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Tedz Tedz
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Hi everyone!  I've been lurking on here for a week or so now, but thought I'd join and introduce myself.  I've been a Teddy collector for more years than I care to remember, also a keen crafter.  My collection of both bought and hand crafted bears has grown to the point I don't have space for any more (I can always squeeze the odd one in, somehow, but he who mustn't be obeyed insists we'll need a bigger house if I continue!).  So it has led me to starting up a business, so I can continue crafting but my creations don't lead us into a remortgage  bear_grin (which also means I can have the odd sneaky purchase without him knowing!).  So, I'm in the process of setting up my website at the moment, but after stumbling across this site and seeing some of the truly wonderful creations, I just had to join

Mo Beary Mo Bear Designs
Redcliff, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,536
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Welcome Charlotte.  Glad you found TT!!

EJ Netcong, New Jersey
Posts: 1,595

Woohooo...a woman after my own heart!!   I'm glad you're here....I just joined myself after lurking for a week or so bear_grin

SueAnn Past Time Bears
Double Oak, Texas
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Welcome to Teddy Talk, Charlotte - very pleased to have you!  We have many collectors, artists, and other bear lovers among our members, so have fun while you visit.

Tedz Tedz
Posts: 89

Thank you very muchly for the warm welcome!  bear_original

Conni Germany
Posts: 1,794

bear_flower Welcome here! I'm looking forward to see your bears!

Tedz Tedz
Posts: 89

Bedankt! bear_original Ok, I have to confess....I'm just an imposter here in your beautiful country!  I'm 100% Brit, but my Dutch boyfriend forced me, kicking and screeming to move to the land of dubbel zoute drop and lots of oranje....I'm still traumatised by both of those things!  bear_laugh

I've been here almost two years now, and am ashamed to say, I still don't speak the language at all.  I understand a few words (enough to find the nearest shoe shop or teddy bear/craft supplies, and order a coffee, but that is about my limit, but to try pronouncing them is an entirely different matter!  I do have an orange t-shirt, and a bicycle now, but I'm defo not eating that black stuff  bear_wacko I might master the basics of the language in another 10 years or so, I am working on that!  So I'm also facing a few challenges with regards to legal stuff, and selling at craft fairs purely because I don't speak the lingo!  He who mustn't be obeyed has his uses, I'm not safe to be let out on my own just yet, so he is helping me with that side of things.  Although most people here speak very good english, to me, it's a manners thing.  I can't do a craft fair until I can at least converse a little with people.  It's not all bad though.....as my 'in-laws' don't speak a word of English, so it does have its advantages!!! bear_grin

peterbear Boechout, Antwerp
Posts: 4,755

Hi Charlotte and a very warm welcome to TT!  bear_flower

It must be hard for a Brit to go and live abroad, but the Dutch are a warm and welcoming people (even though we Belgians have a love/hate relationship with them  bear_whistle ).
You will find that there are lots of excellent Dutch teddy bear artists and many teddy bear shows as well (although usually combined with dolls), maybe not as many as in Britain, but certainly more than in Belgium.  You can also easily visit the big German shows like Teddyb√§r Total (where you will also find lots of suppliers).   bear_smile
I'm looking forward to seeing some of the members of your hug.  bear_thumb

Tedz Tedz
Posts: 89

It can be difficult at times, but it can also be very very rewarding and even fun.  I soooooo miss being able to buy certain things.  For example, us Brits live for our Sunday roast dinners, but unless I go to a specialist butcher and give them what they consider to be very strange instructions, it's impossible to buy a joint of meat for roasting here!  On the other hand, some things are a sheer delight to me here.  Dutchies have the most wonderful cakes, and of course, being such a small country and so close to the German/French/Belgian borders, we also have an abundance of Belgian chocolates (what more could a gal ask for?!) and French/German delicacies.  As I see it as a give and take thing.  Some things I just have to accept to living without, whereas other things are much better than what we have in England.  The same applies to cultural differences.  Some things are very alien to me, but some others I truly love.  People in general are much more friendly and approachable here.  I can't walk my dog without at least one person bidding me good morning.  In England if they do that, you automatically assume they've escaped from somewhere!  So, on the whole I'd say its a learning curve, and a fun one at that rather than difficult, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss certain things.

I know only too well about the Dutch/Belgian love/hate relationship.  I think that is soooo funny!  On that one, I'm with you guys (you have good chocolates!).  The French/Belgians also have that love/hate relationship.  I also lived and worked in France for a time (many years ago) I lived in Lorraine, so very near the Belgian/Luxembourg/German borders, so I encountered Belgians quite often, and never truly understood the French jokes towards them.....but now I'm starting to see a pattern  bear_tongue  I don't care though, cos like I said, you have wonderful chocolates, so I'm on your side in both of those debates!  bear_grin

Conni Germany
Posts: 1,794

Hate / love ~ that I know well. I live on the French border. bear_original The love for bears is intercultural and without borders (and limits).

Tedz Tedz
Posts: 89

I am working on learning Dutch.  It's surprisingly hard!  Most Dutch people speak such good English, even if I go to the bank, doctors or something formal.  Upon hearing my accent, they just switch to almost perfect English.  So it makes learning it quite hard (and makes me lazy!)  More in Amsterdam than where I live, but some shop owners automatically speak English when you go in, without even knowing what nationality you are. It really, really makes me lazy, because a lot of the time, I have no need to speak Dutch.  Of course I do need to, but more of a courtesy/manners thing than an actual need.  I feel quite rude not even attempting to speak Dutch at times, but it seems so accepted to just speak English.  That's what makes it hard.  I'm determined though, and although I joke about it, I will get there one day.  I'm learning slowly  bear_original

edmondnutmeg Padfield bears
Derbyshire
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Hi Charlotte welcome to TT  bear_flower Your posts made me laugh. I am from Yorkshire and married a man from Lancashire so it is a wonder my family still speaks to me bear_grin So the love/ hate thing on all borders is alive and well all over the world. Here on TT there are no borders of love/ hate it is love all the way. Your blue ted looks a cutie but is a bit difficult to see on your avitar.
michelle

Tedz Tedz
Posts: 89

Oh....north of Watford?!  bear_wacko They're only places I've heard of, I was warned to stay south of the Watford gap many times whilst growing up  bear_tongue  I'm a Portsmouth gal, but spent a few years in Somerset and Devon prior to moving to the Netherlands.  I'm still a city girl through and through, but couldn't go back to living in a a big city again.  I'm lucky here, I have the best of both worlds, I'm close enough to civilization (shops!) but still have the peace and quite of the countryside on my doorstep. 

I love joking around, but I agree wholeheartedly in the no borders.  I'm only a newbie here, but one thing is clear and that is that we all share the same interest.  Teddies come in all different shapes, sizes and colours, from traditional to modern and funky....yet are all soft, cuddly, warm and personal attachments of ourselves.  All unique, yet fundamentally all the same too!  Just like us as a community here  bear_wub

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