Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weekend fun - live animals and sleepover essentials

Yesterday we went out to Staglands, which is a wildlife-ish park about an hour or so's drive away. I've been wanting to take TLM there since she was a toddler, but wanted to wait until she was too old for daytime naps. Then we forgot about it for a couple of years...

Anyway I think I enjoyed it at least as much as TLM did - we oohed over the baby kune kune pigs, I was followed by vibrantly-coloured birds that made me think of flying fabric swatches, TLM got her photo taken with her head stuck in the stocks (that wooden thing that imprisons you by the neck and wrists), and I was butted by the head of a friendly retired Clydesdale horse.

The only negative thing about the whole trip was the wasp that kept buzzing around us while we lunched at the cafe. I was most annoyed at having to leave without finishing my nachos...

And today we went shopping for a new booster car seat for TLM, plus a bunk bed (so she can have a friend over for a sleepover). We ended up getting a metal-framed child's bed with a trundler instead, to allay my fears that whoever is in the top bunk might fall down the ladder during a midnight trip to the toilet and break her neck...

TLM was mightily distracted by the super-girly bed linen, but I promised we'd get her some of that if she'd only focus on the blimmin' beds.

Of course, now we'll have to get whole new sets of bedlinen and duvets etc, since the current stuff is only big enough for an American-sized cot (which I think actually means Texas-sized).

5 comments:

Amanda said...

Some people might dismiss your fear about top bunk injuries but, not me. They are freakin' dangerous imo. I remember hurting myself a couple of times when my sister and I had some. And I'm sure there was research awhile ago which showed they are a significant cause of injury.

Violet said...

I'm glad you agree with me - the boy had his heart set on getting TLM bunk beds, and they definitely have an appeal that normal beds lack. But if TLM (or her friend) spent the night in the top bunk I'd lie awake worrying.

Nigel Patel said...

The sheer size of Clydesdales just freaks me out.

kiwiyarns said...

Staglands is great isn't it! My kids just love the baby rabbits and guinea pigs. Hope TLM got to cuddle them too.

Violet said...

nigel: this one wasn't scary at all. He was just the right kind of horse to introduce your kids to...

kiwiyarns: yes she did. She does love furry animals!