Shaun the sheep ‘behaving badly’ while Sophie was on holiday!


Shaun the sheep with a bottle of beer Once again, thanks to all of you who played the 'spot the difference' game a couple of weeks ago. Lots of you seemed quite taken with 'Shaun', Sophie's little lamb.

As I replied to Pamela, Sophie takes it most places with her, including sitting him on the passenger seat of her car, with the seatbelt fastened around him, when she drives down to Wales to see her boyfriend. However, she decided to leave Shaun at home when she went on holiday to Portugal as her boyfriend is a keen surfer, and he mentioned taking him out to catch a few waves!!

On the morning she was going on holiday, poor old Sophie didn't feel too great, so later in the day, to cheer her up, I sent her a picture or two of Shaun letting his hair (or should that be fleece?) down. Imagine my surprise when I received a text message back from Sophie's phone saying, "Please can you throw him in the bin". It took me a few moments to realise that the message wasn't from Sophie..!

Shaun the sheep with a glass of wine I've still got my Teddy, whose tummy plays 'Brahms Lullaby' when you press it, from when I was a baby. I also have the first cuddly toy Chris bought me over thirty years ago – it's an Andrex puppy called Ben, although he's barely recognisable now!

Do any of you have cuddly toys with a story??

Speak soon,
Julia. xx.


  1. Sophie September 16, 2009 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Shaun…You naughty boy!!!

  2. margaret morgan September 16, 2009 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, you ask if we have any cuddly toys from our childhood well I have my teddy hes 60 years old and has quite a story to tell , hes quite a big ted about 15inches tall and hes been the bedtime companion to 1 niece and 3 nephews plus my own 2 daughters but because they all know I loved him he was always returned when they thought they were too big to have him, always he was just called ted looks a bit worn now but I love him to bits still sits in my bedroom with my Charlie bears and lots of others bought for me over the years , think hes the boss though. Still have some of my books from childhood too loved reading then and still do one of my favourites was The Arabian Nights Entertainments and even now I still go back to it and read a story.All good wishes , Margaretxx

  3. LyndaR. September 18, 2009 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia what a funny story.It really did make me smile, and I loved the Shaun pics too.I’m sure Sophie would have been heart-broken if you had binned him!Yep I did have a sentimental cuddly toy, including one much loved old teddy who sheds saw dust from his tummy, and a little bit newer teddy who sits in my (our) bedroom looking much like shaun on a bad day!The sentimental one was a green knitted donkey my mum bought me from a jumble sale when I was about three, and as I’m a year or two older than you,you will know how old he would be now!!I say would be, because he kept disappearing.When I found him the last time, he was in a rubbish sack with a wrotten pear stuck to his right hip.I retrieved him, bathed him, and he was looking just the ticket.But that was quite a few years ago now, and a wee while after that last escapade, he disappeared again.Never to be found!He didn’t really have a name.Known only as donkey…I suppose I could knit another one!..Take care Julia.X

  4. Veronica McAndrew September 19, 2009 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, regarding childhood cuddly toys. I have my very shabby teddy who’s 48 yrs old,(like me) He’s very bald (thankfully, not like me) I also have the first cuddly toy my husband bought me over 30 yrs ago along with many others. It’s a Sad Sam dog, does anyone remember those? I also have my two son’s favourite cuddly toy’s in safekeeping in what they call my “Granny box” waiting for the day they can be passed on. My eldest (now 23) named his two favourites – creamy ted and jessica bear, goodness knows why jessica. Creamy ted was a cream colour so that made sense but he didn’t even know a jessica! Like Margaret I also have some of my childhood books (also in the Granny box) along with the books my son’s would not let me give away as they hold such fond memories. I hope one day,if I’m very lucky and probably quite a way in the future to read them to my grandchildren. kindest regards, Veronica

  5. julia roberts September 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    Hello Margaret
    How lovely that ‘ted’ has been a companion to so many of your family members, no wonder he is looking a little worn! Sadly I don’t have any books from my childhood, although I often refer to one of my favourites ‘Downy Duckling’ when I’m on with Simon Wilson!! I have kept some of the books I used to read to my 2 though – ‘Five Minutes Peace’ and ‘The Midnight Teddies’ were both strong contenders for most read story.
    Much love
    Julia x

  6. julia roberts September 21, 2009 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lynda
    Poor old donkey! ……. what I want to know is who put him in the bin with the mouldy pear? I’ll bet that person knows donkeys whereabouts! I never had a knitted toy, but Daniel had a knitted teddy called ‘Mr. Squiggly Wiggley’ who I used to make up stories about. Haven’t knitted for a few years now, but when the children were little I used to knit snowball men to raise money at their school winter fete.
    much love
    Julia x

  7. julia roberts September 21, 2009 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Hello Veronica
    I don’t remember the sad sam dog – funny cos that must have been around the time of the original andrex puppy. Wouldn’t it be funny if your son married someone called Jessica?!?!
    I have the same intention of reading the old favourites to the grandchildren, but, like you, I’m assuming that’s a few years off ……… but you never know!
    much love
    Julia x

  8. Sally September 24, 2009 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. What a great story! I bought my son a cuddly bear on the day he was born, and they will both be 18 in a couple of months – I still like to cuddle them both!
    We read on your biography that you were in Doctor Who in 1979, and we were just curious about who (or what!) you played. Did you get to meet the legendary Tom Baker? XX

  9. Pamela Bassett September 24, 2009 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Must tell you this tale. Just before the war OK I’m 72!!!!! my parents took me to a large department store for me to choose any rocking horse I wanted no matter how expensive. I chose a little cheap wooden horse that you could wheel around!!! Well I played with it and eventually a wheel came off and it ended up in a corner for ages. When I was about 5 my mum decided to sell a few bits to get some cash. She told me she had taken my horse and I went potty. ‘I want my horse’I yelled. She was quite cross and said ‘Well they gave me a shilling for it, you’d better take it back and ask for your horse back.’ Of course she didn’t think I would do it. But stubborn me charged down to the shop and said ‘Please I want my horse back.’They must have taken pity on me and I returned home triumphant with my horse and they had repaired the wheel! What a cheeky 5 year old !!!!! By the way I have a Shaun in my car and he is very precious.

  10. Gemma Grierson September 25, 2009 at 11:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Myself and my partner both have sml cuddly teddies, they live together on our bedroom shelf and when one of us has to go away for work, we take our teddy in our suitcase, in my case Mr Bunston and my partners case, Mohammed, and they take the trip too! Silly we know but it makes going away easier as we know we always have a bit of home with us. When we get back i’m sure our 2 bears compare notes and share stories with each other on where they’ve been! Just wanted to share our little story with you, you are my favourite presenter, love all your shows. XGemma

  11. julia roberts September 28, 2009 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Sally
    Good to hear you still like to give your son a cuddle at age 18 ……… Daniel is nearly 23 and we are still very close. You and I are lucky Sally!
    Re Dr. Who ….. it was a ‘bit’ part – I think an agent ‘bigged it up’ in a CV a long time ago. I was a young woman they aged in some sort of time machine – someone sent me a clip of it – probably off you tube. Not even sure who played the Doctor, so I guess you could say ‘Doctor Who??!’
    much love ( and cuddles )
    Julia xx

  12. julia roberts September 28, 2009 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Pamela
    You sound like a very young 72! What a lovely story, and how brilliant that they had fixed the wheel! Sophie had a hobby horse when she was a little girl, which she loved, but I always regretted not having the wherewithall to treat her to a rocking horse which was her hearts desire at age 3, after going on one at a friends party.
    Look after you Shaun
    much love
    Julia xx

  13. julia roberts September 28, 2009 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Gemma
    What a lovely tale about Mr.Bunston and Mohammed ……. they will definitely ‘compare notes’! I have 3 little dogs that ‘live’ on the bed, the aforementioned andrex puppy called Ben, Max and Prada ( don’t ask ) only one is allowed to go away with me, so that the other 2 keep each other company!!!!!!!!! Thanks for your lovely compliments and please keep watching
    much love
    Julia xx

  14. Dave Christian November 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Wow, what a month. Feel like we have lived the life of a celebrity! What with the fantastic party, meeting you and then winning the jewelled book at the QVC reception. Simon is the most genuine, honest and generous person I have met. Enjoying your rapport and the fabulous jewellery. Take care Dave and Val PS I have the picture I took of you and Val as my screen saver!

  15. julia roberts December 1, 2009 at 11:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dave and Val
    I’m thrilled that you won the book – it was really lovely chatting to you both at the party and then again at the event. Simon is truly a caring generous human being and I hope you enjoyed the shows over the weekend as much as I did?
    Honoured that Val and I are your screen saver!!!!
    much love
    Julia x

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