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Steve and Marions Third Teddy Bears Picnic

21st July 2013

After such a prolonged period of superb weather, the Sunday of the Teddy Bear’s Picnic dawned overcast with a chilly breeze. A total of nine cars gathered at Barrow Wake viewpoint to do the 27 mile run to Minchinhampton Common for the picnic and it was nice to see that this included new member Ray in his MGA.

 

I try to find some interesting roads for my runs and I appear to have a first this year with Janet actually getting stung by nettles on a particularly narrow road.


When cars started to arrive the sky was cloudless and the temperature was climbing nicely. Trev brought the club gazebo and several of the first crews to arrive helped to erect / grapple/ fight with it so that some protection from the sun could be provided for those who might need it.

 

Fourteen MG’s formed up, all with their Teddies enjoying the sun and also several modern cars loaded up with food, families and friends – even some from France in Jan and Gethin’s case. An impressive four families with 3 generations were present including the Woods for the first time. The Mullins family completely entered into the spirit of the occasion by providing their Teddies with a miniature tea set so that they could enjoy their picnic in proper style.


The combination of heat and the distance between the picnic and the Winstones ice cream van meant some members drove their cars to collect the ice creams so that they could be delivered as quickly as possible to needy Teddy Bears and their owners. Eddie was even buying in bulk!


After much kicking of footballs, playing of cricket, launching of rockets and many other activities that wear out Grandparents, some Teddies were feeling the effect of the heat and so people started packing up to return them to their cooler homes and more familiar bedrooms and shelves. Hopefully by next year all Teddies will have recovered sufficiently enough to want to accompany their owners for another outing.

Steves Photos can be seen at Teddy Bear's Picnic. July 2013

 

 

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