I thought it was best to wish you a happy Easter all the way from the Maldives seeing as London is looking so grey today. This post features snaps that, to this day were the hardest pictures we’ve ever had to take! I’ll set the scene for you……30 degree heat, an inflatable swan that is near impossible to mount, the light current in the water constantly moving the float out of camera sight and of course the fact that my amazing hubby was chasing me whilst dodging coral on the sea bed, all the while holding my DSLR out of the water………….quite the effort right?! But oh so worth it 😉
We then decided to really push our luck and romantically get on the swan together to watch the beautiful sunset that evening – this is why the title of this post is called ‘The Swan Tale’. This story is genuinely one of the funniest moments of my life, even though it ended up in injury, me with coral scrapings and further on an allergic reaction (when you see weird spots on my hands in pictures you now know why) and Mems with a bloody gash in his finger and a heavily scraped and bruised back.
So here’s the tale – my husband and I, idiotically, thought it would be a good idea to mount Simon (Oh did I not mention we named the swan?!) at the bottom of the stairs in our water villa, where the water is not even a metre deep. A good idea, we thought, as we could use the steps as height to jump and we could hold on to the banister whilst mounting. Well no, we thought wrong because when we got on the swan it flipped forward on impact smashing Mems and I onto the stairs backwards with immense force. On the way back not only did we smash our backs onto the stairs we also scarped our hands and legs on the coral beds below. I got off quite lightly to be honest as my knight in shining swimming shorts took most of the blow on my behalf allowing me to fall onto him rather than the stairs, so I just scraped my hands and feet on the coral, unfortunately I then had an allergic reaction which is still on my hand today, but in terms of pain I got the better deal. Mems was not so lucky! I started the paragraph with the fact that we were idiots right?
We were laughing so much that we didn’t even notice our injuries until we tried to get on a second time and saw all the blood, we were too busy laughing and had both drummed up a level of determination to succeed that we didn’t even notice! Once a first aid kit arrived we fixed up and headed straight back down to sea, swan in hand 😉
In the end we decided to take Simon out to sea and just continuously jump and scramble until we both made it on – as eventually we did 🙂 We watched the beautiful sunset on an inflatable swan together and I have to say, it was worth every effort. One of the most amazing nights of my life 🙂
These snaps were taken during our unforgettable trip to The Conrad Maldives.