It has been said that this blog seems to have more than its fair share of wildlife. Well, I’m not one to swim against the tide, so here’s some more! On Sunday, Dad and YiMin came to visit, and we went to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. I last went there a fair few years ago (10, 15?), and just like Howletts, it seems not much has changed. I still think it’s a better environment for the animals than Howletts, as everything is more spread out and the big critters have a fair bit of space. It is a long way round though, and by the end of the circuit a few people were starting to fade. There was just time for a well earned cup of tea and bag of fudge, then back to the pub for dinner before the visitors headed home. A very good day had by all 🙂
More catching up to do…
For my birthday, the lovely Mary took me on a trip up to London for a good old-fashioned touristy weekend. First stop was Her Majesty’s Theatre for the Saturday matinee performance of The Phantom Of The Opera. This was my very first musical, and it was absolutely fantastic. You can read the story to ‘Phantom’ in about 2 minutes from one page of A4, but we were hooked from the first chords of the overture all the way until the cast took their final bows. The songs are still going round my head even now, 2 months on, and I don’t think I’m the only one.
Next we took a walk from the theatre to the Thames, via Westminster Abbey and the Houses Of Parliament. My second treat was a ‘flight’ on the London Eye. Although slightly marred by the family from hell (who pushed in front of us in the queue for tickets and then proceeded to do that annoying thing of using other people to discipline their own children: “That man’ll hit you in a minute if you carry on…”), the trip itself was very good. London is quite impressive at night with all that well-designed lighting. I recommend a flight to anyone who doesn’t have a morbid fear of heights. And even those that do — just don’t look down, you’ll be fine.
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Finally, we took the tube to Earl’s Court and amazingly found our hotel without getting lost. The hotel was lovely. Our room was a bit on the cosy side, with about half a yard’s gap between the end of the bed and wall, but its saving grace was the fantastic balcony. We supped bubbly stuff, and then, in the morning, made like good old fashioned Englanders, and insisted on breakfast out in the winter air. It was fantastic.
More than just catching up, this post is a longwinded way of saying a huge THANKYOU to Mary for spoiling me rotten for a weekend. I had a fantastic time, even if I am now stuck with that Phantom melody endlessly going round my head. When do we go again? 🙂
Despite the huge number of trips I’ve made to Bluewater over the years, I never noticed that our very own hometime was represented on the big Thames/Thames Estuary map on the floor. Well, it is, and here’s the proof!
During my little blog hiatus we have actually been out and about a bit. Back in January we braved the arctic conditions and went to look at the animal enclosures at Howletts. Some of the enclosures had animals in, but in the main the beasts were showing their superiority by staying in out of the wind and rain. We were last there in August 2004 (blog), and although not much has changed, it’s still a great day out. Highlights this time round were the elephants (no mention of the fifth leg, please, we’re British), and the new family of Langurs. They were facinated by the small people on the other side of their glass, allowing for nice close up views.
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