Thursday, May 8

the adventures of Tif and the rain forest...day five...

Tif had lost all hope of ever being mistaken for a bohemian hippy chick traveller, several things were not working in her favor. first it didn't help having four children with her, chances were high that someone would have something to complain about, children of a bohemian hippy chick woman do not complain, no they embrace their mother's lifestyle.
today the complaint was the lack of dry clothing and shoes, it was pointless hanging the damp clothes out over night, they appeared to be even wetter in the morning. added to that, all the shoes from yesterday's trek were like sponges.

she also noted that her minuscule wardrobe contained no clean clothing (apart from the little blue sundress and one pair of underpants that she was saving for the plane ride home).
everything had been used, sweated in and rained on...she had a feeling they were starting to 'hum', visions of 'pig pen' from Peanuts started to float around her head...
but apart from the knowledge that she would never look like those lovely women that seem to look naturally beautiful at all times whilst travelling she knew today would be a good day.

it started off with a 'lie in', total bliss compared to the last few days of early starts. breakfast was to be at eightish and then Suzanne their host, said to meet up on the beach, making sure their legs were covered. any shred of looking 'with it' was lost when that little bit of information was given, and so Tif returned to the cabin (don't ask why she sleeps in the bungalow and yet her clothes are in the cabin, it just happened that way and gave the kitchen staff something to laugh at every morning) to fetch her knee high socks...

they were heading once again into primary rain forest but this time on horseback...the whole family were excited, the sun was out, there were no 'waiver' forms to sign or helmets to wear, it was just a case of get on your horsey and hope for the best.


Tif's horse was called Coyote...they soon bonded even though they did not share a common language and Coyote felt Tif's attire rather dodgy. Tif knew Coyote dreamed of living in the olden days on the plains of the wild west. Coyote knew Tif shared that same dream only 'better dressed'.

and so it was that Tif and her children had the best day ever,


her man however was bringing up the rear laiden down with the back pack, a camera with no strap and a horse that did not share his dreams, whatever they were.
his horsey was slow, stubborn and cared not for being on this journey...they eventually made it to the highest point where the horses were left to rest while they scrambled down the hillside to a waterfall to cool off...

on the return part of the journey Suzanne felt them experienced enough to gallop, in hindsight Tif knew that was the point that made it impossible for her to sleep at night for the rest of the stay without a pillow wedged under her 'ailing' derriere...

she's off to paint the banister and spindles of mossy shed ~ Tif

9 comments:

Di said...

Sounds like a fantastic day! Are you painting the shingles green??

The Rose Room said...

so,so enjoying the chronicles of the rain forest. Have experienced that horse riding derriere problem myself . . .

debbie said...

did I really just see a photo of Tif on a horse? am in shock......will take some time to recover....

Francesca said...

oh god...horses. i'm having flashbacks.
so glad you had a good day. and i love your long socks. there's no doubt you're english...in a good way!
x

Christina said...

It all looks so lush and green and warm. Wish I was there *sigh*
Love your long socks too but weren't you hot in them?
A belated happy birthday to your #2 sorry, been away for a while.

~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

I'm enjoying your tales of the rain forest. Happy painting!

Michelle said...

tif,
sorry i'm in envy
if i looked that good in a sweety hot rainforest in the middle of nowhere i would be a very happy mum.
have a great mothers day.
love the rainforest tales.
michelle from australia.

D Taylor said...

I love your blog and your creativity!!!
Right now, my sides ache from 'laughter', thank you...

Your title "adventures in the rainforest" caught my attention...
Our family is going to be visiting the Amazon rainforest, as our trip of a lifetime...I am a little apprehensive not knowing what to expect, we have never been to a rainforest...
Do you have any other helpful tips...no cotton clothes is what I have read...micro packing, what no clothes with all our gear that we are now collecting for this amazing trip....thank you, thank you...Debra

dottie angel said...

hurrah for you Debra! a trip of a life time indeed :)
i know we are not supposed to have cotton but actually that is pretty much all i had, and i did okay with it. not the best though at all when it comes to sweaty stuff and getting wet i am told and having scouts in my clan i know "cotton is rotten".
for me it was the footwear which was tres important, i noted all the locals wore wellie boots in the forest and i could see the wisdom of their ways!
one nice sun frock though for the evenings would be lovely i think. we never went anywhere after an early dinner but still nice to wear something pretty after a day of outdoors...
have a peachy trip my dear
x