Any body who has visited Fallowfields Country House Hotel is more than likely to have seen the ornamental elephants which roam our public rooms! Not obtrusive, but they can be seen most places. Why? It is simple, my life has been strewn with “eleconnections” and always in an important, meaningful and frequently happy way. It was natural perhaps for me to start collecting wherever we went. Many have come from guests as a token of their appreciation for their stay.
Enough about my elephants, we need to think about the plight of the Asian elephant.
The Asian elephant is endangered and, a charity is making maximum effort to raise funds to help conserve these majestic and wonderful beasts. The result is the “elephant parade”, a series of over 250 brightly painted, life size model elephants strewn around the London streets and parks. The website is http://www.elephantparadelondon.org/ They will all be gathered together on the 25th, 26th and 28 th June at the Royal Hospital Chelsea – that should be a truly amazing sight. Meanwhile they are being auctioned on line at http://www.givinglots.co.uk/ElephantParadeLondon . Somebody told me the prices at auction were likely to be up to £5,000. For those of us unable to reach those heights, smaller versions are available from their online shop.
Knowing their Father had a serious eleadiction some say elephobia, two of my daughters, Keira and Olivia invited me from my Oxfordshire retreat, to London to spend a day with them elehunting. The plan was to meet at Marble Arch, wander through Hyde Park to the Serpentine where a serious case of the “bloody marys” needed to be discussed, via the glorious memorial garden to Princess Diana and into Green Park, down to the Palace and back into Soho where one of the three eleshops is to be found close to the awesomely majestic and inspiring Libertys building.
It was a day to be fondly treasured in my memory for all time, not only the company of two of my beautiful daughters, but later in the evening my son-in-law Martin joined us. Mucho Elephants, bloody marys, wine and food. Honestly couldn’t have been improved upon for an old elefather. Now for some photographs……