July part 2 <<
7th August 2008 - Back and busy
Heathrow and then Home
I'm super busy but I need to do a quick update of what has been going on before I leave it too long and forget things! First of all the rest of the trip back was fine apart from when I was at Heathrow. That place is big! I picked up my bag and hauled it far away just to check it in again for the last trip1. It's weird how for my trip there my bag went all the way but with the trip back I had to pick it up at Heathrow for it to be sent on the last plane. I almost lost my ticket whilst hauling the bag around because like last time, I went to the baggage check-in, but was told I had to take it somewhere else because of the straps on it. Whilst trekking to this place my ticket slipped out of my hand. I only realised when I got to the special check-in, where I then had to haul my bag back the path I came because the guy couldn't take my bag without seeing my ticket. I found it, but it was almost ripped off from its other part due to someone probably running over it with a baggage trolley. I'm glad it was still attached because the possibility of having to stay in London any longer than necessary was not a happy thought for me!
When I finally got settled down waiting for my gate to open, I bought a yummy mozzarella cheese and salad sandwich and a mint frappe something-or-other. It tasted so good. I had tried buying a veggie burger, salad and chips but since it was actually silly-hour-in-the-morning, the place I went to eat (although that was on the menu) gave me the breakfast menu and wouldn’t serve me what I wanted because it was on the other menu. I could have things like egg, and I REALLY didn't feel like more egg no matter how nice the egg at OHP was, so I left because I didn't want to buy expensive things that I didn't want to eat! Cheese sandwich had been my second food wish, so after leaving one shop that hadn’t restocked with sandwiches yet, I finally found my meal.
I had another little scare when I went through my gate then was put on a bus, but it was a bus that drove us to the plane. Other times I'd been on a bus it was only to go to another part of the airport, not to the plane itself so for a while there I'd thought I’d still got something else to do and would maybe miss the plane. I was fine though, but I really shouldn't have worn tight socks - after I'd been flying for so many hours my ankles were a little swollen and hurt for a few days.
Durian and Doctors
I've tried eating some of the Lempuk Durian. Some of my friends quite liked it although one wasn't sure of the aftertaste, whereas others were like me and had a coughing fit, hardly able to swallow the tiniest bit - most of my nibble got spat in the sink. The durian itself smelled similar to caramelised onions which I like, but I just couldn't swallow the thing. I tried another time later on just in case I was still suffering the side effects of the Malaria Pills2, but I still couldn't swallow it properly. I guess my body just can't handle durian, but at least I can say I've tried a form of it.
I also discovered some strange itchy bites that appeared after my trip, although the cause of them may have bitten me whilst on the trip. I have a sneaking suspicion I know when that was because the dotty bite marks appeared in similar places to where swarms of something attacked around my feet at camp. They are almost gone now; else I would have gone to the doctors again by now just in case.
I've finished off "Learning to Climb"; my A3 baby orangutans picture that will be donated to BOS UK. Here is a small version of it.
BOS UK are going to get it framed. If it's ready for 888 it will be auctioned off, otherwise it can be showcased and auctioned/ sold at another event soon!
I'm in the middle of drawing a pet portrait now too - I'll show you it when it's done. I'll show you this too; whilst improving my orangutan photos I found the cutest orangutan baby picture. It was almost impossible to see before and it's still bad quality, but, awwwww... The baby is smiling at its mummy! It looks like it doesn’t have a care in the world...
I've now moved house too, I can't say it went without a glitch but our new house seems really nice, and warm! Well, it turns out my update was not as quick as I'd first thought, but that doesn't really matter. See you later, I've still got lots of work to do!
1. After having the annoyance of having to wear my bag then take it off then wear my bag then take it off... staff weren't any help with that either. Maybe they weren't allowed, or maybe they were just not very helpful.
2. I went to the doctor and he prescribed new ones for me by the way, so I am ok now. I have to take them for about four weeks after I arrived back from Sumatra.
8th August 2008 - 888
Happy 888 day, or at least I'm hoping it's been happy - more people being made aware of the plight of the orangutan and trying to save them, and more money being made to aid the cause. I wonder whether my BOS UK picture got auctioned or whether it has been saved for another event?
When supervisor Jenn said that jungle never comes out of clothes, I thought she was joking, but I've been discovering; maybe she wasn't. My clothes are now in the wash for a second time with washing-up capsules instead of liquid, because the liquid hadn't worked. They'd been in a forty degree wash with enough liquid for the toughest stains on the list but the liquid manufacturer didn't bet on jungle stains. When I'd taken them out I'd realised that they were still muddy and they still smelled like jungle, so now we're trying a different tactic. If that doesn't work I might try to hand-wash them. I hope I haven't left it too late to try all these different washes, although if I have I'll just save the clothes for the next time I need to do muddy work or jungle work. Or muddy jungle work!
Save the orangutans and my jungle clothes (but orangutans are so much more important)!
20th August 2008 - The dream
I've just remembered a dream I had last night. It was about returning to Indonesia to help the orangutans, and about coming back home and finding many people dressed up as orangutans, fundraising in town. It's made me want to go back to help the orangutans somewhere, but money and time is rather a large issue here since I haven't even finished fund-raising for my first trip yet; no way have I got enough money to fund a return trip, boohoo, and soon my final year at university will be starting! I really hope I am allowed to fund-raise for BOS UK in town, since we've sorted out another good date to try. BOS UK will have to write a letter to Newcastle Licensing Office explaining who they are and what they do, but after that my charity fund-raising is in the hands of the Licensing Office.
I've almost finished my next pet portrait; as you can see from the scarcity of diary entries, I have been super busy with many things. Orangutan-related things include sorting out some secret bits, plugging away at displaying my orangutan conservation trip adventures on the net, and also emailing my local home town news letter/ paper people as suggested, to see if they're interesting in an orangutan story from a local girl. Because of all this, writing diary entries has taken a back seat for now. At least I don't get bored; I have so many things to do! My Birthday treat is coming up very soon too - I get to see Terry Pratchett with Chris, and I'm pretty sure that the Orangutan Foundation are coming there after all!
27th August 2008 - Doggies!
I will write about the wonderful Discworld Convention soon, but here is a mini diary entry for today. The current pet portrait that I've been working on is now finished, and so here it is. Woof!
30th August 2008 - Happy Birdy to Jo!
Happy Birthday to me! I've been making something special these past few days. Make way for the special ooks; eventually my shop will sell them, although I will be keeping the first one I made - he's sort of a prototype orangutan.
|Uno, my prototype orangutan to the left, has been put on a necklace, but buyers will get a choice whether they want theirs on a necklace or not.|