Woolly says – I was ready for anything, brushed, groomed and with a dab of ‘before shave’ between the ears…..
A bath would have been better Woolly!
Woolly says - …… with today’s favourite bandanna firmly knotted, pistachio’s stored in my back pack and my hat at a rakish angle the only thing I needed was a pen, to sign all the autographs once my interview in Hello magazine came out.
He did look very spruce to be fair and he couldn’t help giving little bounces as he wandered round collecting pens in his excitement. I was more nervous than excited but hopefully Woolly would make it easy by discussing his favourite places in Alanya.
Woolly says – Well that was a question that had made me scratch my head for quite a while, I mean there was the pistachio shop on the corner, the A101 supermarket on the other corner which sold pistachio’s……..
Before he named every store in the whole of the region that sold his beloved pistachio’s I refocused him on actual places he wanted to spend time in that DIDN’T involve pistachio
Woolly says – We do have some lovely attractions and eatery’s here but it was still a difficult decision, but of course you’ll have to read the magazine to find them out, hehe. I was getting nervous, how many of the ‘paps’ would be there, would I have a red carpet wherever I went, had they made sure there were pistachios aplenty to keep up my strength!
I sent him off to move his jeep off the balcony, just as the doorbell rang. The lovely smile of Cindy van Vliet Olcan, editor of Hello Alanya greeted me warmly and the day had started.
Woolly says – I could hear voices and hurried into the living room to find that they had begun without me, the audacity! I considered sulking but quickly realised that I wouldn’t be able to speak so having kicked Jo in the shins I greeted Cindy and started to tell her the story of my life, I think it’s important that my fans know how I came to be as famous as this! Luckily Cindy was able to keep up with the flow of information although
she did keep asking Jo questions as well which I didn’t think was on, I mean who is the super star here! As I paused for breath it was suggested that we start the photo shoot, place one of my favourites, the balcony. Ok I know that might not be exciting to many but it’s my choice and since we have a lovely view it’s conceivable that we might make an attraction from it in the future.
As the camera clicked away and the furry fiend struck his poses, Cindy and I chatted about life now and our plans for the future before tucking her note pad away and curtailing the mammoth’s fun as we set off for our first port of call.
Woolly says – First stop was the Royal Bar and Restaurant, not just one of my favourite places but some of my favourite people as well, Mustafa (our hero in times of need) wasn’t about, I was all for a quick drink but when Cindy murmured about lunch I felt it would be rude to decline. With my tummy nicely rounded and the hunger pangs at bay, I was happy to
climb into the car and be chauffeured to our castle.
He was off the moment the car stopped, trotting down the pebbly pathway to his viewing point and the place that means so much to us. Peering over the castle walls and across the beautiful harbour his trunk waving in the breeze, I passed him a tissue to wipe the lone tear away as we stood for a moment remembering the man that is scattered there.
Woolly says – I could hear the shutter clicking so being the professional that I am I strutted my stuff with the best of them. A short journey down the mountain and onto our next calling point, Dalmatas caves. Thousands of years of history, beautiful clean air and lots and lots of mites and tites to play one of my best games, ‘find the rock that looks like a mammoth’.
Every time we come here he insists on looking for rocks that looks like him, he might even find one, one day! With his fur curling in the lovely atmosphere inside he posed over and over to make sure his best side was captured
Woolly says – with a last glance back I waved goodbye to my cave and the tourists that had been watching the stars at work and we headed to another of my favourite eateries, EV. Not only is the food good but the cocktails are a wonder to behold. With a bemused look from the bar man we set up the shot with a trio of models who happened to be waiting for me and a couple of strawberry daiquiris, before I had even managed a sip we were off again, wow being a celebrity is harder than I thought, you barely get time to stop!
With the last picture in the bag and hugs all round Woolly decided it was time to spend some time with his fans at the Royal and as the lovely Cindy drove away he contended himself with being fussed and stroked as only he can.
Woolly says – Read all about it, Read all about it………..
The date given in the article is incorrect and should read that ‘Ian and Jo met in 2009’ not 2011.
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