Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, a place I have managed to schedule a visit to twice in extreme weather – An endless torrent of rain and the heat that just won’t quit. The images from this latter visit feature in this post and suprisingly, the Polar Bears seemed to enjoy this weather the most as they swan in the lake whilst most of the other animals seemed to be sleeping through the hot day or had hidden themselves completely in the shade or any shelter they could find. A nice game of eye spy!

Located in South Yorkshire on the outskirts of the town of Doncaster, the YWP is well-signed posted off major motorways so it isn’t easy to get lost. YWP is relatively new having only officially opened in 2009 and as of 2016, boasts a number of animal enclosures and an even wider variety of animals of all sizes from across the globe. With so much to see with talks held throughout the school holidays and some weekends, you can easily spend the day here with a number of cafes, play areas and picnic places to cater for families and any hungry bellies!

I hope you enjoy the photos!

Flashback Friday: 2012 London Olympics ~ Men’s Hockey Semi-Final, Germany VS Australia

It was on my bucket list to go to the 2012 London Olympics and I managed to get tickets to the Men’s Hockey Semi-Final: Germany VS Australia. The other semi-final featured Team GB and the Netherlands, which I tried to switch my ticket for on the day as others tried to switch their own but in the end I watched this match – What a thrilling match it was!

Just in case you’re curious… I supported Australia.

Enjoy the photos!


Flashback Friday: 2012 London Olympics ~ Triathlon

Pall Mall, London

It was on my bucket list to go to the 2012 London Olympics and I managed to get tickets! However, the Triatlon was an unticketed event which meant that anyone could turn up to watch and I discovered this when I was going to see the Changing of the Guard – Very lucky to see both experiences!

Flashback Friday: 2012 London Olympics ~ The Mascots

With the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics summer games starting today, I thought this would be a good time to have a couple of flashback posts to the London 2012 summer games, which I was very fortunate to attend and live in the country that was hosting this magical, sporting event.

The Mascots

The mascots Wenlock and Mandeville represented the Olympic and Paralympic games respectively, their names and design based in British history and culture.

Wenlock’s name is inspired by Much Wenlock in Shropshire, England, where in 1850 the Wenlock Olympian Society held its first Olympian Games, regarded as an inspiration for the modern Olympic games.

Mandeville is named after the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. In 1948, Stoke Mandeville organised the first Stoke Mandeville Games, considered to be the precursor to the Paralympics. The three spikes on Mandeville’s helmet represent the Paralympic Agitos. He also represents friendship.

Extract from ‘Wikipedia’


The Wenlock & Madeville Discovery Trail

During the summer, London placed 83 figures all over the city to promote the games and to encourages locals and tourists alike to explore the city on foot. Each figure was designed to represent the area that it had been placed, as you can see from the images below.

Out of the 83, I only spotted 6 on my travels across the city or maybe I just wasn’t looking hard enough!