Mummy-daughter day at Cotswold Wildlife Park
On one of my days off, I decided to venture a little further afield with the girls and went to Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford. Up until recently I have found going out with the girls on my own quite tricky, mainly down to their differing needs. But they both love animals and playgrounds so I decided to take a risk.
A sunny Wednesday in November was a perfect day to visit, as the park was fairly quiet. Freyja was very excited about seeing the penguins, but despite the penguins splashing around and waddling past us within inches of us, she was most excited about seeing the large plastic penguins used for collecting donations. Emily did love them though and was happily quacking at them!
Freyja’s next request was to see the wolves – she is both intrigued and a little scared of wolves thanks to Disney films such as Frozen and Beauty and the Beast. We saw several wolves and they were all curled up asleep in their wood. Impossible to be scared of these “big bad wolves”.
We then went on to see the giraffes. I love seeing them here as you can get really close to them. Today they were inside. We walked up the ramp to the viewing platform to see them.
Freyja managed to get really close to them – she wasn’t too sure about this though!
After lunch and a chance to see leopards, red pandas, zebra, various reptiles and bats, the girls had fun in the play area. It was lovely watching them playing together in a little play house.
It’s moments like this that makes me love having two children. I am so glad that they have each other to play with. Of course they did enjoy doing their own thing in the playground – Emily always likes a bit of a swing, and Freyja had fun playing in a fort.
After all this playing, and all the walking around seeing the animals I now had two very tired little girls, so we made our way back to the car via the walled garden to say goodbye to the penguins (yep, the large plastic ones). I was glad we did so as I captured a couple of special moments with the meercats. Firstly, the light on this meercat on sentry duty:
And Freyja and another meercat having a “moment” observing each other.
Unsurprisingly, within a few minutes of us leaving the park, there was sound of two snoring little girls from the back seat of my car. Apart from a really great day out enjoying some lovely autumn sunshine and seeing some amazing animals, it has given me so much more confidence at going out with the girls by myself and discovering some new places together.