The postman brought a large parcel to our house yesterday, and I was delighted to discover that Karen has finally published ‘Counting with Horace the Alresford Bear & Friends’. It was a year ago that me, Growler and all my other Alresford relations that were living with Karen at that time modelled for a book being made especially for Melvin. Karen had to alter it slightly in order to publish it at a reasonable price (though she thinks it is still a tad expensive really). I must say Growler and I are impressed with the book, and Growler is extremely pleased to be on the front page!It wasn’t long before my relatives found the pile of books and started reading them too. Gordon doesn’t smile as much as me, but he was very proud to be in the book and thought the photo made him look much younger than he really is….Darcy took the book outside to read and spent ages studying ‘Seven bears having a picnic’. Until seeing the photo she hadn’t realised just how much bigger than the rest of us she is!Bogdon, Sue & Andrew didn’t even wait to find a seat they were so keen to get stuck into the book….Charles liked the meadow photograph best as it brought back memories of the outing to a local park to take the photo. The other bears don’t go out as often as me!Marigold, William and Albert chose to sit out in the garden too….Gilbert enjoyed showing Hester his modelling skills. Hester arrived in the post after the book had been written. Nye wasn’t sure, he thought he should have been in the book too, but he was still in the USA in someone’s cupboard then! Karen is hoping that some people will buy copies of the book. They certainly would make good presents for teddy bear lovers young and old!
On August Bank holiday Monday I was put into my human’s bag and carried to Ashton Court Miniature Railway, which is run by http://www.bristolmodelengineers.co.uk/ There are lots of very small locomotives running around a track and humans get to ride on the carriages behind. The men and women driving the trains looked a bit big on them – the trains are bear sized. A very kind engine driver let me sit right at the front of his train for a photo.Sometimes I am a bit mischievous so I drove it along a little way…I think I would make a rather good train driver, but I don’t have a licence to drive or carry people, so I wasn’t able to drive it all around the track. I did however, ride around as a passenger, which was jolly fun – we even went through a tunnel.Afterwards I had a go on a diesel train, which I quite liked really as I didn’t have to worry about getting smoke in my fur.The railway is a really good place to visit for humans and their children plus bears. Karen said the rides were really good value for money at 70p a go.I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I hope my humans take me there again soon.