Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ellie May and Walter Prints and Old Photos

I was going through one of my baskets of
prints and came across these.
On the right is Ellie May
in the window of our gallery when we were
located on Ocean Ave. in Kennebunkport.
We had it set up almost like a stage, it was
her window on the world, right on the sidewalk
so she could see everyone going by.
The print on the left is her son, Walter. He
loved to hang out at the little beach near us
and gaze out to sea.
It was a magical time for the cats.

Below are a few photos from those days of yore...

Here is one of Ellie May's fans, a Yorkie
on vacation from Florida, who stopped
by Ellie's window to peek at her napping.

This is Walter, Ellie May's son, who
spent much time at the Colony Beach
and Hotel in Kennebunkport.

Ellie is walking through the beach grass
behind our gallery... she could actually
hear the mice in the grass.


Fat Eric said...

Those are lovely pictures. Thanks for visiting me!

Karen L R said...

All of your kitties are lovely, but this picture of Walter is really special. I just love visiting your blog every day. It's a bit of feline meditation.


Nan and =^..^= said...

Fat Eric, Am so happy to have you stop by and thanks so much for the comment!

Karen LR,
Am so glad to hear you enjoy visiting everyday! Walter was an amazing cat. He lived with Ellie May's first family near our gallery. It was incredible how many lives he and Ellie May touched. So many people, locals and tourists knew them for they were here, there and everywhere...kind of like the heart and soul of the neighborhood.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Those must have been magic times for the kitties. Does she miss all her friends from the gallery? I know, impossible to tell.

Judy Hartman said...

Nan, your photos and descriptions are enchanting. Ellie May and Walter look like story book cats. Just love the photo of Ellie with with your artwork!

Nan and =^..^= said...

I think Ellie May does miss all of her friends from the gallery..she's a people cat ( although she's known to attack or latch on when she's had enough pats) but she loved to greet everyone, including all of the dogs who walked by her door. She could maneuver around the gallery without touching the floor...she jumped great distances from table to table and would land lightly in from of visitors looking pensively at displays of my art etc., giving them a sudden fright for out of the blue and cat would land in front of them. I could go on and on....

Hi Judy,
You know I feel the same way about Ellie May and Walter...they were quite a pair and to me are what story books are made of! I'm thinking I might try to edit the stories I had written about them and work more on the illustrations... I had taken so many photos of them to work from. I never had any success when I sent it around to a few publishers, but I still feel it is a magical true story that I feel fortunate enough to have been in the midst of and would love to share!