After a delicious breakfast of porridge with a dash of milk and brown sugar, Xavier and Patrick decided is was high time they took advantage of the beautiful Autumn weather and head down to the beach! They discussed which was the best beach to visit, in the end they both agreed Clovelly would be ideal. That way they could avoid getting sandy and they could go snorkelling! Patrick and Xavier packed their bags, jumped on a bus and off they went.
Once Patrick and Xavier were at the water's edge they stood and contemplated the temperature of the water, it looked extremely cold!
Xavier said the best way to get in is to count to three and then jump. Patrick wholeheartedly agreed, but when Xavier looked up (from the water after counting to three) Patrick was still standing on the step! Eventually Patrick got in and they spent at least an hour in the water looking at all the interesting fish.
Afterwards they read all about the fish they'd seen.
Followed by some sun-baking to dry off.
And once they were dry they examined the inhabitants of the rock pools. They saw three crabs, some tiny mini fish and lots of snails.
A few days before Easter Esmeralda decided to call her good friend Alfred, otherwise known as the Easter Bunny, to see how he was holding up with Easter just around the corner. He said he was run off his feet so Esmeralda offered to give him a hand with Easter-egg hiding duties. Alfred jumped at the chance to get some help! So they worked out which houses Esmeralda would visit, one of which was the Herbert House.
Full of excitement Esmeralda got up extremely early to hide the eggs, she visited five different houses and finished at the Herbert House.
She opened her bag of eggs and started to plan her hiding spots. When she was content that they were hidden well (not too easy, but not impossible) she went back to bed and pretended she'd been asleep the whole morning.
When Rosa the raccoon, Norris the yeti, Gina the giraffe and Roman the fox woke up and remembered it was Easter they ran outside to start their hunt for delicious chocolate eggs!
First to find an egg was Rosa. Using her excellent climbing skills she raced up the passionfruit vine to find an egg hiding among the passionfruit. Then she found another egg camouflaged in the oregano.
Roman with his keen eye spotted the glint of a wrapper hiding in the bottom of a pot, and from his new vantage point found another balancing on the top one of his favourite plants.
Gina, being a tall giraffe, was in a very good position to spot easter eggs. She scanned all the plants at her eye-level and saw a twinkle in the Thyme that was unmistakably the twinkle of a colourful egg. Then she scanned the garden again and her eyes passed over Didi, the garden flamingo, and noticed something was different. With a closer look realised the bump on Didi's neck was in fact an egg! She had to admire the Easter Bunny's hiding skills, the pink on pink was quite cunning.
Norris was the last to find an egg. He looked and looked and couldn't understand why he was having so much trouble! He glanced over at his friends who had all made excellent progress and their piles of easter eggs were growing quickly. Finally when he was weaving his way through the basil he spotted an egg! And what a magnificent easter egg! It was by far the biggest he'd ever seen. This filled Norris with confidence and he continued to find many more.
After almost an hour the critters decided they'd found all the eggs so they piled up their loot on the table. They were definitely going to have an excellent chocolate-filled day!