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The Bideford Half

Bertie and Croc's Half Marathon effort

Challenge is a word Bertie and Croc are quite use to experiencing. I mean, let’s face it, when your legs are as small as theirs, even climbing into a camera bag can be a challenge!

Just recently Bertie and Croc embarked on one of their biggest challenges since returning to the UK. At first they thought they were on another, ordinary adventure. They were sat comfortably in the back of the car watching the trees and landscape roll past. They were on their way to somewhere called Bideford. Bertie was, as usual, quite excited as he had never been to Bideford. Croc, as usual, was quite pensive as he hated going somewhere new and didn’t understand why this would excite anyone?

When the warm sun finally began to light up their faces, they realised they had arrived. They could hear the voices of several people, and knew that something interesting and exciting was going to happen. As they made their way closer and closer to the excited chatter they were surprised to see more people that they ever imagined, all in active wear, walking, jogging or standing around.

“What on earth is happening?” Queried Bertie. Croc shrugged and nestled deeper into the pocket he had been hiding in. Crowds, yuk, they made him shiver down his spine and feel slightly queasy.

A loud voice came over the crowd, announcing there were 1,400 people running today! Bertie looked around in shock, then down at his own small legs, “Running!?!?”

The starter went off and so did Bertie and Croc, being carried in a pocket each, bouncing around. They heard the strangest sound. It was music, Bertie was sure of it. He braved a peak out of the pocket. There were bagpipes, he heard someone say! “How odd?” Bertie shouted over to Croc. Croc pretended not to hear him over the noise. He was definitely not going to stick his head out when he was being bounced around like this. In fact, he was beginning to feel slightly sick.

Eventually, the bounciness calmed down and they began to get use to the motion. Croc, curiosity getting the better of him, braved a peek out of the pocket and saw Bertie, wind in his fur, waving manically at him! They were in a race and the landscape was amazing! They were running along the side of a river, under a canopy of trees, with an amazing view.

They watched the mile markers go by…..how much further, thought Bertie?  Suddenly they began to slow. Bertie, wondering whether the race was over, peered even more from the pocket. He jumped, as a small jelly bear fell into the pocket with him! He poked it. It didn’t move and his paw got all powdery. The familiar bouncing motion began again. They had had a jelly baby pit stop!

After what seemed like forever, Bertie began to feel them speeding up. He looked over at Croc, who had also felt the increase in the bounces and sank safely to the deep depths of the pocket. Bertie was getting into this now. As the wind blew at his fur, he felt liberated and began to cheer. They crossed the finish line in just over 2 hours.

Something else joined Bertie and Croc’s pocket on the way home….a big shiny medal. Bertie and Croc had just run their first half marathon. Bertie was super excited and chatted away all the way home. Croc silently stared at his medal. It was huge, and a strange feeling came over him. He felt proud!

Happy Birthday Bertie the Travelling Bear

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Sit back and enjoy the ride

Bertie, Croc and me have been super busy the past few weeks. We have lots of ideas for blog posts but don’t seem to be able to find the time to actually sit down and compose one.

3 years ago my mum gave me a little bear to carry with me when I was travelling. She knew I usually travelled with my dog and would take photographs of her posing where ever we went. So, because I was not taking my dog on this journey, Bertie became my new travelling companion and what a journey it has been. I have decided that as I do not know Bertie’s exact birthday that this would be a good day to make his birthday. The day his journey really began.

This is the FIRST ever Bertie blog post I wrote. Three years on we are still writing, photographing and travelling. I promise to add some more blog content soon, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy this blast from the past…….. Meet Bertie the Bear

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bertie the Bear!!!

Finding a place called home

It is living not planning that fuels human creativity!
Bertie was beginning to realise that the more he travelled, the more he learnt. The more people he met, the more he understood himself a little bit more. Bertie began to understand that in hiding away for years in the bottom of a basket he was not avoiding other people, but also avoiding himself. He did not want to see himself reflected in the people he would meet. He was scared of what he would see. What would happen if he didn’t like the person looking back at him?

As Bertie sat contemplating on the window sill of his new home, he realised that this was a brand new adventure. He had never had anywhere to call “home” before.

Bertie looked at his reflection in the dusty window and smiled confidently. He was no longer afraid of the bear who looked back at him.

He was Bertie, Bertie the Travelling Bear, and he was on another adventure. Who knows what he would learn, who he would met, or what he would do? That was the magic of it. The unknown. He was excited to discover the answers. 

An update

It’s been super hard recently to find the time to come and talk to you fabulous people on here. I’ve moved countries, again! And we are trying to set ourselves up in the UK. 
The main focus has been on finding somewhere to live! When you travel and move around a lot you really start to understand what the basic necessities and human needs are. Shelter and somewhere to feel safe is an important one. I woukdnt say we are homeless, more drifters at the moment. Hopefully, we will have something sorted in the next two weeks. So if I go quiet again it’s probably because, for the first time in 3 years, I will be gathering my worldly possessions and positioning them in one place (thank god!) 

I have also been working on Bertie’s book. The proof arrived and I noticed a couple of errors. It’s what proofs are for and I can highly recommend getting one before you go “live” with anything. It really is a good idea. I’m having to practice patience as I just want to put Bertie’s book out there NOW, but it is much better to take the time to get it right first!

While we have been waiting for the second proof to arrive. I’ve been working on Bertie’s audio book. It is very rare you see me in any of the photos on here, as I am usually behind the camera taking them, but I am super proud of my little audio set up and couldn’t resist taking a selfie of it! It’s a typical photo of me, no make up, hair a mess buy super excited because I am doing something I love.

More Bertie and house moving news as I get it. Hopefully, I will be writing my next blog from my very own little space. 

Thanks for your patience. Hope you all have an amazing week!

Bertie’s Biggest Adventure Yet!

 

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Bertie’s book cover!

Bertie and Croc’s updates have been a little sporadic recently. There is a good reason why….Bertie has been on an even bigger adventure and has been producing his own book!

So far he only has a draft version created but it is getting super exciting. Proof readers are providing positive feedback saying they love it!

This weekend Bertie  spent ages in a photoshoot, getting his poses perfect, for his books front cover. He even had his fur brushed!!! (It can get a bit flat when you spend your life in a camera bag travelling the world.)

Bertie wanted to share with you his cover shoot. He will continue to keep you up to date on his book release and hopefully share some of our excitement with you. We are hoping it won’t be too long now before we can share the link to Bertie’s FIRST EVER book on Amazon!

In the meantime, once the excitement has died own a little, Bertie will be able to get back on task and working on more blog posts of his stories around the world.

He hopes you like the book cover and all that fur brushing wasn’t for nothing!

Do what feels “right” by Sam Key

Truly honoured that my work has been chosen to be published on The Copper Staple! If I get the most likes for this month it gets published in a hard copy….fingers crossed you like it enough to help me out! Thank you, you awesome group of people!

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I have known Samantha Key for more than a few years. It is rare to find a human with so powerful a resilience and determination to follow the path to find happiness. Sam is a shining example to every human who is in a rut, cannot make up their mind, needs something better, allows procrastination to control their lives. If you hover and click over the image of Sam (no doubt on one of her incredible travel adventures) You will go to another world, a world of thought and observation made from the perspective of an incredible human who truly ‘LIVES’.

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Do what feels “right”

I find today’s world frustrating. I went to school and I did well in all of my subjects. That is not a boast that is fact. I loved art! When I was drawing I went into a world which was all mine. I felt distant…

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How planned is your life?

 

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Taken in Nepal – Annapurna

The question I dread the most is “where do you see yourself in five years time?” Its the one question everyone likes to ask, like some kind of buzz word it comes up at most interviews.

In truth I have no idea how to answer it. I learnt a long time ago that, as frustrating as it is, my life is going to be one of those that isn’t easy to plan.

It’s not that I’ve not tried planning. I have! It then seems to go wrong. I draw my life out and decide what I want. I think maybe the problem comes when I try to plan in the steps to get to what I want. I have had to learn to be flexible. To go with the flow a bit more and even then I get my moments of frustration. Why can’t I have more freedom to say this will happen, then this and then this?

When I’ve tried to plan I find something happens which takes my life in a whole new direction and I spin off track from the original plan.

I have decided that I don’t really have plans, I have goals. Goals, to me, are different to plans. They are what I want to achieve. The plan is how I get there. The steps I want to take and while the plan can be good I almost always end up deviating from it in some way or another.

I have decided that the next time someone asks me where I want to be in five years time maybe I should rephrase it for them and say “you mean what are my goals for the future?” That’s my plan moving forward.