At last Old Macdonald has got out his favourite old Brownie Camera and taken some photos of our new attractions. First though coo over the photos of our new owl chicks, born in July and now sent to Paradise Park to form new families and hopefully find mates of their own and then breed. Our lovely Snowy Owls hatched three eggs and provided us with these welcome new babies.
Snowy Owls, as you have probably guessed if you did not know, are white (shock eh!) but their newborn are covered from head to claw in grey down and look more like Slushy Owls at this time, but cute does not cover them! Paradise Park sadly lost their much loved Snowy Owl recently and we hope ours have as good and happy a life as him.
Also, photos of our Adventure Bridges, Punch and Judy on the Farm and the new Truck Show, this being the first in the country! So hurry down and visit the Owls and the Pussycats (our farm cats have the life other kittens dream of!), wander over the Bridges and laugh at the Truck Show. This summer Old Macdonald’s Farm is the place to be. Below is a photo of our brand new rabbitry, decorated by the clever rabbits themselves (not really in case you were going to complain about inaccuracies on our website)
Finally, our favourite trainee Vet Alison is back from Africa so we feature a few of her photos at the end of this article and you can read more on earlier news pages as to how you, our visitors, helped us help her go on her adventure.
Finally, we have some pictures of our bucking sheep show with a brave boy riding, and a couple of real chickens watching on! Also, two of our hens.
Now read some of the lovely comments people have sent in and look at Alison’s photos.
We have been getting so many we think Old Macdonald himself is writing them so here is a selection! First from Eileen who said
“I have just returned from a visit to Old MacDonald’s Farm with my three grandchildren.
I can’t say how much we all enjoyed it. My eldest Granddaughter is 6 years old and not an animal lover but just loved the amusements and rides. The two younger ones aged 2 and 3 years love to feed and see all the animals, as well as enjoying the train and trampoline. Nan loved the Tortoises. Granddad was pleased there was enough seats for him to rest.
We were at the farm last year and were impressed how much more there is to entertain the children this year. We had a few rain showers and the indoor play area was just brilliant. they played until the sun came out and we could continue our outing. All in all we arrived at 10.30 and left at 5pm.
I will be going back in the Summer Holidays by special request of the children.”
Such comments are much appreciated, and now we have a lovely letter from Louise who says
“My son is a frequent visitor to Old Macdonald’s and really enjoys his time at the farm. Unfortunately during his last visit he suffered a seizure shortly after arrival and had to return home. Please allow me to personally recognize and thank your kind staff who rushed to help him. They provided a wheelchair and offered their assistance in a calm and professional manner. Because he had to return home they even provided tickets for his next visit. Having such competent staff around is comforting to parents and carers of disabled children and makes it even more fun for us when we visit Old Macdonald’s Farm. See you again soon!”
So that was much appreciated by us, and finally from a local pre school, this is what they had to say:
“Dear Farmer Joseph
I just wanted to write and thank you for a fantastic morning at the farm on 11th July.
Myself, 9 adults and 18 children from St George the Martyr Pre School in Brentwood had a great time, we had difficulties sending them home!
The improvements you have made to the farm are great and they loved the enormous sand pit area and the adventure bridges!
I am hoping to make this a yearly trip as long as the committee and parents agree, but judging by the smiles on the children’s faces, I don’t think it will be a problem.
There you are, do not just believe what we say about the day at Old Macdonald’s Farm, see what our visitors think! You can read more comments on our news pages and have the chance to blog in with your own comments, good or bad, as we learn from you and try to improve our services!
Finally, Alison’s pictures and whilst we cannot promise excitement like this at Old Macdonald’s Farm, we are proud that we helped her get this invaluable opportunity! Plus the sheep can be pretty scary from time to time!