Tag Archives: RSPB reserve

A Sort of Safari

We do not like captive, caged up animals put on display just for a spectacle. We wandered having missed the otter feeding, through the Flamingo pen , thinking of Alice and games of croquet, out into the rest of the park. A zoo should be educational, look after animals properly, create an environment in which they are happy, do some public service such as help act as a breeding ground for endangered species, rescue and nurture abused animals, and it must make enough money to maintain a high standard of care. Continue reading

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Medway estuary

Where the Medway meets the Thames and spills out into the Channel there are birds, industry and walking places. Some cycled, some watched the birds and others, the young ones watched each other. There was even some fishing. But the day was warm and sunny and that was the real reason. And they would be right. The day was a jewel. Continue reading

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A Dalliance with Dickens

At this time of the year, on the cusp of Autumn the brambles were loaded with blackberries, wild rose bushes with hips and there was evidence of the turn of season with acorns browning and leaves taking on a tinge of yellow and from the high points along the way harvested fields were already ploughed and fruit ripe on the trees. Whether the village of Cooling is the place where Pip lived or not matters very little as the description of the land thereabouts is enough to set the rest of the scene. Continue reading

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