Groombridge Place (http://www.groombridge.co.uk) is only 30 mins drive from my parents house. I’ve been there before about 4 years ago with Ella, not that she remembers really, just snippets here and there. It’s a pretty cool place – an old moated English country house and beautiful gardens that also has an adventure playground and an ‘enchanted forest’ walk for children. Good enough to keep the kids happy for a few hours anyway.
We went to Caversham Wildlife Park today. I love it when I see place names from England here, especially places I know – its even funnier when 2 places are next to each other here when they’re not in England.
Caversham is near Reading, south west of London and a place I know quite well. Caversham here is semi rural place where vineyards flourish, watered by the Swan River.
Anyway, I digress.
Its an hour or so’s drive, just past the place where we went to see the B52’s and the Proclaimers a month or so back. Its within a massive national park and is kinda tucked away and not very busy at all.
It was pretty warm today, especially inland where this place is – despite a good strong breeze it was 37 degrees – and we were out in the middle of the day. *phew*
The wildlife park was awesome, so many cool animals with lots of space to roam about – some of the animals were a little couped up, but most had acres of space – the birds especially.
The highlights (orgive me for all the photos, but these creatures were soooo adorable!)
a kangaroo enclosure where you could stroke and feed them. They were all born in the park so were used to and liked human contact, so getting up close was not a problem, unlike in the wild where they can be dangerous up close
a koala enclosure where you could get up close to the little sleeping cuddly bears and even stroke them. They were so adorable sleeping in all kinds of positions.
and my favourite – check out the guy on the left!
goats. goats are wicked – they love a good scratch behind the ears and really don’t want you to stop, even to the point of butting up against you to do some more, but being content to eat your bag or shorts if they can’t get more attention. I like goats, but they’d eat the sofa and the tv and the patio before a week was out.
sugar gliders – teeny little things laying on their backs fast asleep. Like little kittens almost, paws in the air, claws outstretched. Adorable
There were also hundreds of guinea pigs, furry bantams, pregnant sheep, a couple of camels, some wombats, wallabies, quokkas, Tasmanian devils, a bloody great golden orb weaver spider a giganormous pig and a donkey called Tommy that did tricks for food
We had a lovely picnic lunch, an ice cream and then wandered back home again.