What a fantastic day we had today! Noodle had been to the British Wildlife Centre near Lingfield before on a school trip. He loved the school visit and mentions it constantly. So, I decided to make the most of our last full day of the Easter holidays together.
We literally spent the whole day there. It’s not huge and even though they don’t open during the week in term time, it wasn’t crowded. Luckily, there was not a huge amount of walking involved, I’m very happily exhausted 🙂
There is a talk on various animals every 30 minutes throughout the day, some of which are repeated. We saw red squirrels, foxes, deer, otters, wild cats, badgers, hedgehogs, mink, polecats, pine martens, various species of owls and so much more. Noodle didn’t want to join all the talks as a typical 6 yr old, but he actually retained a huge, unexpected amount of information!
My favourite were definitely the owl flying display. I just find them so amazing. The eagle owl is huge but you cannot hear it fly AT ALL. Simply stunning and very hard to capture!
If you’re interested in visiting yourself, the centre is located just near Gatwick Airport, entry prices are very reasonable and they are usually only open during weekends and school holidays. Please visit their website for more information https://www.britishwildlifecentre.co.uk/planyourvisit.html
I’ve had a bit of a breakthrough moment this morning. A rewind-post from just three years ago reminded me of a trail race through the beautiful Angmering Estate. It’s a race I did a couple of times, attracted to its name: Angmering Bluebell. In April 2014 I ran 10 miles and it was hard. A lot of uphill running, mud so deep, I had to cling onto the bushes, sheep and sheep poo; and a lot of swears… I loved it.
I was so proud to do the 10 miles, the furthest I’ve ever run in one go. Noodle had just turned 3 and I was getting my fitness back. I ran 12 miles a week topped off by boot camp sessions at the weekend. I’m not very good at exercising and I had finally found something I truly enjoyed. Running gave me time to think about all sorts of stuff, it was my escape. After the first 10 minutes, I felt I could go on forever.
It’s been three months since my last post. I have taken a break. There have been moments of worrying about the gap in posts but then I just decided that this is MY blog. I can do what I bloody well like with it!
So, what’s been keeping me otherwise engaged? Well, actually I’ve been quite busy. There’s been noodle’s and my birthdays, I have done lots of photography and I’ve been quite busy with Worthing Mums. Last summer I almost decided to give it up. I struggled to find content and purpose for the blog. I decided I wouldn’t renew the hosting package when it expired in December and just keep running the social media accounts.
Happy New Year all! It’s that time of year again for my “Word of the year” post. After a lovely break I feel quite positive and refreshed. We had a lovely time as a family, quite a peaceful Christmas and caught up with lots of friends and family.
I know a lot of people hate new year’s resolutions but I do always make a few. I love a fresh start. It does motivate me and it also makes me reflect on the past year. I also love to think of a word to focus on for the year, like a single reminder of the stuff I’m trying to achieve.