Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Chiltern Hugmee Please

Poor little Chiltern Hugmee.
Wendy's bear has now been cleaned and repaired as much as I dare.

As you might also notice I have done some home work to find out that he is indeed an English Bear.

This guy had to be repaired before he was bathed and large holes filled in his body. Although his back has more mohair than his front.
He now has all four paws restored.

I could patch his face, but then that would take his character away, so he has had his mouth restored and his nose lightly sewn back on. My stitches and thread have gone over his original nose. Leaving the original thread showing in places.
The idea to repair, is just that. To make him last longer and not change him.

Little weasel is another climber.
Here he is climbing onto the chair to have his new suit fitted.
It's a really good idea to help an older bear retain as much mohair as you can, by dressing them.
It keeps out dust and helps to cover any unsightly blemishes.
It also helps to give your bear their dignity back.
They have worked for a whole lifetime.
If you still have your childhood bear. They have probably worked the whole of your life time.
This guy would have looked a beautiful bear before he was loved to bits.

If your going to buy an old bear. Buy a bear that has a good covering of mohair, with no unsightly holes.

At the moment Wendy's bear is keeping Perkins company in the cottage window.
Starting to relax and take his retirement in his stride. He is also waiting for me to finish his new clothes.

You might not be keen on South Devon if your on holiday here this week.
This was Totnes High Street yesterday.

We really do need the rain.

Dartmoor isn't one of my favorite places to be when it's wet.

At least they are only showers, and I can always go home. I always love to see someone waiting in the window. The window is starting to fill up. I'm pleased to see there are more bears around on other blogs, entertaining themselves at windows. They get bored and climb all over the place otherwise. It's a really good place to be seen.

Many thanks to Preston School in Yeovil, Somerset for all the interest they have shown in Soggibottom Blog.
Soggibottom, the bears and Amie are all very honoured.


Heather said...

Your bear restoring work is amazing. I am always in awe of it.

And I am envious of your rainy day as well :)

Lynda (Granny K) said...

A great job! He looks fantastic, and so handsome. Well done! Wendy will be delighted i'm sure. x

Heather said...

I'll take it! Please include thunder and lightening... or do I have to buy the premium package for that?

WendyCarole said...

He looks wonderful

Caroline B said...

You've done a terrific job - he looks so much better ! I quite like him in his jim-jams, but I suppose he had better have some clothes for best!

Allie said...

He must be feeling so much better Midge, look at him climbing around! You've done a marvelous job restoring him, he looks such a handsome fella in his jammies.
Enjoy your rain, we're back in the oven this week!

Dolores said...

Madame Bear Doctor, you do great work. I too am in awe of your restoration skills.
I love rain and is that a raccoon keeping Wendy's bear and Perkins company in the window?

Lisa said...

How great! I love the bear! Looks great! I wish so it would rain here. Just a bit!
Hugs, Lisa

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Some of my friends in the forest have been whispering to each other.
I heard them muttering that they wanted to come to you to get stitches on their booo booo's. I told them that your thread is made from love.
Everyone wants love. All my forest friends want love just like all the bears at Soggibottom. Owls, and bunnies and cougars and deer.
Yes all of them.
Little bear is looking very happy now that he is getting all fixed up.
We love the idea that your making them well, not making them new.
That is why your heart is made from love.
I am going to go listen to your rain falling now

WoolenSails said...

You did a wonderful job and like you said, still retains his character. We are having rain too, but we need it, so enjoying the cooler day while I can.


purplecat said...

Another saved bear, what a miracle worker you are, I love that you repair and don't change them that is good :)
We had a thunder storm and torrential rain last night here!

Sierra Rose said...

Sweet bear! Great suit he is wearing!
Showers bring those green grasses and lovely flowers :)

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Susan in SC said...

You are very talented! He looks like he is so happy with his improved body - makes it much easier for him to climb into the window! Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment! Come again to visit sometime.

Angela Richardson said...

Hi there,
He looks great, you are so clever to restore him and keep him the same.
I'll be in Totnes tomorrow for the market, lets hope for a little sunshine!
Hope you are enjoying the summer, I was at our favourite Cornish beach last week and the weather was fab.
Keep smiling,

Anonymous said...

Thank you for mentioning Preston school where I reccommended you for for MOST INTERESTING BLOG! Love you michelle and all your teddys too! Love Lauren (sally and mikes grandaughter) xxx

Anonymous said...

Your a true genius! I envy your teddy fixing skills LOL. xxx

Soggibottom said...

See you soon. :-)
x x x

lauren said...

Im sorry i didn't see you when you visited yeovil(mike and sally)I wish I could've thanks for the dartmoor hares.