My boyfriend took a professional exam on Saturday. For the last six months (at least, it feels like) every time I’ve suggested we take a fun/romantic/interesting trip, he’s had to decline due to revision needs. Whilst I completely understand, having had to take many exams myself, I also couldn’t wait for it to be over so I could have my boyfriend back! (I in no way complained during this period, you understand. I certainly didn't mope about, whining that we were missing the best of the summer and so on...)
After Mexican food and too many drinks on Saturday night, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than a trip to a safari park. We both love going to see animals – one of our first ‘dates’ was to the zoo – and the weather was gorgeous. I hadn’t been to Woburn since I was 13, when I dislocated my knee in the indoor play area (idiot) so I was excited to return!
We hired a car and took a little road trip. Ian had a bit of a sore head from too much celebrating, but the sunshine, a bit of diet coke and some Haribo soon cheered him up.
We were hungry when we got there so we went for lunch first. A mediocre sandwich was soon cheered up by a gigantic ice cream!
Ian was traditional (boring) with his strawberry and vanilla flavours.
I was much more adventurous with one honeycomb and one Eton mess flavour. That's right - Eton Mess ice cream. It's an inspiring concept - it tastes as good as it sounds! Honestly one of the best ice creams I’ve had in ages. I was very happy.
Afterwards we hopped back in the car and started our little circuit of the animals.
Rhinos (one was kept in isolation – poor guy, I wonder what he’d done?!)
Bears! I have never seen a bear this close up before. He was just splashing about in the pool, scratching himself under the chin happily! I wanted to get out and give him a hug. I’m sure he would’ve loved it, and no mauling would have ensued.
Giraffes are my favourite animals, and there were so many baby giraffes – it was so cute! My boyfriend says I remind him of a baby giraffe because I fall over all the time. (I like to think it's because I am also cute.)
One was a bit inquisitive and came over to say hello!
It practically trod on the car. As my boyfriend said afterwards, 'Well, that's the closest I've ever been to a giraffe!'
The monkey enclosure is always good fun, although they weren’t interested in jumping on our car (personally, I blame the hire company for picking a revolting grey-brown colour!)
I’m not a nature photographer, as is probably apparent, but we saw so many more animals – an elephant giving itself a happy little mud bath, numerous elk and ox type creatures, tigers prowling about, lions snoozling in the sunshine - to name a few.
Afterwards we wandered round some more, found some sea lions...
and then it was time to go home.
The weather was so beautiful that we decided to eat our dinner (a makeshift BBQ, cooked by me on the grill) outside, with some ciders.
We sat outside all night, talking and watching the sun set. It was such a lovely day. I am very, very pleased to have my boyfriend back!