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 !!!
Melinda and Aneurin also seemed to bond very well. We played lots of games, did jigsaws and read lots of books.
Aneurin even made some Shaun the Sheep cakes. Delicious !!!
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.
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.
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.
We purchased buy small paper bags of food for the animals.
A rare breed of sheep.
Some llamas and alpacas.
Ouch !!! Watch those fingers !!!
Miniature ponies and donkeys.
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.
Some very hairy pigs.
One of the most beautiful pigs I have ever seen !!!
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 !!!
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 ……
Buzz is a magnificent European Eagle Owl. It is one of the largest species of owl and has distinctive ear tufts.
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.
A Barn Owl – Such a beautiful bird when seen up close.
The handler asked for volunteers to handle the bird. Aneurin put his hand up straight away !!!
Aneurin wearing a gauntlet to protect his hand.
Well done Aneurin !!!
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
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