Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Sunday Scribblings: Bed


Yes, I'm doing my Sunday Scribblings on a Tuesday afternoon. I toyed with the idea of skipping this week's entry because I wasn't "on time", but then I remembered why I joined this writing group in the first place - to allow myself to be creative and write without judgement. I didn't join Sunday Scribblings to be perfectionistic or stress about deadlines. So here goes my entry, spectacularly on (my) time.

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My dream bed is as beautiful to look at as it is to sleep in. It is made of tropical timber, finely crafted so that the curves of the frame echo the curves of the wood. The mattress is dense and firm, but not so much so that it would make my spine ache in the morning. Covering the mattress are 300-count Egyptian cotton sheets, pure white, soft and beautifully ironed. They are tucked in, of course, using tight hospital corners so that there is no slippage when I crawl into bed and pull the covers up under my chin. On top of the sheets is a non-itchy wool blanket and the most fabulous white goose down comforter imaginable. The comforter is so plush, in fact, that it weighs down on my body and makes me feel as if I am in the middle of a cocoon.

And wouldn't you know I found this exact bed at Seba Camp in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the first lodge we stayed at on our vacation last week. Only the people at Seba managed to improve on my dream bed by placing hot water bottles under the sheets at night and by decorating the rest of the room so beautifully that unless you looked quite carefully you'd never know that technically the accomodations consisted of canvas tent atop a wooden deck. Seba Camp was probably the most luxurious place I've ever stayed and I'd love to go back - if nothing else for my dream bed and the unbelievably soft towels in the bathroom. Oh yeah, that and the elephants and hippos in the pond right outside the room.

10 comments:

Miss Meep said...

Lovely writing - thanks for sharing the story of your bed. I want to go to Seba Camp too!

paris parfait said...

Beautiful, Ali! - both your bed and the post. That camp sounds fabulous!

boliyou said...

sounds like a fabulous place to stay!

la vie en rose said...

*sigh* i think i could have me some sweet dreams in that bed...

Safiya said...

That bed sounds fabulous. Your whole trip sounds amazing, but the bed especially.

I've wanted to visit Botswana ever since I read the Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books by Alexander McCall Smith. Have you heard of them? They're very evocative and a good relaxing read.

AnnieElf said...

Seba Camp sounds magical and has just the bed to rock you into sweet dreams of elephants and rhinos.

JavaCurls said...

Beautiful bed! How fabulous to wake up and see elephants & hippos near by! Sounds like a memorable place to vacation!

Laini Taylor said...

Oh MAN. Elephants! And hippos! You make me jealous. And the bed is fabulous too, and I'm glad you didn't skip this week!

Ali la Loca said...

Yes, it was all wonderful. Good thing there were all those animals otherwise it would have been a hard sell to get me out of that bed every morning!

~Safiya - I haven't read those books but my cousin Lauren read them before our trip and really enjoyed them. They're on my list now, too.

telfair said...

I TOTALLY agree -- the animals would HAVE to be there, otherwise I wouldn't do anything except hold court in that bed, a la John & Yoko.