Imitation

What was Paula thinking in setting a photo challenge with the word prompt Imitation Follow the link to find other great example of imitation.

What would I possibly find to suit this challenge. Well my faithful readers, I did find a few so look on with wonder at the imitation in bushboys world (insert laughing face here).  I think this deserves a slideshow as I couldn’t explain some of these photos.

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Hope you had as much fun as I did in finding my Imitations

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Teddy Bears, Dolls Toys

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Teddy Bears Dolls Toys had me thinking what is the most interesting here.

The girls have left home but every Christmas I get out the Christmas toys who take their place guarding the box of Christmas presents.
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Many people may know that I also have an elephant collection (see my blog) So it is only fitting that Humphrey gets involved in Christmas as well
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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Letters E or F

My entries for this weeks Photo Challenge

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I am sure there will be photos of Elephants in this photo challenge. Here is mine, found in a secondhand shop.

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Flying and almost flying

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Face washing. Don’t you hate when your Mum just has to wash your face!

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Flower. The Moon Flower blooms at night so it was special to be there when the flower came out

Here is some of my elephant collection https://bushboy.blog/2015/02/21/elephants/

Elephants

Todays social outrage about Glenn McGrath and his hunting made me think about elephants. Yes elephants. I have a liking for elephants, some may say is bordering on obsession.

There are a couple of elephants around my home. No they aren’t real elephants or you would have seen had regular Twitter updates about elephants and all the fun or problems of having elephants in your backyard may bring. My backyard may be quite a number of hectares but I feel would be totally unsuitable for keeping elephants.

Think of the fencing for starters. Sometimes its hard enough to keep others livestock out of my place let alone trying to wrangle a herd of elephants when they go trampling the neighbours front garden or eat their prize geraniums or are they pelargoniums. Never mind, it’s the keeping of such a huge animal that would warrant some strict examination of ones sanity wouldn’t it?

But this is not what I wanted to get on about. Back to the elephants at my place.

The news of today did make me reflect on why I love elephants. I do suspect it may have come from a visit to Taronga Park Zoo when I was quite small, possibly around 5 or 6. It was lucky I was small as my brother, who was quite a number of years older than I, spent much of the trudging around the zoo with me on his shoulders. I remember seeing the elephants come out of the enclosure and lumber down the pathway to the area where they were saddled up and it was there that you could climb aboard and have a slow-moving swaying journey around part of the zoo. This to me was one of the most exhilarating things that I experienced. So high up and rocking from side to side with the creaking of leather and smell of the closeness to such a wonderful animal.

My next memory of an elephant in my life was when we did papier-mache in Primary School. My fabulous construction was a fantastic elephant. Made of wire and paper painted grey over a number of weeks and then proudly taken home and presented to my Mum, who undoubtedly gushed about how clever I was and what a great thing to grace our home. I never knew whatever happened to my fantastic elephant but I am sure it was pride of place somewhere in the house for a while.

I have been told on a few occasions that I have to stop buying elephants and I have been compliant to a degree. But it seems that every occasion that arises, birthdays, fathers day, Christmas etc, others always find an elephant that I would love.

Recently after a discussion about the purchasing of elephants, my bestie and I were at The Channon Markets and she found an elephant on a stall and said how could I not buy such an adorable elephant. So you see people find elephants and think that I would just love to have it. In all cases yes I would and do.

I have all manner of elephants and no I haven’t counted them as knowing a number would make me seem obsessive wouldn’t it? So following is a small number that I have in my collection.

You may remember my Christmas tree and decorations from last year which I had as an elephant theme. The tree has been put back outside but I have left the remainder of the decorations on the fireplace, probably until the first cold night when a fire will be needed. The yellow tin one on the left is the only one I have bought.

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There are boxes (other items I love to collect) with elephants on them. I call this efficiency in collecting.

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Elephants that can hold candles (this is one of three that I purchased for a reasonable ten dollars) and more boxes also with elephants on them.

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I have art works of elephants. This one was given to me by my daughter who found it in an op-shop.

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Salvador Dali is one of my favourite artists and after I saw the original in the Dali Museum in Barcelona, I decided I must have a print.

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The stone elephant on the left came from Split in Croatia, the little blue and white ones I found in an antique shop in Lismore and the glass one was a gift. The white one in the background is another of the elephant candle holders.

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This little group are all presents showing differing styles and materials and methods.

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This is a striking fellow given to me by my bestie. It has a bit of age around 60’s to early 70’s.

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A wooden table centrepiece given to me by my daughter with three elephants holding the carved and decorated top.

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Great elephant bookends.

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Another gift from my daughter made of stone who I like to have indoors.

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A practical elephant with a clock. Another discovery by my daughter in an op-shop.

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Here is the cute little elephant found at The Channon Market for $2.50

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Another lot of different styles and materials from the nic-nak shelves as are the next few photos.

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More from the shelves

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The elephant on the left I purchased in Barcelona. These are the most decorated elephants in my collection.

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I couldn’t leave out the Christmas elephant and the pillow elephant, again given to me by my bestie.

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This exquisite glass elephant is one of my all time favourites.

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Yes I do love elephants and reading all the stuff today did make me a bit sad.

PS I have three daughters so they all weren’t from the one daughter.

Stuff I saw last weekend

So much happened last weekend. Most of the things I found were during a drive to Murwillumbah plus bits and pieces around my besties place. There were things made of plastic, flowers, big things, small things and of course some birds.

Lets begin with the first thing we saw on the road to Murwillumbah. Cruising through Mooball we just had to stop at the Moo Moo Cafe as the biggest motorbike I have ever seen was “parked” outside. As a bloke who loves his MotoGP and road racing since the days of the Yamaha TZ750’s, this one was worth a quick stop.

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Of course, the first stop was for coffee. This time we went to a cafe I hadn’t been to before. The inside was rather funky and we sat up the back so we could people watch and take in the feel of the place. I liked the lights.

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One wall had some wacky art works and the biggest paella pan I have ever seen.

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Of course the Op-shops had to be explored. I found one of my favourites, an elephant. It was made of plastic but at $45 it stayed in the shop.

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So did the rocker. I think it was a deer?

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The Garden around the Civic Centre was bursting with flowers. The Lilli Pillis were lovely.

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I think this is a Lilli Pilli too but not sure.

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Hanging around the garden was this little Water Dragon. He just ran every time I came near but stopped for a minute for me to get this shot before scurrying off again.

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On the way to the Art Gallery is a Kapok tree whose seed pods were bursting open.

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The Tweed Art Gallery is always a stop off when there are new exhibits. Only one really took my imagination. The art of Philip Wolfhagen was the best and well worth a visit. I just love the Margaret Olley Art Centre as I always find something that I hadn’t seen before. This time I found a chook. Okay, it may not be a chook but I want to think it is.

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Looking out of the window we saw a storm heading over the range and over Mt Warning. They are always spectacular and dramatic looking.

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That night the Huntsman came out from behind the cupboard to check out what we were doing.

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The next day the overnight rain had refreshed the garden and it seemed that there were flowers everywhere. The scent in the air was from the Jasmin growing on the old fence around the garden.

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And from the Wisteria growing on the arbour.

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A splash of yellow caught my eye. It was a Day Lily all by itself standing tall.

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The Azalias were full of blossoms.

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The red of these tiny flowers provided a contrast in the garden.

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There are Pansy’s everywhere, but these small ones looked a treat as they spilled over the edge of the garden.

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I disturbed a small spider who had folded the petals of a Gazania. He was gone in a flash, probably in case I thought he was a snack.

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High in the sky a couple of Kites wheeled about.

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They didn’t come down very close unfortunately.

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Walking around not caring about much, an Emerald Dove just walked down the track.

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While a Galah sat on the powerline looking rather fluffy.

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Among the bushes, a Brush Wattlebird was calling.

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The Wonga Pigeon didn’t seem to mind the rasping call and sat around watching what was going on.

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Late in the afternoon, it looked as if the wattlebird had its pants on fire.

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The next morning back at home, the Satin Bowerbird was getting into the Honey Gem before the Blue-faced Honeyeaters or Friarbirds were awake. This bloke did look rather serious didn’t he?

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Well, like the Brush Turkey, I’d better run.

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