The title of my last post, If you go down to the woods today, was inspired by the fact that last week, July 10th, was National Teddy Bear Picnic Day. [The date may have passed but it’s never too late to pack a picnic, grab your teddy and make for the woods.] Shortly after writing it, I switched on the news to hear the iconic NYC toy store FAO Schwartz was closing its doors on 5th Avenue due to exorbitant rent demands. All those memories, not to mention that giant piano that Tom Hanks made famous in the movie ‘Big’. So this week’s theme is ‘Toys’ and here are a group of some of the most famous toys in literature – the inhabitants of Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh and his friends, now living in Manhattan.
Boys with toys, spotted on my recent visit to Tramore Beach on the south coast of Ireland. Their kids got bored and ran off to play in the ocean, but these two dads just kept right on building their sandcastles.
Nutcrackers and a Christmassy toy village in Leavenworth, the pseudo-alpine town in the heart of Washington state where it’s Christmas every day.
A giant, inflatable Kermit the Frog face down on the streets of Manhattan the night before Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. He looked a little worse for wear.
Are you ready to break out your inner kid and celebrate all things toylike? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:
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I often think that could we creep behind the actor’s eyes, we would find an attic of forgotten toys and a copy of the Domesday book. – Laurence Olivier
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. – Henry David Thoreau
Aaaah!! Those tiny lads with their buckets and spades… my sort of kids!! 😉
Me too, AJ, they cracked me up. 🙂
hahaha, Kermit is hilarious.
Yeah Kermit made me laugh too, Klara 🙂 Love your post, that shot of the giant chess game is wonderful. xxx
Oh wow! Teddy Bear Picnic Day?! What a great day to have for celebration. I remember how lovely it felt to read of little girls bringing toys into the woods in Enid Blyton stories, or just going into the woods to pick berries. Great theme.
Enid Blyton rocks, I read everything she ever wrote when I was a kid. My favourites were The Secret Island, The Faraway Tree series and of course, The Famous Five. 🙂
Is it OK to put in a link to an existing post? If so, https://travelrat.wordpress.com/2008/01/28/the-bear-lady/
How much fun, I want to take a ride on that bus. 🙂
great theme, here are some bears
Ah, you can’t go wrong with teddy bears, I love the idea of a teddy bear shrine. 🙂
Ooooh, those boys with toys…!
They made me laugh out loud, Leya. 🙂
Oh excellent, so glad you got to pay one last visit! I wonder where they’ll open up next. It was always so much fun to wander round their store at Christmas.
I heard they are negotiating for a Times Square location.
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I don’t think this little horse was played with often: https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/toys/
Aww, there’s something quite poignant about toys that haven’t been played with, it’s like they haven’t fulfilled their purpose. I always feel a little sorry for them.
You are absolutely right. I feel sad when I see them.
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Ooh, how wonderful, Leya, a whole forest of puzzle trees, the perfect spot for a teddy bear picnic, perhaps. 🙂
i think the dads are cute! thanks Ailsa! 🙂 here’s mine: https://lolawi.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/toys/
Love it, Lola, it’s great to see kids enjoying the great outdoors. 🙂
Oh, Kermit. That’s so funny. Dads need sand play…we all could do with more play of any sort.
Haha, the idea of Kermit on a bender just tickled my funny bone, phil, I couldn’t resist it. 🙂
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Such fun photos, Ailsa, especially the boys with toys haha. And the Pooh friends are adorable as well.
They inspired me to choose this photo: https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/travel-theme-toys/
Have a playful weekend, dear x
Haha, Marion, that bear on the right looks like he’s ready for a fight, don’t you think? 🙂
Ha! Ha! These two dads are hilarious!
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Kermit is my favourite. Here’s a family memory for my entry this week.
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Great Theme! Thank you! Here is my contribution: http://wp.me/p4YOtr-1Y7 Of course a child in Peking
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Hi Ailsa, here is my entry:
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Love toys of any age!! https://aquamarineeyes.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/toys-over-50-years-old/
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I am so glad you chose this theme. Great to recall such sweet memories. So cute that you have Kermit! Would love to have Elmo and Cookie Monster too. Here is mine, with Toy Story: http://cocoaevenings.com/2015/07/18/travel-theme-toys-unexpected/
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Well I may be posting this tongue in cheek Ailsa, but this is the “toy” I have been playing with this week… https://pommepal.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/browsing-in-brunswick-heads/
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Here’s my entry for this cute challenge:
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Those are really cute toys.
The gift of a toy… http://teri-gonewalkabout2.blogspot.com/2015/07/travel-theme-toy.html
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