Teddy Bear’s Picnic Quick Five Fun

If you go down to the woods today …

I thought we might all be up for a little Monday fun, here in the Lair. With the nights drawing in and the weather turning decidedly chilly (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere!), what better time to take a day for a teddy bear’s picnic?

I don’t know about you, but every time I hear this song, it makes me smile and want to grab my teddy bear to head off into the woods for a lovely picnic. I hunted around for the version I remember as a child and this was the closest I could get to it. I love the old-fashioned BBC voice that Val Rosing has – of course, he would have given when he recorded it. Did you know that this recording was considered to be of such good quality, with such a large tonal range, that BBC sound engineers used it to test and calibrate the frequency response of audio equipment? Amazing what you can find out when you research things!

bear 1So, gather your teddy or other cuddly and put in your request to Sven for your picnic goodies and let’s head into the woods behind the Lair for our very own teddy bear’s picnic. Sadly, my childhood teddy was lost in our move to the States – I’m sure he’s in one of the boxes, but I haven’t found him yet. 🙁 So I’ll have to bring my very special Jake bear. You remember him – the gorgeous bear I got from my writing buddies to commemorate my first sale! I think he’ll fit in nicely with everyone.

1. Did you have a teddy bear or other cuddly toy, when you were little? If so, tell us his or her name and what he/she looked like and if you still have him/her.

2. What kind of sandwiches would you like Sven to put in the picnic hamper?

3. What drink would you like Paolo to put in the drinks box?

4. You’ll need to bring a blanket/quilt/rug to sit on. What does yours look like?

5. Which nursery rhyme or childhood song would you like us to sing/recite at the picnic?

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  • Deanna says:

    How fun! I do love a good picnic.

    1. Did you have a teddy bear or other cuddly toy, when you were little? If so, tell us his or her name and what he/she looked like and if you still have him/her. I did. He was a blue pig and alas, I no longer have him. I loved him to death.

    2. What kind of sandwiches would you like Sven to put in the picnic hamper? Oh sandwiches. I love sandwiches. Ham and cheese, egg salad and cucumber are some of my favorites.

    3. What drink would you like Paolo to put in the drinks box? I would love some juice, perhaps a nice sparkling apple cider if it is a hot day.

    4. You’ll need to bring a blanket/quilt/rug to sit on. What does yours look like? We have a lovely wool blue, green and red tartan style rug. Have had it forever. I’ll pull that one out.

    5. Which nursery rhyme or childhood song would you like us to sing/recite at the picnic? Oh this is a hard one. I don’t think I could come up with one. I don’t remember many nursery rhymes.

  • Jane says:

    Hello Anna,
    1. I had a blue stuffed bunny with a carrot. I just called it bunny. I never thought to give it a name.
    2. Maybe Sven and the hockey hunks could make a tray of BLTs.
    3. A couple of bottles of Moscato.
    4. I have a plaid flannel blanket that’s pretty comfy.
    5. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

    • Anna Sugden says:

      That’s OK Jane – kiddies are never very creative when it comes to names – my teddy was called Teddy!

      Oh yes, Twinkle, Twinkle is a great idea – perfect now our hockey hunk stars are coming out to play!

  • I love the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. I had a little single record of it when I grew up too.

    OK, questions:

    I had a scotty dog which is long lost but which was called Tottin – I suspect the best I could do for Scotty!

    2. Smoked Salmon.

    3. Champagne.

    4. Tom Hiddlestone.

    5. Lavender’s Blue.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Anna

    These are always lots of fun

    1. Did you have a teddy bear or other cuddly toy, when you were little? If so, tell us his or her name and what he/she looked like and if you still have him/her.

    I can’t remember have any sort of stuffed toy that I was close to although I did have a quilt that I took everywhere with me 🙂

    2. What kind of sandwiches would you like Sven to put in the picnic hamper?

    Roast beef

    3. What drink would you like Paolo to put in the drinks box?

    A nice bottle of white wine refreshing

    4. You’ll need to bring a blanket/quilt/rug to sit on. What does yours look like?

    Well I had better bring mine it was olive green and satiny type I have no idea where it is now

    5. Which nursery rhyme or childhood song would you like us to sing/recite at the picnic?

    Probably Twinkle Twinkle Little star

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Glad you enjoy them, Helen!

      Lots of kiddies had quilts or blankies – they aren’t quite as much fun on a picnic, but we can improvise! 😉

      I’m loving the sandwich selection – roast beef – yum!

  • Shannon says:

    1. Did you have a teddy bear or other cuddly toy, when you were little? If so, tell us his or her name and what he/she looked like and if you still have him/her.

    I don’t remember a teddy bear. I had a Barbie that my mother made clothes for. She slept on a little fluffy bed next to me.

    2. What kind of sandwiches would you like Sven to put in the picnic hamper?

    I’m in the mod for something spicy–roast turkey with a rich cheese with a pepper sauce I recently discovered. On nut bread.

    3. What drink would you like Paolo to put in the drinks box?

    I was thinking soda, but then I saw Anna’s sparkling cider

    4. You’ll need to bring a blanket/quilt/rug to sit on. What does yours look like?

    My plushy burgundy blanket.

    5. Which nursery rhyme or childhood song would you like us to sing/recite at the picnic?

    It Only Takes a Spark – church camp song.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Barbies are more than welcome at the picnic, Shannon – I don’t care what people say about them not being politically correct! Seriously – they’re dolls people! Besides, they’re forgiven because they always have great shoes!

      Oooh that sandwich sounds delicious – Sven had better make double portions!

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I had a stuffed monkey I carried everywhere with me. I would pack a turkey sandwich and a diet coke. My blanket would be a Texas Star quilt made by my grandmother. I don’t have a song.

  • Caren Crane says:

    Anna, I didn’t really have a special stuffed friend when I was little. I had a beloved blankie I slept with every night and dragged around (until my older sisters shamed me into leaving it in my bed). The only dolls I really recall were a pair of twin baby dolls I had, with brown hair and blue eyes. I decided they were both girls, and my grandmother sewed a lovely flannel pouch-type blanket I could carry them both in. They didn’t have individual names, they were just “the twins” and were always seen together.

    I still have the twins (and their blanket) stashed in my hall tree here, along with the Raggedy Ann my grandmother made for me. She made lovely Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, much prettier than the manufactured ones (or even other handmade ones I’ve seen). Each had an embroidered heart. I do love my Raggedy Ann!

    Have Sven toss some liver cheese and sharp cheddar sandwiches in. If we’re going for childhood favorites, that’s mine. I know, I was the weirdest kid ever.

    Drinks-wise, make mine sugar-free lemonade. Pink lemonade, actually. I always had the full-sugar kind growing up, but can’t do that since I developed Type 1 diabetes at 16!

    I would bring an old, soft quilt to sit on. We have tons of quilts that were made by my step-grandmother (who passed away in the 90s). Gran’s quilts were all lovely, though some of the colors are rather dated now. They make gorgeous and soft ground cover for picnics, though!

    We always made my father sing for us and play guitar when we went camping or had picnics in the state parks or at the farm. We loved “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail.” Also “Tom Dooley.” As noted, we didn’t really have a terribly conventional upbringing. 😀

    • Anna Sugden says:

      How lovely that you still have the twins – we’d love to see them and the Raggedy Ann dolls at the picnic.

      I’m LOL at the songs your Dad used to sing! Hey, whatever works!

  • catslady says:

    1. Did you have a teddy bear or other cuddly toy, when you were little? If so, tell us his or her name and what he/she looked like and if you still have him/her. No not really.

    2. What kind of sandwiches would you like Sven to put in the picnic hamper? Tuna salad with potato chips!

    3. What drink would you like Paolo to put in the drinks box? Cabernet savignon

    4. You’ll need to bring a blanket/quilt/rug to sit on. What does yours look like? Something that is well worn.

    5. Which nursery rhyme or childhood song would you like us to sing/recite at the picnic? The Owl and the Pussycat lol.

  • anne says:

    I love that record and that song. When I was young we played that song on my record player hour after hour and never tired of it. It is a classic. I saved the recording and record. I didn’t have a teddy bear. I would love a smoked salmon sandwich, with ginger ale and a black watch blanket from yesteryear. The nursery rhyme which I loved was london bridge.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the song, Anne. It always makes me smile.

      Ooh love Black Watch – that sounds the perfect rug for the picnic. Especially for cuddling up to a Lair hunk or two!

  • flchen1 says:

    LOL, Anna! How FUN!!

    1. I think I did have some cuddly toys as a child but the only one that survived is a little stuffed owl whose name escapes me… My kids however have LOADS of cuddly animal friends and we could easily fill a car if we were heading out for a picnic!

    2. Sven can pack some of all kinds of sandwiches–I’ve been craving a good turkey-bacon-avocado…

    3. Something fruity and sparkly to drink, please!

    4. And we’ll stick with a comfy old quilt to sit on…

    5. We can sing Wheels on the Bus, which for some reason has popped up recently as a play-again ;D

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Why thank you, Fedora! I enjoyed pulling the post together. Aww on your cuddly owl.

      LOL I can hear groans from a number of folks about The Wheels on the Bus! I don’t remember that from my childhood, but my lovely niece and nephew adored it!

  • Elaina says:

    A delightful and nostalgic post for me since that era was my favorite, due to the beauty, simplicity and the songs, and books that were ideal. A most apt song which I listed to these days since it was my favorite. I had a teddy named Timmy. I love cucumber sandwiches and sparkling water. My soft fluffy picnic blanket that I treasure. My ultimate favorite rhyme is Ring around a Posie. Miss those days.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      So glad you enjoyed the fun, Elaina. It certainly was a simpler time!

      Aww on your teddy, Timmy – so glad he can come along with us today.

      That’s a lovely rhyme – we call it Ring a ring of Roses over here!

  • Anna, what a cute post!

    I had a stuffed dog, red with white spots, named Pepper. Although his stuffing has calcified and his fabric is rotting, I still have him.

    I’m flexible on sandwiches but would always go first for vine-ripened tomato on whole grain bread with just a smidgeon of mayo.

    Drinks–water or maybe unsweetened tea.

    I’d choose a maroon paisley quilt to sit on.

    As for songs, I’ve always been fond of “Bingo.”

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks, Nancy! I felt in the mood for some fun and that seemed apt!

      Aww how lovely that you still have Pepper. I really must search out my bear. I know he must be somewhere, but it’s a matter of finding which box he’s in.

  • pearl says:

    I don’t remember much about my toys at all when I was very young, but I do recall vividly songs, music and records that were played day in and day out. that means the music was very important to us. The Teddy Bears Picnic is such a soothing song which brings me to another place, era and life. What an emotional song that you picked. If I would picnic then my sandwich would have to be thinly sliced turkey sitting on my favorite flannel quilt and a lemon lime by my side.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I think the music was very important to us, Pearl. I know lots of childhood songs bring back fond memories. I have such fun singing them to Gorgeous Grandson! Glad you enjoyed the fun!

  • Mozette says:

    1. Did you have a teddy bear or other cuddly toy, when you were little? If so, tell us his or her name and what he/she looked like and if you still have him/her.

    Yes… I did have a teddy bear when I was young. He was plain yellow bear with stuffing in him and I used to hold him by the neck – strangling him, the poor guy! – and I called him ‘Teddy’ … now, he’s packed away in a bag. I’m not able to get him fixed up as his fabric to too thin and the stuffing will break out of him… but I still have him. 🙂

    2. What kind of sandwiches would you like Sven to put in the picnic hamper?

    Peanut butter and Jelly – of course! – the only sandwiches teddy bears eat! 😀

    3. What drink would you like Paolo to put in the drinks box?

    Magaritas! Yep, my teddy bears loved their boozes… 🙂

    4. You’ll need to bring a blanket/quilt/rug to sit on. What does yours look like?

    It’s a big green, red and blue one I keep in the car especially for picnics.

    5. Which nursery rhyme or childhood song would you like us to sing/recite at the picnic?

    Teddy Bear’s Picnic… 😀

    And very few people know but I still have a teddy bear share my bed with me. This sounds very silly, but I have a bear called Amos. I bought him from The Endeavour Foundation (a charity for children who are less well off with disabilities) while I was at work. Amos was what they called ‘the ugly bear’ and nobody wanted him; so I bought him for $15 and took him home after he sat on my computer for the day.
    He’s been my ‘familiar’ for me to take to hospital when my Epilepsy has landed me there. He’s also a very well-travelled bear too… he’s been to Melbourne, Mooloolabah, Brunswick heads and all over the UK with me too. He really should have a passport, but he doesn’t. 🙂
    Mum’s bear – Kibworth – does though. I bought him in the little village of Kibworth and he’s travelled over over America, UK, Europe and around Australia… I scored him his own passport from a cool little shop here in Brisbane where Mum took his photo and put it inside it and filled out his details and she’s gotten customs officers to stamp his passport for her. Some of them thought it was really funny and cute, while others thought she was downright weird. 😛

  • Anna Sugden says:

    I’m glad you still have Teddy, Mozette. Sometimes fixing them isn’t the answer, though it would be nice if they weren’t quite as fragile.

    What a lovely story about Amos, thanks for sharing. And about Kibworth. How cute about his passport!