Sunday, February 6, 2011

What Colin Did Next

A couple of weeks ago, I was one very lucky bidder and won the opportunity for Colin to live at my house. He was lovingly crafted and donated by the Bear Guru, Jess, as part of the inspired Queensland Flood Relief Appeal Auctions. I know Jess well enough to understand that she has a very large soft spot for Colin and that she would like to know how Colin has been faring in his new home. Here is a photographic glimpse...

Colin has settled in supremely well, winning many hearts. He has learned to steer clear of the Carnivorous Fish and he and Camouflaged Twig have become buddies of the bosomy kind.



This is a photo taken of Colin yesterday morning, after much of the garden had puddled over and all the children had splashed and pranced about and then dripped their way through the entire house before Mummy was awake. Colin is quite a careful bear and requested that he be allowed to enjoy standing in his first puddle without any of that splashing malarkey. Colin felt quite a surge of adrenaline after standing in the puddle.



The puddle-related adrenaline surge, prompted Colin to come over quite death-defying and he thought he’d like to try a King Kong impersonation.



There was a horrified intake of breath from all at chez Myrtleandeunice, (with the exception of Carnivorous Fish who doesn’t do intakes of breath), when Colin’s death defying feat ended in disaster.



Jess, Colin and I would like you to know that everything is now fine. A wee lie down, a cup of tea with honey and a band aid, was all that was required.



After lunch, Colin felt suitably recovered for a spot of quiet thread-end-weaving-in. Some of you will understand how beside myself with joy I am that Colin enjoys thread-end-weaving-in. Colin says he should have the pesky blanket finished halfway through 2013. This is a glorious twenty seven years ahead of schedule.



Colin also indulges me with wool winding. I am careful not to push things because I can tell his arms get a little stiff.



To help restore the feeling in his arms, Colin performs a little Liberace-inspired number. He says that he would quite like a candlestick for his birthday.



Yesterday afternoon, the entire family visited the local library. Colin was allowed to borrow a book too. It wasn’t a difficult choice.



He solemnly insisted in standing in the borrowing line. The Please Queue Here sign towered above his head and a large thong (flip flop) wearing human pushed in front of him. But Colin is a determined soul.



The librarian was very nice and said that she would send Colin an email three days in advance of the return due date. This seemed to alleviate Colin’s concern over accumulating a (twenty cents per day) late fine.



When we arrived home, the Mr, who rather aspires to a bee keeping future, offered to read to Colin.



It is true that the Mr performed a small faint upon hearing the news of the winning Colin bid. This is now long-forgotten. The Mr is enamoured to have an interested household member at hand, to discuss the intricacies of bee hive construction, the therapeutic qualities of manuka honey and debate the merits of smothered-with-honey toast versus dripping-with-honey crumpet.

62 comments:

Tas said...

Ah, you can't put a price on such a wonderful furry being. Boy, he must have been one tired little bear by the end of it all.

Catherine said...

ah, a bear who loves thread-end-weaving-in - it was meant to be!

Thanks for giving us a peek into Colin's life after his big move!

BubzRugz said...

So fun reading the adventures of Colin.... he seems quite an interesting character...
Hugz

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

It is no wonder that Colin is enjoying his new home! How fabulous that he enjoys weaving in the blanket ends. Can't wait to see what he gets up to next!

mel @ loved said...

I LOVE reading of Colins adventures!

Lola Nova said...

It is without a doubt, most obvious indeed, that Colin has come to the right home! How lucky are we to get to see what he has been up to?
Reminds me very much of a favorite childhood book about the adventures of a certain doll, bear and a kitten I think...

june at noon said...

Love it! You're such a joy to read. :)

teddybearswednesday said...

WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE!!!!!!
THANK YOU!!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!
xo
PS I didn't think you could top that email.....

BOB & MABEL said...

Colin has been a very busy boy! Gorgeous photos.

TammyJ said...

:) - That is all.

m.e (Cathie) said...

Colin has definitely been adopted by the most perfect family!

well done on giving Jess a glimpse into his amazing new life, I know that she knew that it would be ok though.

what are the rules on bear labour though ;)

there's awesomeness always here Mrs T

willywagtail said...

Hehehe!!! So glad to know Colin is living in a family conducive to his emotional and mental growth. Hope he gets over those climbing tendencies though. Cherrie

Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

What a handsome bear your Colin is, and I'm glad to see you're treating him to all the good things in life - craft, music and books!

melissa said...

It's good to see Colin is getting out and about and furthering his education. Very fun!

Becky said...

I have a bee keepers handbook herre too as I would like to have some one day. Maybe by then Colin can give me some pointers :)

Gaby said...

This post made me laugh out loud. Nice to see a cute bear having adventures :)

flowerpress said...

What a fortunate bear :-)
Would have loved to be a fly on the wall at the library!

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

Colin is one lucky bear to have landed in your family.
I look forward to more stories of his adventures :)

Kirsty said...

Gorgeous...Colin's settled in very nicely.

It seems to me he is a "familybonding" (my little guy's favourite phrase) activity.

Di said...

Your dedication and humour make me smile once again!

Fer said...

he he he he..... Colin is cool. :-)

Missie Krissie said...

Wow, a day in the life of Colin is way more exciting than a day in my life... though falling off a tall building I could do without! Poor Colin!

librarygirl said...

What a lovely post and I love those library pics. Your library is kind - ours (remembering I work there) sends out an email after the book is already late ( what the?) and fines are 30 cents.
Mean. Council loves the revenue though.

Cinnamon said...

Heehee...So cute I had to show it to the hubby. He was partial to the standing in line at the library shot. Those slippers (and feet) seem so big.

Leonie Guld said...

Oh....I hope colin becomes a regular!!!! Pissing myself laughing!!! Leonie xx

Sue said...

What wonderful teddy bear adventures. Love the photos of him in his gumboots and standing in line to borrow his book! I think he has found the perfect home with lots of wonderful companions!

aracne said...

This is so funny, I read it twice. What a hilarious account of Colin's new life with you!

kirsty said...

thankyou for a thoroughly entertaining episode of 'what Colin did next'. i'm going to be hanging out for the next instalment. absolutely gorgeous Mr Colin!

x

Jodie said...

any chance you want to adopt me ???

Tids said...

This post actually brought tears to my eyes..... and made me laugh out loud several times. I am now officially in love with sweet, little Colin. The best blog post I've read in FOREVER. Sigh....that's totally made my Sunday :)

Tids xx
http://olliethehamster.blogspot.com/

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

How wonderful ! I had worried that , with all the children , at school , you'd be unable to settle .
But , in Colin , you've found the perfect crafting companion .

Andi said...

You crack me up lady!!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I loves Colin!

and I loves Myrtle&EuniceWorld.

A lot.

Mel said...

I am coming back to read this post again in 18 or so weeks when I am bound to need to nudge this child out of the womb. I'm guessing the giant belly laughs I did upon my first read will no doubt aid the bursting of "me waters" if I read it again.

Brilliant, just brilliant. I hope Colin gets a few more ends weaved in before he departs chez M&E.

Sarah said...

All can breath a sigh of relief - Colin LOVES his new home and his new home loves him!

OohLookBel said...

Colin is such a versatile, accommodating bear. Every home needs one!

bec said...

Oh, thank you for that belly laugh! I was trying to read it serious but it didn't work! Can't wait to show the kid in the morning. Except the stick insect shot made me wanna puke, yuk, I don't like them! My favourite line is the '27 years ahead of schedule'- we ALL have a project like that! Go Colin!
PS I had to have 3 goes at the word verification, I'm going blind- wonder what 'tryobjug' means? Sounds real....

Janet said...

He's obviously settling in very well at your place. Colin is a lucky bear.

Suse said...

Oh my word, that's the Tart, isn't it?

GLORIOUS.

nikkishell said...

I think i want to move into the Myrtle & Eunice household and have as much fun as Colin!

margaret said...

Colin has clearly found the place to be, what a lucky fellow! too cute! M

CurlyPops said...

I'm so glad that Colin came to live at your house!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

That is so nice that you gave jess suhc a great overview of Colin. Brilliant!

Amy said...

My love for you just grows and grows. You realize you basically just wrote and illustrated a very engaging children's book, yes?

Am now off to find Jess's Web site, because I like nothing better than a high-quality handmade bear.

Duyvken said...

You're adorable.

jodi said...

oh how lucky you are Colin. You've landed in a loving and creative family home. What more could a bear want?

Lindy in Brisbane said...

How lovely. Smiled the whole way through.

Sally said...

Oh my! You had me laughing so hard that I snorted. I would love to have been at the library as you took your photo of him standing in queue.
Jess must be over the moon happy to know that Colin has found such an ace family. YAY for happy endings.

Madeline said...

Such an adventurous bear really out to have his own book. You've got me laughing out loud. :)

natalie said...

how wonderful to have a member of the family such as Colin,I hope he doesn't get up to too much mischeif as he settles in.

grrl + dog said...

I can see all the attention going quite to Colin's

fluff filled head.

Soon he will be demanding his own blog.

jo so and sew said...

too cute...

Shannon said...

If Colin would ever like a little holiday...
LOVE the picture in wellies!

katiecrackernuts said...

Colin is adorable. I think he might have the charm of George Clooney and the adventurous streak of Daniel Craig's 007. He's a celebrity in the making.

beck said...

Thanks for the smiles on a crappy morning, loved this gorgeous post xo think I have a crush on Colin...

Lauren said...

oh bless what a lovely post. I was being a grump before! that put a smile on my face! :)

Sandrine said...

You always put a smile on my dial, your blog is so therapeutic Tania :) Oh well Colin must be the happiest bear bee keeper in the whole WORLD!

heather said...

now way. talk abut the moon and back. we have just checked out a book on beekeeping too, colin. we are thinking we may bee good good friends! manuka honey....i remember the manuka trees from new zealand. so special. you are a cool bear.

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

I can't tell you how much this post made my heart sing. xxx

Tamsin Ainslie said...

That is hilarious! I love it.

Brett said...

Good to see Colin out and about. These days too many bears spend their time indoors surfing the web and watching ABC3.

The Foggy Knitter said...

I <3 Colin!