Monday, 9 September 2013

RSPB Country Fair, Cooling, Kent

The other weekend Julie noticed a sign for an upcoming wildlife fair nearby us. We had no idea at first what it was, who it was by, or where it was, but we soon found out. We set off Sunday afternoon after having a few cups of tea. We got lost on our way there but didn't mind so much, as we were soon traveling through many beautiful and "tucked away" hamlets in the English countryside. Emerald green and dotted with sheep, the landscape was so picturesque. We met a woman in a blue car, just as lost as us. She followed us as we backed in and out of dead ends and nooks. As we passed through a nice little neighborhood we stopped and asked a nice man, who was cutting his hedge (how cliche), for directions. 

We arrived soon after at our destination, and were greeted by a variety of exhibits. The fair was put on by the RSPB, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and was primarily centered around wildlife and country living. We took our time visiting each booth, learning about different animals and wildlife parks in the surrounding areas. We picked up a few brochures for weekend ideas, signed the petition to "stop the estuary airport", listened to a traditional and live "fayre" band, and picked up some locally made Kent honey. We escaped the yucky weather for a few minutes in the demonstration barn, watched a few minutes of a cooking demonstration by "Pampered Chef" and enjoyed a homemade muffin and hot chocolate. 

Before heading home we stopped to say hello to a cute little calf. Throughout the day there were many great photo opportunities (shown below). On our way home we stopped off at a high viewing point to take a few photos of the beautiful views over the green. As the storm rolled in from the nearby estuary we breathed in the fresh smell of rain. Overall, visiting the country fair made for a great day out. It's great to be able to enjoy and learn about the local wildlife in such a beautiful part of the world. 

I Love Kent!

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