Friday, 21 May 2010


Erbie and I went out looking for elephants proper yesterday, having been given a heads up from an old school friend there were some in Covent Garden we headed over. Whilst there, we couldn’t resist riding on the escalators at the Royal Opera House.

Ballerina statue outside the Old Bailey.

Views over the piazza in Covent Garden from the roof of the Royal Opera House.

The magnificent Pierrier Jouet champagne bar inside the Royal Opera House.

And so to elephants...

Numbers #31, #32 at entrance to ROH

Numbers #33



#36, inside the Covent Garden piazza.

#37 Covent Garden

#38 in front of the Actors Church, Covent Garden


#40, Seven Dials.

In the afternoon, I had to head up to Marble Arch to pick up a job, so I took Erbie via Carnaby Street and up through Mayfair, I forget how wonderful the shop windows are around there, especially on Old Bond Street and in Burlington Arcade.

Carnaby Street, #41


#43, By now Erbie was spotting them faster than me and running up to pat their trunks.

#44, Resting shoppers Between Carnaby and Regent Street.

I didn’t note down the street names, so these will have to come under the umbrella of Mayfair.



#48, with Winston Churchill, Mayfair.

#49 Vettriano’s elephant and rider, Burlington Arcade

#50, and a gem encrusted elephant with sparkly pink toenails also in Burlington Arcade.

#51 Berkeley Square Gardens, darling.


#53, Erbie’s favourite, because it has a bus AND a taxi!





#58 Berkeley Square Gardens

#59, Mayfair

#60 Back in St Christopher’s Place.

Thirty new elephants in one day - not bad going I reckon. Do let me know if you spot any, and where, I’ve heard there are some in Hyde Park too, but that’s for another day.


- You can buy mini versions of this one in Selfridges store, although they appear to be selling like hotcakes.
#30 great Titchfield Street

Number #29 sited from the bus, top of Oxford Street (Marble Arch end)

Wednesday, 19 May 2010


Well, yesterday was a good day after all, and the sun did shine...
Erbie and I met The Harridan at the Diana Memorial Garden in Kensington (our first time there). Erbie and I had a lovely time and Erbie even said both their names! (only the second meeting).
Then I had some serious problem solving to do in order to get something of The GR's into a film competition. Lots of toing and froing and mediating but I managed to sort it.
Disc burnt tape transfered envelope stamped entry in.
And then the solicitor rang to tell me we had EXCHANGED!!!!
Very happy.
The sun is now officially allowed to shine.

Things one sees from a West End window

Yup, that IS a hot air balloon floating behind the BT tower!
Spotted by Erbie at 5.45am this morning.

W1 views - kitchen window

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Twenty Eight

This mosaic beauty is in St Christopher’s Place, just near to Selfridges and behind Oxford Street.
This is a favourite too. #28

24, 25, 26, 27 little elephants.

These are in Cavendish Square, behind John Lewis on Oxford Street. Erbie ran from one to the next and back again until I had to drag him away.

This one is my favourite so far - he is made to look like he’s covered in tree bark.

Cow elephant - geddit!

Twenty Two, Twenty Three - honestly!

Okay, so you have to believe me on this one, but there really are two more elephants in the middle of Marble Arch. Anyone who has braved the Marble Arch underpass will understand my unwillingness to get a close-up shot of these two, so from a bus window it is! This was the number 10 to the Science Museum by the way, we always sit upstairs - ‘you get more ride for your money’ (thank-you - Yorkshire boyfriend from college for that gem!)

Elephant Parade, numbers 22 & 23 (really) Central reservation , Marble Arch, London


Elephants, #19 and #20 on the corner of Trafalgar Square

Other nonsense

Quote of the day

‘They tuck you up your mum and dad...’
Anon - after Larkin

“Philately will get you everywhere”

“It’s not the despair, I can handle the despair. 
It’s the hope I can’t deal with”

“Each new friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
Anais Nin

‘Come on Dover move your bloomin’ arse’.
Eliza Doolittle