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Zoo and Countryside with Roni & Wendy - August 2011

We all arrived at our luxury lodges and dropped off our bags in time to go to a local pub for lunch. After unpacking and exploring our holiday village it was straight off for a couple of games of ten pin bowling. Well done Fiona for winning both games! We then had a very enjoyable and fun evening having a meal in another pub and getting to know a local disability group who were spending the evening there.
The next morning after a full English fry up we set off for the zoo. We had a brilliant day looking at so many different animals, watching the displays and animal training and were even able to stroke a python and speak to the keepers. Tired and happy we headed back to our lodges where we sat on the veranda watching a beautiful sunset before enjoying a delicious home cooked meal.
We started Thursday with a swim in the pool and a wallow in the jacuzzi which we had all to ourselves. After lunch in another Country Pub we explored some villages along the Crouch Estuary travelling through some lovely countryside. We then headed for town and a bit of retail therapy! That evening we went back to our favourite pub for our last evening meal together.
On our way home we visited the Tropical Wings Zoo and were able to see many different birds, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates. It was amazing to be able to walk around surrounded by beautiful butterflies.
After lunch in a Country Craft Centre we did some last minute souvenir shopping before setting off for the magnificent grounds of the Audley End Estate where we said our goodbyes and went our separate ways home.
Thank you to Sandra, Wendy, Isabelle, Fiona, Julie, Stephen and Michael for making this such a fun holiday.

Roni & Wendy

Isabelle leading the bowling

The elephants went in two by two.

And the Rhino's.......

Just need to stretch a little further!


Sandra holding court!

Shopping therapy day!

Bling bling....

One of our superb bungalows!!

Who's a pretty boy then?......or in this case, girl???

Could someone, please tell me what the sign says???

Giant among butterflies.

Do you think if we all pooled our pocket money , we could afford this one??

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