Monday, April 02, 2007

For Llwetra

The Pirate and I went back to Longleat this weekend to see the house and maze and other stuff we missed last time. The maze was free because 2/3 of it was closed off for repairs to the bridges. We still managed to spend 40 minutes in it getting lost. You can see why.


We also went into the "Pets Corner" area, which is really just a small zoo for small animals where you get to pet the snakes and guinea pigs. I didn't get to pet the snakes and guinea pigs. There were too many sprogs around, and the keepers seem to think that people over the age of 11 aren't interested in snakes and guinea pigs and ignore you. I like guinea pigs. And snakes.

But they had otters, which is why this post is dedicated to Llewtra. I thought of you, honey, and took lots of photos, even though these are Asian otters and not European otters. They're cute, though, and they make the most adorable squeaking noises!







Then we walked around the gardens (which frankly were pitiful given the size of the estate) in a drizzle. There wasn't much to see except some anally-retentive topiaries (I don't like topiaries; i like my bushes to look like bushes thank you very much) and wierd, mulit-boobed modern art. This amused me, though:





Mmm, irony.


What did you guys do this weekend?

11 comments:

Billy said...

You are Frances Hodgson Burnett, and I claim my £5.

Chaucer's Bitch said...

5 pounds?

Billy said...

Just being random. Wikipedia explains all.

Paul said...

Yeah that "Sectet Garden" sign is a good one...

Homo Escapeons said...

It would be fun to get totally greased up and chase Otters through the maze and into the river!
(I did it..
not a single 'you otter' or 'amazing' pun...probably because I am still trying to get past multi-boobed Modern Art and bushes that look like bushes)

First Nations said...

what'd i do? why, i was diagnosed with a mild case of diverticulitis! and i puked and passed out during a blood test! (fasting bloodtests+diabetes=puking and passing out at 8:30am. fun for the whole family.)
ida much rather got lost in the maze and seen the nice otters, tell ya what.

BEAST said...

I did some gardening and generally dossed about , so you had a much more exciting weekend , I like otters ! but they sadly dont like me :-(

Dave said...

I have now responded to your comment on my blog, should you like to return that way.

Chaucer's Bitch said...

billy: ah. it's all becoming clear to me now. what did people do before wikipedia?

paul: yeah, i enjoyed it. stood there laughing for 5 minutes when i saw it. Took Pirate forever to figure out what had caught my eye.

Homo: uh, oh. you've beat Murph to the puns. this could get ugly.

FN: oh, no! diverticuitis SUX! that might actually be worse than diabetes. it's gonna take you hours to pick all the seeds off your strawberries. we'll have to send you some trained monkeys to do the job.

beast: i must know: how is it you know that otters don't like you? surely there's a story there...

dave: be right there.

JolietJake said...

Snakes eat Guinea pigs don't they? ok, here's my top three things I like that eat other things I like:

3. mad cows, sheeps brains
2. Abe Simpson, a helper monkey
1. my girlfriend, my love-gun

Abe didn't actually eat the monkey but he wanted to.

llewtrah said...

They are otterly charming :) Thank you! I failed miserably to reach the centre of the maze when I went (over an hour and I still failed!), though I did the safari park and gardens. I saw the otters, but it was years and years ago. Are they the "short-clawed" otters? I can't remember.