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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.

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^^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…

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^^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!

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^^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…

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^^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!

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^^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!

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^^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!

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^^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!

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^^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!

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^^^Aaah the map-source of many an argument as both F and S were both wannabe map readers!

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^^Not one of my best shots, but I love this old-skool ‘turtles and tortoise’ poster in the reptile house.

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^^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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  1. August 13, 2014 / 12:32 pm

    What utterly stunning photographs! I’m thinking I must mention one impartial air but can’t as they are all as good as the next. I do however think the b&w one of Kayla the eagle is my fave too! And I love how you’ve mixed colour photos with b&w on the same page – I’m afraid I might have to use this idea myself

    • August 18, 2014 / 8:38 pm

      Aah thank you so much for your lovely comments, I’m so chuffed you liked my photos! I’m pretty much self-taught so any good feedback is always welcome! 🙂

  2. Nicola Young
    August 13, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    I live just down the road from Eagle Heights. I remember going there when my kids were at preschool. They loved it, but I remember thinking that the big cat enclosure was a bit small and that the vulture cages weren’t all that great. It was a few years ago, so hopefully things have improved.

    • August 18, 2014 / 8:45 pm

      Ooh definitely go again, it sounds like it’s probably improved a fair bit- there are no big cats at all and the vultures enclosures looked pretty decent (as little as I know about vultures!).

  3. Jenny
    August 13, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    WOW Becky this looks absolutely amazing. Love all the fun filled photos too. Bet it was such a great day out together. I haven’t heard of it but looks great for families. I love exploring local things like this. I need to do more of it up north where we live when we return from the states. Looks like the weather was lovely for you too. I heard its turned cold and rainy already glad you made the most of british summer sun. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • August 18, 2014 / 8:46 pm

      Thanks, Jenny! I hope you’re still having a great time in the states? The weather has definitely turned- I have totally jinxed it!

      • Jenny
        August 19, 2014 / 1:56 am

        Yes we are still enjoying it and doing lots of adventures. We are off to Seattle on Wednesday for another eight days and then back to the UK. I heard the weather has definitely turned. ;(

  4. August 13, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    Looks like a good for the soul sort of day! Great photos.

  5. cariemay
    August 13, 2014 / 8:44 pm

    What a wonderful day out – and stunning pictures too!

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