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The Elephant is still in the room

Yes, the elephant is still in the room because we have adopted Tundani for another year from Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and their orphan program. Tundani feels like a part of our family even though he’s at the elephant orphan nursery in Africa and we are in Australia. We have a large statue of him in our family room and I’ll often talk to him (as if he can hear me over there). Funny though, when my granddaughter, Larabella (one-year old), came to visit last weekend she ignored all my other ornaments and went to Tundani and patted his head. Even our dog, Mahli, gives Tundani a random sniff and look.


If you read this blog regularly you’ll know I collect elephants. I think the count is 23 (not including artworks). Here’s the latest. A really cute Christmas gift from my son Joel.

Welcome Elephant statue given to me by Joel for Christmas 2014.
Welcome Elephant statue given to me by Joel for Christmas 2014.


My latest healthy discovery is ‘Mayver’s Original Super Spread’. I looooooove Peanut Butter and this is just like the natural peanut butter you can buy at health food stores, but better. It’s a totally delicious, 100% natural, crunchy blend of Almond, Sesame, Chia & Nuts. Try it! I’m just nuts about it!

Super Spread front label.
Super Spread front label.
Super Spread back label.
Super Spread back label.


Time to start your fitness routine. My boot camp class shows how quickly fitness can be depleted when you have too long a break. Most of us have more inches around our tummies and our runs were definitely harder. We all like to overindulge a little over the festive season, and why shouldn’t we? But it’s time to get back before all the good work done before Christmas is undone. If you’re not fit at all, you should still be starting now. We can all gain our fitness back we just have to make a commitment. Make it a habit.


Not including the huge 480 page ‘The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published’ by Arielle Eckstut & David Henry Sterry that I’m wading through. I’ve just finished ‘The Dive from Clausen’s Pier’ by Ann Packer. A novel with conflict and heartbreak. A young woman must decide between being there for a boyfriend (she no longer loves) and a new life in New York. The boyfriend’s recent accident changes everything, or does it? I thoroughly enjoyed this novel about feeling trapped by life’s events.



Holidays. I don’t go back to work until Tuesday. I’ve unwound and accomplished a few writing goals. I’ve read and relaxed on the beach. I’ve gone for long walks and short runs with Mahli. I’ve explored new places with Bevil and Blake. I’ve watched the moon and stars looking for a comet and marveling at the universe. I’ve enjoyed the comfort of family and good friends. Holidays make me grateful that I have a good job to allow me to enjoy my holidays.


Donna Munro is the author of The Zanzibar Moon, Kendwa's Secret and Elephant Creek, freelance writer, blogger, graphic designer, content writer, book marketer, administrator, web editor and book reader. She's been published in Take Five, The Australian Woman's Weekly, For Me, She, That's Life, Woman's Day and Club Life and other smaller publications. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of Australia and the current Administrative Assistant. Donna lives in Queensland and is addicted to beaches, reading, Peanut Butter, elephants, koalas, Sydney Roosters and Home & Away. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand with a book in her hand.

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