2 chimps

Spent an outstanding birthday with the woolly monkeys of Wool. We headed down to Dorset to visit Keith’s adopted chimp, Seamus, at Monkeyworld. Monkeyworld is an ape rescue centre and, as the name suggests, is home to primates rescued from all over the world. They purposely don’t breed them there, preferring to save space for abused monkeys to be rescued, but Seamus was accidentally conceived there in 1998 when his mother removed her birth control. And we’re glad – he recently turned 5 years old and is really mischievous and naughty. We kept returning to the nursery enclosure at different times of the day to watch him playing with his younger friends (Pip and Ben we think).

2 chimps!

Seamus had some bread at lunchtime – no matter how fast the others chased him and tried to get a bit from him, he was too fast and boisterous every time. He might be selfish, but he was very affectionate with them too. One of the funniest antics to watch was them cuddling each other whilst squirting sprays of spit into one another’s mouths! As for the trick of weeing into a plastic cube, well… we don’t want to remember that… although they do say that aqua vitae is good for you (‘they’ being Auntie Val and Uncle Harvey, “Benjamin!”)…

Thanks go to Gayle and Hannah for helping me pick Seamus for Keith – he was definitely the best choice!


We’ve been to Monkey World! It was brilliant. Much more to follow, both pictures and text, but here’s one of the better images…a picture of Seamus.



Popping awayThis photo amused me today – it’s my niece and I having tons of fun popping bubble wrap on her 5th birthday last year (Aug 2003). Jumping up and down on bubble wrap is as addictive as popping by hand! If you haven’t any within reach, you can pop online at this virtual bubble wrap popper.

Go wild, go wild, go wild in the country

Somehow, I don’t think this was what Annabella and Bow Wow Wow were singing about… I’m back at Old Warden out in the sticks, on another residential course at Shuttleworth and don’t get released til tomorrow night. Ho hum. I’ve managed to get a phone line opened up in my room and am really excited at being able to use the internet and have contact with the outside world!! … You wouldn’t think I was studying for an information qualification… good job I’ve got my new ipod to keep me entertained really. ARGHHH!

A new addition to the gang

Some of you might know that (embarrassing admission) we’ve got a bit of a collection of stuffed toys – mostly monkeys, chimps and gorillas. Well, now we’ve got a new one:

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This is Seamus. He lives at Monkey World, and we’ve adopted him – or rather, Lou arranged for us to adopt him as a surprise birthday present to me! You can find out more about him (and his other friends in the nursery group) by visiting the nursery group page of the Monkey World site.

We’re off to visit him on the 29th March for Lou’s birthday – expect lots of photographs.