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A Vist to Kangaroo Creek Farm

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It took us a while, but we finally made it to the Kangaroo Creek Farm in Winfield today.  It’s been on our radar since visiting the zebra farm last summer, and I’m so glad we snuck it in before leaving.  

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The farm, which feels as rural as can be, is {sort of surprisingly} tucked in right behind the A&W when driving through Winfield on Highway 97.  We arrived early this morning, found a free parking spot on the road above, and headed down the long driveway excited to see our first ‘roo.  After making our donation (the farm works on an honour-based donation system), we entered the kangaroo enclosure and immediately ran into this little guy.  

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At first, Miss G, our little animal lover, was quite apprehensive and didn’t want to go near the ‘roos, but in a few minutes time, this was her…  Loving on the animals in true Gracen style.  Perhaps a wee bit too comfortable!

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It was very neat to be able to wander around an open enclosure with the kangaroos, but without a doubt, Gracen’s favourite part was holding the babies.

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We lined up not once, but three separate times to do so.  Each time, Grae patiently waited the 10 or 15 minutes it took to get to the front, then hopped up on an empty chair, and waited another few minutes until she was passed a tiny ‘roo in a terry towel pouch.

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While some of the babies were {understandably} pretty sleepy, others were quite alert and enjoyed sniffing and interacting with her (one even began nibbling on the lace collar of her dress!)

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True to her very nurturing personality, she was super kind and gentle with each one.  She’d run her cheek along the fur on their heads, greet them with a warm and soft ‘hello’, and tell them that they were ‘good little baby kangaroos’ and that she loved them sooo much.

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We really enjoyed our morning spent with kangaroos.  It was a totally unique experience and I loved how informal and non-commercial it all felt.

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Miss G loved it too.  So much so, that as we were driving out of Winfield (not 2 minutes from the farm), she excitedly proposed, “I have an idea!  How about after my sleep we come back to the kangaroo farm for ANOTHER visit!”

Next summer for sure, Miss G.  Next summer…

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Dog & Girl: Best Buds

IMG 0568Just look at how far these two have come…  

The relationship started off a little rocky (Bella was over keen and Gracen was terrified), but after some serious effort on Grandma Charlotte’s part, they began getting used to one another and eventually began a friendship.  Now these two are inseparable.  When Bella’s around, everyone else may as well be invisible, and when Gracen’s around, Bella can be off her leash and not run away.  Now if that’s not a match made in heaven, I don’t know what is. ☺

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Beacon Hill Children’s Farm

While I’ve spent a ton of time in Victoria {and even lived there for a summer}, that was back in my university days… The days where clubs with the best DJs and the restaurants with the best 11 a.m. brunches was important.  But great spots in Victoria with kids? I had no idea.  So last week, I asked my Facebook friends for some recommendations.  They came back with all kinds of great ideas, including one of the most popular ones – Beacon Hill Children’s Farm.

I did a little online research and learned that the farm is found right inside Beacon Hill Park and is home to all kinds of animals, some of which roam the grounds freely.  The combination of the outdoors, animals, and a park sounded perfect for our little lady, so we made it our first stop of the trip.  

Here is our visit in photos…IMG 6824IMG 6830IMG 6834IMG 6821IMG 6841IMG 6836IMG 6844IMG 6849IMG 6842IMG 6856IMG 6862Beacon Hill Children’s Farm was such a fun place to visit.  Heck, I’d love visiting even if I didn’t have a munchkin in tow.  The admission was by donation, the animals were very accessible, they seemed well taken care of and happy, and the staff members were very friendly and informative.  We loved it so much in fact, that we’re already planning to go back before the end of our time in Victoria.  ☺

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