Our big summer clear out!


Panda and Mouse

Hello, hope all is well with you!

We're having a big summer clear out at home. To be honest, there isn't a huge amount to clear but we have a few boxes in the cupboard under the stairs and, funnily enough, a few cupboards in the kitchen are filled with non-kitchen items!

The loft is empty! We've never kept anything up there… I think we're afraid of the spiders! And see who I've found!! Let me introduce you to my very first teddy bear.

Well actually, she's not a teddy bear; she's a panda, and her name… yep, that's right, Panda! I can't remember how old I was when I received Panda but she became a very special companion and went with me every where!

As you can see Panda has a friend, a beanbag mouse, and that's right the mouse is called… Mouse! It makes me smile to think they're over thirty years old now and like me are showing their age (I wonder if any of our beauty ranges can help them out)!

The ears on Mouse have been repaired and replaced with felt. (I'm not sure how she lost them – I'd rather not try and guess) and Panda has lost an eye. I did replace it years ago (when I was around 7 or 8) with a felt eye but now that has gone too.

When my Mum read Meg and Mog or the Mr Men series to me as little boy, Mouse and Panda would listen too and I'd share my milk and biscuit with them. They're so sentimental and whenever I look at them another memory pops back into my mind. As I write this I recall Mouse and Panda sitting at the end of my bed cuddling up with a giant Womble. I can't remember his name, let's just settle for Womble! I seem to recall Womble wearing a brown floppy hat with a red scarf!

Panda and Mouse are now well looked after by my children who can't quite believe they're nearly as old as I am! Who knows what or who we'll find next!

Take care and bye for now!

Charlie, Panda, Mouse and Womble!!



  1. sylvia August 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    Oh how cute are your wee toys? I am very sentimental too.I am 50 now and I still have my doll which is dressed as a bride and although I played with it, it is still in its box.I remember when I was a wee girl standing outside(nearly every day) gazing at it in the local shop window and hoping and praying so much that Santa might bring it to me.You can imagine how excited I was when I got it.It also means a lot to me since I have since lost my lovely mum and dad.Things like that mean a lot to me.
    Take Care Charlie.x

  2. Lyndsey August 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    So sweet! Loved reading this. xx

  3. charlie brook August 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Lyndsey and Sylvia for your comments. Sylvia, you’ve reminded me of when I was just 7 or 8 years age. I gazed longingly at walkie-talkies in a local shop window. Everyday on the way home from school I would stop by the store and take another look. Then, one day after school, they had a sold sign beside them 🙁 And then came Christmas day a few weeks later… and guess what I unwrapped 🙂 !!
    take care
    Charlie x

  4. Kristina Moore September 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Charlie, I wonder if your daughter will keep her collection of Charlie Bears for the rest of her life. I get the feeling she will.
    By the way a womble with a brown hat and red scarf is Orinoco. I always wanted a womble when I was little but never got one. Never mind, I now have a rather large collection of bears (including some Charlie Bears of course).
    Tina X0

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