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May 30

I just put several rainforest animals on the online shop.   I also put a Ghurka Backpack.  I found several in the back storage room.  These are hard to come by.  They  were made by Ghurka 10 years ago when the Ghurka Company was owned by Marley Hodgson.  Marley Hodgson sold the Ghurka Company in 2001.

I always take my Ghurka Backpack on my travels.  It is just the right size.  When I went to Africa to do the book, “Safari, My Trip to Africa” with Reggie the Steiff Bear, I took him in the Ghurka Backpack.  After I published the book, on a whim, I sent a copy to  Steiff, asking them if they wanted to make a replica of the Bear Reggie.   Much to my delight, they said yes.  Then I started  to worry about the Ghurka Backpack.  I wondered if I was going to get in trouble for using the backback in the book with the logo clearly visible.   I  had already gotten a letter from Ralph Lauren for using one of his cups on one of my greeting cards.

So,  I wrote  a letter to Ghurka and sent them a book.   Next thing I know Marley Hodgson arrives at Susan’s Store Room.   He loves the book and buys them for his employees.  I was thrilled to meet him. When Steiff produced the Reggie Bear, Ghurka sold backbacks to Steiff for their luxury edition of the Steiff Reggie.

If that wasn’t enough…..The Steiff Reggie Bear appeared in the window of the Ghurka Store on Post Street in downtown San Francisco.   One day I was walking down Post Street and looked in the Ghurka window and there was Reggie.

Ghurka also produced a limited edition scarf with illustrations from the Safari Book.  Mary Jo Koch, my good friend, did all the illustrations in all four books.  She worked with Ghurka to produce the Scarf.  It is fabulous but no longer available.

May 29



May 18


Sunday we had a sales table at the Celebration of Old Roses.    She show is held every May, in El Cerrito, California.    There were hundreds of roses all classified.   There were also sales tables with old roses, books, honey, cards, perfume, and our sales table with Clarence and Pansy with their journals, “Clarence Goes to the Chelsea Flower Show” and “Pansy Goes to Paris”.


May 14

This was a fabulous adventure.  I highly recommend the Encanta La Vida where we stayed.  It reminded me of the the safari camps in Africa.  No TV, no hot water, lots of bugs, monkeys by the pool, howler monkeys in the trees, wonderful guests.  There are no mosquitoes, thanks to the bats.   There is nothing to be afraid of, its hot so you don’t need hot water, the bugs won’t hurt you, the monkeys won’t bother you, and you hardly notice the bats.   Family style dining with incredible local food.    Expect to see a Susan’s Store Room rainforest window soon.







Minor holds a boa found in the garden.





Susan makes a friend.



Brian, owner of The Encanta La Vida, with the baby toucan.


This baby was dropped by a vulture, who had taken it out of a nest.   Minor, the rescuer named him Tyson.



My son the surfer with his girlfriend Cynthia.

May 14

I just got back from the Rainforest in Costa Rica.  While I was searching for rainforest animals to use in my upcoming rainforest window display I found this incrediable video for the Prince of Wales Rainforest organization.

May 3

Welcome to our blog.

You can order anything in the store by post, fax, email or by a phone call.    Or you can order using our online shop.     You can ask questions by phone or email.       If you would like to order we can send you a Paypal invoice,  you can send a check, or you can pay by credit card.    We accept Visa, MC, AX and Discover.        We do not accept returns, so ask questions and order carefully.   We accept layaway, just ask.

We offer our greeting cards and books wholesale.  Please email for more information about wholesale orders.

I hope you enjoy our blog.    I will be giving you links to great places to visit on your travels.     Susan