This weekend has not gone according to plan…as Dean developed gout Friday evening :-(
The poor chap was in agony over the weekend, so much so that he actually took pain killers! We’d had a really busy week with the Friday being the start of Half Term, so the world and his wife had booked into the Millpond for a week’s holiday.
Then. Saturday had been earmarked for a serious sort out of the ‘van as it was so untidy we were struggling to find anywhere to sit down. In the end, we whizzed off to Homebase and bought a bookcase to put our TV, digital photo frame etc. on. Before they were balanced on boxes on top of the coffee table, class!
Dean busied himself with setting that up while I tidied up and we’re pleased with the results.
On a more exciting note, on the Sunday we borrowed Lynn & Bill’s car and drove out to the International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP) based in Newent, Glocs. The ICBP (www.icbp.org) was created in 1967 and is a specialist zoo, working to conserve and research the raptors they look after.
The flying demonstrations were amazing, with the Harris Hawk skimming the top of Angela’s head with its feet when it came back to land. Mrs Parry-Jones is the lynch pin of the Centre, with her knowledge that she’s more then happy to share making the whole experience absolutely fascinating.
We saw burrowing owls, Black Kites, a Hybrid Falcon, a Steller’s Sea Eagle and an Eurasian Griffon Vulture all flying amongst others we cannot remember. This is a place we’ll definitely be going back to visit as it is worth going to for the flying exhibitions alone.
There is just too much to say about this wonderful place so I will leave it for anyone who is interested to click onto their website and lose yourself in it!