3 October 2016

Elephants

Fifty eight fibreglass elephants that have been around our city all summer are starting to leave. Below you can see "Hendophant" being covered in bubble wrap. He was situated close to the old Henderson's Relish factory and that's why his colours are orange and black.
He was soon to be loaded on to this vehicle , ready for his journey to the elephant graveyard:-

Half an hour beforehand, I had been in  Weston Park where I spotted three more of the elephants. Like Hendophant, they all belong to The Herd of Sheffield. I blogged about them earlier this summer. See this post.
They are not really going to the elephant graveyard - I was lying about that. In fact, they are going to The Crucible Theatre where - on October 20th - they will be sold to the highest bidders in a charity auction. I wonder how much they will go for. We would like one in our garden to keep Beau and Peep company but I have a feeling their prices will be slightly beyond us. However, monetary donations and pledges from visiting bloggers and readers would probably help us to secure an elephant. How much will you give? All money raised will go to Sheffield Children's Hospital.

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  1. How wonderful! It would be great to have one (or two) in the garden. I have a colourful glazed ceramic one that stands about 2.5 feet tall. I bought "Adu" back in 1979 shortly after we moved from Brisbane to live on the Sunshine Coast. I saw him in a store and couldn't resist him. I also have a couple of life-like pottery ones crafted by an elderly lady on the coast who was a very good potter.

    Elephants are wonderful creatures (in.

    I love those you've pictured here, too.

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    1. The elephants have caused quite a stir in Sheffield. I have a feeling they will go for up to a thousand pounds. Your elephant friends sound splendid. Say hello to Adu for me. (I was going to say "shake his trunk" but realised that such a remark might be misconstrued).

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    2. Hahahahaha!

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  2. Bristol did a similar thing last year with Shaun the Sheep. I think they've done gorillas too in the past. The auctions raise a lot of money for the Children's Hospital. It's rather fun isn't it?

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    1. In Hull they had toads - recalling "Toads" by Philip Larkin. Do the French go in for this sort of thing or is it too silly for their Gallic sensibilities?

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  3. I love that bright 'patchwork' one - do hope you manage to acquire one.

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    1. That is Elmer the Patchwork Elephant - designed and painted by patients at Sheffield Children's Hospital.

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  4. I love elephants !

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  5. I think one of those elephants would look great in your garden. Put me down for a tenner.

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    1. That's the spirit old chum. I just wish more visitors/commenters would follow you example and pledge some dosh.

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  6. I would like to pledge $20.

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  7. I love just how much this simple initiative has fired up the locals' imagination
    Lovely! Just lovely x

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