Cats & Chickens: An Adventure to Ballsall & Woodgate Farms

I have been stuck inside for too long and the sadness is seeping into my bones. Stuart heals my weary heart with a trip to a healing cat, clucking hens, and screaming geese amongst the hailstones… Today’s adventure is a little trip back in time to last summer, and while we are currently stuck inside,…

Castles & Animals: A trip to Dudley Zoo

The sun is shining brightly, there is a warm summer breeze swirling the fabric of my dress, and I am moving slowly through the air as adorable fluffy monkeys play on the hillside below my dangling feet…. “Hundreds of exotic and endangered animals inhabit an ancient wooded hillside, with a rich geological history, around the ruins of…

Bonsais in Winter: A Trip to Winterbourne House & Gardens

It is Winter. The world is still cold, and in the New Year, the people are only just starting to come out of the hibernation of the festive season. We wake ourselves up on this cold sunny morning to quiet our minds surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden… “Winterbourne is a rare surviving example of…

My Pets: Praying Mantis Enclosure Build for Nebula

Gamora‘s empty enclosure has been sat on my shelf looking sad and empty for the past few weeks. I upgraded her to an Exo Terra because I wanted to constantly have life flourishing within this little enclosure… so… it’s time for a new enclosure upgrade!! This time round, I have decided to make the enclosure…

Conventions: A trip to The Birmingham Entomological Show 2019

“We are back at Edgbaston Cricket Ground for another superb entomological show. This will feature a huge range of both live and papered specimens of tarantulas, beetles, moths, butterflies, katydids and stick insects as well as a host of other species. A full range of equipment will also be available including housing, moth traps, books,…

Professional: Cat Sitting with Dita & Dora Take 3

Over the weekend I had the complete joy of looking after Dita & Dora for the third time! If you missed the other blogs, you can check out part 1 and part 2 now! I have really really loved my time looking after these adorable kitties, and I am sad to be leaving Birmingham, as…

My Pets: Giant African Millipedes

“The Midland Entomological Fayre is held twice yearly and is a great friendly show for all ages. There is a huge amount of livestock / dried and mounted specimens of butterflies, moths, tarantulas, beetles, stick insects etc as well as books and equipment. There is a host of well recognised traders and collectors as well…

Professional: Cat Sitting with Dita & Dora Take 2

This past week I have had the pleasure of looking after Dita & Dora for the second time! If you missed part 1, you can check it out here. These beautiful black and white sisters are such a joy to look after, and I thought I would share with you a few of the photographs…

Valentine’s & Self-Care: A trip to The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

Akin to all animal parks, Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park plays an important role in conservation by breeding animals at risk of extinction in the wild. They work with other animal centres to generate, and maintain, healthy populations of endangered species. Through education with the centre, and events organised by the park, they are a great resource for raising awareness of the threats to endangered species and the environments they live in.

Magical Lanterns at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens

“The Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham is back due to exceptional demand with all new lanterns for 2018! This year’s Christmas themed Lantern Festival will illuminate the gardens turning it into a spectacular fusion of dual culture, vibrant colours and artistic sculptures. Prepare to enter a magical experience and discover life-sized and large-than-life lanterns in all…

Professional: Cat Sitting with Dita & Dora

This weekend I had the pleasure of cat-sitting for these lovely sisters… meet Dita & Dora! Dora (the blacker of the two) was always waiting by the front door to greet me as I arrived, and purred away like a tiny steam engine as I petted her, and tickled her behind the ears. She was…

Feathers & Scales: A Trip to Birdland

Birdland makes for a wonderful day out, especially when combined with an adventure in the surrounding town: Bourton on the Water. There are so many captivating birds to marvel at and learn about in the centre, and if that was not enough to tempt you… I mean… they have dinosaurs… what more can I say!!

Meerkat Pups: A trip to Exotic Zoo

Exotic Zoo is a beautifully constructed centre for intriguing little creatures, with a focus on education and animal therapy. Highlights include characterful meerkats, a happy free-roaming pig, and a wonderful array of reptilian creatures!

Adventures & Howling: A trip to Twycross Zoo

Importantly, for me, Twycross Zoo has an ethos firmly rooted in conservation and education. To date, they have been involved in 55 conservation projects and has an extensive research programme in place. To me, this is a fundamental aspect of all zoos, and nature centres, as it provides a bedrock of supporting animal conservation in the wider world, and increasing knowledge of environmentalism, and conservation in the general public… which is really important!

Exotic Sanctuary: A Trip to Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre

Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre is a safe haven for exotic animals. Here they can have a chance at a second life, and recover from their neglected past lives. Highlights include beautiful wildcats, characterful raccoons, and a gigantic wolfdog!

Clucks and Moos: Sheldon Country Farm

Today’s adventure was a visit to the adorable little Sheldon Country Farm. The Old Rectory farm is an old dairy farm that dates back to the 17th century, and is now open to the public as a wonderful afternoon out. We met a variety of lovely animals on our wander around the farm, including chickens,…

Professional: Cat Sitting with Panda & Pundit

This week I was lucky enough to cat-sit for these two gorgeous kittens: Panda (Midnight Pandemonium) and Pundit (Shadow Pundamentalist)…   “Thank you very much to Chloe for taking lots of lovely pictures of the girls while we were away and keeping us updated on what they were up to each day. We came home…

Discovering Pixelated Creatures at BrickLive 2018

This past weekend I treated Stuart to a trip to BrickLive 2018 for his belated Birthday because he is a MASSIVE Lego fan! and it turned out to be a lot more creaturey than I had expected…   The Mythical Beasts section of this event was a fantastic highlight for me, not only did it…