Easter Weekend Getaway

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break – we certainly had a really good time. With all the wedding preparations and dieting, I’m not really coming up with anything thrilling to eat – maybe tonight though, who knows!? All of my spare time is filled up making the dragons ready for the wedding, but I’m getting there, slowly but surely.

As we both had the full four days off over Easter, we thought it would be nice to get away and at the last minute, we booked a lovely place to stay in Chester through AirB&B. It was right by the city centre, where we could enjoy a walk on the city walls, the river and take in the many quirky pubs. However, our main purpose, was to visit the zoo, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We’ve used AirB&B a few times now and we’ve never had any problems.

We arrived on the Friday evening and spent the evening in town and then on Saturday, we went to Chester Zoo, before going for a walk on the city walls. I can honestly say I’ve never seen so many herons in one place. I counted 12 in the river near the walls at one point!

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Chester is a truly beautiful city and I was really taken by it.

As for Chester Zoo, I really enjoyed it there too. The animals all seem to be really well cared for any many, if not all, are part of breeding programme to ensure the survival of species. It was lovely to see so many babies, including elephants and rhinos.

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The butterfly house was one of my favourite places, as I’ve not been to one since I was little.

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But my overall favourite, has to be the orangutans. I just love those orange guys and girls. And this family unit had several youngsters, which are just so cute.

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I would thoroughly recommend going to Chester Zoo for a day out as well as visiting Chester. The rest of the weekend, we spent visiting friends and family. I’m only sorry the weekend came to an end and it’s back to the real world again.

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Early Birthday Present

So, the dreaded day that is my birthday is fast approaching again.

Last year, my partner sponsored an orangutan at Monkey World in Dorset for me. Since I was a teenager, I have loved Gordon, ever since I saw him as a baby on the programme Monkey Life back in the 1990s. I remember him wearing a nappy and being given an injection that made him cry – I was in love!

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This year, he has again adopted Gordon for my birthday present at my request. We are also planning on a trip to see my Orange Man. We have been a couple of times in the past year, but with my adoption package, I get free entry into the park. I really do love it there. They rescue and re-home a wide range of primates, including orangutans, chimpanzees, spider monkeys, macaques, marmosets and gibbons.

I’m really looking forward to going back, even though we’ve not decided when that will be at the moment. It really is lovely there. I love just wandering round, taking in the quiet – providing it’s not school holidays! – taking photos of the various primates. Each one has their own personality and when you think that many have been rescued from an illegal trade or abuse, it’s fabulous to think of the good work that the staff at Monkey World are doing.

For me, the orangutans are the real stars. I think they are so gorgeous and I share their love of taking things easy and food! Whilst I love all of the primates, it’s the hair-dos of the baby orangs and their cute faces that I just adore.

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If you haven’t been to Monkey World, I can thoroughly recommend it for the whole family.  There is a lot to see, plenty of affordable food and drink options, a play area, disabled facilities and very friendly staff. There are primate talks throughout the day, which are always insightful.

They also have an option for adoptive parents to stay in special Monkey World flats, which also gains you early entry to the park, with breakfast. We did this last year and it was so much fun.

Monkey World are always on the look out for special bits and bobs for their animals, with lists available on their websites, so if you can help out when you’re visiting, that would be amazing.

I hope you’ll forgive this post not being about cooking or craft, but I wanted to share my love of these amazing animals and the work Monkey World does to help protect them. May I also add, please avoid palm oil products if you can as palm oil plantations destroy orangutan habitats.