Magical Mazes

Trip Start May 08, 2004
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Trip End May 23, 2004


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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Janice: The weather during our trip has been phenomenal. People say we must have brought the good weather with us. We haven't yet seen a drop of rain. Oh, correction. About five drops fell on the windshield the day we left London. Maybe we're really in Camelot where it doesn't rain after dawn.

Another thing we've experienced is a very warm welcome just because we're Canadian. People usually think we're American first, but when we correct them we're welcomed like members of the family. Which we are, geopolitically speaking! I find that I feel very at home here, as well. There are many symbols and themes that I find very familiar -- such as the British flag, Queen Elizabeth's face plastered on everything, etc. Even though there are many differences, I feel very comfortable here.

Nick: The only thing she's not comfortable with is her driving. And, for the record, she's not that good at it. But I think you already know the record.

Janice: Ignore him. Now, yesterday we had a very interesting time, spending the whole day at Longleat Stately Home. Longleat is the seat of the Marquess of Bath and the current Marquess has turned his mansion and grounds into something of a theme park. I'll let Nick describe it.

Nick: It took a little while to get there, but once we were there it felt a little better because Auntie Janice's driving was done. We went through the front gate and we were swathed with the captivating flowers and ravishing bushes that surrounded our living beings. (I know my teacher will give me extra points for that!)

After we'd done our journey through the beauty of this garden of Eden (she might like that, too), we went into the Park.

The first thing we decided on doing was going into the Longest Hedge Maze in the world. We went in and, after the first five minutes, we got lost but somehow found our way back to the beginning. Oh, yeah. The goal is to get to the middle platform, then to get out of the maze. It takes some people an hour and a half to do. But, me being the expert navigator, compounded my knowledge and assessed a way to proceed through the maze. (I'm scoring some big brownie points today!) Afterwards, we tried again and we found our way through the maze in a record 45 minutes. Then we went to get some lunch.

After lunch I went onto a motion simulator. It was so cool. After the motion simulator we to the butterfly garden. It was inconcievable ... the magnificence of its essence sourrounding me. (That's a good one too, but it's my last for today.) It was a very beautiful garden with lots of butterflies flying everywhere. But it was hot, very hot. I actually had a butterfly land on my leg and Auntie Janice took a picture of it. There were so many in there, it was very interesting. And when we left, the outdoors seemed very cold.

Janice: We also took a boat ride on the river, constantly entertained by the sealions swimming alongside. Nick even had a chance to throw fish to them. They jumped for all the food and splashed us royally.

Later, we toured the mansion itself. It is very interesting and expansive. The furniture is overwhelming. There were many, many portraits hanging on the walls. Most seemed to be of the Marquess' ancestors, some dating back to the 16th Century.

Nick: We also went to an awesome Safari Park on the property. We started off by getting out of the car and taking a Wallaby Walk. I got to look at a wallaby two inches from my face. It was so cool. The little baby wallabies were so cute! They had their heads and two arms hanging out of the pouches. If we got too close the mother would put her arms down to protect the baby. Some of the babies were bigger than my two fists together and when they got in the pouch the mother's front dragged on the ground.

We looked at a few giraffes and then we got back in the car and started to drive. That's when it hit us. Well, it didn't really hit us. It pecked us! We were watching an ostrich walk down the side of the hill and stand not far from the front side of our car. It started doing the wing thing -- moving it's wings up and down. Then, it approached and started to peck the hood of our car. We tried to back away and then go around it, but it ran in front of us. Then it started to try to eat the side view mirror. It would bounce its head off the mirror and seemed agitated. So, we backed up more and sped around it.

In the first few enclosures we saw monkeys, rhinos, zebras, ox, camels, giraffes, llamas and a variety of deer. But our favourites were the last three enclosures ... lions and tigers and wolves. Oh, my! They were so cool. The first cage had tigers, then lions and then wolves. And wolves were from Canada! They were like buddies in Britain.

And that's about all we did at Longleat, but it took all day.

So, folks, tune in tomorrow for a Bath you won't forget!

Sincerely: Nick and Janice

PS. I love that i'm missing school i've been asked once if i was soposed to be in school so i'ts interesting oh ya about schools we went pass another girls school but this time i had me binoculars ready oops shouldn't go there might get in trouble see you later.
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