Sunday, June 06, 2010

From the London zoo, reporting on the weather

Franklin and I had a flying visit to London with my sister and her friend. Those two are still there with Franklin's grandparents. During our trip, we all went to the London zoo--it rocked. Several exhibits we actually entered and walked among the animals: a few aviaries; a rainforest with birds, monkeys, and at least one sloth; and a monkey enclosure. Some monkeys performed tight-rope tricks carrying their babies, right above our heads. So. Cute.

I saw animals I've never seen before--even on tv or in pictures, such as this okapi. A friendly chap, I thought it looked somewhere between a zebra and a giraffe. My understanding: okapi are so shy and skittish, they're almost never seen. This one, however, enjoyed a scratch from a delighted zoo visitor.

From a very hot end of May to a rainy start of June, it seems like the usual British summer so far. Luckily my vegetables love rain, except of course the tomatoes; only time will tell if I made a wise choice in growing them. I think my first cabbages are nearly ready to harvest, we've been eating lettuce for a few weeks, and my early potatoes have some small buds. According to my sources, the potatoes can be eaten when the plants flower. I will report on my success or lack thereof at crunch time. Or in this case, cook time.

2 comments:

Gilbrides said...

Wow, what a fun zoo! I would love to be able to walk among the animals or have some interaction--like petting or feeding them. Glad you were able to have a fun day out and about.

Your garden sounds wonderful, hope your potatoes are ready in time, please let me know if they really are ready to eat when the plant flowers. This is my first year growing potatoes and I'm excited to find out how mine will do. At least they have sprouted above ground so I'm pleased so far. :)

"Ranger" Kim said...

The trip to the zoo sounds like fun! The first time I went to visit my parents in Phoenix we went to the zoo and had a blast.