A dab at painting

I haven’t posted in ages! But I have been filling my spare time up with lots of things, including trips away, a new job and farming! I’ve also started painting, after always having a love of art, I finally went out and bought some cheap watercolours and it all went from there, now I have an easel and a big set of paints, and the practice is starting to pay off.

Enjoy!

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Port Lympne and Paignton: A weekend of zoo trips

I haven’t posted anything here in what feels like forever, but I did recently spent a week in by the Kent coast and I thought I’d share some photos. Here I lived a childhood dream – inspired by the child TV show Roar – of visiting Port Lympne zoo and safari park. Once returning to the south west I also visited Paignton Zoo. My family has always visited Paignton zoo, and we’ve always arrived before it opens, in the sunshine or horrible rain, and it’s always nice to return to this familiar and wonderful place. I took possibly far too many photographs of the countless animals.

My highlights include the safari park in Port Lympne, a huge expense of Kent wilderness reflective of the African Savannah, as well as getting up close to a baby gibbon and some cheetahs.

At Paignton I was lucky enough to see some baby lions that played in a pond very close to the viewing window, and two very adorable and cheeky baby orangutans. Paignton is also home to some beautiful giraffes.

If you ever go on a national tour of zoos, or visit either Devon or Kent for your summer holiday, definately check out these wonderful zoos. And not only are they wonderful days out, both contribute to the breeding and conservation of many vulnerable and endangered animals, including Langurs, Przewalski horses and Gorillas.

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Meet Stanley and Bobby

This two are the absolute cutest. They are like the Big Cook Little Cook of the dog world. Bobby is tiny and loves to sniff out rabbits on our farm. Stanley is huge, and is the happiest dog in the world, sometimes he even looks like he is smiling. He loves to bark and chase birds (even though they are super high above him).