Chester Zoo

Thursday, 28 March 2013








-All photos taken by my friend Charlie-

As a surprise for my best friends birthday we decided to bundle her into my car and take the 2 hour trip to Chester Zoo, I say 'surprise' when she had supposedly guessed a few days previous when her dad gave a clue! I'd never been to Chester Zoo before and I was totally gobsmacked at how many animals they have there and how big the site is.

The thing that impressed me most was just how much space the animals seemed to have, their enclosures were totally appropriate for the size and activity of the animal, I always struggle with the moral implications of keeping a beautiful majestic animal such as a lion caged up in something no bigger than 50square foot and Zoos have always been a contentious issue for me but I was so impressed with just how well cared for the animals were at Chester and not only that but how great their preservation activities were, most of the profits made at the zoo go straight back into projects around the world helping endangerd species, they've had great success with many of their animals breeding programmes this year and we got to see baby orangutangs, elephants, giraffes and anteaters!

My favourite exhibition was definitely the penguins, I absolutely loved seeing them dart around underwater but an honourable mentions must go to the bat cave where you got to walk INTO the bat enclosure and experience them flying around you and the otters, who were displaying some of the cutest and strangest behaviour I have ever seen by juggling and playing with pebbles! The keeper said it was a really prominent thing with otters and they do it to keep their minds active as well as it just being fun for them! I took a video of if here if you want to watch and have a giggle.


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Mrs Athas Leeds

Friday, 22 March 2013






On Friday me and a friend decided to meet up and be ladies who luncheon, originally planning to spend a Groupon voucher we learnt the place it was for was closed on Wednesdays so had to make a quick decision of somewhere else to go, I'd heard mentions of Mrs Athas on Twitter and read a review on Leeds Grub  of the place so decided to check it out. I was definitely pleased, we both hand a sandwich each from their lunch menu (mine was roast beef and horseradish, delicious!) and I went for a pot of Earl Grey to go along with it, the nice thing about Mrs Athas is that they not only focus on coffee but they also have a really impressive selection of specialty teas, something that as a tea drinker is a big plus for me! the focus always seems to be on coffees which I enjoy occasionaly but for me the big star is a lovely brew.

Afterwards we decided we just couldnt ignore the amazing selection of cakes and treats that were displayed so lovingly on the counter, we both went for a slice of the chocolate orange cake which was delightful as predicted.The surroundings were so cosy and comfortable that we sat and chatted for over two hours and watched many people come and go in that time, its seems like the really perfect place to sit and read or get some work done, they have plenty plug sockets for computers as well as free wifi. I will definitely be making many return visits.

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