Walton Hall & Gardens, Warrington.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

This is one of my favourite places to visit, and we decided to indulge in a 'pick me up' trip there as we've both had a really hard few weeks with starting work and looking for a new home. Walton Gardens is in Warrington, and its a great place to visit as a family - or as a couple looking for a bit of a mooch around.

The zoo is my favourite place. Mostly because there are lots of fluffy animals that love getting attention from people who like giving attention to animals - namely me. The zoo is free to visit, although you have to buy feed for the animals if you want to let them have a nibble.

Peacocks wander and fly around the zoo freely, often shouting to let you know they're around. They're an inquisitive bunch, and you may find them staring down at you from the other enclosures - this fellow took an interest in Mike taking photographs and allowed us to get a lovely series of photographs. The fact he started flashing his tail at Mike makes me wonder if he took more of an interest in him, than the camera!

I love donkeys. There are two in this enclosure, one likes attention while the other prefers to stay away - this fella is photogenic and we couldn't help but scratch his nose. He did have a nibble at my sleeve a few times, so keep an eye out for any loose bracelets or clothing!

Another character - whenever we tried to get a photograph of him he tried to head-butt the camera - despite the loving look he tries to lull you in with. He did also like his ears scratched so we managed to get a picture of him in the end.

Another head-butter. He shared the same enclosure as the goat I mentioned previously, and it was a nightmare to try and get photographs while they were on attack mode.

Bizarrely enough, the head-butters were both cohabiting with this rabbit. He looks perpetually grouchy so we had to get a picture. We have three photographs of this guy, all with different angles and the same look.

Turkeys usually aren't my cup of tea, scaring me with how big they are - but I have a soft spot. My scarf was his goal, although he posed nicely for us (and for long enough for me to scratch his little nose!). The turkeys shared an enclosure with a group of mischievous young goats, so I did feel quite sorry for them as they seemed to be getting a little harassed!

After the zoo, we had a stroll through to the gardens, which are largely ornamental. This pond is stocked full of (apparently) beautiful big koi, but being irrationally phobic of fish I wasn't privy to this - I was way, way too scared and was practically in a bush in my haste to put meters between me and them. There are outtakes to this, and no, I shall not post them!

The garden was just coming into bloom, so we could only find a few blossoms unfortunately - but they were pretty enough blooms to snap a picture of. The gardens are incredibly well tended, and you can see the huge amount of work that the volunteers and staff have put in during the winter months - it has really paid off.

I have one question, however.. There were a few of these around the gardens and parks. Trees with masses of sticks stored up in the branches - at a distance we thought they were nests, but as we got closer and the 'nests' got bigger and bigger we figured the birds that needed nests this size would be simply colossal..

Any ideas?

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