FC.
You know what ? If I keep to be a good son (and a good pupil…) my father promised to get a complete supporter kit, just for me !
I love you, dad ! And Up the Rams !

PS: Miki de Goodaboom and her Teddy bear Truffle McFurry want to dedicate that post to their favourite football team, Derby County FC. Today is the last game of  the season 2016/2017, The Rams have not performed as well as we would have wished, but our love is unconditional, we will always support them! UP THE RAMS indeed, Teddy Ince and Jo Du Nor!

 

Ince Bear S

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The Pirate

By Teddy “The Pirate”

(Illustration by Miki de Goodaboom, based on a photograph of The Pirate by Jo Du Nor)

Hello ! I am Teddy Bear “The Pirate” !
Jo du Nor, my adoptive father is native from Calais and when I was young, he used to tell me the story of Levasseur, a famous pirate from Calais…
I was so scared because this pirate was a very bad guy.
Please, do not be afraid ! I only wear a disguise because I am a very, very kind teddy bear and I love all of you !

Pirate Bear S

 

The Champ Skier

By Teddy “The Champ Skier”

(Illustration by Miki de Goodaboom, based on a photograph of The Champ by Jo Du Nor)

Hello ! I am Jo “The Champ’ Skier” Teddy.
You know it has snow a lot in French Alps, so yesterday I decided to go to ski.
It was cold but I made a descent of so fast ski as I lost my woollen cap !
If you found it, give it back to me and I will invite you to share a friendly cup of hot chocolate.
See you !

Hallo Champ, here is Miki. I have found your cap, but it is too high up for me to get it, I am too small. Can you spot it on the painting? I hope Jo can get it for you, h is tall!

But even if I can’t get it, I have found it. So, I think I still have earned a friendly cup of hot chocolate, haven’t I?

Ski Champ S

Teddy Alphonse At Fontvieille Windmill

By Ann La Mar

(Illustration by Miki de Goodaboom)

One day in early March while racing round making holiday preparations I went to Thornaby on Tees. The little shopping centre there doesn’t have all the fancy chain stores but enough shops to provide basic provisions to the community. It was an ideal place to go for my last minute bits and pieces and the parking is easy.
As I was wandering and as is habit nowadays…probably addiction…. any way one of my many guilty pleasures…I went towards the charity shops, there are three close together to look for teddy bears. I went in the first two and didn’t find any bear that I felt…all teddy bears are beautiful but I like to feel something personal from them. Outside the third shop was a tombola..now I’m not sure how Miki and Truffle would feel about this (maybe they will tell you) and I didn’t tell them at the time because they had so much sadness going on in their lives it didn’t seem right. The tombola was raffling very many orphaned bears all sitting patiently waiting to be loved in new families. I couldn’t pass by and not try to bring some home so I had ten goes on this tombola and not one bear was to come with me.
I went in the shop thinking should I try again then I saw a higgledy piggledy pile of bears and other creatures in a basket in the corner so I began looking in the basket and the back of a yellow patterned waistcoat stood out so I lifted out the bundle and to my joy it was a beautiful little cream coloured bear. He looked so cute in his waistcoat and he was also carrying a sign saying Provence… I had found my bear…Miki and I have had conversations about Provence so he was perfect. I went and paid for him then as I was leaving lots of children were at the tombola so I hope they had teddy bears to take home. I had to walk quickly otherwise I would have gone back and tried to get them all.
Once my bear was safely home I took a good look at him and discovered he was indeed a real French bear from Colmar in the Alsace region of France. Hopefully one day we will all go on a trip and take him home for a visit.

Next he had to have a name so I searched the internet for famous people from Provence while reading the list I read about Alphonse Daudet a writer…he wrote’ Lettres de mon Moulin’ about life at the windmill in Fontvieille well this was an amazing coincidence  as Miki had told me her family name was Fonvielle ( a modernised  version of Fontvieille meaning ‘old source’)….so he had to be called Alphonse.

I took his picture and sent it to Miki saying meet Alphonse, she adored him and asked me to bring him to Spain the following week. Alphonse was going on holiday to meet Miki and Truffle.

PS: Miki de Goodaboom here. Truffle and me did meet Alphonse, what a beautiful bear he is! And a perfect personage to invite you to visit the Provence, and the Fontvieille Moulin. My Dad loved teh Lettre De Mon Moulin, the famosu book written by Alphonse Daudet. For those who know the book and its characters, my Dad made a phenomenal impression of the “Curé de Cucugan”… it still cracks me up when i think of his face doing it!

 

Alphonse At Fontvieille Windmill S

 


 

On The Little Train At Newby Hall

By Truffle McFurry

(Illustration by Miki de Goodaboom)

Hallo everybody!

I haven’t written for a long long time, because we were very sad in the family and I could not come to the computer and Go Teddy, my paws could not write any more.
I am a bit better now, thank you!

When we were visiting all the famous Teddy bears in Yorkshire, we also went on the little train, Auntie Ann, my Mom Miki, my Teddy cousin Bua and me. It was wonderful!

I love trains, and I have been on 2 already before, in Portugal, and in the Pyrenees, my Mom’s big mountains in France. We all love trains in the family… we are even thinking on travelling one day from one side of Canada to the other in the train!

Love you all, take care!

Truffle McFurry

Newby Hall Little Train S

Bua And Bua

By Truffle McFurry

(Illustration by Miki de Goodaboom)

 

Hallo everybody, here is Truffle!

I have exciting news: I have been invited to write my own article in the international magazine “Teddy Bear Times”. I will write there about our visit of the Bearhouse at Newbyhall in England. And I will illustrate it with many bear paintings by my Mom Miki de Goodaboom.

Here are Bua and Bua. One Bua, the one on the right, is Auntie’s Ann German Teddy Bua, my dear cousin. The other Bua is Gyles Brandreth’s Bua… we met him at the bear picnic. I will tell their whole story in the article. And many more! I need to write them before 🙂

Take care

Love you all

Truffle McFurry

Newby Hall Bua And Bua S