Wednesday, January 14, 2009
ABC Wednesday - Z is for Zoo (again)
A year ago I did Z is for Zoo but then I took you to Tenerife. This time we are nearer home in Blackpool on very wet November day. As the visit was part of the holiday-package we didn't forego it just because of the precipitation.
We got there just before the sea-lions were been fed so went there first. A party of school children were watching and others were watching too.
At the flamingo pool the birds were grouped in a circle.
They had their heads in the water and as the heavy rains started we were getting just as wet.
Even the dromedaries turned their back on us.
Soon we returned to the entrance area, which houses a gift shop, cafe and excellent clean toilet facilities. We dried ourselves out; had tea and a sandwich; watched the TV on the wall of the dining area. As there was still over an hour to wait for the bus to take us back to the hotel, we put our anoraks back on and ventured out again to the Dinosaur Safari.
This is quite an interesting display with models of prehistoric creatures and information boards which didn't bother reading. The path wended its way around and we could shelter a while behind a waterfall.
The domed building seen in this last photograph is the "Rain Forest Exhibition". I thought it was a hothouse with a glass roof, but we discovered it was open and the exotic birds were all sheltering under the vegetation.
Next door was the Elephant House whose occupants were busily moving straw about. Not having a stick with a horse's head handle, we decided to go back inside and wait for the bus.
If the weather had been fine we would obviously have enjoyed it a lot more. But then, if it had been full of screaming kids and much busier, perhaps we wouldn't.
More Z posts can be seen on the ABC Wednesday Anthology blog.
Others can be found via the ABC Wednesday with Mister Linky which carries a registry of participants.