Saturday, September 20, 2008

Safari

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... Rosie and I went to Norwich to hunt baby elephants ... And photos were taken, and it was seriously good fun.
This is Intricate Izzy, decorated by the students of Hellesdon High School,
There was then a shed of even more baby elephants, decorated by primary schools. Some of these were earnest, some of them just great fun...
... here's the Hundertwasser one. I have no idea how primary school children know about Hundertwasser; I have no memory of Art History lessons; but kudos to whichever teacher did this...
This is the Rime of the Ancient Mariner Elephant in the Mall... [no, I didn't understand the connection either but it was beautifully done...]
And look - a Shiny Thing!
That one was called "The Angel" and was in the rather fabulous Royal Arcade...
This one is "Hefty-Lump" and was in Chapelfield Gardens, near the bandstand... and then we went into the foyer of the Theatre Royal to look at "An Afternoon with Stephen Fry". A man sitting on a hippotamus on the side of an elephant... I really hope he saw it.
There were loads of others; we saw over 20 on the day... Here's Rosie taking pictures of another...
and here's a sticker you wouldn't normally expect to see in Norwich; the conjunction of stuff on that door was interesting!

And the last one we saw, the Welsh Elephant (Ellifant Cymraeg)

It was one of the rare warm days this summer and occasionally there was sun; and so many people were out clutching elephant-locator maps, and laughing self-consciously with each other about being there, and taking pictures of their tiny children clutching the elephants' legs... It was lovely.

We also took in a very nice lunch and some decadent afternoon wine-drinking at The Belgian Monk, and (prepare to be shocked here) neither of us bought any yarn. I know. But knitting and crochet were done on trains...

3 comments:

SusieH said...

What fantastic pics you took -thanks for sharing. I like that Hundertwasser elephant very much myself!

Angelika said...

I've never seen this done with baby elephants. In my hometown they decorated pics (Schweinfurt), then of course there are the cows and here in Kentucky you can see the Derby horses like this all over Louisville.

Heather said...

What terrific elephants! I love them all.