Cotswold Wildlife Park

Despite living less than ten minutes away from Cotswold Wildlife Park, I hadn’t paid a visit until July of last year. Christmas saw Santa bring me a season ticket/annual pass which I didn’t redeem until today because the weather has been, frankly, English. The weathermen,  however, were spot on for today. The sun was out first thing and today was the day to get back there. It took a good half hour to get through to the main ticket kiosks and there were four queues running which I wasn’t quite prepared for. For various reasons, I didn’t stay very long but this was a lovely time out from the world while I was there.

Here are just a few images. I didn’t take a great deal of photos this time around because it was just  a short time out of the house and I’ve not been feeling too well all weekend anyway.

The main house

The main house

Giant tortoise. All three were out taking a stroll. Quite amazing to see them walking with such a weight to carry.

Giant tortoise. All three were out taking a stroll. Quite amazing to see them walking with such a weight to carry.

 

Meerkat. This was a small enclosure. I didn't see the main one by the penguin area today but the two pups in here were just as cute.

Meerkat. This was a small enclosure. I didn’t see the main one by the penguin area today but the two pups in here were just as cute.

Round to the right was one being either fed or handled by people which I was concerned about for both parties. No sign of staff advising them otherwise though.

Round to the right was one being either fed or handled by people which I was concerned about for both parties. No sign of staff advising them otherwise though.

 

Amur Leopard. Quite excited to see this beauty so well today. Last time it was walking circles in front of the window, through the bushes, making viewing quite difficult.

Amur Leopard. Quite excited to see this beauty so well today. Last time it was walking circles in front of the window, through the bushes, making viewing quite difficult.

Group portrait

Group portrait

 

I should have made a note as to which type of owl this is. Beautiful!

I should have made a note as to which type of owl this is. Beautiful!

I felt so very sorry for pending guests. The queues immediately outside of the park were as we’d left them, two hour previously, but continued on the main road, two miles to the Burford roundabout and stretched further, bound for Witney. I do hope everybody who made the trek today was able to get in and enjoyed themselves.

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Discounted Beauty Buys

While our coupons amount to very little in the UK compared with our friends across the pond, not even a glimmer of what goes on during an episode of Extreme Couponing, we do have a good number of websites offering reduced rate products. I am a woman who believes in stock piling; nearly everything I buy will be on some offer, more often, a 3-for-2 or BOGOF deal. I have drawers full of spare deodrants, hair colourings, cotton wool pads etc. It’s not a huge number but I’m never going to suddenly run out of these things. So, cosmetics.

Apart from the odd shop, Boots and Superdrug rule the high street and rule our purses. The convenience apart from having your purchase the same day, is you can test the shades. This is great but the prices are so much more than online comparitively. This short blog shows two purchases. The first is from cosmeticsfairy.co.uk who sell brands I know and are likely discontinued shades from the US. No complaints here. The second is from fragrancedirect.co.uk.

I change my nail colours most days and the NYC brand has nice shades at a low price. RRP on the high street: £1.79. Average price I paid for these: £0.49

I change my nail colours most days and the NYC brand has nice shades at a low price. RRP on the high street: £1.79. Average price I paid for these: £0.49

Not the best light

Not the best light

  

Dodgy lighting with this one. Bottom right is nail hardener! Most expensive was the mini Essie bottle in the middle of the bottom row

Dodgy lighting with this one. Bottom right is nail hardener!
Most expensive was the mini Essie bottle in the middle of the bottom row

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Not the easiest to shoot

Not the easiest to shoot

Dainty Doll by Nicola Roberts. I hadn't used this brand before but it's very low price and the fact it's great for pale skin like mine was a winning combination

Dainty Doll by Nicola Roberts. I hadn’t used this brand before but it’s very low price and the fact it’s great for pale skin like mine was a winning combination

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The second purchase at Fragrance Direct, with postage was about £10 and I worked out I saved over £30 on the retail price.