Thursday, March 11, 2010

Down Under and Back to Sri Lanka

Living in Kuwait has given me the opportunity to travel and to meet so many people from all over the world.

My friends are a melting pot of cultures. Elizabeth, who is from Australia, gave me this wonderful digital picture frame for my birthday.

Once I get my pictures organized, I want to prepare a flash drive with travel photos for display. She also gave me the book "501 Must Visit Islands."

Sam looked through it and exclaimed "Alright, one down, 500 to go." It seems the only one we can check off the list is Sri Lanka. While on that beautiful island, we were so fortunate to visit The Elephant Orphanage.

When we arrived, the herd was just coming back from their dip in the river.

They make the trip from the orphanage to the river three times a day.

It was so amazing to watch them all come up the street and head back "home".

Such large creatures that are so graceful and beautiful!

Such sweet babies, too!

This guy was saved from the jungle. He is blind and has to be kept contained so that he doesn't hurt himself. He is led to the river every day just like the others.

It truly was a most magnificent experience.
I just love these gentle giants of the jungle.
I hope that you are having a bright and beautiful day in your corner of the world. Peace & blessings, Tammy


Anonymous said...

Amazing....I have never seen an elephant "in the flesh". I have always been fearful of horses & I am afraid an elephant would give me appoplexy!! LOL!!
Lovely photos!

Rostrose said...

Oh Tammy, what a heartwarming story! I hope I will see them, too!
Warm hugs, Traude

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Pretty pictures Tammy! I keep coming back and back and back... I so so soooo love your music... Wonderful World!! First i click your blog button and then i press press press press my volume button! LOVE it!!
Have a wonderful whimsical weekend ahead! xo

glor said...

Thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures and info on parts of the world that I would never get to see or know about. Amazing finds and wonders.


Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Oh my gosh how wonderful! And so amazing that you have seen the elephant orphanage in person! They really are magnificent... and the story about the blind elephant is so dear.

Julie said...

Hi, Tammy! My, what a sweet friend you have--and more stunning photos from Sri Lanka--what a wonderful time you had! Love those elephant pictures--just amazing to be able to see them like that!

Hope your day is going beautifully!

Jane said...

What a wonderful experience! The elephant pics are amazing. You are so fortunate to see so many parts of the world and we're lucky to get to share your pictures!

Susan said...

Wow Tammy. Never knew there was such a thing as an elephant orphanage. So fascinating. Your blog is the best! Take care. Oh! Do you ever share how you got to live in Kuwait? Just curious. Sincerely, Susan

Yarni Gras! said...

Thank you for sharing these lovely elephant photos! What a great post :-)

Denise said...

I just love visiting your blog! Seeing parts of the world through your eyes that I will never never be able to visit. Thank you so much for sharing!

Sheila Rumney said...

What an amazing sight! Thanks for sharing...

Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Had to use my ancient computer this morning as my laptop is configuring and unable to hear your calming and relaxing tunes. You have a 10 spring break coming so you might want to think of working on visiting the rest of those 500 islands. What a perfect gift Liz gave you!
That must of been awe inspiring to see the herd of elephants. I might have been nervous. What did the boys think about it? Your trip gets more exciting everyday. If I ever decided to go there, it would probally be with just my husband and oldest. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Love and friendship, Melissa
The Google thing is in Arabic and cant figure it out so let me try this way.

The Garden Bell said...

What a great story. Loved see all the elephants on the move back home. This must be a terrific adventure for your kids, hubbie and you.

Love the new sidebar colors and banner.

Enjoying a rainy day for crocheting here in Florida.

Kate - The Garden Bell

Claus said...

Bless those that take care of such amazing creatures. What a great opportunity you had to witness this!
Lovely frame! I saw one a month or so ago, and for a silly reason, I did not buy it; can't remember why exactly.
Have a lovely day yourself!!

DeeDee said...

What beautiful creatures forsure...they do that with long horn steers here in Fort seeing your trip and your gifts too.

crochet lady said...

I've thought elephants were spectacular creatures and secretly always wished to have an elephant friend.

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Hi Tammy!
It's Friday and I'm catching up here! Thank goodness I only missed three posts...I know...I'm bad but I've been hunkered down working on my swaps and being creative while the creativity is there! haha
Sorry to hear about Yusef's hand...ouch! Boys will be boys. Love the crochet cover! haha
Speaking of crochet, I just love everything you make. I wish I knew how...maybe one day I'll sit and try. There are so many cool patterns and everyone says it's really easy. I just need some TIME to try it.

I love the elephants! How sweet is that! I'd love to sit and watch them pass three times a day...(and crochet at the same time!) haha

You got some great gifts from Rebecca! That frame is really nice and your photos from your travels would be perfect!

I'm still hoping my package gets to you...I think I mailed it on February 2nd...(fingers crossed!)

Have a wonderful weekend Tammy!

Anonymous said...

I live near a large zoo, so I've seen elephants before. But behind a fence. That would scare me to death. Wow, you sure do get around. Enjoy your new digital frame, and be safe.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you got some really nice things from the girls. What a great gift for you - I have little doubt that you will fill that thing up quickly. The island books is such a creative gift. I would love to see how many of the islands you can cross off that list. Tell Sam to get his passport ready... HA!
The elephants are wonderful. What an amazing sight that must have been. I am sure it is something, Sam and the boys will remember for a long time. Such great experiences. Thanks for sharing!!

Love ya,

michelle said...

What amazing adventures you and your family are having!

Vicki said...

Tammy, I think those elephants are beautiful, too. I am so thankful they have a home where they will be kept safe. The gifts from your sweet friend were wonderful. We have many different cultures in my community due to Ft. Hood and that is one of my favorite things about living here. Have a happy weekend, sweet friend! Vicki


Awe........ how cute and sweet! What did the boys think of them? It is a wonderful world isn't it? You better get going on those 500 islands! Ha!
love ya!

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