Since being there last time, a number of entries have been done into the guest book. Some nice drawings and some very friendly words (with a number of mentions of “Father’s Porridge”, whatever that means) to boot.

A very nice drawing of the Bear Head over the smallest chair.

A very nice drawing of the Bear Head over the smallest chair.

More lovely doodles by the same artist

More lovely doodles by the same artist

...and a lovely note from neverland.

...and a lovely note from neverland.

The hotel has finally officially launched the trailer park. To be honest, it was a great success with loads of people and interest from all quarters. The media was all over it and the Three Bears trailer got a lot of PR. Next stop: Top Billing!

Alex and her boyfriend, Reijer giving us a hand.

Alex and her boyfriend, Reijer giving us a hand.

The manager, the owner and his wife trying out the porridge.

The manager, the owner and his wife trying out the porridge.

The guestbook is in action.

The guestbook is in action.

"Dear Pappa Bear..."

"Dear Pappa Bear..."

I think the caravan is about ready to receive it’s visitors. Mark and Joe take a pose in the lounge for the cameras (ah, heady fame), then it’s all over. Bar the YouTube and Flickr sites, of course.

The Three Bears mantlepiece

The Three Bears mantlepiece

Even the post-it notes are up...

Even the post-it notes are up...

...and there is a fire in the hearth

...and there is a fire in the hearth

Mark and Joe

Mark and Joe

The return of the Golden One is referred to in the letters that are hidden in the bottom drawer in the kitchen. These are letter that papa bear wrote to himself, from the future, when he’s had time to reflect on the Goldilocks incident in its full context. To find out more, you’ll have to visit the caravan and see for yourself.

The Golden One

The Golden One

Or is this the Golden One?

Or is this the Golden One?

Or this One?

Or this One?

...or even this One?

...or even this One?

Most of the people who helped with this project came along to have beer with the bears. And then some other people came. And then some complete strangers. It carried on till late, seems everyone wanted a tour and Mark was only happy to oblige.

Jenny and Carla

Jenny and Carla

Jody, who painted the air vents - nasty buggers.

Jody, who painted the air vents - nasty buggers.

Rachel, who said she would paint

Rachel, who said she would paint

Alex, who made all the letters

Alex, who made all the letters

Rikus, who's body is cut off in this shot made the top drawer

Rikus, who's body is cut off in this shot, made the top drawer

Complete strangers

Complete strangers...

...who didn't stay strangers for long

...who didn't stay strangers for long

Joe has been making cutains till the bears come home. Literally, they are the last things to go up before the sun rises on the day of the “soft launch”. We like to think of it as a Caravan Warming.

Chairs and tables, every bears needs a lounge, eh?

Noleen Read, a fantastic potter, made all the crockery for our new home. It’s all hand-made, decorated with words and images taken from the Bear family history. Goldilocks also appears every now and again. They were all done with three sizes in mind; big, medium and small.

Three sizes of everything fits in the cupboard

Three sizes of everything fits in the cupboard

 

Three bowls on the table

Three bowls on the table

 

Milk jug

Milk jug

Sugar Bowl

Sugar Bowl

…and in this case, Alex van Tonder did the writing. She also made up the To-Do notes, the stickies, letter from Daddy bear (from the future), a mother’s day card from Baby bear, etc, etc, etc. These will be hidden away or displayed on the fridge, whatever is relevant.

A layout of literature

A layout of literature

Ransom note

Ransom note

Dear daddy...

Dear daddy...

Things-to-do list

Things-to-do list

Music to make bears by

Music to make bears by

Stickies for the fridge

Stickies for the fridge

Is your child disturbed too?

Is your child disturbed too?

There were other authors too

There were other authors too

Some for adults and some for kids

Some for adults and some for kids

When bears shit in the woods, (where else?) they like a little privacy. A foldy-away concertina type door is just the ticket in a cramped caravan. The original door needed a little TLC to make it work again and a tree was added to make it a forest. Now you know where to go when you gotta go.

 

The original door - sexy

The original door - sexy

Gaffer tape - man's best friend

Gaffer tape - man

After a lot of experiments, good old gaffer tape proved to be the ideal solution. It has the same texture as the original material, is a good colour and sticks like crazy. Now, to try and figure out how to draw a picture with it onto an undulating 3D folded surface.

 

Work in progress, seen from the top

Work in progress, seen from the top

 

Open, in place but not attached yet.

Open, in place but not attached yet.

 

When you open the door, you close the forest

When you open the door, you close the forest

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