Hello there! Many thanks to all those that left a comment on my last post about our visit to the Otter and Butterfly Centre at Buckfast. On the way home we de-toured onto Dartmoor. It was a blazing hot day and we stopped in one of the lay-by's on the moor for an ice-cream - the second of the day!
The ponies were a bit elusive - who could blame them, they were probably tucked away in sheltered areas. Who would want to be out in the heat wearing a fur coat!
We came across this pregnant pony who looked as if she was about to give birth any minute!
We saw this little foal amongst the ferns and bracken and being more inquisitive than its mum who was far more wary it walked up to KP who was able to stroke it!
Wild animals yet so much trust!
"Please don't go! I'll grab your skirt and make you stay!"
We spotted some more ponies and their foals.
These two were very playful.
"What are you looking at!"
A closer look.
The next day we visited Escot, near Ottery St. Mary. We didn't enjoy this visitor attraction. It was very, very hot and there wasn't any areas to shelter from the sun other than in the Saxon Village which consisited of two houses!
Love the feathered feet!
We saw the otters but there wasn't a keeper to give a talk and they were only fed once a day, which meant that if you missed that you were left just looking at the otters. We were lucky to capture this on photo as they mainly stayed in their sheltered hideaway.
There was an enclosed area where there were three red squirrels but a sign stated that you were unlikely to see them!
The OH said, "They probably don't have any squirrels here!" He then spotted a sculpture of a red squirrel in the enclosure and commented "Oh, so there is at least one, I wonder where the other two are hiding!"
When we paid our entrance fee we were told that there was a brilliant falconry display but this was at 3.30 p.m. We had thought that there would be plenty of things to amuse us for the two and a half hour wait that it would entail to see the display but there really wasn't and this was hugely disappointing. There was an impressive looking maze but it was so hot and you would have been fully exposed to the mid-day sun and we didn't really want to be mad dogs and Englishmen!
We did however see some old mangles - which pretty much summed up the day! I think that had it been cooler we would have waited around to see the display and I'm sure as various people commented in the Visitors Book that this was worth the entrance fee but the two plus hours wait proved the stumbling block and we left.
A few days later we visited our favourite place whilst here - Forde Abbey which is just across the border in Somerset. This place never disappoints. More on that in another post!
Until next time,