Last week saw us take a small break from Norfolk and travel back to Lincolnshire for a couple of days. We had a wonderful time relaxing and enjoying some of the wildlife Lincolnshire has to offer.
We kicked things off with a visit to one of our favourite places, Woodside Falconry Park.
We used to visit regularly, but with the move to Norfolk it must have been 5 years since our last trip. It has grown up a lot since the last time we were there, but it has not lost any of its charm. They still put on a lot of shows for their visitors, so we got to see the wolves, tigers, raccoons and raccoon dogs being fed, the amazing animal show (featuring a lot of animals that on the day didn’t seem overly fussed about being well behaved!), a bird display, as well as our favourite reptile handling.
We took refuge from the slightly chilly day (especially chilly feeling after the mini heatwave we experienced the weekend before) in the tropical houses, which is Brett’s favourite place to visit, and had a look around the new conservatory which has been saved and transported from The Lawns in Lincoln, and it looks great – we are looking forward to our next visit already so we can see it completely finished.
We really enjoyed seeing the tapir and capybara – they had young and were just so cute, complete miniature adults. We went back to see them quite a lot.
We are already looking forward to going back for another visit soon!
We also went on the lookout for some orchids. Brett has seen them for the last few years, but Emma has never seen them before, so we went looking for them at Mill Hill Quarry. Another amazing place!
You wander through a corridor of mature trees and come out into an open space full of wild flowers;
A thoroughly enjoyable few days away from the gallery – we feel rested and ready for the summer season to start in earnest!
We are open 5 days a week at the moment (only closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays) until mid July. You can find us off the top of Staithe Street, opposite the bank. If you can’t visit in person, don’t forget to check out our online shop, where you can find all sorts of goodies!
I have been taking part in The Wildlife Trust’s annual initiative 30 Days Wild again this year, and blogging over at Saltmarsh and Samphire. The Wildlife Trusts basically want everyone to do something wild for the 30 days of June, and it has been a lot of fun so far.
It’s been a wonderful excuse to try and fit a little more wildness into my everyday life – even very small things like watching the sunset from the window, or walking down to the quay to see what else is mooching around.
Could you do something wild everyday? You can find more information about #30dayswild by visiting The Wildlife Trusts site here.
Meanwhile, take a look at the things I have been up to by visiting Saltmarsh and Samphire.
Bit of an unintentional break from the blog again – I don’t really have any excuses this time, so I will just say sorry for the gap and leave it at that.
Because of the break, I have a couple of months of reading to let you know about, so here we go;
July saw me read My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell which I absolutely loved. It was a warm, funny, brilliantly evocative and had a host of wonderful characters. Definitely one to add to my favourites shelf to revisit again soon.
I also read Foxes Unearthed by Lucy Jones which was a thoroughly enjoyable look at foxes and the human relationship with them. It started off with Roald Dahl and his Fantastic Mr Fox and moved off through hunting and hunt saboteurs and ended up with the urban fox. I learned a lot and saw foxes through different people’s eyes which was very interesting. The key thing I came away with from reading this, is that foxes are just being foxes and any problems humans have with them are our own, not the foxes. Highly recommended reading. I will probably do a separate post on this one soon as it was kindly sent to me by the publishers Elliott and Thompson
Next up was Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham which was a very unusual memoir from one of my favourite TV personalities. Using the 3rd person in a memoir is not something I have ever come across before and it gave a very different perspective to a moving and revealing memoir.
Lastly I read If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie which I am still processing I think. There is a lot about the Celtic woman in this one as well as a lot of environmental issues. I am going to write up my thoughts in a separate blog post for this one I think as it was kindly sent to me by the publisher September Publishing.
What have you been reading over the last few months? I have a lot to catch up on!
A couple of watercolour doodles from me this morning as part of The Wildlife Trusts’ #30DaysWild initiative.
Narrow-Leaved Bird’s-Foot Trefoil
I have been dabbling in The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild campaign this month – and despite the weather not being completely on our side, I have been really enjoying bringing a little bit of wildness into my daily life.
Here are a few of the things I have been up to so far this month;
A grey and windy beach road in Wells.
Foxgloves in Holkham pine woods.
I will also be getting out my pens and paints and doodling some more birds this month – why not?