CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 123 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 23.7.2020 BLOG 25th July 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 123 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Thursday 23rd June 2020

Today was a great day because we had one of those almost back to normal days. They turn into such wonderful, rare and treasured days.

The day is my son-in-law’s birthday and he has chosen to celebrate it at The Yorkshire Wild Life Park for a Walk on the Wild Side.

You have to book in advance. There are just four slots: 9.00am, 10.00am and 1.00pm and 2.00pm. When we tried to book there were no 10.00am slots left! But you just have to turn up within the hour so as it’s a 50 minute drive for us we planned to leave 8.45am get there 9.30ish.

We have lost the art of getting up in lockdown. We used to be going out of the house at 6.45am for childcare in Newark before lockdown. I don’t think we’d make that anymore. We struggled to make 8.45am and ended up leaving just after 9.00am getting to The Wildlife Park at just before 10.00am.

As it was the most popular time there were as many queues as in normal times. Queuing to get into the car park and queuing to get through the admission area.

Everything had to be prepaid over the internet, so you expected it to flow like clockwork to mix my metaphors. But no chance. It is not the best system in the world as many people were taking 5 and up to 10 minutes to get checked through. You have to query such a system. There are obviously more glitches in it than the government’s NHS Test and Trace app.

I was most surprised that the place was packed out and I did not see one mask worn.

When we got there and we were awaiting our daughter, son in law and grandchildren Mamma quite naturally had to go to the toilet. Nothing abnormal about that. But due to Coronavirus restrictions it took even longer than normal. I sat on a wooden wall come fence thingybob. And it was surprising and scary how many people came and sat really close to me.

The place was busy. Glad tidings they because they need the money.

We made our way around all exhibits systematically: lions, gardeners, wallabies, tigers, camels, polar bears, monkeys, giraffes, zebras, rhinoceros’, meercats and many, many more.

We stopped for a celebratory break, when grandson Ewan polished off my Pringles and I ended up with just crumbs.

Grandson Rory was excited at getting his photo taken with his favourites the zebra’s. That is he stood outside their pen with them in the background.

We couldn’t see the hyenas, they were obviously in hiding. Mamma was very confused by the okapi. She thought it must be related to a zebra. Like the push-me-pull-you in Dr Doolittle.

The okapi (pronounced oh-COP-ee) is a beautiful and unusual animal. With its white-and-black striped hindquarters and front legs, it looks like it must be related to zebras! But take a look at an okapi’s head, and you’ll notice a resemblance to giraffes. The okapi is indeed the only living relative of the giraffe.

We had lunch sitting in the Adventure Playground. Grandson Ewan stole no more of mine as there was none left to steal. He’d eaten it all at break.

The boys then had an adventure in the playground.

After inspecting more animals Mamma and me left about threeish leaving the rest of the family to continue on for another hour or so of fun.

SUPERSTAR Katherine Jenkins was due to  headline at the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s series of Wild Live Safari Night concerts this summer but it has been postponed till 2021 due to the pandemic. 

The Mezzo Soprano singer song writer, who is officially the world’s most successful Classical Singer ever with 13 number one albums in just over a decade, will now perform on Saturday August 28, 2021.

Katherine Jenkins OBE said: “I am disappointed I can’t perform this year but am very much looking forward to performing at Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Safari Night finale in 2021. 

Apparently the concert is with full orchestra. Do you think the animals will be the orchestra? Irrespective is a concert in a venue I would love to see and hear.

Today in 1814, English engineer George Stephenson introduces his first steam locomotive, a travelling engine designed for hauling coal on the Killingworth wagonway named Blücher.



“Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.”

— John Mayer


Happiness is…Yorkshire Wildlife Park


Owls prefer to mate in the summer than in the winter when it rains. It’s too wet to woo.


Love is…sharing the last hour in bed together.


5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time for lions…A time for tigers
  2. A time for giraffes…A time for zebras
  3. A time for zebra…A time for okapi
  4. A time for Pringles…A time for nothing to eat
  5. A time for a Katherine Jenkins Concert…A time for silence due to Coronavirus



DAY 110       14 Times – 108 Feet               Cumulative Total 16,407 Feet

23/07/2020           110         12           9              108         16407




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