From the age of ten I went to every Coventry City home game with Sale, my mate.The elephant features on Coventry City's badge and there were plenty of those around on bags and tracksuits etc etc. I don't know why they had to change the badge but the elephant is even more prominent now!
As teenagers we would all meet up "Under the Elephant" in Coventry's new precinct.
Even Coventry's swimming pool was built in the shape of an elephant (sort of...ish)
But I suppose my REAL love for them came when we started adopting MALAIKA, who had been orphaned, rescued and then cared for at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya. Our Best Man Mike Daly and his wife Sharon bought the adoption for our twinnies' 6th birthday and we renewed it every year until she died.
I have built up quite a collection of elephants now, (well...Cub has been collecting them for me on his travels) so I need to make a record of which ellie came from where!
|Beautiful marble ellie from Columbia from Cub, I LOVE this one.|
|From RHODES from Em and Ian|
|Elephant Island, MUMBAI from Guy|
|CLOCK from NixenPixen|
I heart the 4 fridge magnets below.
Top left -from Hong Kong, from Dave Chan,
Top right-from China from Pixen
Bottom left-MADE WITH THE RED DUST
Tsavo East Park, Kenya, from Judy
Bottom right-from ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA from Cub
|From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from Cub|
|URUGUAY from Cub|
|Whistling ellie from EGYPT from Cub|
L LOVE this Thailand ellie's face
|from Thailand from Cub|
When I go to open the fridge I see "You stuff,You puff" but I also see "Proud to be a little wrinkly" and "Smile if you know you are special"
Wow look at this beautiful fridge magnet from Guy's trip to BOSNIA!
I was touched and flattered that he even thought of me while over in Bosnia.
Above and below... from Irene
This was a birthday card from Jean
and a paper clip from Natasha
|Natasha saw this in Oxfam|
How cute are these! I TOTES HEART THESE!
|Mother and Baby Ellies in Glass by EmmaOlivia|
This is bigger than it looks! And heavy! It was from Husb.
This was from Hurghada in Egypt, from Cub
|Lyn Kini's pottery skills|
|ZIMBABWE (with warthog!)|
The hand blown egg, above, is one of my FAVOURITES partly because the adorable Mark carried it back from his home in Zimbabwe on his lap - an 8 ish hour flight, praying that it wouldn't break. It is even more special to me now after Mark's life was cut tragically short with his death at the age of 41. I actually have a large selection of ele-tee-shirts from Mark from his trips home to Zim.
The warthog was Mark's favourite, he sits amongst my ellies.
|The gorgeous ZIM MARK|
I wish I could ask him what this one was made of, I am sure it was a really special stone, it is very heavy anyway.
|Bath from Em and Ian|
|Bali from Sooooooze|
|From Jenny, Rowton Hall, this feels so nice in my hands|
|From NixenPixen and AndAlbert|
|A pen from Portobello Market LONDON from Cub|
|A Bali picture from Sooooze|
|Another birthday card (I FRAMED IT!) from Jean from South Africa|
|Cushions from Neil and Lisa|
|Fabric Ellie from Cub's visit to South Africa|
My book case shelves are pretty full! I need more shelf!!!!