It has been that rare British commodity; a warm and sunny Bank Holiday Monday! Agreeing that it was too good an opportunity to pass up, we decided on a family trip to Ashdown Forest Llama Park, which is a shortish drive from us. They also accept Tesco Clubcard reward vouchers and have a beautiful picnic area, so it was a cheap day out.
It was the day after the annual alpaca shearing, so they weren't looking quite as fluffy as usual, but they are still seriously cute.
We all had a go at feeding carrots to Llama Tom, who was very tame and didn't seem to mind crowds of excitable children, plus a few equally enthusiastic adults.
There is a short but steep walk around the grounds. Down at the bottom there are some lovely children's playhouses, with a local connection!
Did you know that "wol" in an old Sussex/Kentish word for "owl"? AA Milne obviously did. DD, at 13, is suddenly beyond all that, but DS took full advantage of them.
It was a calm and peaceful way to spend an afternoon. In my fantasy world we would have enough land to keep a couple of llamas, but as it is we will have to make do with a rabbit!