Last Saturday morning we woke to brilliant sunshine. Sunshine always puts me in a good mood and that morning, more than ever I was raring to go, with lots of energy.
We had planned a trip to Bristol Zoo, where we are members but first we had to wait in for our food shop to be delivered so we could take a picnic. After a slow start to the day, largely on account of a huge food shop arriving right at the end of the slot (seriously, despite meal planning, we seem to have enough food to feed a large family for two weeks), then the husband deciding he just had to go to the Barber's today, I finally managed to gather up a basic picnic, persuading Harry that actually he couldn't help me because it would take forever and the Zoo would close.
Picnic made, husband's hair cut, all washed and dressed and we set off for the bus stop.
I hate buses.
The bus we needed to get usually runs every 15 minutes. We were waiting for almost one hour! (50 minutes but close enough right?) Honestly, we were about to give up and go to the park instead, frantically working out how to avoid an almost 4-year-old meltdown since this almost 4-year-old had asked to go to the zoo since stupid o'clock in the morning. Typically, when one turned up, three arrived, no joke. Eventually, hungry and agitated, we arrived at the Zoo just before 2 pm, had a quick look for the lions before lunch. We only managed to see this one.
Lunch devoured and it was time to head around the zoo. As luck would have it, it was typically a lot cooler and windier than we had anticipated so we decided to just visit a few of our favourite animals.
First stop, much to my disappointment, had to be the reptile house. (I am not a fan of reptiles it has to be said) And yes, sorry, we did scamper past the snakes.
Next up we just had to visit the fish. Here I must confess that the husband was far more interested than Harry. As was I to be honest; I just love all the colours and seeing them always reminds me of the husband when we first met, he spent months with a fish tank in his room, determined to get some tropical fish and teasing my youngest sister that he had invisible fish. He never did get any in the end.
After the aquarium, was time to visit the monkeys!
Next up, a visit to the penguins and sea lions.
As there was a talk on, none of the penguins or sea lions wanted to dive in the water this time!
After visiting them, we had to go and see the Meerkats. I am not sure what it is about these animals but they are just so adorable. And so much smaller than I thought; something that surprises me every time we visit the zoo for some reason!
A quick visit to the Lions, who had grown a LOT since our last visit...
Before stopping off at the adventure park, where Harry could actually spend most of his time despite his love of animals. He is such an explorer and has an enormous amount of confidence on climbing equipment.
Whilst it was only a relatively short visit of just a few hours, we had a huge amount of fun as a family. The re-appearance of nicer weather (even if slightly deceiving at times) has made it all that more easier. Even those few hours of fresh air saw Harry fall asleep on the bus on the way home, a whole two hours before his usual bed time!
I cannot wait until the Spring weather makes a more consistent appearance and I know Harry can't either.
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