A birthday trip to Folly Farm

So, now you know why I’ve been away for a while, I guess it’s time to tell you what I’ve been up to!

On July 16, I turned 21. I’m not a big fan of my birthday. I kind of see it as being a year closer to death, and that makes me more sad than happy.
homeSo, I decided to make it more of a day out with Al and Esme, rather than staying at home and greeting lost of visitors. I’m sure most people don’t mind having visitors on their birthday, but I’m not really all that excited about becoming a year older anyway. Plus, I often feel like I should make people tea, coffee or food when they arrive in my humble abode, and who wants to be doing that on their birthday?

So, I thought the best way to celebrate would be to have a day out. After much deliberation, we decided to go to Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire.

It was a really cloudy, rain day, but we decided to brave the weather anyway. And, I’m glad we did, because we got to see some beautiful animals!

When we arrived, we went straight to see the pigs, lambs and donkeys. There was a beautiful litter of piglets, and Esme absolutely loved looking at them, but most of all wanted to play on the slide and ride a metal rooster. Kid’s got priorities!

rooster
Once we’d had enough of the park, we went to visit the lions. They truly were magnificent, and we got to find out all about them thanks to the information boards dotted around the area.

Head of the family is Hugo, who is a very handsome lion with an impressive man. Luna is Hugo’s partner, and mother to the remaining four lions, Zahra, Ebele, Alika and Sola.

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Looking at the meerkats having a rest!

Watching the meerkats in the viewing gallery!

Watching the meerkats in the viewing gallery!

From there, we went to see the meerkats. I think these were Esme’s favourite, because she had the chance to get close to them. We stood near the enclosure watching them run around the enclosure, and Esme thought it was brilliant. So much so, that she thought she might like to be one … Hehe!

Meerkat wannabe

Meerkat wannabe

We spent a huge amount of time with the meerkats, and although Esme would have stayed there all day, we decided to go see the penguins. We were just in time for the feeding time display, and got the opportunity to watch the penguins diving in and out of the water.

I’ve never had the chance to get so close to the birds, and it was fascinating to see them being themselves so close to humans!

penguin

After we’d watched the display, we went to visit the magnificent giraffes. Tall and graceful, they were more than happy to be near people, so we were treated to a wonderful view of the beautiful creatures.
giraffe

Before heading home, we had to make a trip to the gift shop. I can’t leave somewhere without at least having a look! I wanted to buy Esme a little something to commemorate the day, and we decided to go for a little horse toy – that she chose, might I add!

She has a little box of small figurine type toys at home, so it was a nice addition to the collection!
I was having a look around for a cuddly toy, and spotted some penguins. I was delighted, because I really wanted a cuddly toy for myself Esme. I chose one that resembled the penguins we had watched swimming in the water, and pretended it was for Esme when we went to the lady at the till.

Once we had left with a pony and penguin in tow, we went home and indulged in some wonderful birthday cake. Yum!

cake


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