We all met up and had lunch and went on to our luxury lodges. After unpacking, we went off to Heybridge Basin and walked along the river bank and looked at the boats before having a very nice dinner at a local pub and as it was too early for bed, we decided on a game of ten pin bowling.
The following morning we went to the zoo and spent a very nice day wandering around and looking at all the wonderful creatures. We even got to feed the elephants! After lunch we got on the land train and had a trip around the zoo. In the evening we went to another lovely country pub for our dinner before relaxing back at our lodges.
After breakfast the next day, we went off to Marsh Farm and got to see all the farm animals and watched as the lambs were fed and the cows were milked. It was all very interesting. We even had a ride on a trailer pulled by the farmer’s tractor. We had a picnic lunch outside as the weather was so good. Horse grooming was something that we all took part in and we watched as the hooves were cleaned out. Once back at our lodges, we set the BBQ up and enjoyed a relaxed evening before heading off to Maldon to walk along the river. We were lucky enough to watch the Morris dancers perform and even got to wear some of their hats! We stopped for a drink in a pub and then went off home.
The next day we travelled to the best day of all!! It was off to another farm and it was fabulous, as we got to feed the lambs ourselves, hand milk a cow and also groomed the pony. We held the lambs and the kid goat as well as seeing the pigs wallowing in the mud. There were chickens and geese and we all had another picnic looking over the landscape. Afterwards we went to a craft centre and looked around several shops and bought some gifts before travelling to Audley End house for a view of the beautiful estate and managed to get a drink and a piece of cake in the cafe there. Next it was off to Finchingfield for a drink and dinner at the Fox. It is a lovely village, almost picture book!
It was now our last day and we were in no mood for going home. Once packed and ready, we set off for a walk along the canal at Papermill Lock and basked in the sunshine before heading for the Butterfly farm at S. Woodham Ferrers. We were able to walk through as they flew around us. It was great. There were more animals there, including birds of prey, wallabies and Meerkats. It was time for lunch and then we all said our farewells. We had had the best week and the sun shone throughout. It really was a good experience.
Thanks to all for having enjoyed our first of many experiences down on the farm!