the sheffield bears and elsewhere

finally! i’m out and about once again!

back in june we saw that there were going to be 60 BIG bears to see around the city of sheffield. We booked a few days for the second week in september – we didn’t want to go too early as we don’t like it too hot.

day one;

on the day we went, it was going to be 28°c (yikes!!) the first part of our journey went smoothly, but our second train was 45 minutes late and then abandoned us at the stop before our stop (12 minutes further down the track). it was lunchtime so we sat in the shade outside the station with our pack-up looking at chesterfield’s spirally spire. 45 minutes later, we were back on a train to finish our journey!

we saw the first bear just outside the station.

‘colours by charlie 2’

the human spotted another one – in the wrong direction – just along the road.

‘plants and bees’

we made our way towards our accomodation, stopping now and again when we found a seat or some shade – or another bear.


finally we got to the purple palace and luckily the room was ready. as it was reasonably reasonable we’d booked a pp-plus room which had a little fridge, ‘free’ water and choccy bars.

a popp-sized choccy for me and poppy popp

after a rest, a food shop, a rest and dinner (with chips), it was time to find some more bears – the first two were outside the cathedral, including steampunk bear who reminded us of our friend toddy – the original steampunk bear.

‘steampunk bear’
‘sunshine, lollipops’

here are a few more we found…

‘city of trees’
‘sheffield allsorts’
‘peaky the bear’
“hello, do you know my friend zacky?”
poppy popp saw a shop from where she was created & was reminded of our friend willis
‘quaser one’

we then went through the winter gardens where there were many of the smaller bears, plus theo bear

“hello theo”
‘bare necessities’
i think our friend snuffy would like ‘two heads are better than one’
‘nano bear’
‘bear impressions’
‘super bear’

so that was day one – sixteen bears seen, but still many more to find…

day two;

we were out bright and early to find some more bears. after quite a long walk we found these ones;

‘nebula’ looking up into the night sky
‘woodstock’? he’s not even yellow!!
‘butterfly bush’
“don’t blink…”
‘polka dot suit’

after dinner (with chips) we were going to make our way to the train station, but some roads were blocked with building work and we were getting further away (plus we were getting a bit tired) so we stayed in sheffield – and came across a couple more bears…

‘sheffield folk’
‘be nice & be together’

as we’d missed our afternoon out, my human thought it would be a good idea (it wasn’t a good idea) to catch a supertram (starts singing ‘breakfast in america’) to meadow hall. but a couple of stops before, she decided to get out to go to ikea – once in, and after a couple of minutes she was already beginning to feel claustrophobic so we tried to get out – it was like a maze, this way and that way, this way, that way – HELP! let me out!! finally after about half an hour we were on our way back to the supertram

and breathe

so we ended up at meadow hall, saw a couple of bears and travelled back to the pp with a still grumpy human.


ten more big bears seen – 26 in total

day three;

we went a slightly longer route to the train station to see if we could find a couple more bears

‘pastel pattern patchwork bear’
‘stony point’
‘peace bear with chilli pepper’

we caught a train to chesterfield to look at the spiraly spired church and look round the town.

st mary and all saints church
old buildings

after looking at the spiraly spired church and going round the town – and buying chrimbo cards (is it too early…?) we went in the church on our way back past.

church window
my pub…

once back in sheffield, we walked a different way back to find yet more bears…

‘thank you sheffield children’s hospital’ front…
…and back *giggles*
‘polar painter’
a small bear called fuzzy – named by me ;o)
another small bear, inside the cathedral

dinner was a hummus salad-y type thing (no chips) – it was surprisingly yummy!

peace gardens – bear missing :o<

six big bears today – 32 in total

day four;

before checking out of the pp, we had a short walk to find a bear by the quay.

‘bear hug’
victoria quays
my type of garden – wild & fuzzy

after checking out (and leaving our cases) we went on a long walk – about half an hour – to find one last bear.

one last goodbye with toddy…
‘hendo’s bear
opposite the bear
one last hurrah

two last bears today – 34 in total

as well as my new t-shirt (you may have noticed it) we bought a ‘bears of sheffield’ tote bag, notelets and a paint your own bear (see jeremy! bear not cake!).

after dinner (with chips – normal order was restored) and a few minutes in the peace garden – it’s quite noisy with all the rushing water fountains – it was time to collect our cases and make our way back to the train station.

we got home on time.

it was nice to be out and about again, albeit in a more careful way.

tatty bye for now, xx

the minis go fourth

as the mini’s were unable to get back home for a while, mini snuffy decided he’d help with decorating the popps abearment – he chose a lovely greyish purple



but after the first coat, he was told it was a bit too dark so mixed a lighter shade for the walls.

he had a little rest before laying and painting the new floor…



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you’ve done a grand job snuffy!

once the furniture was back in, the popps played with legonotlego building blocks and had cookies.



finally at the beginning of july it seemed safe to send them back home. it was a bit chilly here, but mini tweak was confident that he’d only need his new trunks on because it would be hot in portugal.


saying goodbye

junior and poppy popp drove them to the airport

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have a safe journey snuffy and tweak


missing you already…

less than a week after they had left blighty they were back with willis, and a few days later they had a trip to the coast…

snuffy and tweak

photo; copyright willis hendrix

thank you willis for letting them visit

*hugs* to all xx

travelling mini snuffy and mini tweak stay a while longer…

the day after returning from our trip to llandudno we had some snow, but it had gone by the time we’d found the sledge


snuffy opened the window to see the snow

a couple of weeks later, it was a nice enough day to show the mini’s around town. it didn’t take long…

first we went to the park where there were early signs of spring


blue spring flowers


in the bandstand

then we went in the castle, famous for it’s collection of neddyshoes


mini snuffy and tweak with (a copy of) the oldest neddyshoe


tunnock’s teacakes – toddy’s favourite


i’ve found a dragon! i’ve found a dragon! *gulps*

next we went to the museum


a desk from grandmama’s old school


♫ la la laa ♫ – on a singer…


junior, snuffy, tweak, fizz & poppy on a milk cart

one friday, for no apparent reason, the human googled when there might be a steam train passing through – and it turns out that there would be one the next morning! mini snuffy went to have a look

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“it’s coming! it’s coming!” *zoom* “it’s gone!”

in the second week in march we had a day trip to ely. we had a walk along the river, by a park and on to an antique centre with lots of things that the human wanted to buy. then we went for lunch…


“did you know eels come from ely snuffy?” … “really? ely eels?”


spring flowers in the park

snuffy is a big fan of rainbows, so he enjoyed his colourful meal


no room for cake…

after lunch, we walked round to find oliver cromwell’s house – he wasn’t in.

we had a 2-for-1 ticket (for travelling by train) so went for a look – we wouldn’t have paid full price, but it was okay.


oliver cromwell’s house


kitchen fireplace


a view of the church (no, i can’t see it either…)

not far away was the cathedral. we had a 2-for-1 for there as well, which included entry to the stained glass museum


looking in a cannon


octagonal roof


painted ceiling






the round window

a very nice cathedral. a *fuzzy recommendation*

it was then time to make our way back to the train station (via the antiques centre – tut tut). a lovely day out.

we were due to go away for a couple of days at the end of march, but it had to be cancelled, so the popps, ellis & lyndon had a sleepover in the sheepherd huts

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“let’s go see if the others are up”



we’re hoping snuffy and tweak will be able to return home as soon as possible.

stay safe, stay home, stay strong xx

mini snuffy and mini tweak visit – part two… the mini’s minibobs miniblog

at the end of january, me (fuzzy), junior, snuffy and tweak collected my cousin wheatus & little wheaty and were on our way to north wales. the human had made poppy hats for all the popps.

when we got to the apartment, the owner offered to help bring the luggage from the car – let’s just say that the hs does not travel light, and he was doing a bit of puffing by the time he’d carried three bags/cases up two flights of stairs! well, he did offer…

the forecast wasn’t very promising for the weekend, so we were soon on the beach while it was still dry.


sheltering from the wind


found, er made a sandcastle


on the pier


back on the beach

in the evening the popps had a few games of dominoes; snuffy & wheaty were winning by a good margin, but junior & tweak were catching up by the end. (junior & tweak won the next night – you’d have thought that they had won the world cup by the way they were running about shouting that they were the champions!)

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friday morning was spent in town, and in the evening there was a show described as ‘immersive rock theatre’  based around two alarm albums, with narrative by sean jones between the songs.

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friday night

at 11pm they showed the big ben bongs to mark brexit, then finished with a rendition of ‘always look on the bright side of life’.

on saturday there was a pre-show reception with mike peters for the first three hundred who had booked tickets for the weekend, including us! we were right at the front!


front row



unlike last year where we had three bands before the alarm came on, this year there was one band that did two songs (mp’s sons and their friend) then some (good 80’s) music until dave sharp came on for a whole hour  :o/

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saturday night

alarm concert

during one of their songs, he (& some members of the audience) chucks a pack of playing cards. we couldn’t find any alarmy ones on the floor after the show, but the human saw that a couple had landed behind the barrier and a tidier-upper begrudgingly kindly passed one to the human…

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we rescued a card

on sunday morning there was a mass walk to the end of the pier. my human, who isn’t a very fast walker normally, walked as fast as she could to get a good spot for the sing-a-long.

he sang a couple of slade songs including ‘merry christmas everybody’ to finish off the gathering.

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best seats in the house on the pier

on sunday evening, dave sharp (former member of the alarm) was playing just round the corner from the apartment. as we’d nothing better to do …

when we got there it was nearly empty, all but three people. there was a sofa which they chose to sit on. my human was going to say “wake me up when it starts”, but instead said “wake me up when he’s finished” only for hs to point out that one of the three was ds himself…tra la laa

the best bit was when the human needed the loo, it was quicker to go back to the apartment than through the crowd and past the stage, but you don’t need to know that… (35 paces, if you’re wondering).

when we checked out on monday morning, mysteriously the owner of the apartments had had to ‘pop out’.

before we went home via wrexham and stoke, we popped along the promenade to have a quick photo by some early dafty-dils.

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a quick look at the dafty-dils before we’re on our way

last year when we went to the gathering it was a one-off, and again this year was a two-off.

we were really lucky to get tickets for next year’s event as there were only 300 tickets available and it was sold out in two minutes!

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*excited bears*

mini snuffy and mini tweak visit – part one


not long before chrimbles, there was a knock on the bearhouse door – who could it be?

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“knock knock” ‘who’s there?’

mini snuffy & mini tweak had come from sunny portugal for a visit. it took a few days before they felt able to remove their hats.

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ooh, presents!


decorated for chrimbles

on the first bright day of the new year, junior took snuffy and tweak on the bus to stamford.

while there, he found a tractor and trailer in a charity shop and took the visitors for a test drive across the meadows.


‘hold on tight’


duck race

there was just enough time for cake before they had to catch the bus home.

they were very generous slices – the chocolate cake was about two inches wide!


chocolate cake 8/10 … walnut & coffee 4/10

the next week, although not very warm it was a lovely sunny day so they caught a bus to rutland water.


along the long dam

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the iconic normanton church by the water’s edge


getting nowhere fast

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picnic and a rest


one mile…


two miles…

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the great tower


time for a rest on the beach


considering a paddle


i’ve estimated that they walked six or seven miles, no wonder they had to keep resting!

new hats have been made and they’re all packed and ready for their next adventure – a few days in wales, not forgetting to pick up little wheatus on the way.

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all aboard the poppmobile

to be continued…





a late minibobs to cardiff

we wouldn’t normally book a minibobs for so late in the year, but in the last week in november, sydney and our new brofur lyndon fuzzy furrington from #toddyshug had a few days break in cardiff. this is their blog…


going past lyndon’s old home where we always used to shout hello when we went by…

sydney *waves*;

we had decided to stay in the bay, as it was cheaper; it took a while to get there by bus from the train station – i’m sure it would have been much quicker to walk!

the hotel was right behind the millennium centre, so we were hopeful of a nice view – oh, a car park…

we dropped our bags off and were soon out about the bay to make the most of the remaining light;


yikes! on the fierce doggy


norwegian church


the pierhead building


millennium centre

the next morning, tuesday, we caught a few trains to bath, getting there at about 10:30am. fuzzy has been a couple of times, but didn’t see much on either occasion (the closest he’s been to having a bath).

there were a few ‘sheds’ ready for the chrimbles market, but we were a couple of days early for that.


bath water


duck, son and pinker

we saw that the abbey was free to go in, so we went in…

it was a bit noisy due to having work done but it was a nice building.


inside bath abbey


lighting a candle for grandpaw toddy


there were a few embroideries, this being my favourite *sings* i closed my eyes,
drew back the curtain (ahh, ,ahh),
to see for certain,
what i thought i knew


lyndon sitting on the door


bath abbey after the rain


we’re at the weir


a hare

i liked it very much, it was reminiscent of york – without the city wall. i’m sure we’ll be back soon.

when we got back to our room there was a very noisy noise; long story short – we were moved to another room.

the next morning, wednesday,  the human went out without her brolly after seeing the forecast was for mainly dry weather; then went back for it when she saw the actual weather. i wisely had my mac on. the morning was spent in the shopping centre until it finally stopped raining at about noon.


green-eyed bunny

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cardiff christmas market – hooray, the rain has stopped

we had a look at the christmas market stalls and bought three badges; one with ‘the beatles’, one with a ‘biscuit’ and one with a rainbow stripe. two pounds well spent!IMG_2872 (3)

we then had a walk to the park, passing the castle wall with it’s flock of deer




sat sitting on a seat

later, we were back at the bay…


our new room with a view


what is says on the millennium centre



thursday was our last day. we spent the morning around the bay

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mister blue sky




checking out


moody blue


diddly bob in the red building


the ceiling light – the human definitely didn’t lay on the floor to take the picture ;o)


part of a piece of art

after some lunch, and collecting our cases we decided to walk into town – it was definitely quicker than the bus! we had a while before needing to catch the train home so went to the market to get a bag of welsh cakes – yummy yum yum! a perfect ending to our minibobs.

sydney and lyndon signing off; byeeee *waves*


being more toddy – my first #tweetup

i’ve been wanting to go on a #tweetup for many years, but it’s difficult with a human like mine.

i sneekily booked the hotel to go to tgt’s #bemoretoddy 2019 being held at the black country living museum (bclm) on sunday 27th october. not our favourite hotel but i couldn’t afford the extra to have a comfortable bed and soft pillow :o/

we very nearly didn’t go, but on saturday we caught the 10 o’clock train to birmingham, had some dinner, then travelled on to dudley and caught a bus to the end of the road.

we had a couple of hours before we could check in to the hotel, so we went to the bclm to have a reckie. it had been raining the whole day, and was still raining so as soon as we’d got our ticket we hopped on a bus that took us to the other end of the ‘village’.

our favourite shop in town was the motorbike shop, and despite the inclement weather i decided it was a good time for an ice cream ;o)

back at the entrance we went to where we’d caught the bus earlier because we’d seen the motor garage; i love old vehicles so i loved seeing all the old fire engine, motorbikes & cars.


an old fire engine


‘frisky’ what a name for a car!


a bean tin


old blue car

after checking in and a short rest we had a walk to the supermarket at the end of the road – it had finally stopped raining which was good, as the hotel we were staying at didn’t have luggage facilities, so my human hadn’t got a change of clothes!

apples and water bought, we returned to the hotel before it got dark…

it was a long time ’til eleven o’clock the next morning because the clocks had gone back, but it eventually came. it only took twenty minutes ‘looking’ around the shop before the human plucked up enough courage to approach the bear table.

although i ‘knew’ quite a few of the bears on the #tweetup i only really recognised reddy, but him and his human gave us a warm welcome :o)

a few bears & their humans went to the mine; the rest of us carried on to the other end of the village. when the others caught up, most had fish & chips, but me and the human had a pack up so had a look in a few buildings close by.


my favourite kind of kitchen – with a helter skelter outside!


with the human

just before we went on the canal ride, i had my photo taken with @sonningbear & @tedonhols (photo borrowed from mr t bear)


me with hanley, endon, sonning & ted

canal trip

the whole gang (photo borrowed from tgt)

after the canal ride (and an ice cream for me) we all made our way back to the entrance and i just had time for a quick photo before i dashed off to catch a bus to the station before it got dark.


frank, boo boo, theo, junior popp, ted, tgt, me and four woollies

as it turns out i needn’t have rushed off so soon. the first train was cancelled, then the next train (an hour later) showed as cancelled ten minutes before it was due – arrrggghhh. *panic*

we made our way back to the bus stop. it was dark at this stage so i couldn’t read the timetable to see where the buses were going, apart from it was going towards birmingham. luckily there was a woman waiting for the bus, who was also going towards b’ham new street. she advised the human to get a bus/tram ticket (tram? i didn’t even know birmingham had trams!), showed her when to get off the bus, and over the road to the tram station, where it drew up a minute later and we were on our way to the train station – hooray! thank you lovely lady!

we’d missed the hourly train by about ten minutes, but we hadn’t had our tea yet so that’s the first thing we did when we got there. but we finally got home two hours later than planned! *flop*

on the plus point we got the full price of the train ticket back for being so late, so it only cost the £5.20 bus/tram ticket :o)

thank you to all the lovely people and bears we met & special thanks to toddy (“be more toddy”) and a certain bear (misquote- “get over yourself”) who got us through our first #tweetup; and snuffy who’s helped me through some difficult days xx




three popps go to liverpool

hello, it’s junior, fizz and bay here – in mid october, we stayed in birkenhead just over the water from liverpool – here’s a miniblog of our minibobs.

it wasn’t a good start as the train we’d booked to go on was cancelled and we had an hour wait for the next one…


after arriving mid-afternoon, we popped over to liverpool in the evening and walked along the waterfront & around the albert dock


wednesday was spent in southport (this is rotten row), and formby (we didn’t see george)…


…and in the evening we went back to liverpool. *sings* “we all live in a tub of margarine”

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birkenhead from liverpool


on thursday we went to crosby to see the noodiemen

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and walked along the beach to the next station


anyone for tennis? can you see his ball? *giggles*


“are we nearly there yet?”


back in liverpool we saw a super lambananana – we’ve seen them a few times now and have just realised that the front half is a lamb, and the back end a banana! #brainboxes

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liverpool from birkenhead

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on friday morning we went to port sunlight – here we are on a big bar of soap doing the bear salutation


a row of lovely houses

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*sings* “we just blew in from the windy bank, the windy bank is mighty pretty but they ain’t got what we got, no sirree”


we went to the lady lever art gallery to see some fancy art and had a piece of dry ginger cake

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then it was up to new brighton for a couple of hours


on saturday we went to the tate. the most exciting thing was the free lockers…


some dizzy-fying floor art *flop*


a proper lowry

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a strange picture – oops, it’s the human – tra la laa


after that we went to the john & yoko exhibition in the museum of liverpool – it was supposed to have finished in april


i left a message on the ‘paper’ wall


view from the top

soon after, it was time to catch the trains back home – yay! no delays!

until the next time, bye bye :o) :o) ;o)


weymouth by train

firstly, i’d like to dedicate this post to our great furend toddy furrington who we lost in august – thank you for all the lovely comments on my blog posts –

we miss you xx

we’ve been to weymouth many times, but have always travelled by car – this time we faced a seven hour journey by train *gulps* – actually it wasn’t too bad!

when we got to the hotel, the room number was 42, which according to the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, and toddy, was the answer to everything!


what is our room number?

we got up fairly early on thursday to catch a bus to lyme regis which was a scenic hour and a half journey along the coast.

junior and fizz sunbathed on the harbour beach while i went in search of a sandwich…


*sings* oh, i do like to be beside the seaside…

…but all i found was a cobb – the old harbour wall. it was a blustery day so i didn’t climb on to the top of the wall, but sheltered behind it (or in front – whichever) looking out over the harbour.




lyme regis is a nice little seaside town, with the beach, harbour, the town mill and some lovely shops, but it is a little hilly (or a big hilly).

on friday we stayed in weymouth.

for elevensies we had a piece of red velvet cake & a choc hazelnut milkshake (more a milkfroth, but it was very nice). as we had two strawbreeze we’re counting it as one of our five-a-day.

8/10 for the cake. 9/10 for the milkfroth


‘fruit’ cake ;o)

we then walked along the beach, round to the harbour…


a big ship

…over the town bridge, and into the park to have our lunch and then looked in some shops before going back to the hotel for a couple of hours rest.


view from the park

then we were off out again to have some dinner. we had a nice view over the harbour from the restaurant, but there was a tremendous downpour just before we’d finished our dinner which made the buildings shine out against the grey sky.


pie & tatties with a view over the harbour


a teeny tiny rainbow

on saturday we went on the train to wareham then caught a bus to swanage – we had a while before the bus was due so walked into town – the human told me to sit on the wall and then started laughing – i don’t know what’s so funny :o/


ohhh, wait a minute…

the bus dropped us off right next to the train station and there was soon a steam train pulling in and some furrys were waiting to get on board by the look of it.


hello puddycats!

after lunch we had a walk along the beach, then back towards the pier. we stayed quite a while on the pier because it was nearly double the price it was the last time we went on and the human wanted to get her money’s worth – one pound fifty pence! i know – shocking! *rolls eyes*

while we were on the pier we heard the lambrettas, vespas and other poppops arriving


i want one!

i had my usual visit to see digby before going back to the beach


digby biggy bear

as we hadn’t had cake, and we were at the seaside we had to have an ice cream




and then we decided to watch the train coming in again before catching the bus back to wareham and the train on to weymouth.IMG_2197 (3)

we’d been planning on going to a car boot sale in dorchester on sunday but it had rained quite a bit during the night, so we didn’t go too early. there weren’t very many stalls at all when we got there, even inside, but we did get some lovely ducky cruets.

we then had a walk to a big antiques centre which was fun to look round and bought a wooden duck and a little car.


three quackers and a brum brum

it was time for dinner when we’d got back to town and junior decided to have a piece of cake for his pudding

7/10 for the carrot cake


carrot cake

we had a walk in town then caught the bus back to weymouth

after a rest at the hotel, we had a walk along the seafront in the evening.


looking for shells

monday was our last day in weymouth – we’d have liked to have stayed a little longer but when the human booked the hotel, her last £10 wasn’t quite enough for an extra night!

it was a year since we’d lost jed & tito’s human so i paid tribute in the sand…


remembering jed bramwell one year on…


…and toddy

we went back to our favourite cafe for berry cake, a date slice cake and chocolate milkfroth.

9/10 for the berry cake. 10/10 for the milkfroth

junior; “hey – yours is bigger than mine!”


fizz; “oh, did you want a strawberry junior?”


one last cute photo on the beach

the human had the idea to break up the journey home by staying in worcester for the night. it wasn’t until after she’d booked the hotel that she realised that she hadn’t checked how long it would take from bristol (our first stop) to worcester – two and a half hours on top of the two and a half hours from weymouth! *rolls eyes*

tuesday in worcester


wusster cathedral

we didn’t get up very early, so we didn’t have our breakfast very early, so early elevensies was possibly too early in the day for so much chocolate…

10/10 for the chocolatey chocolate chocolate brownie – yummeee


a delicious chocolate chocolate brownie & hot chocolate

we had a stroll round worcester, trying not to get lost, and after lunch we went in  the cathedral. my human started whistling ‘jerusalem’ which made a beautiful noise with the acoustics – it’s a good job she didn’t start singing else even the church mice would have scarpered!


the cathedral up close

when we went back to pick up our cases from the hotel we had a walk along the river – i’d never seen so many swans in one place!


swans galore!

i won’t bore you with our tortuous journey home, but we got in one and a half hours late…

but apart from that it was a very enjoyable holibobs.

cheery pop *waves* xx