Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Our Kenyan Honeymoon Diary Part 9 - The Final Few Days

Did you miss the earlier parts of my Honeymoon Diary series? Catch up here

Monday 28th March 2011

Today was another day of relaxing and catching some rays - for me anyway. Boy stayed in the shade. He polished off a 3 course breakfast and several cups of tea at breakfast today too! We booked a table at the Italian A La Carte restaurant for tomorrow night.

The rest of the day passed without incident, I read Little Women on the DS and Ben played on the PSP. Tonight's dinner was a Continental theme, including the flattest Yorkshire puddings ever but they still tasted OK. We went to see Francis in the sports bar but he wasn't there, so we went to the Harbour Bar and watched the entertainment which was tonight performed by the Mombasa Roots Band.

The "one dart challenge" that has occurred every single time we have passed the dart board finally resulted in triumph for me. Not only did I hit the board for the first time (big achievement!), but with a fantastic score of 3 I beat Boy, who scored 2. He is trying to make out that he was being a gentleman and let me win, but that is not true.

Tuesday 29th March 2011

Our penultimate day on honeymoon began, as usual, with breakfast. We then took a taxi to the supermarket in Nyali to buy some essentials (toothpaste, Pringles, tea, coffee and bags of sweets). The driver waited for us and brought us back to the hotel - the round trip cost 660 shillings.

The rest of the day was mainly spent around the pool. Ben joined in a game of water polo, which was about as energetic as it got. Tonight we ate at the Italian A La Carte restaurant, which was nice but for some reason I had no appetite. It's a lovely setting alongside the sports pool though.

Afterwards we went to the sports bar and watched the England vs Ghana game. Sadly we had to say goodbye to Francis, as he isn't working tomorrow.

Wednesday 30th March 2011

It has been unbelievably hot today, too hot even for me! Our air conditioning has had a lot of use today. When we did venture outside the room, we had to be in or next to the pool.

We decided to upgrade to Premium Class for the flight home tomorrow, for US$100 each. The latter part of the afternoon was spent packing, which we finished off after dinner. We ended our honeymoon with a lap of honour round the hotel, stopping off at the Lookout bar and the sports bar.

Our final one dart challenge was 6 darts - and I managed to fluke a treble 15 so won with a total of 67 to Boy's 28. Whoop!

The alarm is set for 5.15am tomorrow, so off to sleep.

Thursday 31st March 2011

We were definitely glad we upgraded for the flight home, it was much more comfortable. On the way home we both watched The King's Speech and Megamind. Boy also watched Red and I watched Yogi Bear and Love & Other Drugs.

At Mombasa airport we saw the couples we were on safari with, so we sat chatting with them for a while. It was nice to catch up with them again.

We landed in Manchester at 18.10, and managed to get through baggage claim really quickly. We were in my friend's car within half an hour!

We have had the most amazing time in Kenya, it has been everything we hoped for and more. Exhausting at times, but the entire experience was absolutely worth it. What a way to start married life!

**This post originally appeared on my old blog and has been imported to Living for the Victories**

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Today Was A BIG Day

This is another one of those posts where I get very personal, pour a little bit of my heart out, and maybe cry a little bit.

As you may know if you've been following my blog for a while, Boy and I have been trying to start a family since we got married. And, as we've been married for over two and a half years, that obviously isn't going too well. To quickly recap where we're up to, after a year of trying to conceive we saw our GP who sent us for preliminary tests and referred us to a fertility specialist. We then had 6 months of tests and procedures to detect any issues that might be causing us difficulty, and last November we were told they had found nothing of concern, and we were to go away and continue as we were for another year.

At that point, we were both devastated. We'd gone in to that appointment hoping, and more or less expecting if I'm honest, to come away with some kind of plan. To be told "we can't find anything wrong, so even though you've waited 18 months already would you kindly naff off and wait another 12 months, thanks" really stung.

So, over that 12 months, we've seen many friends and family have babies. People who, if the world were fair, wouldn't have babies. I know that sounds terribly judgemental, but it hurts when someone in a destructive relationship, with no home of their own, no job etc., gets to be able to reproduce while we can't, and we could provide everything for a child. We have our own home, a fantastic relationship, good jobs, stability and security. We are in a far better position to raise a family, and yet we can't.

Today we were back at the fertility specialist's. We both had the same expectation - that we'd be told to repeat all our tests and have to wait another 6 months or so before she would refer us for treatment. We hadn't talked about it beforehand, but on the way out we discussed how we thought today would go. Again, we were both wrong.

But today, we were wrong in the best way possible! Today, the fertility specialist didn't hesitate to refer us to a clinic for treatment. We're not sure how long we'll have to wait now, but the next step is an appointment to discuss IVF treatment. You cannot imagine how happy I am about this! I am fully aware that the road ahead is going to be difficult, IVF is no walk in the park - but thanks to having very close friends who have been through it I have a good awareness of what it involves, and I am ready to take that on!

(Boy isn't as clued up as me, I've given him an overview but as his role mainly involves supporting me and doing his thing in a cup and that's all, I think he'll cope just fine!)

**This post originally appeared on my old blog and has been imported to Living for the Victories**

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Our Kenyan Honeymoon Diary Part 8 - Mombasa and Haller Park

Did you miss the earlier parts of my Honeymoon Diary series? Catch up here

Sunday 27th March 2011

Today has definitely been busy! We were met at the hotel gate at 9am, after a good breakfast, by our guide for the day who was called Juma. The first place we went to was a handicraft centre, where the wooden carvings are made. We walked around the shelters, where the men showed us their works in progress. Juma told us that they actually live there.

We saw a huge carved elephant, which weighed 700kg and was for sale for 1.5 million shillings (around £12,000). When we're rich, we'll come back for it!

Afterwards he took us to the shop where the wares are sold at a fixed price - and a very reasonable price at that. We bought a couple of pieces for ourselves, and a number of gifts, all of 6000 shillings. We could easily have bought more if it wasn't for airline weight restrictions.

Next we went to see the elephant tusks in Mombasa town and had our photos taken, and then we were met by Pius who was going to take us through the old town.

We visited a market, the old port, and made our way to Fort Jesus. At one point we visited a fish market, but I couldn't stand the smell so had to wait outside.

At Fort Jesus, Juma met us again and took us back to the hotel for lunch - after a quick stop for Boy to buy a Kenya football shirt.

At 2pm we went to Haller Park. Here we were able to feed giraffes by hand, which was an odd but good experience.

We also got to see hippos and crocodiles being fed.

Haller Park is home to 12 giant tortoises, and Boy's day was made when we heard (and then saw) two of them mating. We also found one wandering around on it's own, and discovered it enjoyed being tickled under the chin!

When we returned to the hotel we just relaxed for a couple of hours before dinner, which we washed down with a drink at the lookout bar.

**This post originally appeared on my old blog and has been imported to Living for the Victories**

Saturday, 12 October 2013

A-Z Book Survey

I saw this post on Jess's blog, Sitting Pretty, and thought it was a great idea so I've kind of pinched it.
A to Z of books::Flying on a Rainbow

Author you’ve read the most books from.
Probably Danielle Steel, I've read a lot of hers. Although when I was young I read a heck of a lot of Enid Blyton as well.
Best sequel ever.
It's got to be Harry Potter, right? All six sequels!
Currently reading.
I'm actually in between books at the moment. My next one will probably be the beginning of the Oz series.

Drink of choice while reading.
E-reader or physical book?
I love a physical book. However, for convenience, I generally read on my phone now while commuting. I don't own an e-reader and have no intention to, the Kindle app for Android suits me just fine.
Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school.
Honestly, probably none. In high school I was very shy and didn't date anyone! I would have fancied Emmett Cullen from the Twilight series though. And probably Ranger from the Stephanie Plum series.
Glad you gave this book a chance.
Life of Pi. I was tempted to give up on it early on, but I'm glad I stuck with it.
Hidden gem book.
Please Don't Stop the Music by Jane Lovering. I downloaded it for free from the Kindle store, and it was such a fantastic book.
Important moment in your reading life.
When Dobby died.
Just finished.
High Heels in New York by A. V. Scott
Kinds of books you won’t read.
Horror or really gory crime. I have a fairly vivid imagination and I don't need those images in my head!
Longest book you’ve ever read.
The longest book I have started is A Game of Thrones. I found it too hard going for reading on the way to work, I'm just not switched on enough at that time of morning!
Major book hangover because of…
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Number of bookcases you own.
Four? Yes, four. Although they are shared with DVDs. We literally have books and DVDs all over the house!
One book you have read multiple times.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Preferred place to read.
Curled up on the sofa.
Quote from a book you’ve read that inspires you.
“It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” 
Reading regret.
That I haven't read more by the Brontes. I grew up in their back yard, so I really should. I do intend to fix this!
Series you started and need to finish.
There are a few series I've started but not finished, largely because books are still coming out! House of Night, Morganville Vampires, Sookie Stackhouse, Stephanie Plum to name a few.
Three of your all-time favourite books.
There is no way I can choose just three books, so I'm going to choose three authors instead. Is that cheating? I'll go with Lesley Pearse, Danielle Steel and Cecelia Ahern. Love those three!
Unapologetic fangirl for…
Harry Potter. As if you couldn't guess!
Very excited for this release more than all the others.
I have no idea about anything that is due to come out, so don't have an answer for this I'm afraid!
Worst bookish habit.
Hoarding books. I can't bear to part with a lot of them!
X marks the spot: the 27th book on my shelf.
I don't have one shelf so couldn't really answer that!
Your latest book purchase.
The last physical books I bought were The Time Traveller's Wife and I Heart Paris

Zzz-snatcher book (latest book that kept you up way late).
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I read it in one sitting, I couldn't put it down just for a measly reason like needing to go to bed!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Our Kenyan Honeymoon Diary Part 7 - Glass Bottom Boat Trip

Did you miss the earlier parts of my Honeymoon Diary series? Catch up here

Friday 25th March 2011

This morning we had a bit of a lie-in and didn't wake up until 9am. We went for breakfast and then came back to the room and chilled in our mozzy tent until it was time to go for our boat trip.

We went on a glass bottom boat to the marine park, first to an area of coral reef that was home to sergeant major fish, among others. Boy was very brave and had a go at snorkelling; I was a complete wuss and chickened out.

The next stop was a rocky reef area, where we all got out and walked along, to see what wildlife we could spot. We were the first to see a spiny starfish, and then we saw a crab and some other fish.

As the tide was coming in quickly, we went back to the boat and headed to our final stop. This was described as a 'starfish garden' - home to hundreds of starfish in amazingly vibrant colours and, in some cases, enormous. Ben snorkelled some more, and then we were bound back to the hotel.

As we crossed the beach, we were caught by the beach sellers. We ended up buying a giraffe carved from wood for 1000 Kenyan shillings and a pair of socks. We also bought a carving with our names on that we should be able to collect tomorrow.

We went to the Kaskazi bar to order something to eat, as we'd missed lunch, and then had a swim in the sports pool. As we dried off, a wedding was taking place so we had a little nosy as we went back to our room. We had briefly spoken to the groom last night in the bar.

We changed into dry clothes, and then went to deliver the socks to the beach seller and had a drink in the lookout bar before heading to the cyber cafe to send a couple of emails. Then we relaxed until it was time for dinner, which was in the garden tonight, and had a couple of drinks in the sports bar where Francis the bartender taught us some Swahili. We're both exhausted so no late night tonight!

Saturday 26th March 2011

Today we vowed would be a day of serious tan time. We delivered. I have some very white bits, and Boy is extremely red! This is why he usually hides from the sun.

The theme for dinner tonight was Chinese, which I was really looking forward to but was ultimately disappointed. Boy enjoyed it though. Afterwards we went to the sports bar and Boy impressed Francis with his Swahili.

Tomorrow we are going on a trip into Mombasa town and then to a wildlife park where we can feed giraffes, which should be good!

**This post originally appeared on my old blog and has been imported to Living for the Victories**

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Our Kenyan Honeymoon Diary Part 6 - Back in Mombasa

Did you miss the earlier parts of my Honeymoon Diary series? Catch up here

Wednesday 23rd March 2011

The 5.30am starts seem to have kicked in as a pattern - I still woke up with absolutely no need to, but promptly went back to sleep! I woke again at 8am and sat on the balcony reading.

We went for breakfast at around 9.30am, and then went into the cyber cafe to look at our wedding photographer's website. We were so excited to finally see our wedding photos!

At 11am we were met at the main gate by a guide for JT Safaris, who drove us to the office in Nyali to meet Julius. We arranged a day trip for Sunday into Mombasa, and to Haller Park.

When we arrived back at the hotel, we spent most of the day relaxing on sun loungers and having some quality tan time - we only moved for lunch, and to book a glass bottom boat trip for Friday and a massage for tomorrow morning.

Today has basically been a chilled out day. I read an entire book, and played on the DS for a while. More surprisingly, Boy let go of the DS! Hopefully tomorrow will be a similar sort of day.

Thursday 24th March 2011

Today we had another chilled day on our loungers. After a good breakfast we went for our full body massages, which were done in a hut on the cliff with the sound of the sea lapping below. We both felt so relaxed afterwards. Then we just chilled on our loungers until around 5pm.

At 6.30pm we headed to the 'fun pool' for the Captain's cocktail party. This is an event by invitation, and was so fun! We had a few cocktails and watched an employee award ceremony, and then afterwards we went for dinner.

We decided it would be fun to do a 'pub crawl' around the resort - but we only managed two bars! The second bar (the sports bar) is where we got talking to a couple from Cornwall who were on their honeymoon, and are going on safari tomorrow. I was amazed to find that the girl and I go to the same holiday park in Devon for our family holidays every year - how weird is that?! What a small world!

We finally called it a night at around midnight after a few rum and cokes/martini and lemonades. We're looking forward to our boat trip tomorrow. Also, one last note, today marks the 4th anniversary of our first date :)

**This post originally appeared on my old blog and has been imported to What Jenni Loves**