Petting Zoo!

Petting Zoo!

As I wrote in my last C25K post, I spent last weekend in Portsmouth with my family. It was my best friend’s boyfriend’s birthday on Bank Holiday Monday so we went to the Petersfield Festival.

I don’t get to see my friends that often as we live about 3 hours apart. We spent the first couple of hours in the pub having some food and catching up. The Square Brewery does really good nachos and onion rings if you’re ever in the area!

As more and more of the birthday boy’s friends turned up, we decided to give up our seats in the pub and head into the sunshine. Despite living about 20 minutes from Petersfield for most of my life, I couldn’t remember ever having been into the town centre. I know I’ve been to their swimming centre, the Teddy Bear Museum and the Heath but the centre was brand new to me!

Our first stop was of course the petting zoo. I’d found out this was there a bit earlier in the week when I was looking for parking information and it caused the longest, most excited Facebook thread I’ve been involved with in a long time. Sadly, they didn’t have the skunk they’d promised on the website but there were plenty of other cuddly animals! As you can see, I got to hold a ferret, a rat and a snake and also won a dance-off against a parrot.

We then had a wander around the other stalls, culminating in me and Rob buying £14 worth of olives and stuff from a very enthusiastic salesman. He gave us a mix of some kind of ginger, sun-dried tomatoes and raw garlic which sounds vile but tastes delicious. He reckoned it would last a week in the fridge, but we’ve eaten most of it in two sittings.

We had to leave relatively early as we had to drive back to Nottingham, but not before we got to see said best friend Becky perform on stage. She sang songs from her last album and a forthcoming one as well as a sea shanty duet with her friend Chris Ricketts. Becky sounded excellent as always and got lots of laughs during “Weird Nerdy Crush”. The large crowd was more attentive than I was expecting and one guy even heckled the MC at the end asking him to get her back on!

The only downer on the day was getting back to find one of our gerbils had had an abscess burst on his tummy and he was covered in blood. After a call to an out-of-hours vet, we managed to get the bleeding to stop and gave him lots of treats. We saw a vet in the morning who gave us some antibiotics we have to mix with Ribena and give to him twice a day, as well telling us to give him a little salt water bath twice a day. Luckily he seems to be pulling through, but he’s getting wise to the Ribena mix!