I'm very active in my retired life!
I’m grateful to John for all what I have learnt from him…
Even though I’m not a professional travelling Bear anymore, my life has remained quite active.
I have started a more bucolic career, here in our beautiful Bearshire. I can manage quite well as shepherd by now.
I have learnt many things during my trips and I have taken inspiration for this new activity from what my dear friend John A. Graham
had taught me while I was his guest in Weardale.
You might give a look at the photos he took of me
Ah, what nice memories…I miss every one of my dear hosts deeply…
Thank you, John, for remembering me and for your warm wishes!
End of the saga. Frimpong decided to retire!
I’d like informing all my friends and kind visitors, who have followed my adventures of travelling bear for over seven years, that something very important has happened in my life:
I decided to retire.
I have worked as professional travelling bear with devotion and engagement, I have visited all continents and I have met personally many people of all nationalities, I have had wonderful experiences and I have learnt a lot of things.
I’m proud to know I have managed to bring a smile to many people too and I have created a link of friendship among all the different photographers who have been my hosts all over the world.
Things change and a wise bear must understand when it’s the moment to retire in order to not spoil a project which has been so successful for such a long time.
The saga of Frimpong the Travelling Bear has come to an end, but it doesn’t mean that you won’t have my news anymore, the future rest on the gods’ knees, as the ancient wise men used to say.
I’m deeply enjoying my retired life right now.
I live with my beloved aunt Violet here in Bearshire and I take all my time to relax.
Definitely is a change to not be on my former hectic rhythms of life anymore and I can tell farewell once for all to the damned cardboard boxes!
All my sincere thanks to all the people who have made Frimpong’s project possible
Frimpong loves Spain!
Frimpong loves Spain.
He has already visited Madrid and Barcelona, invited by kind Spanish photographers, but he has also always hoped to have a further invitation to see other part of the country.
For this reason he was particularly happy to get an invitation by Juan Carabias
who suggested to Frimpong to get to Malaga and to be his guest.
Frimpong and Juan have immediately developed a friendly complicity and they have had a really wonderful time together.
If you feel like discovering the beauty of Malaga through Frimpong's experiences and through Juan Carabias’lenses…
A new gallery will be opened soon.
In the meanwhile you might like visiting Juan Carabias’ photo-galleries, clicking HERE
2 July 2011
Reading about Malta
This is the time of the year when a lot of Northern Europeans head southwards towards the sun, and even though I am a bear, and that many of my cousins like cooler climes with snow-capped mountains, I couldn¡¦t turn down an invitation by an auburn-haired Irishwoman to accompany her on a short holiday to Malta.
Malta is a place I've only ever visited briefly and I know it has a fascinating multi-faceted history. My Irish friend has a passionate interest in all things historical, so in order not to disappoint her I decided to indulge some R and R (reading and research) before my departure.
Of course, when I get there, I shall hope to indulge in the other form of R and R (Rest and Relaxation). I am quite an expert on that.
Going through a hoop in Belfast
Some of you may be wondering what I’ve been up to recently, but as you might imagine, even a travelling bear must take a little time out from his schedule!
As a result I was able to give my staff a well-deserved break, but they have reminded me that it is time for me to come out of my self-imposed retreat. After the very enjoyable visits I made to Connemara and to Qatar, I can now share with you some images from a brief interlude I enjoyed in Belfast with Christel.
Here you see me leaping through a famous Belfast hoop as I enter into the joyous spirit of a most pleasant time in this famous city.
Very shortly I will share with you some of my enjoyable moments there.
Frimpong is visiting Qatar
We are a little afraid that our dear Frimpong, the world famous travelling bear, is going to get a big head…
Of course we say that in a low voice, because we care for our job and we want to keep it and the last of our intentions is offending our boss, but we have reasons for thinking he’s getting swollen-headed
We have just received this picture from him to announce his next destination in his never-ending series of trips.
Frimpong is in Qatar, invited by John Thompson
, who has been pampering him in the most enjoyable and luxurious way.
Frimpong could not be happier in company of his new friend and generous host
John is a passionate ornithologist and specialized in ornithology photography.
Someone among you might remember that Frimpong has always wished to practise bird-watching but, for mysterious reasons he has always failed to see any bird, even though his hosts have taken him to places very suitable for that.
Maybe this time, at long last, Frimpong will be able to see his first ornithological specimen.
It will be another reason to be grateful to John.
By the way don’t forget to visit John’s galleries
if you like excellent birds’ pictures.
The new gallery “Frimpong in Qatar” will be posted soon.
Frimpong looks for his roots in Connemara...
We have just received this message from Mr. Frimpong Bear
I’m once again in Ireland…Since I found out it was the land of my remote ancestors I take advantage of every invitation to discover the most evocative corners of the Emerald isle.
I suppose this time we might call my trip a kind of “retreat” to find myself meditating in the serene and wild mountains of Connemara, one of the parts of Ireland I had not properly visited yet.
The bear returns to a place where his ancestors are considered gods, and where people named Mahon still bear (!) the evidence of their relationship to the God-bear.
There is an Irish surname, Mac Mathghamhna, written today with the English spelling MacMahon, which means “son of the bearcub” and it proves my deep link with the ancient traditions of Irish history and legends.
Just to say that in a less intellectual way… all the people who are called MacMahon nowadays are somehow in debt to my ancestors.
I’m in a contemplative mood and my stay here in Connemara is helping me to enjoy my philosophy of life in the best possible way.
My present hosts are Bartosz Kotulski and his wonderful little family. They have made me feel really at home and I thank them for that.
I’m forwarding to you the photos of me taken by Bartosz during my stay here in Connemara.
I rely on you to post them properly in my next gallery.
Don’t forget I pay you a salary, so do your best!
We care about our salary, so the new gallery will be posted soon...
Please, visits also Bartosz's photo-galleries clicking HERE we are sure you’ll like what you’ll find there.
Frimpong the pilgrim lands in New England
Frimpong was invited to visit New England by Shannon, a kind lady-photographer who offered to be his guide and hostess.
Our adventurous Travelling Bear, as you might remember, always tries to adapt himself to the traditions of the country he’s going to visit. Occasionally he might exaggerate a little, always in good faith.
He got some information to introduce himself to Shannon in what he thought to be the most suitable way, but we are afraid he utilised rather antiquated sources and his dress code might be considered out of date by now….
Anyway this is how Frimpong landed in New England.
The photos documenting his new adventure will be posted soon in a new Gallery.
to visit other Shannon's photo-galleries.
We have just received this letter from Mr Frimpong Bear
Please, don’t get puzzled and don’t wonder why I’m carrying a dead sheep on my head.
It’s NOT a dead sheep; it’s a traditional Georgian hat.
Actually I’m visiting wonderful country, Georgia which is not in USA ( that one is a state of USA, not a country by itself), but is a country of Caucasus, situated between Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
I’m so lucky to have met many new friends here and my hostess Lika …ahhh, you’ll see she’s adorable!
I’ll let you have the photos very soon, in the meanwhile, please, start preparing the gallery where they’ll be posted.
Do a good job, because I’m the one who pay your salaries.
Our adventurous travelling bear accepted gratefully an invitation to Tbilisi received from a lovely and talented lady,
You’ll see, if you like his new gallery very soon.
As always, stay tuned!
Frimpong was invited to Montreal (Canada)!
After his stay in Tuscany, Frimpong was happy to accept Marcela’s
invitation and reached her to Montreal.
Frimpong has informed us that all was really enjoyable there and he has many photos to show to all of us.
Very soon a new gallery will be posted, so, as always...
Frimpong wishes to thank his hostess in Montreal, Marcela Mejia
, for her kindness and he invites you to visit her personal photo-galleries too, clicking HERE
Frimpong is also grateful to Benoit Durocher
, who, together with Marcela, took photo of our valiant travelling bear during his visit of Quebec.
Frimpong suggests to all of you to visit Benoit's galleries as well, clicking HERE
Frimpong went to visit beautiful Tuscany.
Frimpong went to visit beautiful Tuscany, looking for memories of his forefathers – Mrs. Violet Bear sent us a letter and a photo to inform us.
Mrs. Violet Bear’s letter.
“Dear Secretaries and Staff of Mr. Frimpong Bear (my beloved nephew),
I know I should climb up to my attic to tidy and clean it more regularly, but I’m an elderly lady and often my paws ache a little too much to allow me to go upstairs.
Nevertheless I do think the time has come to dust all the treasures which have nested in my attic over the centuries, since they are the precious memories of our family history.
You see in the picture I’m sending you that I have started my cleaning task from the part of my attic I call the “Italian room”.
Here we keep some portraits of old members from the Italian branch of the Bear family.
There is no better opportunity to announce to all of you that my nephew, Mr. Frimpong Bear, has received a welcome invitation to visit Tuscany and he will send you the photos soon.
Please be patient with Frimpong if he’s not always able to send you all the photos in the right order and promptly.
I hope to see all of you here in Bearshire soon as well.
The new gallery of Frimpong in Tuscany will be open soon.
Frimpong is always the bestbear in every wedding...
Frimpong was invited as an honoured guest to a smart wedding in Malta!
As some of you might already know,Frimpong accepts graciously to attend all the weddings he’s invited to,
wherever they are in the world.
You might take a look at the photo-galleries which document the merry ceremonies he has already taken part in
After his relaxing stay in Bali, Frimpong ironed carefully his formal clothes and he went to Malta.
As you’ll find out by yourself, he spread once again his charm over all the ladies.
The photos will be posted soon in the weddings section of Frimpong’s galleries.