Parachuting Teddy Bears – You think I’m joking, Huh ??

Saturday 1403  – 07.09.2013.

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If you follow my blog regularly you’ll know that I am mostly quite a serious person who carries the weight of the world on my shoulders but sometimes I need to take a break from my activist ways in order to protect my sanity and today was just such a day.

_1287When I first moved to Cambridgeshire I saw this sign (left) for The Pidley Mountain Rescue team in the next village to where I live. Now if you don’t know Cambridgeshire you won’t know that it is as flat as a pancake so I was completely miffed!

It didn’t have the web address on it then so I had to google it to find out what on earth it was all about and this is what it says about why it has such a name –

The charity is based in the village of Pidley and was originally founded over 30 years ago.  The village of Pidley is on the edge of the Fens in Huntingdonshire, and is at its highest only 88 ft above sea level.  The charity’s name was created when a local villager’s car broke down on the slope leading to the village.  His charitable rescuers pushed the car up the ‘mountain’ home.

This is what it does now –

“Our charity provides specialised equipment for disabled children and adults to develop and progress their personal mobility, and improve their homelife, while raising awareness of the needs of disabled people in our community.  Examples of equipment supplied include: wheelchairs; electric scooters; specialised trikes; paediatric buggies, adaptive computer software and hardware; and sensory equipment.”

Here’s a link for you to find out more about it.

So what’s all this about Parachuting Teddies then?  Their latest fundraising event that’s what – the annual Pidley International Teddy-Bear Freefall Competition.

10 teddy bears parachuting out of an aeroplane 1 at a time and sponsored by local companies. The one that landed closest to the “honey pot” in the middle of the field was declared the winner. Everyone attending was encouraged to buy raffle tickets, there were 10 pots each with a sponsor’s name and you could put your ticket or tickets into whichever pot you wanted. The pot which corresponded to the winning teddy bear then had a winning ticket drawn from it.

Ok that’s enough talking let’s show you some photos from the day which was a really happy sunny one with lots of happy children all clutching teddy bears ( and a few adults too !) with a prize for the best dressed one and having fun doing things like decorating gingerbread men before eating them!


It was lovely to see so many families out enjoying a bit of harmless fun and raising money into the bargain. It really did my heart good. 

So here’s how the jump happened –


Here’s one about to jump out of the plane !

teddy about to jump out of plane


Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee here he goes..!



Phew the parachute opened!



Nearly down!


Back on land



The recovery team



It was a wonderfully happy morning and I took a lot of other photos of some of the children and teddies as well as of the wonderful aerobatic flying, so I am going to feature them on Photomania over the next few days , look out for them.

Here’s the first – Just One Big Cuddly Teddy Bear – click here

Saturday girl signing off, have a good week.




Filthy Lucre and Buskers.

Saturday 1413  – 29th June 2013

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Above are the wonderful Sin Crumy favourites and I’ll post more about them on Photomania soon. Check out their website here

A quick and very late post

As anyone familiar with this blog will know, and particularly if you follow my other blog Photomania,  I do take rather a lot of photos and it’s all very well putting them on blogs but I have been thinking for a while that I also ought to look at some way of earning some spondoolies, dosh, dough, folding stuff,  loot, wonga, bread and honey,  readies, filthy lucre or any other name you want to give to money, from my photography. Gosh so many names for money and there are more I’m sure.

What slang names do you have for money in whatever country you live in?? Do tell  😀 

So the plan was to see if I could join a micro stock agency..  I applied, read lots of stuff, passed the test questions and submitted 3 varied photos as required.  Having read the advice on the site forums which said you don’t necessarily have to submit ones you think are right for stock photos but ones which show your all round skill, I submitted 3 of my favourite photos, all ones most well received on my blog.

Wrong move! They were all turned down!

Why?  because they were just the wrong sort of photo.. way too arty.

So I submitted photos that were less arty but more what I thought stock photos should be and I heard today that they were all accepted ,so I’m in !

At first I was quite elated,  I am generally easy pleased as you know , but then I thought more about it. My son said to remember that often when people turn what they love doing into a way to earn money they lose their love of it and he is often as wise as anything that son of mine !

Also I considered how much work is involved to prepare a photo for a stock agency. Each photo has to be examined in very close detail, edited carefully for colour composition etc and every speck in the wrong place removed before submitting.  When would I find time?  I know I now work 4 days a week so I do have some time but I already spend waaaaay too much time sitting at a computer and neglecting everything else and I shouldn’t, particularly now we have some semblance of summer. At last 😀

So, as I don’t think I’m really a stock photographer, I am only going to submit from time to time but I will also add a few of the arty ones to Saatchi online and Redbubble but I’m not going to take it too seriously as I definitely don’t want to lose my love of taking pictures..

Of course when winter comes again I may do a little more…


In Cambridge over the weekend – Fri-Sunday we’ve been having a Buskers and Street Performers Festival and it’s been great, so here are a couple of shots from the event, just for the love of taking photographs 😉  and to show you the variety on offer.


A big band in full swing….


and a couple of their Lindy Hop playmates



Tara for this week.. I promise to try to be on time with my next post 😉


You can find my photography blog Photomania here and there will be lots more photos from the festival over there this week.