Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A day at Woburn Safari Park

On the last day of the Easter holidays we enjoyed a fun filled day out at Woburn Safari Park.  This was our third visit to the park and each time has been even better with new things we've discovered.  The weather was a bit miserable but not too cold, so we decided to make the most of it and do as much as we could fit into our day!

We learnt all about the Asian Elephants in Elephant Meadow, watched how their health checks are done and even got to stroke one!  Later, from our swan boat ride we were lucky enough to spot them casually strolling past the picnic area back to their enclosure.

We also saw the Birds of Prey demonstration, with Barney the Barn Owl (who was being a bit naughty and went for a longer flight than he was meant to), an Eagle Owl, two Harris Hawks and Diego the Seriema who demonstrated how he would catch and kill a snake!

We managed to catch a few of the feeding times around the foot safari, including the lemurs and the Wallabies (most with babies in their pouches)The Pickle made sure they all knew by calling "Come on, it's lunch time!"  The Sealions were busy splashing and it was great to see the new Desert Springs - home of the Meerkats, Yellow Mongoose and Porcupines.

Another attraction we hadn't noticed before was Rainbow Landing, a free flying aviary of Lories and Lorikeets, where you are able to purchase a pot of nectar to encourage the birds over to you.  Not that they needed much encouragement - we all ended up with them landing on our heads at some point!  

There are plenty of places for the little ones to play, including a tiny tots bouncy castle for under 5's, outdoor play areas and the Mammoth Play Ark - something we haven't had chance to look at yet as there are so many other things to keep us occupied!  We also caught the train to the Deer Stop and it was really nice to see the train was free as so many places charge extra for this.

We did one more loop of the road safari before heading home and it seemed all the animals had woken up and were getting into mischief!  The bears were very playful, climbing trees, play fighting and rolling around looking as if they wanted their tummies tickling!

The monkeys were adorable, even when chewing on car aerials!  But the lions certainly stole the show and made our day a little more memorable when one decided to come over and have a nibble on the door handle!

 (I think she'd spotted the camera and was after a close up!)

We look forward to visiting again soon!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Treats

The Princess and The Pickle have been busy baking Easter treats and here are a few ideas for using up some of the Easter chocolate (if it hasn't all been eaten already!)

White Chocolate Easter Cupcakes

We mixed together 150g butter, 150g caster sugar,
175g self raising flour, 3 eggs (beaten), 200g white chocolate (melted).
We then spooned the mixture into cases and baked for 20 minutes.

The icing was made using icing sugar, a little milk, pink food colouring and (more) melted white chocolate.

The finishing touches were made by melting (even more) white chocolate, adding food colouring, rice crispies, smarties, mini marshmallows & sprinkles and spooning into mini egg shaped silicone moulds.  We also made some lollipops in the same way!

Creme Egg Cheesecake

 You can either follow a recipe or cheat and use a cheesecake mix - either way this is still a delicious dessert!

Mix together 100g crushed digestive biscuits and 50g melted butter.  Spoon into a tin lined with baking paper and chill while you prepare the cheesecake mixture.

Whisk together 500g cream cheese, 100g icing sugar, then fold in 200ml double cream.

Separate the mixture into two bowls and add yellow food colouring to one and crushed creme eggs to the other.

Spoon the mixture onto the biscuit base in a swirl pattern, smooth with a spoon and add halved creme eggs to the top, pressing them down slightly.  Set in the fridge for an hour.

As if it needed to be any more indulgent, I topped it with sprinkles and flaked white chocolate! 

 Easter Sundae!

Here's one we made today using mini creme eggs from our Easter egg hunt and topping with ice cream, marshmallows and sprinkles - yum!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

A Year in Photos - Week 16

13th - 19th April
1. Pretty flowers
2. New toy
3. Day at the beach
4. Creme egg cheesecake
5. Fun at the park
6. Among the bluebells
7. Planting tomato seeds 

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

A Year in Photos - Weeks 13, 14, 15

23rd - 29th March
1. Fun at the New Forest Wildlife Park
2. Butterfly
3. Bubbles
4. Struggling with a Sudoku
5. Lovely Mothers Day gift from preschool
6. The Pickle is proud of his sunflower
7. Laughter with Daddy
30th March - 5th April
1. A New Forest adventure
2. Painting an Easter bonnet
3. Beautiful girl
4. Ready for the Easter bonnet parade
5. Look how much it's grown!
6. Egyptian style
7. In the tub! 

6th - 12th April
1. Hurray for puddles!
2. All smiles
3. Two happy kids and lovely clean decking!
4. Cooking up some Easter treats
5. Painting a giant Easter egg
6. Coin rubbings
7. All snuggly!

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