We went to the zoo at the weekend.  Fainjin and Babess were incredibly excited, and ran around like mad things trying to see all the animals as quickly as possible… until they found the playground, then they wanted to spend all their time there.

Next to the playground, a marquee was set up with activities for children – face-painting and so on.  There was also a colouring competition, and rather to my surprise both Babess and Fainjin were very keen to draw a picture.  Pearl was not in the least bit interested, so she and The Dad went off “to look at some animals”.

The competition asked you to “draw your favourite animal eating their lunch”.  Fainjin drew a giraffe eating a tree, and Babess drew a very creditable monkey with a banana.

But the best bit, the very best bit, was when the young lady who had been helping them with the pictures – bringing entry forms, making sure they had the coloured pens they needed/wanted, feeding them free bananas, asking my permission to take their photo as they posed cheesily – said to me, “Your children have the loveliest manners!”

That was the best bit.

A monkey eating a banana for lunch, by Babess

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