225 – Part 8 – Aneurin with All Creatures Great and Small / Louise and Melinda’s Wales Holiday

DSC00045a

For most of the second week of our holiday, we had my 5 year old grandson come and stay with us at the cottage. He is full of beans and endless questions, but is just adorable and I love him to bits !!!

DSC09955a

*

DSC09957a

*

Melinda and Aneurin also seemed to bond very well.  We played lots of games, did jigsaws and read lots of books.

041a

DSC09685a

*

Aneurin even made some Shaun the Sheep cakes.  Delicious !!!

DSC09912a

*

In front of our cottage was a gated gravel yard which was perfect for playing football and letting off steam.  All good wholesome fun !!!

The cottage was on a large 260 acre working farm  which breeds beef and sheep. The farmer kindly allowed Aneurin to sit in his tractor.

DSC09934a

*

DSC09932a

*

DSC09937a

*

DSC09941a

*

Each day of our stay we tried to get out and about and on one occasion we visited another local farm in the rural Vale of Glamorgan.  Warren Mill Farm is a little off the beaten track down country lanes, but well signposted. They keep quite a selection of animals on site all of which seem very tame and enjoy being petted and fed.

I think I am really getting into chickens !!! I’d love to keep some. I just didn’t realise how many diverse breeds there are.

1109a

1110a

1120a

1121a

1172a

As well as free-range chickens, there were also some burrowing prairie dogs running free. They are curious little creatures and were really interesting to watch.

1167a

We purchased buy small paper bags of food for the animals.

1153a

1140a

1156a

1157a

1122a

A rare breed of sheep.

1193a

Some llamas and alpacas.

1181a

1182a

Ouch !!! Watch those fingers !!!

1183a

DSC09694a

*

1177a

Miniature ponies and donkeys.

DSC09689a

1192a

1199a

Water Buffalo – We are used to these in Italy as they produce milk for making delicious mozzarella cheese. They seem to be quite docile animals.

1115a

1201a

Some very hairy pigs.

1126a

One of the most beautiful pigs I have ever seen !!!

1138a

The farm also has a coarse fishing lake.  There is a picnic area with a stall selling snacks and cups of tea, and an area where children can play and ride various toy tractors and diggers.

The ground was a bit of a quagmire due to long spells of heavy rain but it didn’t seem to phase Aneurin !!! The muddier the better !!!

1209a

DSC09688a

Another day we chose to visit the Welsh Hawking Centre which is situated close to Barry.

This is a small family run business, which keeps a wide range of birds of prey, ranging from small hawks to super sized owls, eagles and vultures.  In fact it contains the largest collection of raptors in Wales. Some of the birds are endangered species and the centre breeds them and hand rears the young chicks. It has earned a worldwide reputation in this field.  These magnificent birds are so photogenic. Here are some beautiful falcons ……

065a

062a

068a

Buzz is a magnificent European Eagle Owl. It is one of the largest species of owl and has distinctive ear tufts.

045a

082a

Falconry was once the traditional sport of kings. An expert handler gives displays of this ancient art in an open field. Here he is using meat on a lure to exercise the falcon and encourage it to acrobatically swoop and dive to catch the food.

DSC00050a

DSC00053a

*

074a

076a

A Barn Owl – Such a beautiful bird when seen up close.

105a

The handler asked for volunteers to handle the bird. Aneurin put his hand up straight away !!!

097a

Aneurin wearing a gauntlet to protect his hand.

099a

DSC00045a

*

Well done Aneurin !!!

DSC00038a

*

This was a great morning’s visit – Highly recommended – Ideal for both adults and children alike.

 * photos by Melinda Abbott

All other photos, except where indicated, by me © Louise Shapcott

#valeofglamorgan #bonvilston #wales #warrenmillfarm #welshhawkingcentre

#glamorgan #farm #hawks #owls

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

tctitle

Tre Cancelle Farmhouse Apartments Near Sperlonga / Itri, South Lazio, Italy

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s