Monday, 22 August 2011

Going WILD (at the British Wildlife Centre)

DD Hope and I went to
which is quite near to us
at Lingfield, Surrey.

Hope was keen to practice with her camera
and I'm always more than happy to see the animals.
All the animals at the centre are indigenous to the UK
and are housed in superb enclosures.

We really enjoyed an owl display,
showing a tiny owl called Scrappy, 
Snowy Owls, this one was called Hedwig 
and Ethel, a large and hungry Eagle Owl
that can crush the skull of a deer in her talons.

("Let me see, let me see!")

(Frog or toad, gribbit?)
We bumped into my friend Ali,
out with 2 of her children and it was lovely to
catch up with her and wander round 
together for a while.

A very enjoyable afternoon
followed by a fish 'n' chip supper,

(All photographs by Hope)



Printed Material said...

All of the photos are great Jo but tell Hope that the one of the Snowy Owl is a real winner. I love their golden eyes against that white plumage touched with black. Looks like a good time was had by all... well, both of you, I mean!

marigold jam said...

Sounds great! We had a fox just like that one in the photo in our garden the other day just feet from the open back door! Perhaps I could put up a sign and take visitors as we also have badgers who visit (not so welcome!) and owls in the wood next door along with bats and squirrels - do you think I'd make a go of it all?!!!

Monica said...

i used to work at Lingfield Hospital School a million years ago. I am sure the wild life center was not there at that time. it is a lovely part of the country and each morning it was a gorgeous drive from West Whickham through tiny lanes, later destroyed for a new road.

Joanna said...

But will you serve teas and light snacks too?!

Lucky you to have so much wonderful wildlife in your own back garden.


Jenny Woolf said...

Nice afternoon. Those creatures all look very alert, and wonderfully healthy. Must look out for this place next time I'm near Lingfield. I used to know someone who had a little smallholding there, such a nice place .

craftattack said...

Great photos, looks like you two had an enjoyable day out, and I am sure the *wild life* was pleased to see you both, too! Hugs, Valerie

Menopausalmusing said...

Great set of photos and looks like a marvellous place to visit.

Katie said...

Hope got some great wildlife shots! Those critters peeking all their heads out cracked me up!

Irish3 said...

Looks like great fun! I love the owl best of all!!

Privet and Holly said...

I'd say that
Hope is a natural : )
I especially love
the fox and the
owl; beautiful!
xx Suzanne

SusieJ said...

Wonderful photos - well done Hope! And another lovely day out...
Hugs xx

missy k said...

What a great day. Love Hope's photos.... especially 'let me see...'


Sabrina said...

Hope is clearly another talented member of your family. I especially love the portrait of Fox. Excellent placement!

Are the cute little fellows badgers? I don't recognize them but they are terribly cute aren't they?

Joanna said...

Hi Sabrina, I can see why you think they're badgers but I think they're polecats, or something long and skinny like that.


Serenata said...

Wonderful day out and fabulous photographs!

Jill said...

Love the peeping polecats. A great set of photos - animals are always tricky subjects.

Lorraine said...

you cant beat fish n chips after a good day out..this place looks good witeh plenty of space for the animals..cant stand zoos but like places like this

Gaby Bee said...

Great shots! I especially love
the little fox!
Thanks for sharing with us!

Hope your day is going great!

Virginia said...

Hi Hun

the photos are awesome, glad you had a good day out with Hope!


trisha too said...

Sounds like a delightful day!


Kristin said...

Ooh, how sweet! That first picture is amazing - those eyes against that grass! And fish n chips! I'm jealous - sounds wonderful ;)
Thank you for your sweet comment - 17! It does go by so fast - I loved your take on the end of the first day though - that's a good thing to remember: she will be full of stories and friends - I just have to keep reminding myself of that ;) Thank You, xoxo

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your day--These are great photos!!

Bad Penny said...

Superb photos Hope ! It looks a wonderful place to visit.

Jess had a frog hopping around her tent at Reading Festival last night. (I said she shouldn't call her tent-mate George a frog) I also asked if she'd kissed it ! ( or kissed George who adores her ! )

Letticeleaf said...

There's Hope for all of us! Great piccies lassie! LLX

Letticeleaf said...

Jo, thought I'd better tell you I love the 'What I've just finished reading' and 'The what I'm reading now' section of your blog. And I've only just by accident found that book bumpf comes up as well when you click on it!

Sad person that I am, I ALWAYS give myself a crick in the neck whenever I see photographs of folk in magazines and stuff in front of their book shelves. Am I alone I wonder?
Another topic for my blog methinks...
That is when I can tear myself away from my latest tome... 'Squeeze me tighter, love me lighter', my latest Mills and Boon bodice-ripping blockbuster. LLX

Joanna said...

Lin, you do make me laugh! I too am incredibly nosy (or should we say curious) about what other people are reading. M+B? Really?!