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July 2020

South Lakes Safari Zoo with Steve

By Friends & Family, Happiness & Joy, NatureNo Comments

On a wet and windy Friday, my good friend Steve and I went to visit South Lakes Safari Zoo. Here are some photos of the animals that I took:

A Zebra.
A bear.
A kangaroo.
Penguins (2).
Jaguar (1).
Jaguar (3).
A parrot.
An Emu.
A goose having a go at an emu.
Penguins (1).
Jaguar (2).
Arctic wolfs.

Essential Info

  • South Lakes Safari Zoo is a small zoo that takes approximately half a day to walk around. All the usual animals you would expect to see at a Zoo, with the notable exception of elephants.
  • Recommended.
  • Admission fees: click here.
  • Opening times: click here.
  • Parking: Free onsite parking.
  • Toilets available near the zoo entrance.
  • Cheap hand feeding experiences – currently not operational due to Coronavirus.
  • A large gift shop, mostly catering to children.
  • Friendly staff/exceptional customer service.
  • Difficult to read zoo map, charged at £1. Minimum card spend £5.
  • Disgusting food in the onsite Fish & Chip shop, honestly we didn’t realise you could do that to chips to make them taste so vile.

Write soon,


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Shopping in Leeds with Simon

By Friends & Family, ShoppingNo Comments

On Thursday, my good friend Simon and I had a shopping trip to Leeds. I love Leeds for shopping; it has many shopping centres and arcades that host a wide variety of shops.

A metal horse sculpture in one of the many shopping centres and arcades.

We mainly browsed. I didn’t buy much. But on the way back to the car, down a nondescript alley we discovered Global Tribe.

Global Tribe’s staff were friendly. I bought some cards, a candle and the following book:

Yesterday (Friday) Steve and I went to South Lakes Safari Zoo. I shall do a blog post with plenty of photos later.

Blog soon,


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A General Life Update – June 2020

By Health, Life2 Comments

Hello Dear Readers,

How endless does this lockdown feel? It feels like it has gone on forever. It feels like the rules of lockdown have permeated every aspect of our lives. In some cases the rules feel like they have taken our old lives hostage. No longer can we take anything for granted. Not even the simplest of things like exchanging a hug with a loved one.

With experts are expecting a 2nd wave, it looks like the relaxation of lockdown maybe reversed. Possibly made even stricter.

With all this going on, it’s not surprising that for some, this has had a tole on their mental health. So I would like to remind you that you can purchase my book Mental Health Wisdom from Amazon for just £7.49 paperback (or £1.99 Kindle) here. It’s full of strategies to help people to deal with adversity and improve their mental health.


Now let’s talk about me. It been a bit of a difficult time. First there was an international shortage of Depakote, one of the medications I take. So I had to switch to Epilim, basically the same thing but a different brand. However nobody at the Pharmacy or GP knew there was a shortage of Depakote, so it took nearly two weeks without any Depakote to get the Epilim prescribed and started. This led to manic and mixed moods.

But before this and underlying I had been struggling with depressive symptoms, that even the maximum dose of Venlafaxine wasn’t helping with. So my Consultant Psychiatrist has taken me off Quetiapine and started me on Mirtazapine.

I’ve never had this mix of medications before, so it is uncharted territory. We just have to keep trying until we get the right balance in my brain. Even though I know this, it is sometimes frustrating.

In other news my iMac (photo below) has died and gone to Apple heaven.

February Photo Challenge 10th
My iMac finally died.

It had been really slow for a while and since getting a laptop I haven’t used it that much; but it is still disappointing.

This week I’m off on annual leave. I’ve taken a few days to rest and recharge. Next I’ve got a few days seeing family and friends – social distancing. Then at the end of the week Steve and I are going to South Lakes Safari Zoo.

I’ll be sure to do a blog post about my visit to the Zoo. Blog soon,


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