Unpredictability - Good for your health

Our modern life is based on organising an environment free from the unexpected. The house needs to be as stable and reliable as possible. The job as safe as possible. Nothing should break down. Nothing but what we predict, should occur.
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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Easter Saturday

As a man in charge of three children for four day's holiday, I had to consider how I would feed them all. I do not believe in sitting around watching the television when on vacation, so the kids would be very active and require a lot of food. But since this was my holiday also, I didn't want to spend all my time at the oven
preparing meals. So the deal was as follows
CocoPops cereal with milk and some fruit.
Pre-prepared lunch bags containing either a tuna or ham sandwich along with some fruit and some biscuits and crisps.
Off to on site pub/entertainment building for one of their meals.
This format worked well and the pub meals were good value - your typical fry up sort of thing with chips or mash or wedges. Nothing fancy but full of calories to keep the children's stomachs full and their energy levels high enough for the day's activities.

Today I had decided to take the kids to a theme park called The Milky Way.


This was a great little place, independently run and very good value with something for everyone. The two elder girls loved the roller coaster and the youngest loved the indoor play area. In fact they all liked the indoor play area and they spent a good few hours wearing themselves out while I read my book.

For the adults there was a museum section detailing life on a farm early on in the century before we had telephones, computers, washing machines or the television. There was also a birds of prey section. I was fascinated by these fine falcons and owls and the keeper even gave us a display of their flying ability as they swooped a couple of inches over our heads from pillar to post.

Facts about the barn owl:
1) They have twice the number of vertebrae in their necks as we have - this means they can swivel their heads 360 degrees.
2) Their eyes do not rotate in their sockets as ours do - thus the need to be able to swivel the head in all directions.
3) Their flight is totally silent due to their unique wing design.
4) The shape of their heads, concave shaped, enables them to locate prey acoustically.
5) All of the above renders them the perfect night time mouse killer.
After the theme park visit we drove to a place called Lynton, which is known as England's little Switzerland. Having lived myself in Switzerland for several years, I can say this little town does indeed have an Alpine feel about it with lines of houses built on steep inclines and there was even a cliff railway.

The railway was built in 1888 and operates on a pulley system using water to adjust the weight of each carriage. Thus the railway is completely emission free. I had been on several of these in Europe, but for the children it was a very unique experience and a little bit frightening also - staring down the railway of a sheer face.

We returned back to the holiday park and had our evening meal in the on-site pub. The evening entertainment was bingo and my eldest daughter won a round. The prize was a John Fowler shirt and two free tickets to the Milky Way!!! Funny how that sort of thing happens. We gave the tickets away to another family who were very grateful.

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