Well, after a few tantalising glimpses of the different stages and parts of Bertie 2, here he is in his natural habitat.
I finished him with beeswax polish on his shell and a matt wood protection on his legs and head. This has given a nice contrasting sheen and matt finish.
As a homage to the original Bertie, here he is having recently woken up for another year.
Wooden Bertie now sits on the mantlepiece. At least I don’t have the worry and responsibility my sister has of looking after the real one.
All I need do is add a bit of polish once a year and not think about lettuce and, always his favourite, cucumber slices.