Personal Stuff: If you don't know me - GO AWAY!!!!
To see a larger version, just click on any picture. Full name: Stephen Michael Hooker, nicknames: Acw, Zok. Born in Aberdare, used to live in 46 Peasant View, Godreaman, Aberdare, Mid Glamorgan where my parents still live. Also used to live in Selbourne (Selborne) Street, Chuckery, Walsall. Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Visual Communications from West Midlands College of Higher Education. Ran a business from The Custard Factory Digbeth.
Hoo Farm opens on the 22nd March, for the lambing. I thought it was earlier and sell it to Esme and Bradley... As usual Mummy's right - Daddy's wrong. I don't note a sense of disappointment from them - we are after all on an adventure with Dad. It usually goes wrong. Esme suggests the zoo, too far says I. Bradley? "Quack-quacks." Good idea says I. Esme suggests something about the boats... OK we have a plan for...
Today's Sunday Adventure
We start off on the big slide. But Bradley is pushing in and Esme's being cheated on. The queue at the top is about a dozen deep. And Bradley takes ages to go down. Minutes seem like hours, I call to him to lie back and he moves slightly faster, paddling his way with his feet. We move to the smaller one, where the photo's taken.
On to the obstacle course. Esme can climb the ladder with ease now. Only been just before Christmas I has helping her up. She hides under the 'turret' in a little cubbyhole. And calls for me to find her. We move onto the shops. I have orders to buy new shoes for Bradley. Esme wants some too. We get trainers. Bradley's as good as gold with the Clarks lady. Me too, she's lovely. He trundles off to test them out, just as the lady says and checks them in the mirror too, going up on his tippy-toes a few times, tries jumping like a frog, and a horsey gallop back. I think he likes them. Everybody agrees they're nice. Which Bradley seems to keep muttering every now and then. "Hmmm. Niiiiice."
And end up in the play area. Great idea amongst the Telford shops. We spend an hour in there as I relax. I call Amanda... Another two hours till I'm relieved of duty. What to do now?
On the way out, the land lady does something in the back with the horse, so we go down to see.
Esme's been concerned about foxes all day. On the way to our abortive mission to Hoo Farm, I mentioned that foxes were at Hoo farm, and she said, "and wolves." No they're at the zoo." I explain that foxes don't eat us all up, and other differences, like they eat chickens and small birds, definitely not people.
The landlady sorts out the ducks and chickens at the back, putting them in their coop for the night. Esme asks why. And the day comes full circle. Foxes.