Shelf Portrait

Unfortunately, our Bear Hug was reduced more than considerably when we got the boat, and I hope that our bears all found good homes where they are loved and well cared for.

I wrote quite a few teddy bear stories , and we still have several ornamental bears on our shelf here together with a collection of hedgehogs and some other precious items which attract happy memories. I’d like to share some of these with you periodically.
Hubby and I have always liked the humble hedgehog, and when we bought our first house, had regular visitors.
anniversary listThere are various lists for gifts, and the one I found showed that the Fourth anniversary was BOOKS, not linen as shown above. I therefore bought him The Complete Hedgehog which seemed very apt at the time.
hedgehog bookApparently hedgehog numbers are in decline here, so we were glad to see several on the marina before winter and to pass the information on.  Maggie was curious and got too close once which resulted in a surprised yelp so now she leaves them alone.

Over the years, I have tried to give Hubby a traditional gift as per our anniversary  celebration, though in some instances,  I’ve had to think outside the box to comply with the list.
For one in particular, we had similar ideas, and I’m still wearing mine (that’ll be the subject of another post) .


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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11 Responses to Shelf Portrait

  1. colinandray says:

    I have a number of bears that belonged to my (late) sister. You cannot donate them here due to a perceived health risk so I am at a bit of a loss as to how to find them good homes. Ideas? 🙂

  2. My grown daughter has quite a collection from childhood, and all in very good shape, but finding them a place is nearly impossible. Shelters and hospitals will not take them and prefer new so there won’t be any allergy/dust problems. So they sit….needing arms to hold them. I cannot bear to toss them to a flea market. Hoping the island’s child emergency group/sheriff will consider them. What happened to hand-me-downs and still have a lot of useable wear? People who have nothing too snooty to take well cared for or second hand. A bit disgusting as well as disturbing.
    Hedgehogs looks to interesting – we don’t have them here

  3. Capt Jill says:

    that’s a heck of a lot of bears!

    • Indeed they were, and used to sit on top of our wardobe in the cottage. It would have been lovely to keep them all, but it was not meant to be. We had several sets of ceramics too, and they were all given away. 😦

  4. scifihammy says:

    Don’t you just want to hug each and every little bear? 🙂
    A wonderful collection 🙂

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