Last weekend Dave was away to York drinking with my Dad – I took the decision to stay at home for the weekend and Aunty Custard came to stop with us. Ben and Chloe were super excited to see her as they’d not seen her for quite a while. As is standard, they knew we were going on an adventure but not where, I also hadn’t told them that Aunty Custard was coming with us either! The weather wasn’t quite what I’d hoped but we donned our coats and wellies and got on with it. Reddish Vale Farm is about 20 minutes from our house but we’ve never been before. I discovered it after seeing a friend’s photos on Facebook. When we arrived at the farm we paid our entrance fee (it cos £11 for the the four of us) and bought a 50p bucket of carrots for feeding the animals.
Aunty Custard showed Ben how to hold his hand nice and flat to feed the cows – I expected he’d be a bit nervous (like Mummy) but he was so calm and sensible! Chloe tried to feed them but panicked each time she got too close – I think because they moved their heads towards her to get the food and it made her nervous. I can’t say I’ve ever been a massive fan of cows but these guys were beautiful; gentle, calm and so friendly.
Aunty Custard and I were most amused by the llamas and alpacas – Ben insisted I fed one so I put my brave Mummy face on – you know the one . . . I’m not really that confident around large animals but how could I show that when my little man was being so mature and sensible!
Kylie the shire horse was just enormous! Ben did feed her some carrots but she “slobbered” on his hand (his words not mine!) and I think her size put him off a bit so he stepped back and let Aunty Custard make a fuss. The donkeys were lovely and reminded me of my childhood when we had a donkey who lived in the field next to our house and would bray for bread and carrots of a morning (funnily enough he was called Ben too!) I remember being very sad when the farmer moved him to a new field! Ben thought it was very entertaining that they kept kicking their stalls to get his attention when they thought it was their turn for more carrots. Ben took quite a liking to a little goat and kept going back to feed him again.
Chloe’s idea of feeding the sheep was to lob carrots at them! She did seem to get a bit braver as time went on though.