It’s too hot for elephant suits

So, the other morning it was about 23ºC here in the Shire. We went to parkrun as usual. Not as usual, I ran it in my elephant suit.


Mother and baby elephants.

I’ve recently been fundraising for elephants. What have you been up to?

It was pretty bloody warm.

But I now feel like I deserve my Enormous Elephant Run medal and all the cash from the kind people who’ve sponsored me. It’s a funny thing – a few people have given me that sideways look when I’ve explained why I needed to run parkrun in my elephant suit.

Even one of the volunteers from the actual Elephant Run.

Thing is, though, I’d promised to run 10km in my elephant suit in exchange for donations to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and I didn’t feel right about receiving those donations until I’d actually done it.

Now the elephant suit can go in a box for another year and I can go back to running without nearly passing out from heat exhaustion. Hurrah!

Today, it’s lawn-mowing time again. I might plug my ears into some of my favourite podcasts – The Infinite Monkey Cage, The Moth, and other storytelling shows.

How about you?

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Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.

PS It’s a funny old world. Sometimes things just resolve themselves without any input from you. Like moles. We’ve had a mole problem at The Dingle – they’ve made a right mess of the lawn. Now, I don’t like killing things, ever. I’m okay with other people hunting for food and whatnot, but killing stuff just because it’s a pest? Na-uh. So Joe’s got a sonic mole repellant on the way.

Then, this morning, as he was walking the land, he found a dead mole lying on the lawn. It had obligingly died all of its own accord. They’re funny little things, with great big shovel feet. I’ll post a photo at some point…

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