An autumny day trip to Flamingo Land

It’s autumn! My very favourite time of year. I love fallen, crunchy leaves and all the reds and yellows and browns of the trees – everything looks warm and lovely even though it’s suddenly time for hats and scarves and gloves.

Autumn = leaves, a treestump + mushrooms

After my recent unpleasant experience with glandular fever (including a three day hospital stint), Mr Whiskers took me down to Flamingo Land before it closed for the end of the season. Now remember…

This doesn’t include me though, does it?!

Being a dog walker, I’m pretty outdoorsy and sometimes this ends in me being ‘over prepared’. Hence a big backpack, two waterproofs, ear muffs, gloves, scarf, two hoodies – and a change of clothes being left in the car. I inherited this trait from my mother. We call it being packhorses.

Richy and I (and my five layers of autumn clothes!)

It took about two and a half hours to get there from Sunderland ā€“ taking the scenic route across the Yorkshire Moors and admiring all the autumn leaves! So we had to make sure we did everything and saw everything! No time for nerves here (and no queues out of season!) ā€“ we were straight through all the rides until we felt sick, jiggly and giggly. Going upside down, side-to-side and round-and-round could only mean one thing for me – lunchtime ā€“ and lemurs pretending to be wooly jumpers!

Wooly jumpers having a group nap to stay warm!

I loved the new penguin enclosure and for a cold, drizzly day, it was nice to see some little guys who were really happy. What noise do penguins make?… A soft crunch when you bite into them! (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

“You are a nation of teeny weeny, pibbling pickolini, piddily diddily poof!” (Happy Feet)

And of course – what would a cat sitter be doing at a zoo if not visiting the biggest cats? I was even disappointed to learn that the zoo offers ‘animal encounter tours’ where you can get up close and personal with lemurs, penguins, meerkats and sea lions… but not tigers! Aw.

“I know you alright. You’re Shere Khan.”
“Precisely. And you should know that everyone runs from Shere Khan.” (The Jungle Book)

Ever since watching Dumbo I’ve been waiting to see an elephant fly but…

…I did see a tiger yawn!

Then I was exhausted! (glandular fever does that to you). But I had a brilliant day, saw some really healthy well-looked after animals and jiggled about on the scary rides and screamed my little heart out. Not Mr Whiskers mind you – he’s too manly to scream (though the ride photos suggest otherwise!!)

Rach x

(The Cat Whiskerer)

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