I have had another most enjoyable day.
This morning I met a friend for coffee in what we call our ‘local’. No, not a pub, but a lovely sea front hotel.
My friend had a soya latte decaff and I had a cappuccino. It was served with biscuits, but we shared the biscuits, each taking two home with us, and then sharing them with our husbands. Aren’t we kind girlies? It’s a lovely place to meet, no parking fees, a comfortable lounge or an attractive conservatory in which to sit and chat, and reasonably priced coffee, our kind of place.
When I returned home I heated up chicken curry I had made yesterday, so that was lunch easily dealt with.
(Photo taken in January, but today’s was a similar chicken curry)
I then suggested to husband why not make use of our newly-acquired Zoo passes, and have a walk around the Zoo again? I fully expected him to say, “No, we’ve been once already this week …” but he was quite enthusiastic, and so I changed my town shoes for some boots, easier for walking around a zoo, and off we went.
As we were approaching our car on our drive, our son, his wife and our little grandson were in their car, just going out. They stopped to chat (they live only around the corner from us) and they said they were going for a walk around the local farm trail. When I said we were going to the Zoo (again!) our little grandson said he wanted to go with Granny and Granndad to the Zoo, so they changed their plans and we all went. We met them there, as we took both cars.
Paignton Zoo is really quite large and I think you’d have to have a lot more stamina than we have in order to see it all in one day, all 80 acres of it. And so we decided to see another part today, a different area from where we visited on Tuesday.
First of all we made for the Reptile House so we could see the ‘crocodiles’ although I think they are actually alligators, dwarf caimans. This is a large building with quite deep water filled with fish (not sure whether the alligators and caimans eat them, but perhaps they don’t feature on alligator menus?
I’m not sure whether this chap is a dwarf caiman – he seemed large enough to me. I would add there is glass between him and me! Nonetheless, I’ve never been as up close and personal to anything like this before!
Of course, we found lots of play areas for our little grandson who had a great time. We also visited the meerkats and there was also a porcupine in their enclosure.
I had seen meerkats before but I had totally forgotten how small they are.
We did a lot of walking around, up hill and down dale, as it’s a very hilly site. The baboon island was specially constructed many years ago – if you look carefully, you an see the baboons on the rocks.
I think we spent about two hours in the Zoo, and apart from sitting for about 15 minutes at one of the play areas, we were walking all the time. By the time we returned to the car we were really tired, but in a very pleasant way, having had fresh air and exercise.
After not having visited the Zoo for at least a decade or more, we have now been twice in two days! There are so many more animals to see, we will certainly return again before too long.
The flamingos, taken on my previous visit in June 2006