Charlie Bear, Leaving Maple Ridge, Canada


Posted Aug 13, 2010, 3:09 am
Hi!  My name is Charlie Bear! 
My mom bought me on eBay about a week ago and I’ve finally arrived at my new home.  Yesterday I got to meet my new family—Brownie White, Pear, Nike and Teddy Bear—and they all seemed really nice.

I still haven’t gotten to meet Emily S. because she’s in Iowa right now, but I think me and her will get along just fine.  My mom told me that I was going to be a ToyVoyager just like Emily S. and I’m very excited to start my travels!

My mom also told me that my first destination will be Canada!  I'll be staying with AbbyB for a little while!  My mom says I'll be leaving in about a week and I'm really looking forward to it!  :D

I'll keep you posted!
~Charlie Bear

Posted Aug 14, 2010, 9:34 am
Hi again!
My mom got me all packed up for my trip!  Apparently I’ll be leaving a bit sooner than expected!  She must really want me out of the house!  ;)

It's a good thing that I'm tired, because I'm in for a bit of a ride.  I'm excited though, because when I wake up, I'll have reached my destination! 

See you soon, Abby!
~Charlie Bear



Posted Aug 31, 2010, 9:06 pm
I have arrived in Canada!

While I am excited to have started my travels, I do miss you a lot, but Abby says she will do her best to make me feel at home.

Posted Sep 9, 2010, 8:16 pm
This little mini town was sitting near the road.  It is ToyVoyager-sized!

Posted Sep 9, 2010, 8:19 pm
This is the Chilliwack airport.

See that 'I fly for pie!' sign?  People do quite literally fly here to eat pie.

Every day they put up many different kinds and take them down as they are sold out.  These are the ones available today, and inside the kitchen are the plaques for about thirty more kinds.

I got the raspberry rhubarb pie.

Posted Sep 9, 2010, 8:21 pm
The Back Porch is a local farm that sells handmade pottery, has a coffee roastery, and there are also antiques and some animals.

We looked at the antiques first.  Wouldn't this be perfect for ToyVoyagers?  If only it wasn't broken.

Next, we visited the goats.

We also visited the chickens.

This farm has a large garden.

Inside one of the buildings was where coffee, pottery and garlic were being sold.  This is also the pottery workshop.

Posted Sep 10, 2010, 5:47 am
A new ToyVoyager has arrived.  Who could it be?

It's Ewan E. Ewok!

We decided to introduce him to Lou.

Posted Sep 10, 2010, 5:47 am
It's Abby's day off, so we decided to bake cupcakes together.  This is our carrot cake recipe (there were no instructions so we made them up).

We started off by grating some carrots.

I had a go.

Next we mixed sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl we mixed flour, baking soda, baking powder and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves).

We added the dry ingredients to the wet, then mixed in the carrot.

Into the liners...

And baked for 25 minutes.

Next we mixed up some cream cheese frosting.  Yum.

The piping bag was heavy, so everyone helped out.


Posted Sep 14, 2010, 8:47 am
Today we are attending a play at Bard on the Beach, a local Shakespeare festival that runs every summer.

Today's play is Falstaff, which is a condensed version of King Henry IV Parts 1 and 2.  Basically, they took out all of the dry bits.

There were no pictures allowed inside, but it was a very enjoyable play.

Posted Sep 14, 2010, 8:48 am
Another ToyVoyager has arrived.

It's Bobi!

Posted Sep 28, 2010, 7:47 am
Today we are going to Eat! Fraser Valley, which is a show on local food.

We bought these tickets, which enabled us to try all sorts of food.

Posted Sep 28, 2010, 7:48 am
We met up with Smaug and his visiting TVs for coffee and to explore Chinatown.  This is the Millenium Gate, or the Gate of Thousands' Happiness.  It was built in 2002.

This is the Sun Yat Sen Garden.

We took a group picture here.

This is a memorial commemorating those who served in Canadian wars, and those who worked on the railroads.

This is the giant abacus.  The beads are made of jade.

Posted Sep 28, 2010, 7:48 am
Ollie Kikabeer arrived today.

Posted Oct 7, 2010, 7:08 pm
Abby took me to a very special event.  A PostSecret live event!  Frank Warren got on stage and told everyone stories and showed pictures of never-before seen secrets, then opened up the floor to people in the audience who wanted to tell their secrets.

I did get my picture taken in the theatre, but it was so dark that you couldn't tell I was there, so instead I am showing you two pictures without me in them that are slightly better quality.

After the event, I got to meet Frank!

Posted Oct 11, 2010, 3:24 am
Today is Convocation at Abby's school, and I was there to see Abby's sister graduate.

The ceremony is held in the aptly-named Convocation Mall.

Before the ceremony, the graduands were piped in by SFU's six time world champion pipe band.

There were a number of speeches during the event.  Abby was the designated photographer for her sister, so she was busy running around with a much better camera and did not have time to take more photos of me.

After the ceremony there was a reception for a special few people.

Posted Oct 11, 2010, 3:50 am
It's time to harvest the grapes in the garden.  We all came out to help.

After playing for a while, Abby said that we were there to help, not supervise, and I was put to work.

It took a while, but I think we did a good job.

Posted Oct 15, 2010, 4:27 am
As you may know, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October.  It's not really a huge deal here, but, as one of Abby's professors said, 'Thanksgiving is the only day of the year where every single Canadian eats the same thing for dinner.'  This is mostly true.  Usually there is a turkey, but they take forever to cook and nobody like turkey here anyway, so there was chicken, along with potatoes, brussel sprouts, stuffing and candied yams.

I took some of everything.

Posted Oct 25, 2010, 6:37 am
Abby is working on a project for school that is based in New Brighton Park in a back corner of Vancouver, so I tagged along to see the park.  In the 19th century there was a hotel (also home to Vancouver's first post office) and a number of other buildings here, and it was also called 'End of the Line' because this was the end of the stagecoach line from downtown Vancouver.  In the latter half of the 19th century, this is where all the best people in Vancouver vacationed.  None of this exists anymore and nobody is sure where the hotel actually stood, but it was nice to visit the park anyway.

This monument says:

Here Vancouver Began
All was forest towering to the skies.  British Royal Engineers surveyed it into lots, 1863, and named the area "Hastings Townsite" to honour Admiral Hastings, British Navy.

Everything Began At Hastings
The first post office, customs, road, bridge, hotel, stable, telegraph, dock, ferry, playing field, museum, C.P.R Offices (Canadian Pacific Railway).  It was the most fashionable watering place in British Columbia.

New Brighton Park
Retains the name of a hotel built here in 1880 known as the new "Brighton House"

The park is rather large, and it has some nice views.

Posted Nov 2, 2010, 7:10 am
This year Abby let us bake her a birthday cake.  It is near Halloween, so we wanted to make it Halloween candy-themed.

First we melted together butter and chocolate.

Then you add sugar...

Eggs one at a time...

Then flour and baking soda, alternating with water.

Then, we poured it into two pans.

Next, it was time to make frosting.  We mixed together white and brown sugar, butter, milk and corn syrup.

Boiled it for a few minutes...

Once it cooled we added butter and whipped it up.

Onto the cake!

Next was the fun part.  We lined the cake with Kit Kat bars...

Then topped it off with M&Ms!  Voila!  A Halloween candy-themed birthday cake!

Posted Nov 2, 2010, 7:11 am
Happy Halloween!!!

Everybody has such good costumes this year.  Hedgie dressed up as an archaeologist, Roderich dressed up as the Cheshire Cat, Ewan E. Ewok dressed up as a Hawaiian Person, Ollie Kikabeer dressed up as a witch, and I dressed up as a Care Bear!

We showed Abby's Mom our costumes and she was so impressed that she gave us candy!

Next, we helped decorate the garden in preparation for Trick-or-Treaters.

This is what it looked like at night.  Spooky!

Posted Nov 4, 2010, 3:02 am
A new TV has arrived, Bussi who is travelling along the WWTVT.

Posted Nov 8, 2010, 9:34 am
Today we are going for a drive to see some of the local scenery.

We drove to Grant Narrows Regional Park.

We went for a walk down this dike.

We didn't walk all of the way, but we did go to this look-out tower.

The views are really pretty.

Posted Nov 26, 2010, 7:32 am
Maple Ridge's first snow.

Posted Dec 2, 2010, 4:12 am
Ollie Kikabeer and I are both leaving today.  Everyone gathered to say goodbye.