To start this post, I must mention yesterday … our little grandson’s ‘other’ grandmother is on holiday staying with our son and daughter in law (her daughter) and our grandson, and she kindly brought with her this lovely bouquet of flowers for me. She always brings me either flowers or a plant, which is so kind of her and is very much appreciated. I just wanted you to see them … the carnations actually have much deeper-purple edges to their frilled petals, my camera always shows purple more as this magenta colour. The scent from the two sprays of Brompton stocks and the single lily is wonderful. The roses are quite spectacular, huge creamy white ones, but sadly they have no scent. Never mind, the lily and stocks makes up for this.
And so to today. We awoke to sunshine. Oh, how lovely it was to feel the warmth on our faces and see the blue sky. We had a cooked breakfast, starting with fruit (tinned cherries, pineapple and banana) …
and then we had grilled (broiled?) bacon and Portobello mushrooms.
And then we decided that once we’d done a few jobs we’d stop work and go to the Zoo. As much as anything I wanted to renew our Zoo subscription for the year. This allows us to visit the Zoo as often as we like and also similarly to visit Living Coasts in Torquay.
We should not have been surprised that the world, his wife and all their children would be at the Zoo today! It is still the Easter school holidays (the children return to school on Monday in our part of Devon) and I think they were all in the Zoo today, with all their families, too. It was packed to capacity, ditto the car park. And so as we made our way around and around, seeking a parking space, it became necessary to just go onto a small patch of grass. Big mistake! It has rained incessantly for days and as soon as husband drove onto the grass, the car’s wheels sank into deep mud. We were stuck fast. And felt very silly!
I was on the point of phoning the AA (the Automobile Assocation breakdown service for those outside the UK unfamiliar with the name “AA”) when a female employee of the Zoo came out and told us that she’d seen we were in difficulty but that we weren’t the first to have become stuck in the mud, and shortly some Zoo employees would be along to get us out. Wasn’t that kind?
And within a minute or two along came five chaps, four of whom pushed the car while husband drove …
It didn’t take long to free the car from its muddy parking lot, and we then found somewhere on the hardcore to park. But husband did feel silly – he knew it had been raining, he should’ve known not to drive anywhere near grass! We really appreciated the kindness of these chaps, I’m sure this was above and beyond their work requirements.
After that we went to the main reception area and renewed our subscription and then we went for our walk around the Zoo. This was quite difficult as there were just too many people there today, but I enjoyed seeing so many trees and shrubs now bursting to life again …
The scent from this mimosa (wattle) was wonderful
I don’t know what this tree is, but it had lovely pendulous ‘blossom’
And lots of lovely magnolia stellata with their star-like flowers
And there were lovely clumps of primroses everywhere. They are truly my favourite spring flower
I didn’t photograph many animals today, just these giraffes, as we were really out for a walk but this was curtailed by the sheer volume of people in the Zoo and after about half an hour we decided to call it a day and visit again after the children have returned to school for the summer term.
Aren’t giraffes strange, although wonderful, animals?
Once home we opened up the summerhouse and I made some salmon sandwiches (using tinned salmon) and cups of tea for a light late lunch. Then husband decided to wash all the mud off the car and I made a toffee apple cake. This turned out very well, although we decided that the rhubarb cake which I made last week for the first time, and made to the same recipe but substituting rhubarb for apples, is much superior. Anyway, we enjoyed a small slice with a little low-fat cream (is there really such a product, or is this simply a good sales pitch?) and then husband decided that a walk around the Zoo, plus cleaning the car, was insufficient work for one day, and then got out the mower and gave the back garden’s grass it’s first cut of the season.
I took just a few photos of the tulips and narcissi as they are coming into bloom in the back garden. So far they’re looking good.
The garden needs a lot of attention … the garden wall needs painting, the summerhouse needs a spring clean, the borders need weeding, the new ‘arch’ needs erecting (the old one collapsed in the winter), and plants need, well, planting. But oh, to see the sun today has been wonderful!
Until next time.