I was prettily surprised (and very thrilled!) to discover that in Dorchester, Dorset, a Teddy Bear Museum still survives! I've been terribly disappointed in the past finding out that icons of a bygone era were fastly disappearing from Europe, and their treasures had been sold in auctions. These precious memories of the past won't be able for us and the new generations to enjoy anymore in a near future! So very sad, in my humble opinion.
As my husband is not interested in Teddy Bears as I am, I preferred to completely enjoy the museum without being in a rush because of that! I know you understand ;)) If you happen to be in the area, be sure to visit this magical place. Mr. Edward Bearidge and his Mother Beatricia, are pleased to welcome you...
Grandpa Ted too... Sshhhh, he's snoring!;)
... while you continue your tour through this historic house, built in 1835, and see Edward's collection of several antique bears (some of the earliest British bears together with American, French and German ones).
... and marvellous collections of Paddington, Pooh, and antique toys and ephemera together with newer and artist's bears. The overall atmosphere is charming and vintage... a real treat.
I left the Museum to explore another place I had noticed upon our arrival in Dorchester, as I had some me-time left...
Woo hoo! H.e.a.v.e.n! My heart skipped a beat ot two seeing that blue bench, yes mine is white, but I'm a white and blue girl at heart!;)
I was about to purchase this little one... but... well, you have to wait until the end of the post!;)
Definitely not a bargain price ($260), but still very good for our standards in Italy! No idea if it is good or not for England- anyone, British bloggers??
As I stated, I was about to purchase the little bear above, when my hubby arrived (the lovely lady in the foyer at the Teddy Bear Museum told him I had turned my steps towards the Antique Shop!;)), and he insisted on buying this fabulous, vintage big boy for me! So Oswald (as we named him afterwards) came home with us!
Can you imagine my suitcase?? Hehe.
Sorry this was longer than expected. I couldn't include in three posts only all the beauty and pretties I wanted to share with you! I'd have other pics of the Cotswolds and Oxford to share, I wonder if anyone may be interested? These posts are pretty long to put together, but I do it gladly if you like to read them!
Have a lovely rest of the week,