Today has been a relaxed day so I felt like writing a more relaxed blog post. I’m now cwtched up on my sofa, with my puppy, watching Harry Potter, it officially feels like a Autumn evening, I even have a fluffy blanket and a cup of coco to keep me warm, which reminds me… It’s nearly Autumn, my favourite time of year. It’s the 1st of September tomorrow which means: back to school/uni and back to cosy sweaters and Halloween! I’ve had a fairly average summer, some ups, some downs but I had one amazing holiday to Cala Millor, spent a lot of time searching for myself, day trips, getting back into blogging (hey!) and working part-time for some dolla’. This summer I’ve learnt a lot of things about myself and now I can firmly say I love who I am (about time, right?). I’m going to be super busy over the next few months, going back to university in a few weeks and I have some big news…
I have got myself two public relations internships for before Christmas (I’m very excited) and another one for the beginning of January (yay for Liz!), so after many emails and consultations I snagged them. They are in PR as that is what I’m focusing on within my degree! I’m super excited for a new chapter in my life and I can’t wait to go back to reality and working everyday, and think of how cute I can dress going to an office everyday, I’m very happy. Now on to todays adventure…
Today I went to to Wiltshire and Bath and even stopped by Longleat Safari Park (my favourite place in the world, so why wouldn’t I?) I love animals, architecture and nature, so what more could I ask for? I was in one of the most beautiful parts of England and it was an amazing day.
Getting there was tedious let me say that for certain, even a full English breakfast couldn’t save me at 9am this morning – the drive from my house to Longleat is very long, but I was lucky that my driver was competent and I could just enjoy the scenery (he even became my personal photographer for the day, thank you by the way!) It was a very generic British day, a mixture of rain and sunshine so I even got to wear my new favourite raincoat (New Look). It brought a little extra sunshine to a semi miserable day.
The Manor and Gardens are always my favourite part of the day at Longleat, Lord and Lady Bath are very lucky people to be surrounded by such beauty on a daily basis.
The house is ginormous and absolutely stunning. It makes you realise how small you really are being on such a grand estate – the gardens are gorgeous and they always make me feel so happy. I love the atmosphere around the estate and the photo opportunities are so good – bare in mind, I’m not one for full-body shots, but I’m getting there!
Now let’s talk about what everyone loves about Longleat – the animals.
The safari was soooo long, but as it’s still the summer holidays for the schools, we prepped for a very long safari ride and indeed it was. It took us around 3 hours to get from the beginning to the end, but we took our time so we could see everything and because I kept telling him to stop so I could snap some pictures. The only disappointment was that I never got to see one of my favourites – the wolves. Near the end of our safari it started to rain, the big cats and the wolves all decided to hide from the weather (shame on them), which was very upsetting. I even tried teasing out the lions with Pringles and Haribo, it didn’t work for them but it most definitely enticed those cheeky monkeys. Our car is fine, luckily.
I even got to see Anne (the elephant), which was a really amazing experience for me. Anne came to Longleat a few years ago after a long, tedious life in a circus. She looked at ease and was absolutely beautiful – it made me realise how much I want to see these creatures in the wild, it completely reigniting my need to go on a REAL African safari.
It was such an amazing day. I love zoos, even though a lot of people think they’re cruel, they do so much for animals, especially Longleat. They work so hard for every animal there: breeding programs for endangered species, special care for special animals and everything in between. Everyone seems so passionate about what they’re doing and I will definitely be going back again, I recommend everyone reading this going as well, even if you just go for the gardens and the photo opportunities. Talking of photo opportunities here’s a picture of me looking short, stubby and very happy and one of the many adorable little critters!
I’m now very excited to get back to reality and back to university – I’ve had the most incredible few weeks doing incredible things. I know things will only go up from here. What have you guys been up to this summer?