Ernie is a happy little bear. (This time we didn't forget him! The last time we went to a show, he was left behind and didn't we suffer when we arrived home! He was not very pleasant to be around! Definitely had the hump!)
We took him, and our new car, to Benalla for the Teddy Bear Event.
Yes, we have a new car.
Considering the "stuff" that has to be packed whenever we attend a show, the lancer (two door, I might add) was just too small.
So now we have oodles of room, but I still forgot to pack our pillows - needless to say, after a sleepless night with our weary heads resting on a couple of bricks (at least that's what they felt like), there I was in Benalla's Aldi, purchasing two brand new pillows. Much better.
Jan Hately, from GingerBears of Benalla, was the intrepid organiser of the show - and what a wonderful job she did! It was held in a beautiful hall, with the hospital auxiliary ladies in charge of tea, coffee, cakes, scones and sandwiches.
Here's Ernie sitting amongst his favourite colours on the Teddlywinks stand! It was great to catch up with Lynn Hyland and hubby Trevor. Lynn's stand, Li'l Bloke's, was just beautiful.
Ernie found some girlfriends amongst her designs.
Its a bit like "Where's Wally"! I lost him on the Stanley Bears stand!
He also took a shine to Eleanor, one of GingerBears' teddies. What a glam bear!
Now, back to the new car. To me, a car is a means of getting somewhere. As long as I am comfortable and safe, and the vehicle is reliable, I'm happy.
But our new mode of transport has some very fine features as follows:
Lovely BIG rear view mirrors.
Very comfy seats with adjustable lumber supports.
Driver's seat has the lift option. So I can sit up higher.
Heater and air conditioner.
Little compartment on the dash for sunglasses.
It has little hooks in the back to hang your shopping bags on so they don't fall over.
Cup holders with built-in coolers.
It locks itself if you unlock it and forget to open the doors within a minute or two.
Three thousand air bags.
(These are not necessarily in order of importance, but I'd put air-con up there near the top of the list.)
But the most important feature of all - wait for it girls - a glove box the size of a wardrobe, and it has a built-in cooler!!!!!!
I'm off to stock up now. Driving makes me hungry......
Have a look at this little (or big) beauty! David found it on Gumtree - solid hardwood, and was probably from one of the old bank buildings in Melbourne.
Lovely and slippery, with rounded edges, perfect for draping fabric.
And BIG. 1.2m X 2.3m.
We are looking at it and doing a lot of thinking. The idea was to take the legs off and make a workbench to sit on the drawers I already have - seems such a shame to pull it to pieces, but it will make a superb bench top.
More about the Benalla Teddy bear Event soon!