Very long blog for a very chocca block day….
Well now to our final day. We actually had planned to spend most of the day off site. Sarah regards this area as her home so she has many friends here, so we decided to spend the day with one of them in a very special way…..
Woburn itself is famous for its deer park and you can guess they were on the top of my list to go see. What I hadn’t realised is that me had Sarah had been talking about two different things and she thought I wanted to go around the safari park 😂…she certainly did, especially with her new camera 🤣….but once we realised the mix up, we sorted a compromise which would take in both. Before that visit Sarah was meeting her friend Ruth at the outdoor lido for they are both outdoor swimmers. Sarah sorted a route that would take us to the lido, via the deer park then onto the safari park.😂😂🤣….
We’d had overnight rain and we knew it was going to be a cloudy day so wasn’t disappointed at the grey weather that greeted me as I opened the curtains. I’d showered and had my cuppa when Sarah appeared, so while she sorted herself out I went my little walk, this time to the lake and back. It was so lovely to see families up early riding bikes, children playing amongst the trees….and I was able to be stranded by a Robin’s morning song…
I couldn’t spy the young grebes on the lake so I turned round and headed back home where Sarah was waiting for us to leave for the lido…
We were only 10-15 minutes away and Sarah had planned the route via the Deer Park. It’d so like our town cows – they have right of way and right to roam wherever their hooves takes them across the estate with the road running straight through the middle, just like the Westwood.
As we came to the brow of the hill there were the beauties in the distance.
Sarah stopped the car and I hopped out and was in deer heaven
I just stood and marvelled at these magnificent beasts. I was surrounded
Their stags antlers looked so heavy for their heads!
No wonder their way of fighting for supremacy is to lock horns…..
A paler coloured one stood on the opposite side looking down at me
I could show you so many more photos, but this was just the beginning of our time out 😳 but I’d seen what I wanted, now it was Sarah’s turn. We met Ruth, her friend just as we turned into the car park, bath having arrived at the same time.
The people at the outdoor lido were so friendly. The outdoor experience made everyone instant friends. One of the life guards even wiped a seat down for me to have somewhere to sit …
It looked very cold when they got in creating much laughter and shivers
There were birds all around me so I was very happy.
Every now and then I’d snap the swimmers.
Ruth does Triathalons so was speeding up and down
They finally got out and dressed in their snug after swim clothes. They’ve been friends since school…and I’m sure. Will be friends forever…
It was then time to go to the safari park.The Woburn Estate is enormous. Most of this area is owned by the family but when they do something they do it well. The Safari park is an example of this. Whilst I don’t like to see animals captive, these animals have acres to roam in.
There were far too many animals to show here, but these are some of my highlights from the drive around…starting with the lions….
Such wonderful beasts once more straight in front of us…
This one rolled onto its back just like Billy and stared cutely at us 🤣 I swear it wanted me to tickle it’s tummy, but for some reason Sarah and Ruth wouldn’t let me get out of the car 🤣
There were I’d never heard of…like a Bongo and Blesbok….but because of the area we were in, just like at Centre Parcs, there were an abundance of Kites flying around in the sky as a bonus and one single handedly made my day by landing on a branch in the tree we were passing
A giraffe came close to the car to see what we were up to 😂
Then a very random bird walking along the road. Havn’t a clue what it is, isn’t it beautiful 🥰?
We decided to let our car loose on the inquisitive Barbary Macaque Monkies…such mischievous little animals…this one hitching a ride with the rangers ….
One made Sarah’s day by coming to have a look at us from the bonnet of our car 😂….
I havn’t been able to show you so many others, like the elephants, rhinos and tigers plus sooo many others, but we ended, after a bite to eat, to go see on foot, the meerkats, otters, porcupines and Rainbow birds.
I can see by my photographs that I was getting tired at this stage….but the odd one from each came out, first the meerkats, one staring me out 😂
…the otters, chasing each other round, one stopping to pose
The porcupines were the surprise of the day to me as I’d always imagined them to be much smaller, but they were probably 10 tens the size I imagine 😳
Finally the wonderful parakeets…Avian bird flu has affected them like many other birds. The rules are strict for entering their area and if you have any birds of any sort at home you’re not allowed in, so they rely on the publics honesty to keep their birds safe. They mate for life 😍
My batteries were now on 1%…it had been a long exciting day, so after our farewells to Ruth,…..which included a last pickiest in the car…….
….we headed back for our final nights sleep at our lodge….
We both thought that would be it for the day. It was 4pm when we got home and we both snuggled down on the settee. We then both saw the sky turning red outside 😳….and Sarah hadn’t seen the Christmas lights in the dark…..we ordered a take away, which any of the restaurants on site will deliver free, and headed out for our FINAL walk 🤣. It was such a lovely sky through the trees
One more circuit of the Parc and a final photo amidst the twinkly lights…
It was quite an experience being somewhere different but thanks to the kind offer from Centre Parcs and Dementia UK I was able to face a situation I wouldn’t normally have chosen. The Parc itself is amazingly organised; the staff are the best customer service trained people on a par with Apple staff who I also hold in high regard.
As respite for the families that were gifted breaks, I imagine there coudn’t be any place more perfect to distress…I may not have used most of the facilities, where the majority of people come for the pool and outdoor experiences, but I found nature all around me. There were quiet areas to watch the birds, the Red Kites, renowned in this area for being in abundance, put on a spectacular show for me….and finally I had Sarah with me who helped me through the difficulties at the beginning. The only change I would ask Centre Parcs to make, should anyone with dementia be on the guest list, is please allow us to arrive in the light in winter time. The trauma it caused me arriving in the dark, nearly had me turning around and heading back home ….I’m so glad I didn’t.
Thank you Centre Parcs and Dementia UK.