Monday, 16 March 2015

Hi, it's been a long time

...Or at least it certainly feels like one! As I previously mentioned, I spent the first week of March on the road taking fleeting trips to various locations in the South West. It was quite lovely to get away for a few days and have some little adventures, even though my health suffered and I spent most of it dreadfully ill (it's as if there's some sort of law that states if you're looking forward to something, you'll unlikely be healthy enough to fully enjoy it!). It wasn't much of a sightseeing holiday and my stops were very brief, but nevertheless I had the nicest time visiting the zoo, strolling along the beach, and doing the obligatory charity shop crawl. I also had the loveliest time stopping for a coffee with Lally who was kind enough to offer to meet with me whilst I was in the area. I took lots of photos (my film camera is still broken so alas there's none of those!) and have so much to share, so I'll be breaking things up across two posts.

Bristol was the shortest stop, I spent most of it in my car and as a result didn't get to see very much of the city. I could of seen more of it, but I decided to go to the zoo instead, a decision I don't regret in the slightest! I love zoos, though I am often skeptical of them as animal welfare is really important to me. But Bristol Zoo was absolutely beautiful and it's obvious how much they really care for their animals which was so wonderful to see!

Meerkats are my favourite animal alongside raccoons (although they've been marred for me somewhat by those horrendous adverts)

It's hard to show a sense of scale, but this guy was as big as my face.

So happy! He looked like he was swimming around smiling.

The mouse and rat section was set up to look like they were scampering around in the kitchen, inside cupboards and the microwave. Genius!

Blog title: Hi, It's Been A Long Time - Donovan


  1. just wow, your sketches. i don't think i'll ever get over how well you draw.
    i'm so sorry that you were sick during this. it's the worst, being ill away from home. but must see more Polaroids!

  2. I'm often a bit hesitant to go to zoos myself, I like to make sure they have good conservation programs and do a lot for the animals. I'm always caught between the joy I have from seeing animals and the hope that they have wonderful lives in the zoos. I love Meerkats! Elephants are by far my favourite though, I think they are just such amazing and intelligent creatures.

  3. I'm so glad you had a fun trip, such a shame you were poorly though. Hope you're feeling better now. All your pictures of the zoo are wonderful, those meerkats are so cute! It was so lovely to meet you, I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Falmouth. Xx

  4. Hi sweet lady, I'm very sorry (and can completely relate) to feeling poorly on holiday and/or when something that you've long anticipated rolls around. I'm not even kidding when I say that's the story of my life. Still, one tries to make the best of things and it looks like thankfully you were still able to enjoy some fun filled moments, and the company of many extremely cute critters, on this trip. I hope it was restful for you, too.

    Big hugs & healing wishes coming your way,
    ♥ Jessica

  5. Oh boy, I’m no stranger to getting ill during trips, too. It’s an awful, awful feeling. But I’m so glad to hear you had a very nice and peaceful time at the zoo. As always, your sketches are incredible! I need to bring my notebook/sketchbook with me on outings like these more often!
    And, I don’t know what it is, but I just adore that photo you took of the chameleon - the lighting, depth of field, and colors look so nice!
    I hope all is well ❤

  6. Oh I know what you mean! Both my boyfriend and I had colds right before our mountains trip and the night before my boyfriend was trying to see if we could cancel the hotel, which luckily we didn't cause the eucalyptus filled mountain air helped with our colds i think! I do love Zoos as well. As suspect as they can be, i cant otherwise see most of the animals without leaving the country so they do serve a purpose in aiding with conservation and encouraging people to understand and care about animals once they've seen them in real life.

    We have those silly Meerkat adds here too, but at least Meerkat Manor had some credibility. they have such cute little hands!

  7. Aww sorry you weren't feeling well, but it looks like you were able to have a good time despite it! That's so fun you were able to meet with Lally!


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