The Story Of Ramble The Travel Ted

By Kev le Chat

(Illustration by Miki de Goodaboom)

It was dark…everywhere. And everywhere didn’t seem to be very big at all.
He pressed his paws this way and that…he couldn’t even stretch his little furry body out properly
Not really. And Ramble was a very small bear, it has to be said.

He couldn’t remember much before being in the Dark Everywhere, but as he thought about it,
He realised he’d probably fallen into his suitcase, and banged his head. He knew his name of course,
It would be a bit daft if he forgot that, and he knew he had a suitcase, because that was what the Dark Everywhere was, he was sure of that. He seemed to remember that he really liked to travel.

But…what now?

He felt a thud, and felt someone or something fiddling with the latches. He was feeling a bit stressed to be honest as sunlight poured in and some crazy creature screamed at him:
“Ooooooohhhhh! Aren’t you ADORABLE??”

Well, of course I am – thought Ramble, a little cross. I mean, it’s traumatic being released
From the Dark Everywhere without being screamed at by a lunatic.

He looked at his surroundings….he seemed to be sat in a window, there was lots and lots happening on the other side of it. Shiny metal boxes in many different colours rolling this way and that on wheels, with Yoomans inside. He seemed to have a vague recollection of Yoomans. He realised the creature who screamed at him was a Yooman too.

In fact, there were Yoomans everywhere, walking to and fro on the other side of the window, it was very interesting indeed. Some were stuffing things in their faces, some were carrying enormous bags, but everyone seemed to have somewhere to go.

This went on for days and nights. Ramble got a bit bored with the window in the night, because all he could see was a reflection of himself, so he would hop out of his suitcase and play with some of the other bears that seemed to be dotted around the place. Some of them looked a bit sad. Ramble asked one of them, a funny tatty little orange thing – why that was.
“Nobody buys us” said the orange bear. “Some of us have been here for months”.
“What do you mean ‘buy you?’ “ asked Ramble, a bit confused.
“ You’re a bit thick, for a well-travelled bear, aren’t you?” said the Orange bear a little unnecessarily, to Ramble’s way of thinking.
“You’re a TOY! Someone needs to buy you so you go to a good home!”
I’m a bear, you idiot, thought Ramble, though he was far too polite to say it. He ambled back to his suitcase and flopped down in it until morning.

The next day, the street was busy again, shiny boxes – cars, as he had now learned they were called were vrooming and honking up and down the street, and there were people everywhere, though to Ramble’s mind they all looked a bit grey…
Then he saw this very strange thing across the road…he had a wild mass of black hair, almost like a bear and was wearing really weird clothes and a brightly coloured scarf.
“What’s THAT!?” exclaimed Ramble, to no one in particular.

He was a bit panicked now, the hairy weird thing was coming across the road to his side!
I hope he doesn’t break the glass, he thought.

Ramble needn’t have worried about that. Ramble’s eyes grew wide as the hairy yooman peered through the window at him.
Ramble was about to explode with terror when something amazing happened….the yooman’s face broke into the biggest smile
The little bear had ever seen! It filled his heart!

Then, the Yooman disappeared from view! Don’t go….thought Ramble…
But a moment later, the dingaling went! Ramble knew the dingaling, it meant someone was coming in the shop!
And then there he was talking with the Screaming Yooman who ran the shop, and pointing…at him!

He looked down at Ramble and said the words Ramble would never forget:
“You’re WONDERFUL! And you’re coming home to Spain to live in our bear house where you will have lots of friends who will love you!”

Ramble thought his heart would burst! He was going on a travel adventure, and he was going to be loved!

 

Ramble The Travel Ted S(Prints of all sorts are available. Click on the painting to go to Miki de Goodaboom’s shop online)

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Winnie The Pooh In Fowey

By Kev Le Chat

(Illustration by Miki de Goodaboom)

 

While we -Mki de Goodaboom, Truffle McFurry and me- were in Fowey, Cornwall recently, we came across this beautiful antique Winnie the Pooh bear.

I’m not a fan of the stylised Disney bear version which always looks superficial to me, but there was something about this one, sat forlornly in a window that exuded a certain tender gravitas and sweet melancholy, something that spoke of A.A.Milne.

It’s the best Winnie the Pooh I’ve seen!

Fowey Winnie The Pooh S

(Prints of all sorts are available. Click on the painting to go to Miki de Goodaboom’s shop online!)

 

 

Love Is In The Air!

by Truffle McFurry

Hallo Teddy bear lovers around the world!

Last year I went travelling  with my parents in Wales. You don’t know where is Wales? It is a little country on the same island as England, and it is very lovely. My Mom Miki de Goodaboom always wanted to go there to paint, and so one day my Dad, the English rocker Kev Moore, took us there.

They say it is so lovely and so green there because it rains all the time. But we took with us our Spanish sun and we had a beautiful weather. We were so happy!

Somewhere, I don’t remember where, we saw a Teddy bear and a mouse. I think they were about to marry, The mouse looked very smart in her red dress and with the flowers in her hand, but the groom was quite naked, apart from a bow around his neck. Perhaps this is how they marry in Wales. It is so different everywhere!

Anyway I asked my Mom to paint them, as they are so cute. She started but then stopped, saying she had more important things to paint. Really , I am asking you:

What is more important than teddy bears???

She says:

“Well, Truffy, if it is that important, why don’t you paint them yourself?”

Well, I am very busy too. all the time. And I can’t paint like her… even if she says I am quite talented.

Yesterday, she was a bit doing nothing , so I told her she should finish the bear and the mouse.  I never give up, me. I am a bit like her in those things. And she did!

Take care

xxx

Truffle McFurry

A Mouse And A Bear In Love S

(Prints of all sorts are available. Click on the painting to go to Miki de Goodaboom’s shop online!)

The Urso Majors

By Miki de Goodaboom

Well, I guess it is time to introduce “The Urso Majors”:

  • Ann La Mar, Yorkshire girl, reporter at Goteddy , cook, writer, and much more…
  • Truffle McFurry, Teddy from over the moon, traveller and writer and supporter of all Teddy bears around the world
  • me, Miki de Goodaboom, French artist, mathematician and writer

We three have visited together many places in North Yorkshire during September 2016. The result is a series of illustrated books written by us and illustrated by me..

The first volume is set to be published in ebook form very soon.

We will keep you updated!

01 Ann Truffle and Miki S

 

 

 

Gollies In Truro In Cornwall

By Truffle McFurry

Hallo everybody, Truffle McFurry here!

I am sorry that I was not writing very much in “Go Teddy”… I was so busy, travelling and writing a book! I will tell you about the book soon.

With my parents, the French artist Miki de Goodaboom and the English rocker Kev Moore, we went on a painting trip to Devon and Cornwall in England. it was fabulous! Mom and Dad came back very big, as they were having cream teas all the time, with tons of cream!

We saw many Teddies, because they love Teddies so much in England. But today it is not about Teddies, it is about The Gollies. I know they are a species in danger, but I have decided to take them under my protection the first time I saw one. It was Auntie’s Ann Golly, from when she was a little child. We are the best mates now. it was Auntie Ann who told me about them in danger.

In the lovely town of Truro in Cornwall, we met 3 Gollies. I asked my mom to paint them to show everybody how beautiful they are!

If you love the Gollies too, join us please!

Love you all

xxx

Truffle

Truro Gollies S.jpg(Prints of all sorts are available. Click on the painting to go to Miki de Goodaboom’s shop online1)