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Briana Joins the Zoo

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Briana Joins the Zoo

Bethany, Rebecca and I would like to welcome a new member to our team at the zoo! We are excited to have another zookeeper, Briana! Late last fall I received an email from Briana asking if she could join us. She explained she loves animals, could sew and well, a bunch of other great stuff! I knew that taking on another person selling our animal pillows would be a bit of a stretch for me in the midst of the holiday season. She had ordered a couple of items from Rebecca and so we decided to have her wait until...

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The Primitive Goat at Windy Willows

The Primitive Goat at Windy Willows

During the Neolithic period in England, the Primitive goat was brought to the island by the Saxons. Today they exist in feral populations and some have been taken in at wilderness parks to help protect and preserve this rare breed of goats. The story of why it is at Sir Winslow’s Zoo is pretty cheesy. Cheddar cheese that is. And pear trees! It’s getting crazy! I never thought I would find such a peculiar story in the journals. But here it is. There had long been a pear orchard at Windy Willows, the estate of Sir Winslow, Lady Susan and...

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Unicorns and Rainbows

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Unicorns and Rainbows

I was putting away Christmas decorations in the attic yesterday. There on a table was a journal. It was very dusty like it had been there for 50 years, yet I had never seen it before. Laying next to it was a very tiny note. I needed binoculars to read these words. From the fairy queen herself! I was very honored to know that she was entrusting me with this. I had only read bits and pieces of the unicorn story before. Only glimpses that made their way into the other tales that Sir Winslow had told. Now I would...

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Unicorns - Where are they?

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Unicorns - Where are they?

Unicorns inhabit special places on earth. You will never find them so this is the end of the blog post

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Christmas at Windy Willows

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Christmas at Windy Willows

Christmas time at Windy Willows was so special, just like at your home. The traditions they had were carefully documented in the journals and are still carried out today by the descendants of the family. One such tradition was having visitors stop in for tea time. In the main hall, cook would set up a gingerbread zoo. It was an exact match for the zoo outside. It delighted all of the guest, young and old. Cook had many favorite recipes that only came out during the holidays. Here is a recipe that was written down by her and I updated...

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