Monday mornings are never very fun. I’m always tired and a little sad I’m at work at 7am instead of sleeping in my very warm and comfy bed. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into my cubicle on Monday morning and found presents waiting for me. These weren’t just candy (which sometimes appears on my desk) or the unwanted presents that require work, but presents that have traveled all the way from Zambia to get to me.
My talented friend Anne sent me a few posters she designed, a photo she had taken and a kilo of Zambian coffee (for Micah).
If you’ve been breathing for the last couple years, then you’ve surely seen the Keep Calm and Carry On poster everywhere. I really like this poster but EVERYONE has is.
I’ve been tempted to buy this charcoal version for the fabulous sfgirlbybay for a while but always talk myself out of it. I think it would look good in our bedroom. Or maybe in yellow?
So my friend Anne took the idea of this poster and modified into this:
Anne’s husband Todd, and I used to be office neighbors until he relocated to Lusaka, Zambia to work in one of our field offices. Anne uses her talents to help Todd design posters for work (we dabble in Malaria prevention) and document events. She sent me a PDF of this poster a while back and I told her I had to have a copy. Anne sent this poster back with my boss who was there last week.
I can’t decide exactly where this will go mostly because I keep changing my mind about the decor and color palettes of all the rooms left to decorate. The one thing I do know is that this bad boy is going up somewhere.
Anne also sent me an enlarged photo she had taken on the Zambezi river in southern Zambia. I love this too!
I’ve had my own adventures with elephants on the lower Zambezi in Zambia. Mock charged by an elephant anyone? I spent a weekend at a little lodge on the banks of the Zambezi (boarder between Zambia and Zimbabwe) that was actually an elephant corridor. I guess that means that the lodge is located on a regular elephant travel route.
Here’s me a few years ago hanging on the river with a bunch of elephants sunning themselves on the river bank.
This was the room I stayed in. I was PARANOID about running into a hungry crocodile everyday. They also hangout on the river bank.
And the GLORIOUS Victoria Falls. There’s not much I can say about this. I think the picture says it all.
So, clearly Anne’s picture of the elephant is very much superior to mine on the river. And even though I didn’t take it, it definitely reminds me of my Zambian elephant adventure. As soon as I saw the picture, I knew it had to be framed and hung somewhere, but I just didn’t know where. Then this morning as I was brushing my teeth, I found the perfect place. It’s going in the master bathroom. I was just saying we needed something on the walls in there. Mr. Elephant will be perfect. I’m going to have to try and squeeze a hunt for matting and a frame into my Saturday.
Oh, and if you want to see more of Anne’s work, check out her blog Village Chicken. She decorated her home herself and it looks AMAZING. Hello Apartment Therapy, why haven’t you featured her home yet? I can’t wait to stay here. I love looking at her pictures of Zanzibar. You should also check out Anne’s blog if you are interested in the trials, tribulations and joys of living in Zambia. Some of her adventures are very entertaining.
Micah will be enjoying this very soon.