Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Is that a lemur by the fire?


I was looking at our pictures of Fowey from March this year, and this is one of my favourites taken on the Hall Walk - this is of a boat at Pont Creek. Take a deep breath and let go of those worries. That's better...

I finally got to the Porfell Wildlife Park and Sanctuary yesterday with my mate Viv, and what a beautiful (if freezing) day we had. Arriving, we were shepherded into the farmhouse and found ourselves in a room crammed with photos on the walls (rather like Flowerpot's flat). At the far end of the room was a large cage with a white cockatoo standing on top. Nearer, two elderly black labs reclined on the sofa, giving us a rousing welcome. A black and white cat was curled up on one of the chairs, and then - I blinked - warming his hands (paws?) in front of the woodburner was a lemur.

For animal lovers like myself and Viv this was sheer heaven. John and Joy Palmer, who run the sanctuary are two of the most generous, intelligent and warm people you could ever meet, and seeing round the park later I was amazed at the huge selection of rescue animals in huge enclosures, so they all have plenty of room to run around, and are evidently extremely happy. If ever you're near Liskeard, do take a look, it is more than worth your while.

I did a hospital run on the way home, as Viv lives very nearby and was able to look after Molls while I popped in to see Himself. Seems he won't be out for another few weeks yet which is a shame, but at least he is being well looked after, even if he is longing to come home. His highlight today was managing half a Weetabix for breakfast. It's amazing how such a small thing can lighten a day.

But I was able to tell him about Porfell and hope to take him there next year. Meeting a couple like the Palmers and seeing the wonderful work they do with those animals can only enrich anyone's day.

12 comments:

Akelamalu said...

A Lemur? What an unusual pet!

Sorry to hear Himself is still in hospital, will he be out for Christmas?

Flowerpot said...

They have all sorts of unusual pets there, Ak! Don't know whether Himself will be out for Christmas - doesn't look very hopeful at the moment. But you never know...

Talli Roland said...

That's a fantastic photo - and sounds like a lovely day. Hope Himself is out and back to himself soon!

Flowerpot said...

Talli - yes it;s one of my favourite pics - very soothing.

MarmiteToasty said...

Blimey a lemur how cool :)

sorry to hear 'himself' is in hospital, I'll keep me fingers and eyes crossed that he will be home for crimbo.... cos you know what hospital grub is dont ya? its all the bits that they take out of people.... never eat steak and KIDNEY pies or LIVER and onions or stuffed HEARTS.... believe me, I have inside information :)

x

Flowerpot said...

Marmie - lovely to hear from you and yes I reckon a lemur is the ultimate in cool! If only Himself could even eat I wouldn't mind how bad it is (and believe me the food is dreadful)....

Debs said...

What interesting people. I don't think I've ever seen a lemur.

I do hope Himself continues to improve each day and is back home with you as soon as possible.

Flowerpot said...

Debs - I hadn't seen a lemur either in person, so to speak. They were fabulous people. And yes thanks I hope he's back soon but wont be for a few weeks yet.

Alcoholic Daze (ADDY) said...

Hope Himself is out by Christmas but at least he is in the best place. I've been to the Woolly Monkey Sactuary in Looe but hadn't heard about the one you mentioned.

Flowerpot said...

Addy - yes I'm glad he's safe and well looked after. Never been to teh Monkey Sanctuary but this place is a must if yuou're ever down this way.

Amanda said...

Gorgeous picture, FP. Glad you had a lovely time at Porfell Wildlife Park with your friend. And I hope Himself is well enough to come home soon.
X

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Mandy - shame I didn't get one of the lemur in front of the fire but it was too dark! Himself is eating again so hope it won;t be too long...