Hello, I have been on another adventure this time to a place called Pembridge, I stayed in the caravan on a little site that had a big pond with lot’s of ducks and swans and a very noisy goose. I met a very nice duck called Daisy, who told me I should visit some of the Black and White villages as they were very pretty. Pembridge is part of the Black and White Trail and is a mediaeval village, which means it is very old It has lots of very old houses which look like they are about to fall down, When I mentioned this to one of the ducks on site she laugh and said they have been standing there since the 15th century and they hadn’t fell down yet. It has a very old market hall which is just like a shed without any walls and that’s been there since 1239. There is a church which is very pretty, but the bells are not in the church they are in a little building next door to the church. You can go inside and have a look if you like. I did and when I was in there the bells struck the time, it was very loud.
I then hopped to another little village called Eardisland. I had a little hop along the river Arrow but it was very muddy so I didn’t hop far and went to have a look at the Millsteam and the dovecote. There’s a little shop in the bottom of the dovecote called a community shop which is Britain’s only general store in a dovecote and the local people take turns to open it up and serve in it, that sound like a lot of fun. I hopped upstairs to take a look at the local heritage centre, there were lot’s of things to do with the AA and the war. You can still see the little holes where the pigeons used to live, people used to encourage them to come and live in the dovecote because they used to eat them in a pie, it helped out in wartime because there wasn’t a lot of food around. I then hopped to the Oldest AA telephone kiosk where there were more things to do with the AA. Next I hopped along some little lanes to take a look at the church and the Saxon Motte. The church has been there since the 13th century and was restored in 1864, (that means had work done on it because it was very old). It is pretty outside but I didn’t think it was very pretty inside.
I had a little hop around Weobley and a look at the church which is very big, but my little legs had started to get tired, so I hopped back to the van and had a chat with Daisy the duck. I told her all about my day, she asked me what I was going to do the next day and I said I wasn’t sure, she told me I should go to the Small Breeds farm Park and Owl Centre.
The next day I took Daisy’s advice and went to see the animals, it was such fun. There are lot’s of owls from all around the world, a lot of them were awake and making lot’s of noise, in a cage in the middle of the owl garden were two red squirrels who were chasing each other around and around so fast I could hardly watch them. I tried to have a chat, but they were to busy playing. There are three Owls that are not in the garden and you can stroke them, they are very friendly and like it when people pay them attention.
Next I looked at the donkeys, cows, miniature horses, pigs, baby goats, lot’s of other different goats and the pygmy goats who were having a great time running around and around and jumping on and of things. One was shouting look at me, look at me and jumping from a ledge onto a table, showing off a bit I think. He slipped and landed on his knees, then sat down and said I meant to do that, I don’t think he did really, it looked like it must have hurt. Then I hopped into a little room to look at the bunnies and guinea pigs. The bunnies were just about to take a nap and the guinea pigs were busy running around, I tried to have a chat but they told me they were far too busy to talk. I watched them for a while and all they seemed to be doing was running up and down. Perhaps they were busy doing exercise. I also saw chinchillas but they were asleep and chipmunks who were awake and wanted to chat. They told me that the high winds had brought a tree down which had crashed through the roof, none of the animals had been hurt but he and a few of his friends tried to get out to have an adventure, but the people who look after them soon rounded them up and put them back into their cage. Then it was a hop around the pool to see all the waterfowl and a look at the pheasants, some of them were so pretty. I didn’t hop the woodland trail because it was very muddy, but next time I shall, I have to go back because I promised I would.
The next day it was time to come home, I had a lovely time and can’t wait to go back again.
Keep hopping love Bunty