Thursday, September 25, 2008

Back from the West

I have just returned from a long overdue visit to Western Canada. I am not much for flying alone, but after 18 years it was time for me to "spread my wings" and take a Mom vacation to visit a dear friend. I had a great week In Winnipeg relaxing, and touring around. (I still don't like flying alone I have to say- no one to grab onto when the plane is bouncing around !) Winnipeg, by the way, is the name of the bear that Christopher Robin fell in love with , which later evolved into the Winnie the Pooh stories ! You can read about that here

I saw some intersting sights, and the flat landscape is always such a contrast to the hilly ,twisty roads at home.
I was amazed at the size of this taxidermy polar bear. The fur is so thick and bristly.

There were also several different painted polar bear statues throughout the city. Churchill, Manitoba is the polar bear capital of the world afterall.

We also visited Lake Winnipeg where we happened upon a huge gathering of Canadian Geese ( and seagulls) preparing to head south for the winter.

The most exciting part of the trip was getting to personally deliver my last bear Fudgee-Oh to a wonderful repeat collector in Winnipeg. It was so great to meet her ( and her family) and see her growing Beckoning Bears collection , plus her other beautiful artist bears.

Now I am rested and ready to start on some new bears !


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

I enjoyed reading of your trip to Winnipeg and seeing your photos.

Also the history of Christopher Robin's inspiration for calling his own teddy bear - Winnie. (such great books)

When I was in Saskatchewan, about 20 years ago, one of the most memorable sights, was watching the Canadian geese migrating South to
warmer places.

enjoy your weekend.
Hugs Carolyn

Ps I loved the line up of your collector's, Beckoning Bears - lucky

Tammy said...

Glad you enjoyed my blog entry Carolyn.

It was exciting meeting this collector and seeing my bears all together too-especially amoung her other fabulous bear collection. I am so honored to have such wonderful colletors !

Hugs, Tammy

BumbleVee said...

Wow! Look at 'em all. What do you think they are waiting for?...the exact perfect time?.. looks like they are all looking at the same thing.

I'm a bit further west yet.... Calgary...

Tammy said...

Ha, I think the geese were just waiting for me to get there and take the picture ! It was a neat sight.

For some reason I thought you were in Ontario-oops.

Hugs, Tammy