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We were in London a couple of weeks back, and so we decided to go to the zoo. Goodness me, the zoo is expensive! Fortunately we used some supermarket coupons, and so instead of costing us £75, it cost us £15-worth of supermarket vouchers. Excellent!

I hadn’t been to the zoo in years. It has changed a lot since I was little, mainly because the animal enclosures have been hugely improved. We didn’t see the tigers this time; they were hiding – not something that was an option for them when I was little. You’d see the poor beasts pacing up and down in front of the glass. And I remember being upset by the polar bear, as even as a child I could see that the poor creature was going mad. So, no polar bear, big tiger enclosure, huge gorilla enclosure, the old elephant enclosure now has small bearded pigs and the elephants (and rhino and hippos) are living it up at Whipsnade. There’s a new penguinarium (that’s what I call them, it’s not a proper word, although it should be) – the old one is now Grade 1 listed so they can’t demolish it, or even get rid of the sign.

Would you like to see some pictures?

The new penguinarium:

Rather huge beastie in the Butterfly house:

Pelicans at feeding time. I am fond of pelicans.

They had an enclosure with free-range squirrel monkeys. They were super cute and the kids loved them.

A lioness briefly woke from her nap to gaze disapprovingly at us.

This is Zaire, the matriarch gorilla. She’s splendid. She was lounging about, picking her teeth with a stick in a marvellously louche manner.

We love giraffes Chez S&S. So we had to go and see them.

Littlest S&S liked the aquarium best – I didn’t take any pictures but it was great. By the way, did you know that ‘aquarium’ was a word coined by London Zoo for their aquarium? Before that, the name was ‘aquatic vivarium’.

All in all, a lovely day, although I think the children will get even more from it when they’re a bit older. We’ll keep saving those supermarket vouchers.

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My second week taking part in the photo scavenger hunt on Ashley Sisk’s blog and the second week that I’m posting on the last day. I actually had all the photos taken on time but real life got in the way of me posting. Anyway, without further ado, here’s my set for this week:

Words
This is from a dish belonging to some friends of mine – it’s calligraphy on wood, and I covet it, not just because it’s a beautiful thing, but also because it’s from one of my favourite bits of the bible.

(For those unfamiliar with both Latin and the bible, it translates as ‘I am black but comely O ye daughters of Jerusalem. Therefore the king delights in me’, and it’s from the Song of Solomon, which I think is some of the most beautiful love poetry ever.)

Under

Yeah, I wasn’t sure what to do with this one. I was clearing out the living room over the weekend – this is the collection of stuff I hauled out from under the sofa. (The little slippers, by the way, belong to the Little Boy, and were crocheted by my neighbour. We all have a pair – they’re toasty and have leather soles. She takes commissions!)

The presence of an Easter chick possibly indicates I should excavate under there more often…

Orange

It had to be the autumn colour for this – the rhus in the garden is ahead of the game when it comes to orange, and it’s looking glorious.

Fly
I had an idea for this one but didn’t have the time to do the necessary preparation. Part of the reason for this was the Little Girl’s birthday celebrations. She requested a butterfly cake, so from three cupcakes, a circular sponge, imperial quantities of cream cheese buttercream and glitter and sweeties aplenty, I fashioned this:

The only flying it did was into the tummies of small children (and their parents) but butterflies are flying insects, right?

Always look on the bright side

Te tum, te-tum-te-tum-te-tum… Does everyone think of Life of Brian, or is it just me?

Well, with the garden in upheaval and the wet and cold of autumn upon us, our garden is looking pretty sad apart from the orange rhus (above). But nestled by the back door in their pots are the last of the fuchsias, bravely providing a splash of colour and brightness:

Pop along to Ashley’s to see the other participants!

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It’s nice to be back doing Weekword. I was away last week, on a family holiday to Cornwall. I’d never been there before, and have wanted to go for a long time, so it was great to finally make it. It’s a lovely place and there’s so much to see that we’ll definitely have to go back. I have been flat out this week (work, exhaustion and plumbing woes that mean we came home to water coming through the ceiling and we’ve had to turn the water off since, what fun) so I haven’t been able to update the blog, but I will.

These pictures were actually from the journey home. We broke our journey at the butterfly house at Buckfastleigh in Devon. The Little Girl loves butterflies (as does her mum) and there was also an otter sanctuary and a steam railway next door, so we were all happy.

The butterflies were all lovely, but the bit I loved was the hatchery. They gather up the chrysalises and put them together (there were three or four hatcheries in the house) so you can watch them in case they hatch. The variation in size is amazing – the ones at the bottom were as big as my hand.

We watched for a bit – some of them were wiggling and jiggling, and as it was a warm day, we were lucky.

It takes a while for them to get their wings all uncrumpled:

And then after all that effort, they need to have a good rest. This one had been there for a while and was just getting ready to fly off.

Seeing the butterflies all flitting about was gorgeous – but watching the butterflies struggling out of the pupa they went into as caterpillars was just amazing – wonderful in every sense.

We have some new Weekworders this week, so please go and visit and say hello.

Carmen
Funkylala
Natalie
Jeneveve
John
Emma
Sally
Mary

If you’d like to join in, it’s not too late – comment below and I’ll add you to the list.

Next week’s host is Junebug – pop by and see her on Monday for the next word.

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