A very, very early start this morning as we had to be in Southampton (a bus ride away from the station!) by 9.20. I very seldom do home ed trips outside the immediate area now (unless I’ve organised it myself to tie into a project) but this one sounded lovely, was such a perfect fit for our term topic and was being run by an old friend that I only ever seem to manage Facebook contact with. We actually left the house before 7 as we were ready early.
Sun shone and it was a full and fun day. My camera unfortunately is playing up and keeps deleting photos and blurring. It is the one I decided was no longer good enough for work. Think I need to bite the bullet and buy myself a camera for personal use so I have one that lives at home solely for work.
But here’s a taste of what my camera will let you see that we did.
We started in the small animal room
We met some sugar gliders and degus rats, stroked a hedgehog and a bantam chick
Then we were lucky enough to see Dr John the tortoise wake from hibernation – climbed out the box – so they got to help bath him. We saw geckos but unfortunately Oscar the corn snake stayed locked up and asleep.The bearded dragons stayed locked up too but were too lovely not to get a photo.After the small animal room we got a tour of the barn yard.
Only got a poor photo of the sheep as think camera ate the only other one I tried to take and I was too busy chatting to one of the home ed dads about a future trip that we are probably far more excited about than the kids will be.
We learnt about the pigs and then Sam got to go in the pen.I don’t appear to have any photos of the chickens and egg collecting which was Sam’s favourite part of the day but here’s a turkeyAnd some slightly mad geese
We also saw the goats and cow.
Then it was time for some crafting. They made felt and decorated a sheep, mainly Sam and one other boy it has to be said but that was at the expense of felting. But then we’ve felted before and will again and you don’t get to decorate a sheep every day.