We stopped by various big cat enclosures (Banham Zoo has cheetahs, leopards, tigers, ocelots, geoffrey’s cats, parres cats and snow leopards, so they’re well stocked with cats) and all the moggies obligingly came up close and posed for photos. Then we visited the meerkats and decided to take advantage of the opportunity to get in and feed them. I’ve never been to a zoo that lets you in with the meerkats before, and it was tremendous fun. The keeper poured mealworms on our laps and in our hands which was another blek! moment although the meerkats thought it was wonderful and they jumped all over us and squabbled on our laps for the best position to be fed. They have the most amazingly rough coats and they allow you to stroke and tickle them as long as you keep the food coming. As soon as the mealworms run out they’re off – no food, no friends.
But just after the keeper had finished assuring us that the meerkats had never bitten anyone, one of the wretches bit me! I was trying to move my hand to give another meerkat a chance at some mealworms when my assailant tried to grab a big mouthful worms but instead got a big mouthful of me. There was blood! I’m sure I feel rabies coming on. I have two little puncture wounds in my hand and they had better turn into scars so I have proof of my deadly encounter.
So after being mauled by assorted wild animals we headed off to the
coast so we could find somewhere nice for my birthday lunch. On the big day we went to Norfolk and had lunch at a hotel right on the beach. It’s a pebble beach, as so many in the Aldeburgh Beach are, so not conducive to strolling along but the day was warm and sunny, a light breeze was blowing and it was a very pleasant place to spend a few hours. If you had bionic vision I think looking straight out from Aldeburgh you could see the northern end of UK , and then out into the Holland North Sea. A variety of people were sunbaking on the pebbles, and we thought that could not be comfortable (although we did not test out our theory by trying it ourselves). And unlike at , there wasn’t a bosom in sight. All the sunbakers at Noosa Beach were entirely covered from their necks to the tips of their toes. Aldeburgh Beach
Then we headed down almost to
The Fair near
Today we went off to a huge Fair on the other side of
As I suspected, this Fair did suffer from being too close to London in terms of gobsmacking prices for many of the more interesting European pieces, but it still took us about four hours to get around and we came away with plenty to be pleased about. We did particularly well with nice cutlery and good glass again (but no show-stopper pieces yet) and surprisingly well with enamelware in interesting colours. I’m always on the lookout for nice old wooden items, and this time we have three really big (really big!) wooden sticky rice serving platters/bowls that are about 140 years old and come from northern
Tomorrow we’re visiting a large antiques centre in the