Elevenses With Beary Friends

When you wake up in the morning, Pooh, whatโ€™s the first thing you say to yourself?

Whatโ€™s for breakfast? What do you say, Puffles?

Cake for breakfast is the best thing!

It is, and leaves all the honey for me… ๐Ÿ™‚

Is this extract of malt?

It is extract of chocolate! It goes very well with cake ๐Ÿ™‚

Today is my favorite day ๐Ÿ™‚

Elevenses are so much better with beary friends…

If bearyone is what they eat, then I must be made of honey, and life is very sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

What about lunch? ๐Ÿ™‚

Magical Dragon Day

Toothless, you can play the dragon! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ll play the princess! And I’ll ask all the questions!

Somebeary knows all the answers already…

If you guess the answer, you can have a slice of pizza!

So dragons love pizza too?

Toothless, you ate all the pizza! And I haven’t asked any questions yet!

You better guess all the answers now!

๐Ÿ˜€

A fan art drawing of Smaug atop his horde. (David Demaret/Wikimedia Commons)

1. In The Hobbit, where is Smaug the dragon’s weak spot that is pierced with an arrow by Bard the Bowman of Esgaroth?

a. A small bare patch on his right ear
b. A small bare patch on his left breast
c. A small bare patch on his stomach
d. A small bare patch on his tail

Illustration from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by Jim Kay

2. What is known to be the most dangerous dragon in the Harry Potter wizarding world?

a. Chinese Fireball
b. Swedish Short-snout
c. Hungarian Horntail
d. Norwegian Ridgeback

Toothless and The Light Fury from How To Train Your Dragon

3. Which of the following is NOT a title from the How to Train Your Dragon series?

a. How To Ride A Dragon’s Storm
b. How To Cheat A Dragon’s Curse
c. How To Seize A Dragon’s Jewel
d. How To Claim A Dragon’s Sword

Saphira from Eragon

4. What colour is the egg that Saphira the dragon hatches from in Eragon?

a. Multicoloured
b. Blue
c. Red
d. Purple

5. In which Wings of Fire book from the series by Tui T Sutherland is Glory the main protagonist?

a. The Dark Secret
b. The Lost Heir
c. The Dragonet Prophecy
d. The Hidden Kingdom

A page from the book Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit shows the different characteristics of each breed of dragon reflected in the eggs’ appearances. Hagrid takes this book out of the library when he acquires a dragon egg from a man in the pub.

6. Which of these Harry Potter characters is a dragonologist?

a. Charlie Weasley –
b. Hermione Granger
c. Aberforth Dumbledore
d. Sybill Patricia Trelawney

Windwalker

7. From the How to Train Your Dragon series what does Windwalker the dragon smell of?

a. Butter biscuits
b. Candyfloss
c. Drinking chocolate
d. Liquorice

8. In Seraphina by Rachel Hartman what is the occupation of the main character?

a. Musician
b. Painter
c. Writer
d. Sculptor

Tom Courtenay and Dakota Blue Richards in The Golden Compass

9. Which of these is a daemon from The Golden Compass that changes form to become a dragon?

a. Metatron
b. Pantalaimon
c. Baruch
d. Xaphania

Jacinda is special even among the draki โ€” the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms.

10. In Firelight by Sophie Jordan what rare dragon ability does Jacinda posess?

a. The ability to take flight
b. The ability to breathe ice
c. The ability to breathe fire
d. The ability to cast spells

Answers: 1b; 2c; 3d; 4b; 5d; 6a; 7c; 8a; 9b; 10c.

Cherry Play Day ๐Ÿ’

These cherries are very small Mickey! It’s a lot more fun playing with the real cherries ๐Ÿ’

Did you know Chile set the record for the the longest line of fruit, using cherries? It would have been fun to eat all those cherries!

A total of 24,638 cherries were placed next to each other in a continuous line forming the figure of two large cherries.

Chile is the largest exporter of cherries in the world. They also hold the record for the world’s heaviest cherry! It was grown at Chile Chico, known as the city of sun, and located near General Carrera Lake.

The heaviest cherry, 30 mm and 23.92 g, was grown by Frutรญcola Patagonia in Chile Chico.

Turkey is the largest producer of cherries in the world. Itโ€™s appropriate given the countryโ€™s fertile climate and the fact that cherries originated from Asia Minor, which includes modern-day Turkey. But it only makes fresh cherries, not the designer cherries the girls like! ๐Ÿ˜€

Archaeologists have discovered fossilized cherry pits in prehistoric caves throughout Europe and Asia. Cherries were known to be cultivated in Mesopotamia by the Assyrian King Sargon II in the 8th century BCE. He was probably not the first to cultivate them, but he increased their popularity because he apparently liked their fragrance.

In the 5th century BCE, Herodotus described a race of Scythians called Argippaeans from the northern shores of the Black Sea. They lived almost exclusively on a type of cherry called Ponticum. Each family lived at the base of a tree, which was covered with lengths of white felt in winter, presumably to protect the inhabitants as well as the blossom. The cherries were strained to make a thick juice called aschy. “They lap this up with their tongues, and also mix it with milk for a drink”, with the leftover sediment being made into cakes and eaten later instead of meat.

According to Pliny, it is the Roman general and epicure Lucullus who deserves the credit for bringing cultivated cherries to Italy in 74 BCE. He had gone to fight Mithridates VI and returned victorious bringing vast wealth and cherries. Legend has it he took his life on the day he realized he had only a few thousand cherries left.

The earliest written mention of cherries comes from the Greek author Theophrastus, who inventoried the fruit in his History of Plants in 300 BCE. He indicated that cherries had been cultivated for hundreds of years in Greece. The origin of the English word “cherry” is believed to derive from the Ancient Greek place name ฮšฮตฯฮฑฯƒฮฟแฟฆฯ‚ (Kerasoรปs), which was the original name and namesake of the modern Turkish city of Giresun.

Cherries were part of Roman soldiersโ€™ rations, and as they traveled, the pits they discarded became the trees that proliferated throughout the empire. There was a saying that to find the old Roman roads, all one had to do was follow the wild cherry trees.

Charles V (1338 โ€“ 1380) called the Wise.
This painting belongs to the Portraits of Kings of France, a series of portraits commissioned between 1837 and 1838 by Louis Philippe I and painted by various artists for the Musรฉe historique de Versailles.

Cherries became especially popular in France, where King Charles V planted 1125 cherries trees in his gardens at St. Paul and Tournelle (near present day Place des Vosges), the year he ascended to the throne, 1364. No wonder he was called Charles the Wise ๐Ÿ™‚ In the time of Louis XIV, when Madame de Sevigne wanted to express a very particular delight in the fables of La Fontaine, she compared them to a basket of cherries. “You pick out the best – and the basket is empty!”

They are still popular in France ๐Ÿ™‚

Cedric Grolet’s cherry creations

Cherries are members of the rose family. Rosaceae, the rose family, is a medium-sized family of flowering plants, which includes herbs, shrubs and trees. Prunus is a genus of Rosaceae, which includes the fruits plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, and almonds.

Cherries are also members of the designer family ๐Ÿ™‚ It all started with the Louis Vuitton 2005 spring/summer collection.

Paris, April 2005, Champs-ร‰lysรฉes
Louis Vuitton cherry range

Designer cherries are especially popular in France – Christian Louboutin, Saint Laurent and Gucci included cherries in their collections.

Christian Louboutin cherry handbag
YSL Spring/Summer 2015 Collection – we didn’t find these cherries attractive enough!

Other designers adopted cherries as well, Coach designed a particularly pretty range ๐Ÿ™‚ One of our favourites!

Everybody is happy playing ๐Ÿ™‚

Twelve Wise Bears

It’s gallette des rois time ๐Ÿ™‚

For little bears, Christmas didn’t end with the dessert feast on Christmas day, but with a feast and a special celebration today. Also called Epiphany, Little Christmas or, more commonly Three Kings Day, January 6 is a time for feasting. And little bears like feasting ๐Ÿ™‚

In France, the Epiphany has come to be associated with a very special dessert โ€“ galette des rois, known in English as Epiphany cake or the cake of kings. Itโ€™s basically everything you want in a Christmas dessert: a flaky puff pastry cake filled with frangipane and โ€“ if made correctly โ€“ a special charm, or la fรจve, hidden deep inside a slice. Whoever ends up with la fรจve is king or queen for a day (each cake comes with a paper crown), provided they havenโ€™t broken a tooth, that is.

In Perth, Chez Jean Claude makes a yummy gallette with almond cream filling and a fรจve on the side ๐Ÿ™‚ It goes very well with a cocktail, or two…

Little Bears Through The Decade

2010 – Plotting is afoot ๐Ÿ™‚

2011 – Birthdays with beary friends are totally pawsome ๐Ÿ™‚

2012 – Bear size moving vehicles come into existence ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll get them all!

2013 – Little bears discover clothes and cocktails ๐Ÿ™‚ and go on their first trip to Disneyland in Hong Kong

2014 – The blog comes into existence and little Jay joins the family ๐Ÿ™‚

2015 – Little bears go on a grand tour of Australian capital cities and visit Japan during cherry blossom season to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Puffles and Honey’s travel adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

2016 – Little bears visit London and go where no bear has gone before

2017 – It’s the year of beary artists and scientists ๐Ÿ™‚ And of the Instagram account….

2018 – Pawsome friends, pawsome art, pawsome adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

2019 – The most magical year yet with a grand tour of Paris as only little bears can do ๐Ÿ™‚

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