Bank holidays are fantastic, they allow us to spend time together as a family. We really cherish the extra days and make the most of them, particularly if the weather’s with us. We have only been to the zoo twice since having J, on Mother’s Day 2014 and again this bank holiday 4th May. I have been talking about going back for ages and so we packed a picnic and decided to spend our last day off there
The weather decided to hold out for us and it was the only clear sunny day of the ‘weekend’. It seemed everyone had the same idea and so we seemed to arrive with the masses. J’s feet seem to have had yet another growth spurt and she was complaining about her shoes and comfort before we even got past the ticket desk, so I dashed back to the car for a second time after initially forgetting suncream(!)
We also found the first Zany Zebra which is by the entrance and in 2016 there will be a herd of them coming to the streets of Southampton, following the Go! Rhinos success in 2013
It’s so rare for me to take the SLR out nowadays I made a point of taking it with us, mainly because I want some nice pictures of J for the wall as it’s something we are seriously lacking. For this reason, although the camera was on me at all times, I took very few photos of the animals and focused on my family
J is really cute at the moment and will wear her prescription sunglasses everywhere when the sun’s out
J loved looking at the animals and was particularly amazed at the sleeping tiger and kept roaring when we said it. She also seemed to enjoy the giraffes and meerkats and we spent quite a while there. We found ourselves reading the signs and spending time trying to learn more about the animals to ensure we could explain to her what they were and more importantly, pronounce them correctly
We stopped just outside the main house for a picnic lunch and the hubster took the opportunity to show J how to roll down the hill (having a kid means you can act like a kid…fact!). It seemed like all of the other children liked this as well and soon he was surrounded by them!
Marwell is in the process of installing new walkways and platforms, to allow better views whilst improving the animal areas as well. For this reason some areas weren’t open but we enjoyed it nonetheless. We thought that with the amount of walking J would be napping at lunch but we were wrong, she’s like a duracel bunny and just wouldn’t stop!
We had a lovely day, and it’s one I’ll look back on fondly. It’s amazing just seeing how much J has grown and what she can do in comparison to last year. I think we’ll have a yearly zoo visit to continue the comparisons
Linking up for the first time with Coombe Mill for the outdoors Country Kids linky