Beatrice is a curious bear and especially when it comes to work Mummy Liz is doing in the studio . Today she learned a little more about Indigo dyeing and wistfully looked on as Liz coloured a new bear coat with beautiful blues . The bubbles in the fermentation made her want to burst them but she is such a well behaved bear that she caused no trouble to Liz and was allowed to watch all the dye process even the magical crotal dyes .
She is however very curious to know who this very special coat will be for !!! Perhaps some new bears will join the Bear Room very soon .
Keeping safe and indoors for the bears at Dalmally Railway Stations Bear Room has been a challenging time but apart from the squabbles , all the bears have done well.
Beatrice has been a shining star inventing new games especially for the baby bears .
Lewis has discovered he has a 'way with the wee ones ' and is proud of his new skills .
Fergal has an endless series of natural history knowledge that even astounded Liz .
Monica didn't need much encouragement to make music , much to Lucys delight as she has certainly found her singing voice .
Happy Humphries was sad for a bit when he couldn't get out to tend his real daffodils so Liz made him some more felted ones and his smile returned again .
Wiggles Wilson surprised everyone with magic tricks that had lots of ohs and has and giggles.
The most amazing change is in Billy Bear - sometimes edging towards the naughty side he has been so kind and helpful since the lockdown. Mind you i do think his clever idea of making a den might have had a little to do with holding hands with Beatrice in the dark .
Oh dear Bertie Bear you had better watch out , it looks like your best pal might be trying to steal your girlfriend away from you !
Beatrice is such a wonderful helpful bear , no wonder she has many admirers and Liz just loves the way she keeps the Bear Room so clean and shiny with her own beeswax polish . Perhaps Beatrice needs a special treat, now what might she like to do for her treat ?
Sorry Beatrice still too soon to visit Bertie even if you have your own mask and wash your hands lots but soon .
Beatrice Bear has been feeling a little sad this last week, the weather has been amazing and there should be loads of visitors at the Studio but there is no one visiting , no one getting trains to wave at and no trips out to see new sights or meet new people...
even Berties Mum Andrea doesn't come for tea anymore!
She saw one person with a mask on who waved but she didn't see through the window and the covered face who it was.
She had asked her Mummy Liz why the delivery person wore a mask and learned how it wasn't a disguise but a way of staying safe .
Then she heard the post van arriving in the stations car park and the click of the letter bin outside the Bear Room window.
Usually Mummy Liz reads her post first and came to tell Beatrice about it but today she came straight into the bear room holding a letter ......for me !
Oh my Beatrice was jumping up and down with excitement - who sent it ? What was in it ?
Four kisses on the envelope just for Beatrice ...
Wow a parcel inside with ribbon and lovely wrapping paper ,so exciting .
Little Beatrice squeals with delight when she sees its from Bertie Bear her very best friend...hmmm what's in the parcel?
It has been unusually quiet in the Bear Room .
Doors are locked .
The kettle has been silent and no friends have visited for quite some time.
Our family of bears are very subdued at the moment, confused by the world that has greeted them at the end of their winter hibernation.
Apparently there is a nasty virus outside that could make little bears very sick indeed, so,
on waking from their lovely snugly sleep, well rested and looking forward to catching up with friends and ready to plan lots of new adventures, they discovered that not only can they not go outside they can't invite friends to play either !
No problem for the bears living in The Bear Room but, oh my goodness , terrible news for little Bertie Button !
No visits to or from Miss Beatrice Bear = a very sad little bear....
He is lucky to have lots of toys but playing alone is just not the same as laughing with friends.
But then Andrea and Liz had an idea ..........
.......and Bertie and Beatrice shared a very special treat .
What a difference friends make !
Liz, Andrea and all the Book Cover Bears send love to all our friends at this difficult time.
.......... I don't remember you asking for a biscuit !
Beatrice Bear loves art and has learned about many artists work through the workshops at Heartfelt Studio . One of her favourite is Klimpt , she loves the colours and shapes . She was a very lucky bear to accompany Liz on her journey and squealed with delight to spend time visiting places that interest them both
The total immersion was a bit frightening at first for a little bear, being in a dark room , but when the music and colours started to weave around the walls and floors .she was enthralled and was even brave enough to lie on the floor and let the images wash over her. She did NOT like the scary monkey and hid her face when he came on . Her favourite part was the flowers in the fields and the blue tree in the forest and the way the pictures danced and moved around the room . She sat through the performance twice and her little sighs of delighted contentment were heartwarming.
Oh Dear Beatrice , I think this glass might be too big for a little bear ...let me help you . Of course we had to visit this very famous local landmark
The bluster of the festive season has blown us into a new year of discovery and hope and joy. For Beatrice Bear , everyday is an adventure .A serious but very curious bear often brings such a big smile to me in her enthusiasm. When the storm raged around the station and the woods and hills in this last week and the bears played indoors mostly , Beatrice was asking lots of questions about why i was laying out my foraging baskets . What could i possibly forage in the cold of January?
I told her and all the other bears and lots of other Lichens but we must never pick them from the trees ,we await storms eagerly for windblown casualties
( Lobaria pulmonaria is a large epiphytic lichen consisting of an ascomycete fungus and a green algal partner living together in a symbiotic relationship with a cyanobacterium —a symbiosis involving members of three kingdoms of organisms. Commonly known by various names like tree lungwort)
'What can you do with all this delightful Lichen' Beatrice asked excitedly.
I showed her the different kinds , the wealth of treasure growing all around us .
The harbingers of clean air. Just watch the magic within this green delight....and she did .
The squeals and giggles as she rolled in the green Lichen and peeked at the cooling cooked pot and the absolute joy when she wrapped the dyed wool around her...oh dear i think there may be a bear sized outfit needing to be made very soon.
The sweet earthy aroma fills my studio and just like our bears , makes me smile.