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Battersea Park And Children’s Zoo and Otters

“Clare? Clare?! Are you listening to me?” “I’m not talking to you, Richard!”  –  Contributed by blogger Dunelight

More beautiful otters below.  First Battersea Park.  The park is larger than it looks and provides a boating lake, children’s play areas, a plant shop, bicycle hire, cafeteria and children’s zoo.  More ⇒.



Battersea Bridge on the Thames

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

There is an entrance fee for the zoo.  More information and a broad range of facilities for children can be found here ⇒.  Below are a few fun photographs but there is a lot more to see.



The park has modern technology.  Here is its e-mu.

Mara (Patagonian Cavy)


Meerkats


Young children can take a tunnel into the bubble and see the meerkats close up.

And, right next door are the otters.


Its feeding time and the otters wait by the magic door.



And, each have their own portion.

Time for a little lie down after all that walking about.


Mudchute London City Farm

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Mudchute London City Farm ⇒.  “Set in 32 acres of countryside in the heart of East London, the Mudchute is a community charity, with a working farm, stables, a children’s nursery and a wide range of education activities. We are open every day, free of charge”.  There are also miniature ponies, goats, lamas, alpacas, donkeys, ducks, geese, sheep, a pets corner, a small aviary, a nature trail, a shop/café and a restored WWII ack-ack gun.

The area originally acquired its name from being a dumping ground for the mud/silt being dredged from the Millwall Docks during the 1800’s.  History ⇒.

I started from the Pier Street entrance/exit and only had enough time to photograph some of it.

The farm is very child friendly.  Whilst there I saw some little ones, with spades taller than themselves, cheerfully moving earth from one place to another.

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mudchute city farm ducks and geeese

The top of the fence is open but it keeps out the foxes and the farm’s cat who, of course, thinks he owns the place.

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The farm is just a little south of the greatly regenerated London Docklands.

mudchute city farm goats

“Well hello, good evening and welcome”

mudchute city farm woodland sheep

Some breeds of ewes have horns.  I think that these are a mix of Jacob sheep and White Face Woodland sheep.

At first they were very interested in visitors, but it didn’t last long.  Loss of interest was quickly followed by a lot of very loud baaing.  I finally realised that nibbles, bought from the shop, were expected .

mudchute city farm ewe

“Nibbles ?”

mudchute city farm white faced sheep

“Baaaa.  This one ain’t got no nibbles,  Baaa”.   “Baaa, you tell ‘im Agnes”.  “Yeaaah baaa, can’t come around ‘ere with no nibbles, the cheek of it, baaa”.

mudchute city farm sheep

“I’ve had my nibbles and I’ve got a rhythm stick”

mudchute city farm ack ack gun

Fearing the firing squad, I departed.

mudchute city farm llamas or alpacas

These are either llamas or alpacas. I’ll avoid the obvious joke of not wanting to stick my neck out on that.

mudchute city farm horses

“Just having lunch at the moment”.

mudchute city farm horses

“Oh yummy the gourmet table”.

mudchute city farm horses

“Carrot, what carrot !”.

mudchute city farm horses

From the other side of the farm looking south.  There is an exit/entrance near here to Mudchute Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station.

I hope enjoyed your visit.

In East London there is also Hackney City Farm ⇒ and Spitalfields City Farm ⇒.


Brighten the Day 10

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Brighten your day.  Confuse a Happiness Engineer.  Ask for a Happy Meal with extra fries and the solution to Fermet’s Last Theorem.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“He thinks he’s the Lock Ness Monster.  What can you do”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amaze squirrels with your impressions of a nut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sing along with Sachmo.

 . . . and the squirrels.  And, enjoy your day.


A Merry Christmas to All – and extra title lines to increase the size of image on the Reader :-)

I would like to wish you all a very Happy Holidays and good fortune for the new year.

As is traditional at this time of year, I expect I will be abducted by aliens, away for a while and have no memory of what occurred.

P.S. For a little  more colour, you might try A Very Many Xmas’s to All⇐ or the Brighten the Day Gallery ⇐.

P.P.S. As a last thought; please enjoy your festive fair responsibly and avoid leaving any empty bottles lying about.   😀