Its summer 2009. Teddy and I are enjoying reading Twilight. Most of the staff and
pupils at my school have been raving about it all term so I’m catching up. I shall be
packing this in my case as I head off to the sun, well its been in short supply here
this year. It’s a girly holiday with my older sis Marina, my twinnie Ann, daughters
Alex, Ginny and Alice and niece Rachael. We’re all avid readers. One of my earliest
memories is going to the library on a Saturday morning with my dad, Ron Wright.
Teddy sits proudly on top of the bookcase in our bedroom where I often spend
between two minutes and two hours reading before bed. I met Teddy 21 years ago
when Ken and I married. Teddy has found my hat box and ever curious is having a
good look. What has he found? Well, here’s my wedding head dress, worn once.
Here too are a couple of hats I’ve worn to other people’s weddings including my god
daughter Victoria’s in 2007. Teddy has come to the Bowes Museum today to meet
some of the characters from my childhood. Muffin the mule, well, I’m not old enough
to remember him but I’m sure older relatives do. Andy Pandy, like thousands of
children I really did watch him with my mother Rowena. Sooty, Sweep and Sue were
favourites of Alex and Ginny, now 20 and 18. They filled the puppets with lentils and
made bean bags out of them. Here are the Tweenies, Alice and I joined them on tour
in 2001 with some of our friends. This is probably Teddy’s first ever trip away from
the farm. He was bought for Ken, my husband, by his uncle and delivered to the farm
in Kinninvie near Barnard Castle. When Ken was 6 years old, Teddy moved five
miles with the family, Stan, Margaret and big sister Lynn, to Ripton House, a dairy
farm, where he’s lived happily for the last 47 years. Teddy is continuing to enjoy hid
days with the Jackson five and hopes that they will continue to find happiness in all
they do. Better get him home safely!