one & a half weeks later

just a week & a half after our main holibobs we were off again, back to dorset but a bit further up the coast – this time we went by train.

we’d been thinking of going to cardiff, but they’d got engineering works so we thought we’d see what bournemouth was all about. it took nearly five hours with one change.

we had to get a bus from the station. when we got to the purple palace and got to our room we were very excited to see we’d got a sea view & were opposite the pavillion theatre. (not so exciting was the bathroom with a glass door with a gap all the way round!!!)

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*sings* i see the sea, the sea sees me…

later, after our dinner & stocking up on supplies we had a walk down to the beach

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bournemouth pier

on wednesday we walked along the beach/promenade from bournemouth pier to boscombe pier (about 1 & a half miles). it was a little bit (very) windy – luckily helping us along – so we got there in super-quick time!

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oooh colourful beach huts

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purple to pink

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boscombe pier

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i don’t know if it’s supposed to be owt in particular

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me and junior (i’m the big one)

we’d planned on walking back the same way, but decided to carry on in to boscombe town & catch a bus back!

right there on the high street we spotted the tardis – i think we had special skills as we seemed to be the only ones who could see it…

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the box

after a bit of retail therepy, we caught a bus back to bournemouth and spent some time in town. for dinner we went to ‘the stable’ – i don’t know why it’s called that ’cause i saw no neddies, but anyway – i had a pizza called ‘the hazel nutter’; it was very nice & suitable for squirrels.

on thursday we caught a bus to the train station & a train to southampton – the human thought she’d been before, when she caught a ferry over to the isle of wight but having not recognised anything she thought that might have been portsmouth.

anyhow, this is southampton…

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bargate with a big wheel in front, or behind, depending where you’re standing

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the harbour

you may remember when we went to devon in october 2016, we were on the search for rhinoceroses so we were surprised and happy to find one near the waterfront.

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a rhino-saw-us!!

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*sings* ferry cross the solent

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tudor house

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i found a boat in the middle of the street

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just lookin’

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after we got back to bournemouth we had a walk to the beach to see the sunset.

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junior by some sandcastle remnants

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me among the ruins

on friday we caught a train to christchurch, just seven minutes up the line.

here are a few pictures…

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who’d have thunk it! a church in christchurch!

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seven birds on a perch – one says “can you smell fish?”

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yikes a croccy-dile! oh, wait a minute, it’s a hippotamus!

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sounds like a great place!

when we got back to the purple palace, we had the idea to go on the beach again after a rest & our tea. but first we went to post a postcard to my cousin wheatus; the postbox was the other side of the pavillion and we’d have to pass it on the way to the beach – but we didn’t get that far as the human decided to go see if there were any tickets left for that night’s show – there were!! yippeee!!

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80s triple headliner

it was a 80’s triple headliner; first up was altered images – i thought i only knew one of their songs, but it turns out i knew five! 9 5/8ths out of ten.

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clare grogan with altered images

next up were the christians – i knew the first & last song. the sound quality was a bit off 7/10

finally it was midge ure – my human was a fan of ultravox back in the day and had seen them a couple of times so we knew most of the songs and it was EXCELLENT!! 12/10

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the shortest walk ‘home’

saturday was the final day

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waiting for the human to finish packing…

we spent a little time on the beach, this time turning right at the pier

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after a nice long walk we saw that the cliff lift was just opening for the day so we had a ride up to the top of the cliff.

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view from the top

a great time was had in bournemouth.

i won’t mention that we had to get a replacement bus at southampton to join up with the train in didcot due to engineering works! grrr

one more minibobs from 2017 to look forward to ;o)


holibobs to weymouth – again!

september is when we have our weekly holibobs. for the fifth time in six years we went to weymouth (well, we stayed a couple of miles up the road in preston).

joining me this time were the poppeteers; pepe panda, rubie rabbit & fuzzy junior.

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making ourselves at home

in the evening we had a walk to the ‘entertainment’ & had a game of bingo – we didn’t win.

there was a bus stop in our caravan park, so on saturday morning we caught a bus in to weymouth. we made our way across the water to go to our favourite antique centre…

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the town bridge opening

…Wwaahhttt? they’ve shut the antique centre? when did that happen? humph

but we did watch a couple of boats being winched out of the water which was interesting to this landlocked bear.

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this side of the harbour

back on the other side of the harbour, the human found a cake shop that sold some cakes that she could eat (‘dietary requirements’) & chose a piece of fig & caramel cake – scrumptious! then we spent some time on the beach before catching a bus back.

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rubie, junior & pepe soaking up the sun

in the evening we had a game of bingo – we didn’t win.

on sunday we went to a car boot sale in dorchester – the human went a bit mad & bought quite a few things. then it was on to a big antiques centre in an old bus depot – it was a bit expensive so i could only afford a little blue & white doggy.

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all aboard!

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just some of the tat finds that we found

the popps popped down to the beach before going to the bingo – we didn’t win.

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pebble beach at preston

on monday we once again caught a bus to weymouth – here are a few pics…

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“i need a boat…”

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can humans PLEASE fill holes in when they leave the beach!

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the grand hotel – a bit posher than our caravan

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a bathing hut

in the evening we went to the bingo – and guess what?

we won! we won! £100! woohoo!

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“HOUSE” we won! we won!

on tuesday we had a drive to lyme regis. we parked at the top car park & walked along the coastal path in to the town.

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junior on lyme regis beach

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examining a dinosaur footprint

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the harbour in the mist

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cobb, but no bread

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my best angle

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we visited alice’s bear shop & said hello to some bears

wednesday was back to dorchester for the market.

our last full day thursday was spent further up the coast, in swanage. a steam train was just on it’s way as we made our way to town.

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choo chooo

then it was on to corfe bears to see my old mate digby…

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hey! this isn’t the same digby that i met last time!

we made our way to the pier & sheltered a while from the beaming sun – i always pick a good week for my ‘bobs!

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on the pier

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cutie alert ;o)

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the old pier from the new pier

we popped into the shop on our way off and the popps spent their last pound on a couple of boats.

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the popps with their 50p boats

so that’s it – back home on friday.

weymouth is a great seaside town with lots to see and do.

we might be back! :o)

tour de devon

at the beginning of july, it was back down to exeter on the train (or two). we rarely go away in summer but we chanced that it wouldn’t be too hot.

on wednesday morning we got a train to totnes (tot-ness). we looked in a few shops, had a hot chocolate & a scone at fat lemons (10/10) then made our way towards the river. for some unknown reason, george & junior were sporting unusual hatgear…

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“we’re looking for the totnes monster”

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“haven’t seen him yet”

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fore street totnes

after having some lunch, we went back up fore street under the clock tower. we were thinking of going to the castle but it was getting a bit hot for us weaklings…and you had to pay, *tight* so we had a quick look and went to catch a train back to the purple palace.

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the famous clock tower

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george at the castle

as we’d got back quite early, and after a rest & some tea we were off out again, to dawlish. we had a walk on the beach, watched some lawn bowls & saw some black swans.

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a black swan

the next morning, thursday was going to be a hot one. we caught a train to torquay and had a walk around a flea market – junior bought a small wooden boat, george got a guitar and i got fleas.

we then went on the ferry over to brixham, keeping in the shade as it was beginning to get quite hot.

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brixham harbour

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fuzzy lane…

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fore street brixham

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a late rhino

we  didn’t do very much in brixham apart from slowly make our way to the tiny pebbly beach, keeping in the shade as best we could. i stayed in the shade of the wall while my human popped down to the sea a couple of times to cool down while saying how silly some humans can be being out in the sun & even sunbathing/roasting.

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stone balancing

although we didn’t do or see as much as we’d have liked, it was still very nice. and we went back on the ferry sitting on the bow (is that the front bit? if not, then we sat on the front bit).

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“i fancy some chips…” “cracking idea”

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humans are stupid

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“george – have you seen the london eye?”

we had some chips and stayed in torquay until about 9pm before catching the train home – a long & enjoyable day!

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it’s not very vanilla-ry…

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waiting for a train

my human had a bath when she got back to the hotel (not usually note-worthy) and discovered that her legs were slightly sun-burned – not just the front, or not just the back but – in a swirl like a barber’s pole or candy cane. yes, human’s can be silly!

the next morning, friday, the last full day we caught a train into exmouth. cutting through the park to go to the beach i encountered a dinosaur!

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pepe, rubie & junior on the beach

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fine sand

we enjoyed some time on the beach before having some lunch & getting a train to topsham.

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fore street topsham

we went to the antique centre (didn’t find anything) & went in a few shops, but we were a little weary so got the train home.

once again, after tea we popped to dawlish again, watched some more bowls & saw some more black swans including two grey swanlings.

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on saturday, we went to exeter centre. rubie had heard of a cafe she just HAD to try (via the park).

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‘bears breeches’ (the plant!)

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at rabbit with a rabbit

we were the first customers through the door when they opened at 10am, and although it was usually too early to be eating cake we were tempted by the chocolate cake! 10/10 yummy yummy yummy!

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yummy cake!

we had a walk around the craft fair near the cathedral, and found a deckchair just the right size for me and george.

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ice cream deckchair

once again our time was up and it was time to catch a train (or two) home.

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waiting for the train home

bye bye devon – thank you for having us :o)



the second beach house apartment

after heinz had got his apartment (because a rocking neddy wouldn’t fit into his beach hut), aled wanted one too.

we knew it was going to be fairly big, but we weren’t quite sure how to get started. then the human remembered an old cupboard in the shed…

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the sides were removed, it was given a good CLEAN! and turned upsy-side-down. we knew it was going to go on top of a cupboard so it would need extending.

although it was far from ready, aled was determined that he’d be in for chrimbles…

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ho ho…oh

as with the last beach house, we didn’t want to spend very much money so we used scrap wood, old picture frames, blind slats (found in a bin up the road – we did ask!), coat hangers, some hardboard saved from a cupboard grandpapa was breaking up and other bits & bobs.

by the middle of january, the extension was nearly complete and it was looking more like a home. so far the building spend was only £2.50 on tile adhesive to stick the ’tiles’ in the fireplace – i say tiles, but they were a couple of cups & a saucer with chips (well they were when i took a hammer to them!)

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extension complete

the walls, and downstairs floor were clad in blind slats; and the windows and fireplace were made from picture frames.

over the following months, furniture has been added and a few more shelves put up.

here are some pictures of how it looks now…

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roof terrace – tent made by snuffy & the deck chair was a gift from burnie & greg – thank you both!

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upstairs lounge with a £2 chest and paw-made daybed.

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leading on to the bathroom

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bath 95p, sink £1 – still needs a little work…

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kitchen – dining room (stanley the dog made by bramber bears)

we wanted a fireplace, but couldn’t see where it would go until we happened upon the aga (£6). we found two chairs in the attic, which were painted; a dining table was made from an old coat hanger (legs) and a piece of wood for the top; and most of the shelves were made using the bottom bit of the blind.


so that’s it! i hope you’ve enjoyed my bloggy and pictures (featuring junior fuzzy poppeteer!)

cheerio! (other breakfast cereals are available) xx


york – the return

after our last minibobs in york in november, we knew we had to go back soon (and we did!) – at the end of march, we were once again on a train to derby, then on another one to york.


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i’ve shrunk!

the train got in to york just before 1pm, so after dropping the bags off at the hotel we were soon on the wall to make the most of the afternoon

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we’re here! we’re here!

it was a little murky, but that didn’t dampen our high spirits. as you can see, i haven’t really shrunk – the cute little bear who looks very much like me is junior, made by willis the poppeteer’s human! and the golden bear is tommy.

the walls around the city were a mass of daffodils – wonderful!

one of the first places we saw was a teddy bear shop & cafe near the minster, which we somehow missed on our last visit (thanks kenny koala for the recommendation(s))

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junior with the ‘stonegate’ bear

we looked in a few shops, had dinner and on our way back to the hotel popped into the museum gardens which had many interesting buildings & ruins…and daffodils

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spring has sprung

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climbing the wall to see what the sign says…

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back at the hotel we had an early night – luckily there was a spare bed in our room so we didn’t have to share with humans

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night night

wednesday: we’d got a plan for the next day in york. first we walked the wall to the york castle museum (thanks kenny!) passing clifford’s tower – unfortunately most of the daffodils were over – very inconsiderate!

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clifford’s tower

the museum didn’t look very big from the outside, but once inside it opened up like the tardis – we started on the left side and had a sit on a hundred year old (mini) carousel and a rocking neddy

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giddy up

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giddy down

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then went down some steps to a recreated victorian york street – it was a bit dark, so my photos weren’t very good, but here are a few:

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i should cocoa

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toy shop window – a train for me and a sewing machine for snuffy

that was side one done, we stopped by the cafe for a drink and a piece of cake – scrummy – then went to the right side of the museum

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date & apple slice

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it’s NOT a good idea to play in a mangle!

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looking for squirrels

we went through a door and found ourselves outside and walked towards the raindale mill

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raindale mill

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inside the mill

then it was inside again to the ‘sixties’

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the fab four

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an early dalek…

a very enjoyable couple of hours. tommy bought a badge with his pocket money – st. peppers lonely hearts club band.

after lunch at goji’s we went to the railway museum – a must for any train lover

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glass (of) milk

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post cart

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i don’t think you needed to bring quite so many cases tommy!

we went outside to the yard where there’s a miniature railway ride, but it was raining so we didn’t go on it :o<

this is not it:

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acecroft loco

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where’s junior nipped off to?

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it looks a bit complicated (t shirt specially commissioned from tgt’s stuffiestuff)

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i won’t make a joke about a duck – that would be quackers

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my favourite – the rocket

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it’s important to always take notice of signs

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working on a loco

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last sit on a train

i looked around the shop & chose a set of six train-themed badges for me & the other bears.

we were up bright & early on thursday to catch a train to knaresborough. down some steep steps we came to the viaduct.

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knaresborough viaduct

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on ya bike

we carried on round the road, looked in a few shops and found our way to the castle. junior decided to try out his new camera…eb 017

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have you got us in?

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view from the hill

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there was just time to have a lemonade at the cafe by the water before making our way back to the train station to catch a train to harrogate. the first thing we did when we got there was to go for lunch, a scrummy yummy filo tart at filmore & union 9 8/9ths out of ten. then we went past the roman baths…

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arx celebris fontibus which translates as ‘celebrate the fun bus’

…into a park. junior tried out his skateboarding skills (before seeing the no skateboarding sign) tra la laa

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there was a big old wisteria which will look wonderful in a few weeks – it was huge!

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no need for hysteria, it’s only a wisteria

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cutesome close-up :o)

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on our final morning, friday, we walked along the wall again & then by the river a little way

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from here we went into the museum garden again, but from a different entrance so we saw everything ‘backwards’.

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what’s left of st. mary’s abbey

after looking in a few shops & walking down a few streets, (and having a hot chocolate) it was time for lunch – a quiche, tatties & salad from goji’s (one of the reasons we came back to york!) 9.6 out of 10.

then it was time to make our way back to the hotel to pick our cases up and get to the train station – we had a few minutes so we had one last look at the dafty-dils.york 400

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hooray for york!

once again, a great minibobs in york – we’ll be sure to go again sometime!

tattie-bye for now *waves*





york – at last

when we’ve been wondering where to go on our minibobs during the last two years, york has cropped up, but we always ended up going somewhere else. after all, it’s not a very big city & there’s not much to do…

but finally at the beginning of november we set off on the train.  my human had booked the train tickets with reserved seats, so we rushed to ‘coach a’  – but it turned out we needn’t have as we were the only ones in the carriage!


a whole carriage to ourselves

it took less than three hours to get to york and we arrived at our hotel an hour before we were meant to book in, but luckily our room was ready, so we dumped the cases and were soon off to catch a bus to a shopping outlet a couple of miles outside of york.

after getting back into york and having our dinner (pizza), we had a quick walk to the minster, passing an all-round chrimbo shop.


*sings* chrimble bells, chrimble bells

the next morning, wednesday, we were out at nine and off to explore york. a trip to the railway museum and minster were planned, but as the choo choo museum wasn’t open ’til 10am we climbed up on to the medieval wall which still surrounds much of the city to see where it would take us…


it looks a long way…


this was in the walkway


the minster in the background

after we got off the wall, we popped into a couple of antique centres (spent £1.50 in the second one) and had a walk around the minster, not in it, around it…


it’s HUGE!




chocolate shop near the minster *shouts* JEREMY!!

we looked in a few shops, bought a hot chocolate & a scone for elevensies (nearly twelvesies) – yummy! and then made our way to the cafe that the human had chosen for lunch – a burger which was delicious – & square chips which were not, but it still scored 9½ out of ten.

from there we were going to make our way back towards the train museum via the wall, but we went in the wrong direction (sydney’s fault).


“i don’t think this is the way fuzzy….”


“can you see any trains sydney…?”


walmgate bar

before we knew it, an hour had passed, and we were at clifford’s tower (it was just closing)


“are you going to go up the steps fuzzy, then i can sing ‘fool on the hill'” *giggles*


goooses! *gaggles*

we made our way back into town and got back to the hotel for five o’clock. hmm, we spent eight (enjoyable) hours in york without doing much!

on thursday we caught the 9:30am bus into leeds (took about 50 minutes)


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the clock’s stopped

on our final morning, friday, we walked along the wall again, but this time doubled back & went to find the railway museum. as we were catching a train home in the early afternoon & having to have our lunch we only stayed for a little over an hour


can you see us?


i can’t reach the lever!


a teddy mummy


choo choo


ticket office




the rocket


my new badge

we were soon going back to the cafe where we’d bought the scone on wednesday, bought a couple more & went through the back to have lunch. i had quiche, herby roast potatoes & salad – yummy yum yum 9¾ out of ten (gogi’s)


up on the wall again



micklegate bar, close to our hotel

we collected our cases & walked the short distance to the train station.

what a great city! not enough time to see and do everything, so i’ll have to come back – the sooner the better

no more minibobs are planned at the moment, but we might be going back to york!

tatty-bye for now *waves*


minibobs to exeter – again

only two weeks after our main holibobs we were off again, back to exeter. we had planned to book for a week later, but found out that there were rhinos afoot and we didn’t want to miss them!


this time i took esme ele, pepe panda & rubie rabbit

soon after arriving, we were out again on the train to exeter central. there was supposed to be a rhino outside of the station, but we couldn’t find it. but we did find quite a few…


‘all creatures great and small’


a carousel for bears






‘finding faru’





after having our dinner – something & chips – and buying some essentials we went back to the hotel to have apple sauce & custard, and a tiffin (essentials) ;o)



in the morning, wednesday, we had a ride on the train to torquay – and saw a few more rhinos


this is a smaller rhino that was in torre abbey


‘sir richard the rhinoheart’



my favourite – ‘big sweetie’



‘rhino an old lady who swallowed a fly’


‘sun’s out, horn’s out!’

this one had a fence around it because some silly human had ignored the ‘no climbing’ notice and climbed on & cracked it – don’t humans take any notice of signs!?




‘lost time’




having a rest


pepe & rubie on a red & white thingy-ma-bob


torquay marina


‘spike (dreaming of the herd)’


yellow’s winning




it was a bit (lot) windy so this is as far as i got on the beach :o<


a souvenir of torquay

bright & early on thursday we caught the train to exeter central again (3 mins) to do a bit more rhino spotting.  i must admit we used to call them hippos sometimes, so we kept having to say – “rhinoceros not hippopotamus”minibobs-148


*sings* marina ‘aquamarhino’






‘castle siege’



‘dino rhino’ outside the cathedral

after we had spent the morning in exeter, we had lunch (burger) then caught the train to topsham and looked in the shops and antique centre where the human found some fabulously naff ducky bookends.


pepe & rubie


topsham from the top of the steps

when we got back to exeter st. davids we finally took a picture of the first rhino that we’d seen, just outside the station and just opposite our hotel.



in topsham we had found some skittles so esme & the poppeteers had a go…


“you can do it esme”


“STRIKE!” *whispers* you’re supposed to let go of the ball rubie!

on our last full day, friday we took the train to plymouth. unfortunately it was a very  murky and rainy day.


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plymouth lighthouse

my human would have gone up the lighthouse if 1. it wasn’t so murky; and b. if she could get up the steps.

so instead we had a walk round to the harbour before crawling back to the train station.



on saturday morning we made our way to exeter quay


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on top of the world


custom house cannon

making our way back to the centre, we passed a doggy muriel




the last rhino, ‘precious’ in the museum


esme meeting a (stuffed) relative

we had found all the rhinos in torquay and exeter (apart from the missing one at central station).

we made our way back to the hotel to collect our cases and caught the train home with our new memories.

pip pip :o)