One day in Sri Lanka when we were heading from one city to the next the driver pulled over so we could see the monitor lizards along the side of the ride on the river bank. We have monitor lizards in Malaysia and Singapore, but these are bigger than the ones I am used to seeing. The ones in Malaysia were more of a tan/gray color. They didn’t have patterns on them.
We hired a driver and van from Kangaroo Cabs (www.kangaroocabs.com) for our entire time in Sri Lanka. There are not many airports in Sri Lanka so if you need to travel cross country you drive or take a train. We opted for driving so that we could visit many temples.
Here is a brief video of the ride. I now understand why people used those little chairs on top of elephants. The elephants are very wide. The mahuts sit ride behind the ears. That would be a bit easier.
I’m glad these elephants have a safe home here in the sanctuary, but it doesn’t look like a fun life, not with the chains around their necks and the chains around their back legs. However, it is better than a life on the streets. At least here they are well fed and have a river to bathe in.
In early January Kent and I went to Sri Lanka with his cousin Beth and her husband. near the end of our trip we stopped at an elephant sanctuary near Kandy. After a very brief elephant ride and photos we the elephant, John was kind enough to purchase food and feed the elephant. I enjoyed the elephant’s enthusiasm.
Cast on for a new pair of socks today, Lace Wings Fixation socks. First I cast on wrong for knitting two at a time on two circulars. Recast on and managed to twist one sock when I joined them. Cast on again. Finish cuff. Start pattern. Think, “Gee, these are looking really big.” Reread pattern. I’m knitting on US #5 needles, not 5 mm. Time to frog.
P.S. After the next cast on I had to move one sock to the other needle because I had them set up wrong for knitting two socks at a time on two circular needles.Photo Credits ‘èºåæ¨¹èãRhacophorus taipeianus Liang & Wang, 1978‘