We visited Edinburgh Zoo last weekend as I had booked my daughter a Zoo keeper for the day experience for her birthday. We hadn’t been for a year so had been looking forward to it for a while. We arrived 10 minutes before the zoo opened at 9am, but not before a quick brekkie at Toby Carvery along the road (always handy). We arrived bright and early, camera and wellies in tow. We were greeted by our host, Sam, and ushered past the queue into the shop to fill out some forms then it was up to the keepers’ building where we were told what we would be doing and my daughter was given her keeper t-shirt.
First up was cleaning out the home of the Azara’s Agouri, and the pudu, mucking out all the rubbish and putting in fresh hay straw and food, it didn’t take long but as the keeper said it's an important part of the job!
One of favorite days out in Scotland, when I want somewhere close, has to be Muddy Boots in Fife. A fantastic place for kids, and adults too, where kids can play and adults can sit and relax. I have been coming here for years and I remember when I first found the placein 2008, when it was a small wooden hut selling soft fruits and a limited range of fresh vegetables grown on their land, with a port-a-loo outside and a small tin snack bar selling homemade soup and cakes. Over the years it had grown and evolved into a popular, well-loved attraction. Run by Triena and Paddy and their extended family it maintains the comfy laid back family feel it always has, only now on a much larger scale.
I love the restaurant at Muddy boots. It’s the perfect place to sit and relax while the kids place, although it gets very busy at the weekends so I do tend to go during the week. They serve meals using much of the ingredients from the farm itself, but also locally sourced products including Puddledub bacon and sausages, Stornoway black pudding and delicious Aberdeen Angus burgers. The focal point of the restaurant has to be the large log burning fire in the centre, which is surrounded by huge comfy couches and big chunky pine tables and chairs.