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|Sheila Crown's Frequently Asked Questions|
> When did you start collecting frogs?
I first started collecting frogs in 1979. However it wasn't until May 1985 that I realized just to what extent frogs could be spawned. This was when I went to Holland for Ineke Bons Moody's Frog Open Day. What an occasion, what a revelation! Ineke, with whom I bonded instantly, had amassed a most fantastic frog collection over the years, about 1,700 - mine was only 150! I felt like a very small tadpole in a very large pond! But I was toadily inspired and quickly multiplied my efforts to make the collection what it is today.
Well, it all began quite by accident, when I bought a green ornament to go into my green sitting room at home in London. To be honest, it wasn't the "frog" that attracted me, just it's green colour. When I look back, I think it is just lucky it wasn't a "hippopotamus"!!! Other frogs followed, and the rest they say is "history"!
At the last count I have 10,454 but that was a few days ago. They just keep spawning rapidly - and it's not even spring!
My favorite frog is definitely the one that I kiss and he turns into a wonderful and very handsome prince. Naturally he's called "The Frog Prince". He starts out as a green, bean-filled, velvet frog; his mouth is a zipper that, once kissed, turns inside out to reveal a Crown Prince dressed in a dark red velvet coat.
Well, I have a most wonderful life-size bronze frog playing
netball - she stands at around 2M high. Her hand is raised holding the
ball, ready to shoot. She is wearing a pleated games skirt and a GS (Goal
Shooter) bib over a T-shirt. She is amazingly realistic.
Here again, I have several really weeny frog pieces of jewelery, about 2mm in size. But my absolute favourite is the tiny little silver frog charm that can hang on a necklace.
My answer is twofold. It was a combination of our London home bursting at its froggy seams and our desire to move out to the more spacious countryside. And then we found this property in Baydon - it seemed an ideal natural habitat for both my family and my frogs. Ponds and picturesque panoramas - a perfect final resting place for such an abundance of amphibians. And at the FrogsGalore Museum there is room to spawn, as well as providing a place for other Frogophiles to have a frolicking fun time.
Well my husband has always been incredibly supportive. As for my 3 children, they take quite an interest now that they are older. They often buy me frogs to add to the collection, which is just wonderful. However, I fear that when they were younger, they probably thought of themselves more as tadpoles rather than children!
Oh, they definitely think I'm croaking mad, a toadily frogetful froglet and definitely a "lily pad short of a pond"!
Of course not! As long as there are frogs a-leaping, I shall be multiplying until my croaking day!