Recently JJ missed out on a kindy field trip to the zoo because he was sick that day. As a result I promised to take him to the zoo. I fulfilled that promise the other day and off we went.
The weather wasn’t that promising, in fact the weather report said it would rain so I went prepared with wet weather gear which we used. There were advantages to going on a wet, non-weekend day except for the group of school kids that made our picnic lunch noisy. I digress though.
The reason I didn’t want to put this trip off until nicer weather was that are some gorillas at the zoo that are only there for a few months.
The gorillas (during the four times or more we walked past them) weren’t up to that much. They sat right at the back of their enclosure out of the rain. JJ was very disappointed that he didn’t get to see them climbing.
I’m glad I did make the effort in the end because it was a lovely day despite the rain. JJ was really ‘tescited’ about going as he informed me a lot. On the way he told me all the animals he wanted to see which was just about everything the zoo has to offer.
It was his day so he was the one who I asked what he wanted to see and/or do next. He would grab me by the hand and say, ‘Come on mum, let’s go and see the penguins’, or something similar. Because of his excitement it rubbed off on me and helped me forget about my sore knees and aching legs by the end of the day and helped me forget that we’d walked around the zoo twice with numerous goings back and forth between animals.
We were around for the feeding of the seals at the beginning of our excursion and the feeding of the penguins at the end of our excursion. We also got to feed some deer in the children’s zoo area. You take your life into your own hands purchasing food then feeding it to these animals. They are used to it and know what type of packaging it comes in and if you let your child hold it they’ll just grab it off them and attack it in a frenzy until it’s all gone. I’d seen this happen with some other people and when it was our turn doled out the food to JJ who was a bit freaked out by all these animals chasing him for food.
There’s also a cocky in the children’s zoo whose verbal repertoir consists mainly of, ‘Hallo cobber’, ‘Have you been a good boy?’. I tried to teach him a couple of new things but didn’t have the time to invest in it.
On the way home we stopped at Trims so I could buy a new pair of boots. My Blundstones are ten years old or more and are falling to bits so I wanted to replace them. I bought a cheap pair of slip on black boots last year and they didn’t even last me the winter so I thought I’d spend a little bit more and get some decent boots. I settled on some Rossi air cushioned sole boots. I wish I had them before the trip around the zoo as it would have saved my poor knees a bit I think.