Theatre Royal

Fitness and old furry friends


Hi everyone,

Happy February! I tried not to shop too much last month… January can be such a long month after the expenses of December! As you can imagine though, working at QVC can make such self-discipline rather difficult – too many temptations. But when I was tempted by a nifty little piece of fitness equipment I thought about it for a while then decided to give in – anything that helps improve health and fitness is allowed, right?

My fitness has improved massively over the past couple of months after a year of battling a back problem – I’m now running again, which I’m absolutely loving. But I need to work on my core strength and upper body, which are so important as we get older, so when I saw the Wondercore I thought it would be perfect. You can do all sorts of exercises with this (it comes with a workout DVD) but I particularly like it for the support it gives you with sit-ups and push-ups as I struggle with these due to my back issues and a weak wrist after I broke it a few years back. Worth a try if you want to get stronger and more toned arms and abs! I love mine and it was definitely a justifiable purchase.Wondercore Smart 6-in-1 Full Body WorkoutIn other news we went to Bath at the weekend to see David Baddiel in his one-man show, “My Family: Not The Sitcom” at the beautiful Theatre Royal.



I love Bath – we’re so lucky to live just 45 minutes away – and the evening also made me realise how much I love the theatre and really should make the effort to go more often. Maybe a late resolution for 2018, I think! It was a really great show – funny, moving, a bit shocking in places, and with some very interesting insights into social media – and I enjoyed every minute. He’s on a big nationwide tour so if you get the chance to go, I’d thoroughly recommend it.

I usually do a bit of a clear-out in January – I suppose it’s a sort of “out with the old and in with the new” thing – and the other day I dug out my oldest toy, and I thought I’d share him with you. His name is Sleepy and I got him when I was just a few months old – as I will be 52 in April he’s well over 50 too! This is one keepsake I will NEVER get rid of, even though he’s totally bald, has no eyes, and has been badly repaired numerous times over the years.SleepyThis little creature (I was never sure if he was supposed to be a bear or a dog or something else!) even came to university with me, and I like to think of his battered state as the result of five decades of loving. I still adore him, and he lives in a cosy box in my home office. Can anyone beat me with a childhood toy older than mine? I’d love to know, so do leave a comment under this blog and tell me!

Much love

Jackie x


  1. Helen W February 2, 2018 at 10:18 am -  Reply

    I was 68 in December and still have my Teddy who I got for my first Christmas so he is also 68 years old. He is very bald in places from being hugged but also from being given a haircut when I was 4 or five! My mother did some horrendous repairs to him at one time – he ended up with bright purple paw pads. About 20 years ago I sent him off to teddy bear hospital to have these repaired, a missing eye replaced and various other repairs. He sits on a shelf in my bedroom and, like Sleepy, isn’t going anywhere.

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:17 am -  Reply

      Hi Helen
      Wow you’ve certainly beaten me there! Your Teddy sounds lovely (love the haircut and the purple paw thing, poor boy!). Thanks for sharing.

  2. AndreaEgan February 2, 2018 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    When I was five I was given my Mum’s doll that she had as a child she is now 94 years old and I’m 70 this year and have still got it

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:18 am -  Reply

      Hi Andrea,
      That’s amazing! It’s a shame you can’t post photos on here as I’d love to see your doll. Very precious.

  3. Fiona Brackenridge February 2, 2018 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    I have a teddy bear which was bought for me From the TocH in Hanover Germany where I was born in the British Army hospital. I am 62 now and he is still in good condition though a bit threadbare in the tummy where I used to press his tummy to make him squeak. His name is BooBoo I used to watch a lot of Yogi Bear back in the day. He lives in my bedroom where I can always see him and would never part with him

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:19 am -  Reply

      Hi Fiona
      Oh how lovely! Amazing how many of us won’t part with our favourite toy, I love it! Love the name BooBoo too.

  4. Sue Hopkins February 2, 2018 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, I have my teddy still and I will be 70 in a few weeks!

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:20 am -  Reply

      Hi Sue,
      Fabulous! And happy birthday in advance!

  5. Josephine Jennings February 2, 2018 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

    I never had teddies when a child but a doll. I know buy my grandson Charlie Bears.

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:20 am -  Reply

      Hi Josephine
      I had dolls too but didn’t keep them for some reason. Hope your grandson loves his bears!

  6. Mary Rottierx February 3, 2018 at 2:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie it was nice to read your blog, in answer to the oldest toy my brother still has his teddy that he had when he was a baby that was 67 years ago, I never had a toy when I was born because I was born in 1940 during the war. I missed out but my daughter is 53 this year and my husband bought her a teddy when she was born it has been all over the world with her and still goes all through he is nearly bare. ( teddy Edward has she calls him ) I think that is love for a teddy. I bought all my 3 granddaughters teddy bears when they were born. Keep hold of yours.

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:22 am -  Reply

      Hi Mary
      Teddies seem to be the most kept toy, astonishing how long they stay with us for! Love the thought of a teddy travelling the world too, thank you!

  7. Susan Mahmoud February 3, 2018 at 6:40 am -  Reply

    My Ted is 64 – had him when my tonsils removed aged 4. Still perfect so not cuddled enough but much loved.

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:23 am -  Reply

      Hi Susan
      Ahhh, lovely! My Sleepy is quite young in comparison to lots of the stories I’m hearing now!

  8. Sandra Morgan February 3, 2018 at 6:54 am -  Reply

    Jackie, I have a small pink teddy bear that my grandmother gave me soon after I was born and is now
    sixty eight and rather patched up!

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:24 am -  Reply

      Hi Sandra
      The patching up means it’s been well loved, doesn’t it! Bless.

  9. Kim February 3, 2018 at 9:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie! Yep; I can beat Sleepy by three years, having had Fred Bear (which he well and truly is now, bless him!) on my second birthday, and turning 55 in June, making Fred 53. Great blog ad always, best wishes Kim x ? X

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:26 am -  Reply

      Hi .Kim
      Well big love to Fred Bear! Hope he goes on for another 50-odd years!

  10. Carol Ann Norman February 3, 2018 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi! Jackie, Sleepy looks well worn and well loved. I have a teddy bear named Ted (very original ha!) I was a little girl when he was bought for me by my mum and dad about 68 years ago!
    He is also well worn, well loved and holds lots of happy memories.
    Love Carol Ann

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:27 am -  Reply

      Hi Carol Ann
      Ted does seem to be the most popular Teddy name…I have one too called Big Ted but he’s a few years younger than my Sleepy! Lovely that we’ve all held onto them so long.

  11. Janet cullen February 3, 2018 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    I’ve still got a doll that I had when I was 3 and I’m 65’still in great condition but doesn’t say momma anymore .shame

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:28 am -  Reply

      Hi Janet
      I’m not sure where my dolls went…only a couple of soft toys survived, I think my younger sisters must have inherited my dolls! Lovely that yours is still with you.

  12. Susan February 3, 2018 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Well I share craig’s Thinking in that January is a tough month! But it’s over. Glad your back is mending. You honestly look so amazing for 52! Your toy is so cute. You can pass him to your nieces! Sure you’re planning your next trip..I’ll look out for it!x

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:30 am -  Reply

      Hi Susan
      That’s so kind, thank you! Hope February is better for you!

  13. terry lello February 3, 2018 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie I have a doll that I had for my first Christmas it is now 66 years old and I must admit it is need of a little care and attention but I wouldn’t get rid of it for the world.

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:30 am -  Reply

      Hi Terry,
      That’s lovely, and great to know I’m not alone in holding onto my childhood in a small way!

  14. Margaret Harty February 4, 2018 at 12:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie ,I gave my first bear to my son when he was born ,he still has him ,my son is now 42 .I got this bear when I was 3 months old I am now 65..My son treasures it as much as I did . Margaret.

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:31 am -  Reply

      Hi Margaret
      Oh how lovely! I don’t have children to pass mine onto so as Susan suggested above it will have to be my nieces!

  15. Sue February 4, 2018 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie I have had a beautiful black doll since I was 1 yr her name is Lulu my father brought one for me and one for my older sister. She is almost bald and the rubber band that held her arms in place has perished but I still love her and like you will never part with her

  16. Sue February 4, 2018 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    I should add I will be 64 this Christmas so Lulu will be 63

    • Jackie Kabler February 5, 2018 at 10:33 am -  Reply

      Hi Sue
      I remember those rubber bands that held dolls’ limbs on! We never stop loving them no matter what state they are in though, do we? Happy memories!

  17. Patti February 5, 2018 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, I still have Daddy Ted (60 years old) Mommy Ted & Baby Ted who I had at the same time are now sadly eaten by moths. He sits on a bookshelf in my hubbies home office , wearing his old school cap & tie & with a cricket ball tucked under his arm, in near perfect condition & still growls if you tip him forward ! They made em to last in those days !

    • Jackie Kabler February 6, 2018 at 11:26 am -  Reply

      Hi Patti
      Oh how fabulous! I wonder if the children of today will keep their toys as long as we did!

  18. Janet February 7, 2018 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Aw, how lovely to meet Sleepy. He looks very loved and remarkably clean for his young years! I liked soft toys best but did like them to wear clothes!! Got to keep them warm and their modesty covered! X

    • Jackie Kabler February 13, 2018 at 3:05 am -  Reply

      Hi Janet
      I will pass your kind words on to Sleepy! I too used to dress my Teddies etc in clothes…never Sleepy though for some reason!

  19. Janet Morgan February 8, 2018 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie .My teddy was my Mum’s & she would have been 96 this year. Admittedly he has new pads on all four paws and a lovely new pair of trousers ( made when my Gran was teaching me to sew as a little girl )but I love him dearly as he was by my Mum too.

    • Jackie Kabler February 13, 2018 at 3:06 am -  Reply

      Hi Janet
      I think that’s the oldest one I’ve heard of so far! How marvellous that you still have him. I love that we still love our toys so much.

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