Our Midlands Road trip: The Pet Show

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Last week you may recall I mentioned our forthcoming road trip & planned adventures to visit The Pet show? Like any master plan with a child *toddler* involved, it went swimmingly! (yeah right!!) How does that saying go? ‘Never work with Children or animals’ Yup, I can confirm whoever coined this phrase knew what they were talkin’ about.

In my head, the plan seemed fool (toddler) proof:

  • A 2 & half hour drive to the venue: Bear would fall asleep for most of it: he had half a blinking hour
  • On arrival Bear would be all refreshed, calm & in a good mood: happy to cooperate with Mummy & Daddy’s requests: He was over tired, over energized & wasn’t paying a blind bit of attention to either of us
  • The animals would intrigue him, chill him out & entertain him. We’d enjoy some much-needed family bonding time: Mr Banana-pants was chasing him around like a wild beast, & the animals (for the most part) were ignored by Bear-unless you count a helium dinosaur balloon an animal?

Like the majority of days out in the company of our headstrong toddler: My expectations for his behaviour (& attention span) were obviously perhaps unrealistic for his stage of development (parenting fail)

In-between his moments of lunacy, we definitely did enjoy ourselves & had a blast exploring some of the fabulous exhibits on offer at the show.

Our highlights were:

  • The micro pigs.

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The ponies & donkey’s were a hit…

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cool bananas, cool bananas blog, donkey, he pet show, animals, farm animalsIt was great to have a stroll (the wild child, restrained in his buggy at this point!) & find out about different dog breeds: I’ve always wanted a dog, but it’s never been practical. Sadly, we won’t be getting a canine companion any time soon, BUT I may have convinced Mr bananas that we could ‘foster’ Labradors (Yes, this is an ACTUAL thing!) Check out Labrador Rescue for more info.

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The venue for The Pet Show, set within Stoneleigh park, was an ideal space for families. Predictably, the heavens opened- but the indoor space provided a welcome escape: It housed the majority of animals, & hands on exhibits. The isles were large enough for buggy’s/ push chairs/ wheel chairs (& plenty of room for the children to burn off steam). Sadly, we didn’t stay long enough to watch the ‘lamb national’ or to check out the outdoor operations, we were defeated by the weather & made a hasty retreat to the car after 3 hours (mindful of our journey home & a stroppy two year old!) The show appeared very well organized, & the layout was great.

Adding to all this excitement, the icing on the cake had to be: catching up with these fellow bloggers & meeting their mini-me’s!

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Sian (potty mouthed mummy), Emma (brummy mummy of two), Moi, Chantelle (Seychelles mama)

A huge thank you to The Pet Show, for inviting us all to this year’s event. It was a fantastic experience for us: I hope it was a runaway success for y’all too!

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5 Comments

  1. 30/09/2014 / 12:29 AM

    I was curious if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your website?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people
    could connect with it better. Youve got an awful
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  2. 07/08/2014 / 12:48 PM

    Such a great day!! All the kiddies definitely seemed to love it! X

  3. 06/08/2014 / 10:30 PM

    Looks like a great day and love the photo of all of you ladies looking glam. It’s nice to see Chantelle’s face! x

  4. 05/08/2014 / 10:02 PM

    Ahh looks like it was a lovely day and all my favourite bloggers too 🙂 I want a micro pig! x

  5. 05/08/2014 / 9:59 PM

    Looks like a really good day. May have to try get there next year, Luca would love it he’s animal mad (like his Mummy). If you foster dogs I will love you even more K, there are so many that need help. Xx

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