I first fell in love with the original Forest Families when I was a child. My parents got me two little bear babies and they were much loved over the years - I still have them! Sadly, shortly after I received them, Forest Families were no longer available in South Africa, and that was the end of that.
But, halfway through 2011, I was browsing our local toy shop for my two year old son, and happened upon a small shelf of Sylvanian Families! They were just so cute that I couldn't resist! My collection officially started with the Chocolate rabbit Sleeping and Crawling Twinset in their pink pram and has been growing ever since. Through collecting Sylvanians, I have made lifelong friends all over the world who share my love of collecting these cute little critters.
My collecting dream currently is to visit the Sylvanian shop in London and perhaps even Grinpa, the Sylvanian Theme Park in Japan one day! My dream family at present is the Japanese Momoiro Strawberry rabbit family, which I hope to someday complete.
The name of my little "village" in Sylvania, is Rooibosch Hill. Affectionately named for my favourite locally produced red tea. I designed the crest myself, and some of the elements have certain meanings pertaining to my village or collection in general.
The teapot takes center stage because of the tea connotation in the name, but also reminds us that all problems look much better over a cup of hot tea. The bees refer back to the honey trade which is a crucial part of my village, but also that we should keep busy as bees to live a happy life. The "BBQ" or "Braai" as we call it in our local slang, reminds us that although it is important to stay busy, that we must also make time to rest and get together with friends and family, as is a big local custom over a "Braai".
The Protea flower and little yellow rooibos flowers, remind us of the lush local "Fynbos" that grows locally at the coastal region and the two anchors both refer to the village being near the coast, but also reminds us to anchor our lives in truth and honesty. My village was officially founded in 2011, when the Chocolate rabbit twins arrived and I use the Wildflower sister as my village mascot, since she was my very first "special" Japanese figure that I ever owned.