Ellen Stafford (chicaboo25) wrote,
Ellen Stafford
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Longleat....

After being sick in the night and having only three hours sleep I really didn't feel like going to Longleat today but after I got up and had some food I thought "Yeah I am going" this is the last day off I have for at least 10 days as my bosses are off to Florida. Leaving me to look after the business....

So, nigelb28 and myself set off for Longleat Safari park with some food and our cameras...



So we arrived at Longleat and decided to go into the safari park first, which you drive around. They gave us a CD to play in the car that was narrated by Robert Hardy for the different enclosures. This was great to hear about all the animals. A lot of my pictures didn't turn out great what with being in the car and things...

Our first stop was to see the giraffes.....



Then we came across a rather nosy Ostrich....infact we had to wind the window back up because he was coming for the car..and low and behold he tapped on my window with his beak :) hehe. I knew I was attractive to someone :)



We went past many other animals including rhinos....



And deer.....



Nige also kindly allowed us to take his car in the dreaded Monkey enclosure. Anyone who knows Longleat will know what a reputation this little buggers have. Their favourite pastime is ripping people's cars to bits...and so we wasn't really surprised when one jumped on the car and started his work on the roof seal...and they left it hanging on the top of the roof which Nige managed to retrieve....anyway my monkey pics was a bit of a nightmare.....this is the best I could do....



We next moved on to the Tiger enclosure, I know this sounds weird but there was a little part of me that was tempted to get out of the car....silly I know....I am not suicidal just like because you know you can't do something...anyway...I am pleased to say I didn't get out of the car haha....

This tiger was gorgeous but would of eaten me for dinner....



Next on to the lions, one of the reasons Longleat was made.......



In the second Lion enclosure the lions was locked up in a cage which we thought was slightly weird...until we went a little further and saw a couple of vans...I looked up and there was the filming crew. Nige and I automatically knew they was filming for Animal Park....and there he was....all cute and sexy..Mr Ben Fogle. Unfortunately I couldn't get out to get an in person autograph but Nige got a reasonable picture of him considering the distance...



And for those who don't know him....Ben Fogle presents a programme about Longleat and the animals...here is a picture of him...



And finally we saw the wolves.....



We then breaked for lunch.....and then we decided to go on the longleat railway.....which was a nice ten minute journey....





....followed by a trip to pets corner to look at the parrots....



And then to the dreaded MAZE! This was Nige's idea.....



We crossed many bridges...looking for routes over the hedges...



And got frustrated....Here is Nige after about 20 minutes in the maze....



We even left little marks in places so we knew where we had visited before, these included a calypo cup on a post, a twig sticking up and note the stone sitting on top of the post where the no smoking sign is? ;)



After about an hour we decided we was going to give up and when we found the next way out sign we would follow it...BUT guess what we found on the way....yep our goal to get the middle of the maze.....

Here is a pic of the maze from the tower



And a pic of me baggin that maze hehe.....



And my certificate for completing the maze heh....



We went to the shops...I brought a hugeeeeeee pen for myself and a balloon for Lil :)

And finally on our way out I took a picture of the beautiful Longleat House....



What a fantastic day....and all thanks to my best friend ever nigelb28....love ya loads hunny! :)
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