I’m feeling really rather lucky to be living in such a very special part of the world this week. Not only am I about two minutes walk from a certain flower show, but the streets all around me are ‘paved’ with flowers right now.
Chelsea in Bloom runs each year to greet people on their way to the show
My very lovely landlords and the RHS team up during Chelsea week each year to put on the incredible spectacle of Chelsea in Bloom, involving the local shops, restaurants, hotels and public spaces. This year the theme is ‘Floral Safari’, with funds being raised to support Elephant Family, an NGO with a mission to protect Asian elephants from extinction, which is also rather nice.
So, for a bit of fun, here are some of my new neighbours for the week. I hope you like them as much as I do!
On one of the busiest junctions in Chelsea, these giraffes look surprising comfortable in their new home, almost exactly matching the red-brick and stucco Victorian architecture beyond.
One of the things I’m so enjoying is the fact that it seems to capture everyone’s imagination. I wonder what the giraffe is leaning down to say to the small boy…?
The crocodile also looks surprisingly comfy amongst the palms, tree ferns and cycads…
…and he’s worth a closer look. I still keep noticing incredibly clever details with each look.
I’m not sure what the one on the left has eaten, but I do rather like this pair of zebras on Sloane Street…
…but perhaps this chameleon pips them to the post with his incredible use of plant material.
Above him sits this magnificent tropical bird. (I’d love to say I set the photo up perfectly but I shot it on the move before the traffic lights changed and now struggle to work out exactly what I did capture here.)
Surely the prettiest hippo you’ve ever seen, although apparently a happy hippo, too.
There are lions, big (don’t miss his tail, by the way!)…
…and very small…
…but all with startlingly charismatic faces.
There’s also a family of elephants just round the corner. It’s funny how anything small just seems to be oozing with cuteness…
…and the naughty monkeys climbing up a branch have you smiling, too.
This elephant in Sloane Square is another real favourite, with magically floating flowers of the prettiest colours…
…and I have to show you this female lion who is ridiculously cleverly half in and half outside this shop window.
Here’s one more of Geoffrey, who I’m really getting quite attached to now (perhaps it’s his Banksia ears)…
…and finally, a ferocious lion standing guard at the Duke of York Square with the most magnificent mane.
I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do when all my new friends go home on Sunday, it’s been such fun having them to stay!