Saturday, 30 November 2013


“A final comfort that is small, but not cold: The heart is the only broken instrument that works.”

― T.E. Kalem

As she stared across the wide expanse of the dry desert landscape she longed to be bonded once more with the pieces in her that were still missing. The barren plains of her ancestral homeland were a harsh and unforgiving place. Amore knew her Amado was waiting for her. She could feel the pull of the calling deep within her soul. 

As her hooves struck the cracked dirt it stirred up clouds of dust like the memories of the past and dreams of the future. She continued her stride, as with each step she could feel the rhythmic union growing stronger as they drew nearer to one another. She longed for that moment, that single instant in suspended reality when their necks interlocked in a twist of playful excited nuzzling or the intimate request of sharing a breath. 

These thoughts welled in her that low and soft nickering expression of her happiness. She had been captured for too long and needed to break free from the bridle that had restricted her for many years.

However, although she was going toward her true origins, she feared that she may remain close in the coupling, but like two species bonded, the divide between them would keep at bay the reality that they could ever fuse.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Good things come to those who wait....

“See, that wasn’t so bad now. Was it Molly?” asked Andrei.

She slowly looked around at all the hustle and bustle of the platform at the station as people hurriedly made their way to work and appointments. She was so hungry. Her last real meal had been before leaving the house with Lucy the day before. Molly was really looking forward to this feast that Andrei had talked so much about on the ride over to East Putney Station. Molly still felt a little wobbly on her legs after riding the tube. As she had stepped off the train she had taken a few unsteady steps and then sat for a break to look around at her new surroundings. It looked quite bare compared to Richmond Park and Bluegate Pond but felt oddly familiar at the same time.

The streets were dotted with the odd tree and the pace of the environment was overwhelming. It felt much like the walk along High street that Andrei had taken her on to get to the train station. Andrei gave Molly a moment to absorb her surroundings and then led her eastward along the A205. The street was lined with food markets, restaurants and shops and upper level flats. There were so many smells wafting out from the various eateries that Molly was drooling at the thought of her upcoming meal... They walked to the corner of Oxford Rd when Andrei motioned Molly the two adjoining pizza shops.

 "This is a great spot!" said Andrei.

 "I am so hungry... How are we going to get anything to eat from out here?" Molly asked.

"You'll see." said Andrei.

They walked up to the front of the shop and Andrei told Molly to sit patiently and watch him. 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

This is no Teddy Bear Picnic...

Forest elephant at Mudumalai National Park
What comes to mind when you hear the word elephant? In most case, the image that is conjured is of a lumbering gentle grey animal that saunters across the vast expanse of the golden grasslands of the African Savannah.

But, if you go out to the woods today you’re sure for a big surprise…

How many of you are familiar with the Forest Elephant? This particular distinct species inhabits the dense west and central African Rainforest. They are smaller than the Savannah elephant and have only recently been recognised as a distinct species. The forest elephant is the species I have chosen to introduce into William’s story and the Beautiful Creatures series.

Forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) in the Mbeli River,
Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Congo.
Elephants are a species that have a highly complex social system which have endured trauma at the hands of humans through mass culls, imprisonment and poaching. Humans can often overlook the ability of other species to experience the deep bonds that we feel with our own kin. However, Daphne Sheldrick, who was recently interviewed by Chelsea Clinton is one that knows all too well the trauma that young elephants suffer from witnessing unimaginable atrocities that we would not question would scar our own children if they were to be an eyewitness such acts. Dame Sheldrick has worked with orphaned elephant over the year in the efforts to rebuild their ability to trust after shockingly disturbing events that has orphaned them. However, these gentle giants do have their list of famous supporters which are working toward conservation efforts to ensure that this species is not wiped out by human shortsightedness.

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