I always look forward to coming home, although we had such a relaxing time, it was definitely harder this year. I broke my all-time record of six novels in two weeks this year, it literally is the only time I read a novel – when not on holiday I mostly read articles etc.
Lying around reading books and drinking too much fizzy drinks and filling up on crisps etc. meant that towards the end of the break I had put on over half a stone! So I started to exercise a lot more for the last few days playing tennis and snorkelling, and also cut down on the calories. It's been a week since we returned and I'm pleased with my progress.
One of my favourite ways to exercise is to take Toby on a power-walk, we go for about an hour and I really march along – I'm told it's almost as good as jogging and certainly kinder to my back! However, I pulled up sharpish the other day when I saw a BLACK ADDER – right in front of me.
I wasn't worried for me as they are pretty harmless unless you tread on them or antagonise them, but Toby was sniffing his way towards the snake. I got Toby to sit a few yards away and took this picture (see above left) on my phone. It was the largest adder I've ever seen and judging by its full belly had recently had a meal.
I've also attached a photo of Toby relaxing on his holiday with my Mum down in Sussex.
P.S. I haven't forgotten about the elephant pictures!
Until next time,