|Views from Voi Lodge, Tsavo East, Kenya|
I have a lovely memory of elephants, when we got married Rob and I were fortunate enough to go to Kenya for our honeymoon and we went on safari. Here we enjoyed many a precious moment watching elephant herds come to the watering holes at the safari lodges we stayed in and spotting elephants meandering on their way through the grassy, hot savannah to find their next rations of food and water. I can remember stopping in the safari van for quite some time as we all quietly watched a most gorgeous baby elephant just wandering aimlessly along the red and dusty dirt track we were travelling along. I recall it being so cute and endearing I wanted to take it home with me. We also had to be wary when a large elephant bull was hovering in our wake and I remember that being one of a few scary encounters when we had come face to face with the wildlife out there.
|Drinking and bathing|
Little did I know that I was carrying a baby 'elephant' of my own at this time, that was quietly and slowly growing inside of me, called PH; it didn't really hurt or affect me then, but today it's turned into one of those enormous, scary bull elephants, lurking and threatening as I face it head on, living day to day with it and all the restrictions it brings as well as feeling unwell on a daily basis, which is just becoming normal to me now, but it isn't normal.
|Take me home, I'm so cute|
|Don't touch my baby, I'm a big bull|
My other large elephant is my intravenous drug Epoprostenol and living with all that entails on a daily basis; then again, I love this elephant too: I wouldn't be here living life as fully as I am trying to without this elephant, so this one is perhaps the mummy elephant, giving me a good quality of life while I wait, nurturing me on, but being a pain in the back sometimes while she has to do it. There are a few small baby elephants kicking around in my day too, the warfarin and the yo yo that is INR levels. The restrictions of diuretics when really you just want to be getting on with life; sometimes I think my life's new calling could be to be a toilet inspector or reviewer. Woe betide you really, should you dare take the spironolactone and furosemide drugs when you are on your way out!
|Visitor amongst the spring crocuses|
|The world famous topiary garden at Levens Hall, stunning as always|
|Foraging amongst the reed beds at Leighton Moss RSPB reserve|
|Just the two of us, Blakwell Arts and Crafts Centre, Winermere|
|Pots all bright and tidy now!|
|Sunshine on the rocks!|
|Windermere peeping through the trees|
|Only sheep allowed in this house|
The weather was cold to start with, but soon began to get milder, with a bit of spring sunshine, which in turn also gave us a lift, I think it has for everybody. We are back home now and it is much milder and sunnier and everything else feels that way too. For now I've brought back some sheep to replace the elephants and things feel easier to cope with.
|Just spring lambs now!|
One day I would like to have a ride on an elephant, perhaps in India or in the Far East. I feel like it should be easy, by the time I get to that point I will have ridden one many times mentally and emotionally and negotiated myself around them over and over again...
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|Just learning to negotiate the elephants|