This blog post is a bit of a celebration, on Monday Brian and I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary. We have been talking about what we were going to do to celebrate and discussed travelling overseas but decided to have an adventure much closer to home. Last week with my rib injuries we were unsure if we would make it, but we did and it was fabulous! I do think with all the excitement I’ll be napping quite a bit this week though!

We spent 2 nights at Port Lympne which is part of The Aspinall Foundation, their commitment is to conservation, through captive breeding, education and reintroduction. Working in some of the world’s most fragile environments to save endangered animals and return them to the wild. Their back to the wild program has returned a range of animals including 8 black rhino who between them have produced 25 offspring and over 60 “grand-calf” descendants, 12 grizzled langurs and 90 ebony langurs, 33 Javan gibbons, 11 European bison and over 70 western lowland gorillas back to their natural habitat. 

On Sunday we stayed at Giraffe lodge, in a safari tent, right in the centre of one of the Safari areas, we took 2 safaris and were fortunate to feed the Giraffes, they don’t always visit, but they did on Sunday!

Port Lympne Amanda Fowler Inspiring Inkin' Stampin' Up! UK Giraffe
Port Lympne Amanda Fowler Inspiring Inkin' Stampin' Up! UK Giraffe

How I took this picture I will never know, but I love it!!!!

I was hanging on to the branch and using my phone one handed.

Port Lympne Amanda Fowler Inspiring Inkin' Stampin' Up! UK Giraffe

Waking up on our anniversary and hearing lions roar and the clip clop of the Giraffes as they walked past for their breakfast was such a treat.

Monday was not nearly as warm, and raining, no blue skies until the afternoon, but we moved accommodation and picked up our golf buggy to roam around the park.

Port Lympne Amanda Fowler Inspiring Inkin' Stampin' Up! UK

We stopped by all the animals, including the Black Rhinos and the Gorillas getting their breakfast. Listening to talks by the rangers as we went.

Port Lympne Amanda Fowler Inspiring Inkin' Stampin' Up! UK Gorilla

Another lucky photo for me, my iPhone took this picture through glass with rain on both the outside and the inside.

Port Lympne Amanda Fowler Inspiring Inkin' Stampin' Up! UK Gorilla

After lunch and more roaming and visiting we took the VIP Evening Feeding tour, with the Animal Manager Richard. It was the most fabulous experience, not only did we learn a huge amount about the animals, their care and the work being done to breed and re-introduce many of them to the wild, we also got to feed them. Our tour included Wolves, Lions, Tigers, Camels, Gorillas and the most incredible Squirrel Monkeys. Being that close to the big cats in particular was amazing, they are huge…….. the lions have 3 cubs at the moment. You can catch up with the lion cubs on their live Youtube channel HERE

Of course no anniversary is complete without a lovely dinner, and stone-baked Pizza and red wine was perfect. An anniversary to remember!

I’ll be back on Friday with some more paper craft creations, see you then.

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