We took Betty to the vet yesterday - not only to check that her anal glands had been emptied completely (they had, just a pity it was mostly on my bed, albeit on a thick blanket), but also to get her checked out, as she had been off her food and a bit off colour for a day or 2. We also needed a new supply of her flea & tick meds. The vet said she did have a bit of inflammation around her glands, so he gave her an antibiotic injection. She slept most of the day and night and seems much happier and back to her usual self today. She's also got her appetite back.
I haven't been in a good place recently and knew I needed to get out for some fresh air today, near the sea. So we went to Watchet first, walked up onto the harbour wall and stood looking out to sea, it's one of my favourite places, there are good views on a clear day across the Bristol channel to South Wales. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take any photos there, but did a bit later. After a stroll around the small town and a look in some shop windows, we then got back in the car and drove to Doniford Farm Park, a farm and animal visitor centre on the way home. It's a nice place, more geared towards tourists now than farming, they have lots of friendly animals - donkeys, goats, alpacas, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs. Also a play barn (no we didn't go in there! Lots of children in there having great fun, judging by the shrieks and giggles), some collectibles and gift shops, and a large visitor centre shop with a restaurant and lots of outside tables. It's free entry, which is unusual for a tourist attraction, although they do have donation boxes around. Some animal photos:-
Free ranging chickens in the car park
Cute scruffy guinea pigs and bunnies
Donkeys, ponies and alpacas in the distance
Another free ranging chicken (called Monty, so the waitress said), who was hoping to share our cake and coffee
And the views from the seating area at the bottom end of the park, beyond the animal fields. We stayed here for ages, just watching the sea, as you can see it's been a gorgeous bright sunny morning, with just a slightly chilly breeze. The absolute best thing for soothing my soul is watching the sea, I just love watching and listening to the waves rolling in gently or crashing onto the rocks.
We are so lucky to live here in this beautiful county, and such a short distance from the coastline. Ok, it's not Devon or Cornwall, we don't have the huge golden sands that they do, and the sea generally looks muddy (because it is!) rather than the clear blue of Cornish coastlines, but it's still beautiful.