Years ago when our son was in high school, he and his classmates went on two school trip to England one year apart from each other. This is going back, 14-15 years. He had a marvelous time on each occasion. We had been taking him back and forth to visit family since he was a baby, so he felt very at home when he got there.
He presented me with these on his return, the first year he gave me the English Bobby, and the second year I got John Bull and the Fox Hunter. The dogs were two bulldogs and a Fox Hound and I loved them, still do.
They are all very special to me but if I had to pick a favorite I would choose the Bobby, because of the connection to my Dad. If you've been reading my blog for a while you may already know that my Dad was a 30 year career police officer on the Staffordshire Police Force in the UK.
I do love this Fox Hound in his bright red coat.
Here is John Bull with his Union Jack Vest.
Here's Bobby again.
Meet my latest addition to this collection. I was dusting off the figurines a couple of weeks ago, and I got curious. I had long forgotten who created these delightful doggies and did a Google search. The designer is Robert Harrop and you can find the website here. There are several other dogs in various styles of clothing and when I spotted Winnie here, I just had to have him. So, I think he may have started my collecting gene off again as I now have an eye on several others. And I thought those days were over!
Here are two photos I found of Winston Churchill online and you can read his biography here.
My parents were always staunch supporters and I heard so many stories about him when I was a little girl, so there was no passing up this opportunity of adding to my collection of doggie people.
On one more note I am going to be spending the day with my British friends tomorrow watching the Royal Wedding. I came across the official website and if you click right here it will take you to it.
And oh my gosh, would you look at these? I found this on line too but it didn't have an address where I could order them. Hmmmm.......I can see my garden gnome phase coming on, what do you think?