Thursday, 29 April 2021

Random Ramblings :: Teddy Bears' Picnic

Hi there everyone πŸ˜€

Now you may be forgiven for any confusion about why I have linked this post in with Astrid's Photo Scavenger Hunt for this week and I must admit ... the connection may be just a little be tenuous.

Image from Google
The word for this week is ... 'Bubbles’

I have to admit I was struggling a bit but then I suddenly thought about how the word 'bubble' has been taken to mean something completely different to normal for us over the last year and thought that ... yes, that was the way I would go.

Since we lost dad, back in January ... under the UK Government Covid rules mum, as a single person living alone, was able to create a social 'bubble' with one other household. As Martin and I live closer than my brother or sister we decided that we would form a 'bubble' with mum, which meant we were able to do more things together and actually spend time in each others houses.

As part of our 'bubble' we have had a few adventures and this is one of them ...

Earlier this month my brother had his 40th birthday. Whilst there were no real big get togethers or celebrations his partner had asked if we could all film birthday wishes and send them through to her before the big day.

Now, I’ve only ever really made a couple of videos but this felt like a good challenge to get a bit creative with and I’d been racking my brains for something that we could do ... including mum, as it
was unlikely this would be something she would have a go at on her own.

A week or so before my brother's birthday it was Martin’s 60th and when asked what he’d like to do for the day he said he fancied a walk in a local country park that he’d never visited before. I knew it was mainly woodland and started to have an inkling of an idea for my brother's birthday video message.

So ... on the Monday we headed over to Hartshill Hayes Country Park for a walk and to scope out how we could put together our video.

All looked good and we could see that we could have some real fun with a Teddy Bears' Picnic theme. Tuesday night was spent making and gathering props for our film and we headed out, on what was the warmest and sunniest day of the year so far, to pick up mum ... and her disguise ... and we were on our way.

We parked up in a spot on the roadside we’d found the day before and headed down into the woods to start our adventure. I can't share the video with you but I think you will be able to get the gist from the pictures ... apologies up front as some of the photos are not brilliant quality as they were all taken either on my iPad or taken as stills from video clips ...

Teddy Bears' Picnic
If you go down in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise ...
If you go down in the woods today
You'd better go in disguise!


For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain
Because today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout
They never have any cares
At six o'clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they're tired little Teddy Bears

Every Teddy Bear who's been good is sure of a treat today
There's lots of marvelous things to eat and wonderful games to play

Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They'll hide and seek as long as they please
'Cause that's the way the Teddy Bears have their picnic

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday
See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout
They never have any cares

At six o'clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they're tired little Teddy Bears
Because they're tired little Teddy Bears

Back home, after gaining advice from a younger person than I, I downloaded the iMovie app to my iPad and put together my first 'Movie'. It was a mixture of video clips and photographs that we'd taken on our day out, with The Teddy Bears' Picnic music accompanying the film. I was actually quite proud of it in the end ... it was quite professional looking. The app made it all so easy ... to cut bits out, speed things up and slow things down.

My brother appreciated it ... and I guess that's the main thing πŸ˜€

Now I'm off to see how everyone else has interpreted this week's theme πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

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10 comments:

  1. That was a brilliant connection - Mum in a bubble - brother's special birthday during lockdown - getting together in the woods for picnic. I defy anyone who read your post to say they did not read the words for a 'Teddy Bear's Picnic' mentally singing that accompanied by a full orchestra!! I love your one eyed teddy - he must have been very loved. PS Happy 60th birthday to Martin.

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    1. Thank you ... my one eyed teddy is also nearly losing his head and one of his arms ... he would be a good candidate for The Repaid Shop. I will pass on your birthday regards πŸ˜ƒ

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    2. Just noticed my typo ... should say Repair Shop πŸ™ˆ

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  2. Wonderful, wonderful. I sang the song and you will be glad not to have heard me as I don't have a 'singing voice' - my husband has told me numerous times! I've a one-eyed teddy too that must be about 65+ years old! Thanks for sharing your picnic - I really enjoyed it. I did think of bubble as you did but we've not formed a bubble with anyone so I did not bother! So glad you did.

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    1. Haha ... my husband does not allow me to sing either ... I sound wonderful in my own head but something must happen to the sound waves as the words come out πŸ˜‚

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  3. A brilliant idea, both for 'bubble' and for your brother's birthday celebration. I love the meerkats, and the one-eyed teddy certainly looks well loved :)

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    1. Ah thank you. We got the Meerkats free when we bought insurance through Compare the Market. They were taken out of their boxes especially for this outing. Hopefully we won’t see the, on sale for for 100s of pounds in years to come ... if boxed πŸ˜ƒ

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    2. I have a boxed Baby Oleg complete with its grub toy which I got a couple of years ago from a charity shop, it was only £4 so I just had to have it. Would I sell it if it became worth hundreds? I don't know.... :)

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    3. Funnily enough we did some antique shop mooching yesterday and saw some boxed for £25 ... not to say they would sell at that price, but I think you got a bargain πŸ˜ƒ

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  4. This is wonderful! What a lovely way to show your bubble AND enjoy a picnic! That will be something for your brother and your family to treasure. A happy belated birthday to him.
    And you can see how well loved that Teddy was, thanks for sharing.

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