Category: TRAVEL

Kamari Apartments, Corfu

Kamari Apartments, Corfu

As some of you will probably know, I recently went on Holiday to Corfu with my Mum & Sister. We booked last minute (well, three weeks in advance) through Thomas Cook and weren’t really sure what to expect from this little island, aside from more […]

Corfu here we come!

Corfu here we come!

The last eight weeks have been really quite shitty what with being in hospital, recovery taking longer than I expected and an unexpected change in my circumstance so it’s fair to say I’ve been in need of a bit of a pick me up. Mum & Libby […]

Howletts – The Aspinall Wild Animal Park

You might have seen on twitter over Easter that Mr ventured off for a weekend of Mountain Climbing in an attempt to complete the three peaks challenge. Faced with the prospect of spending Easter on my Lonesome, I had planned things to keep me busy over most of the Easter Weekend – a shopping trip with my sister on Friday, work followed by a girly evening to celebrate my Best Friend’s birthday on Saturday and a day of training for the upcoming Dirty Dozen race and catching up on some work on Sunday. I’d left Monday clear as we weren’t sure what time Sean would be home.

It turned out that due to 70mph winds, torrential downpours and mini cyclones their trip was cut short so Sean was home late Saturday night. Woohoo! Understandably, after 27 hours of driving and climbing the highest mountain in the UK, he was inclined to have a chilled out day on Sunday. We watched a few movies on Amazon Prime, had roast Lamb and then watched a few more.

On Monday we woke up quite early and decided to head out for the day. I have been wanting to go to the zoo for aaaages, and so when he suggested we head to Howletts Animal Park in Canterbury, I was SO excited!

It took no longer than 40 minutes for us to get there, and Sean did pretty well at putting up with my excitable chanting of “We’re going to the zoo! We’re going to the zoo! We’re going to the zoo!”. True love right there.

Upon arrival we were checked in at the desk and informed that by visiting the park, we were donating to the Aspinall Foundation – a charity that keeps both the Howletts & Port Lympne parks open and works to protect wild animals across the pond. We were also given a complimentary map and guide to the activities going on on the day.2016-03-28 14.17.39

We decided to just see where the day took us rather than tying ourselves down to any times and so just wandered around at our own pace.  Neither of us had been there since we were really young, and like anywhere, the park seemed a lot smaller than either of us remembered, the animals closer together than our memories served, the enclosures bigger. I guess that’s what you get when you haven’t been somewhere since you were 6! 

We arrived quite early on in the day, pretty much as soon as the park opened and so as we walked through, the initial few enclosures the Lions & Tigers were still sounds asleep and some of the monkeys were snoozing in their huts, but as the day went on the animals started to get over what we decided were their Bank Holiday Hangovers. Clearly they’d been at a Madagascar style party the night before… 

Howletts Elephant Kisses
Elephant Kisses

The highlight for me was definitely the elephants. There are thirteen African elephants at Howletts- the biggest group here in the UK and at the head of the Heard – Massa. The Matriarch and eldest Elephant to live at Howletts, she really is beautiful.  Howletts Elephants

The monkeys were great too and made a point of putting on a show to everyone who peered into their enclosure and there was the cutest family of Dusky Langurs with a teeny tiny baby who was being taught how to climb by his older brother. I could have climbed in and taken them home! Adorable. Howletts MonkeysHowletts Monkeys 2

Of course we couldn’t pass up the chance to visit the ever famous gorilla section of Howletts. There are two enclosures for Gorillas, one at each end of the park. One seemed to be home to the more energetic bunch who quite literally run around like crazy peeps. We arrived just in time for feeding time and it was hilarious to watch them all run around trying to collect as many carrots as they could possibly carry before another came along and got them. At one point, one of the seemingly younger gorillas had two in his mouth and both hands full! And another pair were rough and tumbling alla round their enclosure, up and down the vines & shoots and quite literally rolled down the slide like those comedy cartoon characters you used to watch as a kid. They really were very funny. Gorillas at HowlettsHowletts Gorillas

In the second, newer enclosure, it seemed the Gorillas were more used to having people like us gawp in at them and so they pranced around seemingly posing for photos and making us all laugh at their antics. One of them, the iconic silver back male everyone always talks about even grunted at a little girl after she called his name.

 We really did have the best day out at Howletts Zoo. I’m ready and waiting to slot a trip to Port Lympe in the diary to see the Giraffes next!

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Our Hayling Island Holiday

Our Hayling Island Holiday

Back in September we spent a long weekend in an old childhood haunt of mine with Sean’s family. Hayling island is a small island off of the south coast of England, in Hampshire. I used to go there with my parents when I was younger […]

St Leonard’s on Sea & The Bathing Hut

St Leonard’s on Sea & The Bathing Hut

We’ve just returned home from a week away to St Leonards, a little sea side town just outside of Hastings. We stayed at the Combe Haven Holiday Park in a pet friendly caravan. I think I will write a little bit more about the holiday park […]

Post Holiday Beauty Essentials

Post Holiday Beauty Essentials

I love getting everything ready for going on holiday. My favourite part of the lead up is going out and buying all of the holiday essentials, but often we forget that we might need a few things for when we get back too.

I have chosen my top post-holiday beauty essentials to share with you today. Each of them have been used so many times since we returned from our Mexico Holiday.

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| The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil | About a week after we got back, I noticed my scalp was becoming really flakey which is really unusual for me. It took me a while to realise why, but I concluded that my scalp was peeling! The only way I could think to stop it was to give myself a hair mask using this beautifying hair & body oil to moisturize my skin and this did just the trick!

| RIMMEL London Natural Bronzer |  When I got back, I was pretty tanned so I am not really sure why I was surprised when I went to apply my normal foundation it was a total mismatch! After two weeks in the sun & sea, my skin was lovely and clear and so instead of upping the foundation shade, I just used bronzer on my T-Zone and cheeks.

| Quickies Tanning Wipes | These are coming in so handy right now. 8 weeks on from my holiday, despite the glorious weather here in the UK, my tan is fading. They are great if you want to bronze up without the mess of fake tan and the dangers of sun beds!

| The Body Shop Mango Body Butter | I love the Body Shop Body Butters, and the mango one has always been my favourite. I’ve moisturized day and night using this since we got back to help prevent y tan from peeling off.

What’s on your essentials list?

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Mexico Holiday Diary – Day 4 –  Cocktails and Hidden Spots of Heaven

Mexico Holiday Diary – Day 4 – Cocktails and Hidden Spots of Heaven

On our fourth day we were finally able to relax into our holiday and had established a good weekend which worked for all four of us. My body clock was still on work hours, and so I was still waking at 6am or earlier. I […]

Holiday Diary – Day 3 – The Attack of the ‘Guanas

Holiday Diary – Day 3 – The Attack of the ‘Guanas

Day three of our holiday is one we will not forget in a long while. It started so well. I woke up at 5am and while everyone slept I took myself for a walk along the white sandy beach – a mile in memory for […]