Yesterday had the best weather I’ve seen here up north in weeks! It was about 18 degrees at least, the sun was blazing so I decided to go to one of my favourite places in the whole country, Chester Zoo! Apparently Chester Zoo is the best zoo in the UK and has an excellent reputation worldwide for animal conditions and conservation. Sometimes I have mixed feelings about zoos, because while some of them do amazing conservation work some of them are very small and don’t have enough room for the animals to move around and be happy. It’s another one of life’s difficult moral dilemmas. I think sometimes that Chester Zoo does well is that it gives the animals a good amount of room to move, but also creates opportunities for you to see the animals up close.
This bird was actually really affectionate, he kept pressing his little feathers against the cage and chirping when I’d pet him. At the same time it is always sad to see a bird in a cage and this cage wasn’t huge, the birds inside seemed to be hopping from branch to branch quite a lot and not flying very much. I don’t know if it’s just characteristic of this type of bird though…
Dress: Dr Martens
Flower: Chateaux de Gateux
Tights with hole in the toe which I remove after this photo: Marks and Spencer
I went for a simple, summery look. Sorry I didn’t go for proper professional photos for this day…The main reason why was that I didn’t really want to focus on photography for once I just really wanted to enjoy the day. But, I did wear my Dr Martens dress and I have to say I rate this dress incredibly highly. I turned it inside out to iron it and the pattern of this dress is fantastic. The pattern is constructed really beautifully and the fit is generally fantastic. The cotton the dress is made from is incredibly high quality and the resin dipped part of the dress feels very smooth and cool. I actually took the tights off because it was too hot, but because my thighs rub, further proof that we are not Gods perfect creature, I popped on some Sparkle and Fade cotton shorts underneath.
I really love my Chateaux de Gateux rose clip/brooch. I bought it at Hyper Japan last year and had a really great conversation with Charlene, the person who makes them. She said she usually makes all the petals herself or sometimes she will buy a few different silk flowers, disassemble them and resew them to make fuller, more realistic flowers. This particular rose is incredibly well made, very sturdy and has loads of small details such as a vine leaf for the backing, that really show how much love was put into making it.
We brought a picnic of gluten free goodies and it felt very classical Britain to have a picnic in the sun. Pictured above is some egg fritters, potato salad, chicken salad with courgettes and tomato and gluten free brownies! My very dear friend made the whole picnic and I contributed some sugared strawberries, elderflower presse and a tiny little bottle of prosecco. Had to get the prosecco in before that upcoming drought we’re supposed to be having, ha ha ha! We also put a tiny bit of scotch whiskey sauce on the brownies and ate them with the strawberries and it was the most delicious thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. Somehow elderflower presse makes everything feel so much more twee. Dandelion and burdock has the same effect.
We came to the zoo at just the right time of year, I feel, because there was so many baby animals! We saw tiger cubs, baby elephants, baby orangutans, baby giraffes and lots more. A baby giraffe was about the same size as me! It was sat in the corner of the giraffe enclosure looking moody, as if nobody truly understood the brilliance of it’s poetry. I had an amazingly good day at the zoo to be honest! It was especially good to be there on a Wednesday when it wasn’t particularly busy. The main thing I noticed is that there was a lot of people there with immense photography equipment! There was a guy whose lens was probably about as long as my forearm, who was trying to get a photo of a very uncooperative lion. I often worry about going into something like photography etc. just because of how accessible the equipment and ability is these days. Obviously, I’m all about accessibility, but if it is so easy to do I wonder why I would bother since I don’t feel like I bring something special to the table. However, that is just a lack of confidence talking because my work does have a few fans who really like it, and it would be unfair to them to talk my work down.
I’m going to hopefully record another video this week, so staaaay tuned!