Nigel was like a bottle of fizzy pop as he waved goodbye to us from the back seat of Tom’s car after Lucy had invited him to be her special guest on her birthday weekend to Chester, he was most effervescent!
They arrived at Chester Zoo just as the gates opened without incident, the travel sickness bands that we had put on Nigel’s arms, feet and waist obviously worked!
Nigel embraced every single animal, metaphorically speaking …. although I dare say he would have embraced them all in the physical sense too had he been allowed. Tom and Laura said that Nigel had impressed them by refraining from making comments about the smell and mahoooosive size of some of the animals pooh, though he did point a couple of times.
And at lunch time he also remembered all his P’s and Q’s and selected a bag of Quavers as his crunchy savoury snack of choice as a most suitable accompaniment to his All Day Breakfast seeded baguette, the price of which made Tom visibly wince!
Nigel said that one of the most interesting parts of the zoo had been his visit to the Secret World of the Okapi, which sounded most mysterious, but when asked if he could furnish us with any further information he went very quiet and said “The sign said secret ... so I swore that when I came out I would not divulge the clandestine knowledge viz a viz the Okapi I had learned, but would instead hold it all within myself …. forever!” What is he like?
However when asked what his VERY favourite part the jaunt was he replied without hesitation that it had undoubtedly his encounter with an ostrich …….