Paddington creator Michael Bond passes away aged 91

The World of Animator Ivor Wood

Michael Bond and Paddington. Image sourced from The Telegraph by Geoff Pugh Michael Bond and Paddington. Image sourced from The Telegraph by Geoff Pugh

This afternoon came with some very sad news, Michael Bond the creator of Paddington Bear and The Herbs has died aged 91 following a short illness. Best know for writing, nurturing and bringing to life Britains favourite bear, Paddington, he has bought joy to millions of children and adults across the globe. The Paddington stories have never been out of print since their first publication in 1958 and have spawned many further creations including a hugely successful film, of which a sequel is being created as we speak, and more fondly a stop motion children’s show in 1975.

Ivor Wood animating Paddington Bear Image taken from book Life and Times of Paddington Bear, 1988 Ivor Wood animating Paddington Bear Image taken from book Life and Times of Paddington Bear, 1988

Back in 1965 Michael was working as a cameraman for the BBC with a yearning passion for writing and storytelling. This passion and his…

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Bealtaine Cottage Podcast and Slideshow…Moving Forward!

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Welcome to the Cottage Podcast! This is Saturday morning at Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland. Beauty is here on the bed as…

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Lunar Eclipse in Pisces Full Moon

Bealtaine Cottage ~ The Oldest, Independent, Permaculture Smallholding in Ireland! Conceived, Designed, Planted and Worked by One Woman!

full moon 21 oct 10 007I walked out tonight into the bright light of the full moon.

Harvest Moon in the West of Ireland, tonight!We have, over the past few days, experienced a wonderful full moon and lunar eclipse.

During this time we have been getting connected with our intuitive energies.

Bealtaine Cottage standing stone in permaculture gardensOur ability to connect the head with the heart.

Pisces is a very emotional and intuitive sign.

We need to get ready for some big shifts in our lives.

Bealtaine Cottage moon rising over the permaculture gardensProcessing painful memories can be very fruitful now.

This is a positive time for people in general.

It’s a good time to deal with issues and have an emotional clear out.

The Fairy Wood at Bealtaine CottageThe Lunar Eclipse was on the 16th of September and the vibrations from that continue to be felt.

This is a cycle of completion and closure…an opportunity to move on!

Celtic Triad BroochThis full moon is also about release.

Eclipses are often linked to accelerated development.

Angel at Bealtaine CottageFull moons illuminate, so you have experienced memories from…

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A country day!

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Our summer house and production centre!

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Patch as he was in later life!

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Dad, Patch and me in February 1969!

I bought eight Dolly tubs full of plants from a bakery that was closing on Angelsey around four years ago. All eight for twenty pounds! The only downside was, I had to fetch them!! Boy, were they heavy.I have used two at the side of the arch , which came from our shop, Summer Strawberries in Barmouth!

I bought eight Dolly tubs full of plants from a bakery that was closing on Angelsey around four years ago. All eight for twenty pounds! The only downside was, I had to fetch them!! Boy, were they heavy.I have used two at the side of the arch , which came from our shop, Summer Strawberries in Barmouth!

Scans 861Today is a fresher,sunny day and just the sort of day to get out into the garden and make tidying progress! With four Dachshunds as ‘helpers’ it takes twice as long…but I wouldn’t be without them!

We have had Dachshunds for thirty six years.Mostly wire haired miniatures. We did have a Basset in the eighties as well….would love another!

When I arrived in the world, back in the fifties there was already a dog present. Penny was a mongrel whose mother was  a sealyham terrier. She soon made it clear that she was not about to give up her pouffe to this interloper!

Later in the sixties, I had a spell in hospital. When I was discharged I arrived home to be presented with a ‘Jack Russell terrier..although, Patch looked more like a miniature old English sheepdog, a breed that my dads aunt had bred.

 

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Magical Spirits

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It’s a wet evening.

It’s a cool evening too.

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I’ve lit the stove and the kettle begins to sing on the top.

It’s a tea and toast kind of evening.

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I was thinking about Fairies today as I walked through the Fairy Wood.

It lies below the cottage, in a natural dell and is a very special place.

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There’s a Fairy tree in the centre of the woodland with a huge stone underneath it’s branches.

I’ve often wondered about the history and meaning of that tree and stone.

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I have been told that such a tree planted by a stone can mark the resting place of a person whose body was not allowed to be interred in the graveyard…the churches had all sorts of rules regarding who could and could not be interred in so called sacred ground…unbaptised babies, suicides etc…all of great sadness and shown little mercy…

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Gwylfa.

Hello and thanks for stopping by. Occasional post about life in the country. I was born in the southern tip of rural Warwickshire to a farming family.A fabulous  fifties childhood. Trying to recreate ( as best as modernity allows) that life in Meirionydd, Gwynedd.

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