Thursday, 9 August 2018

The end of the heat wave and a visit to the local wildlife park

Ice lollies. They're basically what gets me through summer... I'm not a summer person at all, it's my least favourite season, and anything beyond 25 degrees Celsius is far too hot for me. But I think I'm not the only one who's glad that this heat wave is finally coming to an end. And my bronchitis has cleared up as well, at long last, last weekend, and I've got some energy back.
I've made some more banana kiwi lollies, but I also have some shop bought ones in the freezer. These melon and strawberry ones have been around for decades. The only ones of my favourite ice lollies that are still around. And I've eaten a lot of these this summer....

Cooking is also not something I feel like doing when it's 30+ degrees, and I usually don't know what to get and make. But this cucumber salad is perfect. Delicious and refreshing. I used to make cucumber salad with a "normal" salad dressing with vinegar and oil, but no matter how much herbs and salt I added, it always ended up watery and tasteless. This one is my Mum's recipe, I meant to ask her about it for ages, and now that I finally have, I immediately added it into my illustration recipe book, so that I won't forget it anymore. It still gets a bit watery, but it keeps its taste, and I love it.

During our holiday, we went to the nearby Wildlife park, which is always worth a visit. We didn't really expect to see many animals, it was a hot summer afternoon, and I expected most of the animals to hide in the shade and sleep. The enclosures are large and built to imitate the animals natural habitat as closely as possible, which means that there's plenty of room for them to be out of sight. But we were so spoilt, in fact, I don't think I've ever seen so many different animals in a single visit!

Moose are one of my favourite animals, and I'm always happy to see them, and what a treat to see them so close up! A big one was resting right next to the fence, and a small one was nibbling at the trees a few metres away.

Of course there's plenty of wildlife in the woods and grass along the paths as well.

The mouse house is always worth a visit. They are just so sweet. But rather hard to capture, they are so quick.

The shy and beautiful wildcats were also strolling around right in front of your eyes. Such gorgeous animals.

We were so lucky to see the bears not only once, but twice! They came all the way down from the woods to the water, I guess they were hot too and wanted to cool down.

Junior had a splash in the water...

... while mummy bear was just staying cool and relaxed.

After we came back to the café for an ice lolly, the bears came back too. They too wanted a little snack.

We also saw the foxes, the alpine marmots, the wild boars, the bisons, including a baby bison!, the wild horses, and of course, the deer. But I didn't get many good photos, my wideangle/macro zoom lens is not really suited for animals. But it was a wonderful afternoon. We also went to the zoo, and I hope to share some photos from there next time.


  1. Oh wow! What a fun day!! Thanks for sharing the videos, too.
    Love your lollies (not sure I spelled that correctly). :)

  2. Great share. Luv the cucumber drawn recipe. Happy PPF

    much love...

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful time, all captured so crisp and clearly. Magnificent.
    I would not like to know how many of those lollies I have eaten either but looking at your sweet painting makes me want one, even this early in the morning hee hee!!
    It's cooled down here so no excuse for me not to get back in the kitchen and start cooking again.
    Thanks for sharing and Happy PPF Tracey

  4. I love your watercolour drawn recipe. The bears look wonderful, how awesome to see them swimming around like that.
    Happy PPF
    Vicki-Ann :)

  5. Thank you for sharing your delicious paintings and I really enjoy watching the gorgeous photos from the park.
    Happy PPF and weekend 🌺🦋

    1. Yummy looking art and more gorgeous photos...such a treat...thank you and Happy PPF 🎨
      Love that photo with the stove!!!

  6. nice to see the Wildcats. they are becoming so rare in the wild, sadly pretty soon the only place they will be is in captivity :(

  7. Mmm, now I'm craving ice-lollies and a nice refreshing salad! Lovely work and loved the photos too. Happy PPF!

  8. I LOVE your art!!!! So beautiful!! I also dislike the heat but your cucumber salad sounds delish!! Very pretty photos too! Sounds like a relaxing time away!

  9. I don't like the taste of cucumber but your painting looks delicious. Great animal photos, I'd love to see a moose in real life.

  10. I love ice lollies, beautiful food art and enjoyed our professional photos taken at the park.

  11. Wow looks like you had a great time. I do love the food art. Because we have NO summer here I miss summer, I miss the heat, the sun with no freezing wind. LOL Have a great weekend.

  12. Delish! Your summertime recipes for summer are delightful...and then I saw the moose. Great photo!!! Loved the smiling bear as well. Happy PPF

  13. We were so lucky that day. First time I've ever seen the marmots.