Yesterday we ventured over the M25 into Kent and headed to Eagle Heights. I had never heard of it before, but Adam’s Mum suggested it, and I’m glad she did as we’ve been looking for new, slightly more local places to visit. I love hopping on the train the short ride into central London, but sometimes I feel I have to psyche myself up to do so with both children, especially if we’re out for the day, as we need to load up the buggy with so much stuff! Anyway, doing this sort of thing is a nice change, as we can just bung what we need in the car and off we go.
^^Eagle Heights is home to a whole menagerie of animals and bird, and as the name suggests, a whole host of feathered friends of the sharp-beaked variety, plus a small playground, BBQ and cafe. Here are some more photos of our day out…
^^I love escaping into the countryside. I think that’s why I love where we live so much. 20 minutes one way and we are in central London, and a half hour drive and we are looking at this beautiful Kent view. So good for the soul!
^^Freddie spent much of the day racing about, and uncharacteristically wasn’t that bothered about viewing the birds or animals in their enclosures. He’s being a little ‘testing’ lately, and threw a few strops when we wouldn’t go where he wanted, when he wanted. Definitely finding the ‘Threenager’ stage a lot harder than the so-called terrible twos! I guess small people just like getting from their version of A-B as quickly as possible…
^^This sign made me laugh, as the one and only camel at EH was miles away, behind 2 large fences, so in absolutely no danger of being touched!
^^I probably sounded like a right weirdo, snapping away in the toilet, but each cubicle was covered in beautiful hand-painted murals, and they were definitely camera-worthy. They had other ones in the shop and cafe, and each one must have taken the artist AGES to complete. You know what they say about seeing the beauty in everything!
^^I love this shot of Kayla the eagle landing on her perch. She’s the official Crystal Palace FC ‘Eagle’, and has appeared on a Kings of Leon album. Since we are fans of both of these in our house, it felt (a bit) like meeting a celeb!
^^We sat and watched Kayla and several other birds of prey in a show. It was incredible, as they swooped right over our heads (F was a bit nervous at first!), but by the end they were loving it, and clapping and cheering!
^^For someone who is a whirlwind and always on the go, moving from one thing to the next, I am always surprised at how well she sits to watch a show- long may it continue!
^^^Aaah the map-source of many an argument as both F and S were both wannabe map readers!
^^Not one of my best shots, but I love this old-skool ‘turtles and tortoise’ poster in the reptile house.
^^Some more British countryside to end the day, just before the rain came. I think I may have jinxed the weather, as I have been telling friends that we’ve had such a great summer so far, that I would feel we’d had a good one if the sun ended tomorrow. BAD MOVE. With the rest of August looking dubious weather-wise, next time, I will shut my mouth!
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