As it’s the last weekend of the summer holidays, we decided that today was the perfect day for a trip to the zoo. Big A had asked at the start of the holidays if we could take him ,but as usual things always cropped up at the weekend – a birthday, a wedding, work – but today was set aside so we could have our family day out.
The thing is we hadn’t actually told Big A that that was where we were off to. So when he asked if we could do something fun last night I made my appologies and said that mummy and daddy had shopping to do and might not have time for anything else. He was a bit disapointed, but went to bed and was happy.
He had told me a while ago that he was saving one of his shirts for when he went to the zoo so he could look like a keeper. After breakfast and showers we got his clothes out and wondered if he would click – nope, not a clue!
So after packing the picnic we set off and we had kept up the pretence of going shopping – all the way – all 45 miles – but as we drove past the main gates I couldn’t keep it in any longer and told him that as a surprise we were going to the zoo. A huge grin spread across his little face and revealed a toothy smile.
As soon as we got in we found a lovely spot in front of the mansion house and sat and had our picnic. Little A, being her first picnic, kept wandering off, not really having the hang of the eating outdoors on the grass thing yet!!
Mr A went back to the cra with the rather large picnic bag and we went to find a good spot ready for the Penguin Parade. Big A and Little A were very excited to have a path side spot and I wasn’t wholey unsure that little wasn’t going to reach out to try and pet one!! But, both were very restrained and Little A was definatley in awe!
So, after trips to every animal enclosure and lots of enjoyment watching Chimps, Monkeys, Lions and Tigers, Koalas and Birds, Hippos and Kangaroos we made our way home.
Who knew that you could spend 5 hrs looking at animals and not notice the time go by! Both Big A and Little A fell asleep for the 60 minuite journey home and are now, finally after a sudden burst of bed time energy are fast asleep, hopefully having lovely dreams of their surprise trip to the zoo.
Big A and Little A
P.s Work will start on Harry and Rosie in the next few days – promise!!!!