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I came across this butcher through Facebook. They have loads of deals. Opening times for the factory shops at Penicuik are Wednesday to Saturday 9am – 3.30pm They attend markets(see on there website or go on Facebook page to see where they are for updated information.) so have been at them a few times through at Errol as well.  They have a Christmas hamper club too i myself have not used this service but have heard very good things about it, like you can pay it up and stuff is a lot cheaper than Christmas hampers from the likes of catalogues.

My experiences with this butchers is great we regularly go and buy meat out their factory shop.  I mostly go for the chicken deal they have on which is 5KG of chicken fillets for £25, you get about 27 fillets in the pack today i got 24 but the fillets but they were big!!

I also bought 5 sirloin steaks for £10, I got 17 sausages in the pack (they make their own on the premises) for £5, 1KG of Steak Mince for £5 and a stick of Lorne Sausage for £3 (13 slices) great deal if you ask me all for £48.

Update: Have to say we have had some of the mince and the sausage these are the best we have tasted in a while as well as knowing the chicken is great product too, so glad to have found this butchers and don’t think I could go back to eating supermarket meat.butcher meat 1

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Monkey World – Dorset


I started watching a programme on TV called Monkey Life about a year ago, on channels Sky 1 and Pick. After so many episodes we watched, we decided that we were gonna make the big journey to Dorset from Edinburgh.

At first it was only a thought then i started looking into places to stay how many miles it would be and so on then it become real. We booked a caravan at Sandford in Poole (ParkDean Holidays) just 20 minute drive from monkey world itself. We then decided we wanted to take donations down for the monkeys as monkey world is not a registered charity. You can read why if you go onto Monkey Worlds website in Frequently asked questions section.

So they rely on lots of donations so i figured little and often would be best way to buy. I started buying dog rope toys then it went onto hartleys  jelly sachets (sugar free). Then bit by bit we had a car load of donations for the monkeys, by this point i was so excited and still had a couple of months to go.  (this is only some of the donations we took down with us)

So when the time come we to do the trip from Edinburgh to Dorset (474 miles) not to mention the stop over in Stoke-On-Trent… (included in another post about our whole holiday). We come to Monkey World on the Tuesday morning, the sun was shining and it was 10:30 am when we arrived,  the park was only open half an hour by the time we got there and there was already a que forming. When we got to the entrance we told them we had donations they asked if a wheel barrow would be big enough, i laughed and said no so they got a golf cart thing to take the donations, (the car was full). after the donations were handed over we were ready to explore the park. I was so excited to get in and have a look about.chimpanzees

The park is very big with lots of different types of primates, woolly monkeys, orangutans, chimpanzees, marmosets, lemurs, gibbons and Capuchin this is only a selected few of the primates at the park.


There was a lot of staff and they were always busy and very helpful. They were feeding the primates, fixing the enclosures, cleaning them out, giving talks about the animals at the park it was good to see such organisation within the park with the staff. The park was clean and well looked after i could have spent the whole day in there but sadly we only had a week to explore the area!  We opted to take our lunch with us as there was lots of places for taking a picnic, there is a few cafes dotted around in the park. lots of toilets located around the park which is always a bonus when its such a large area. I couldn’t make my mind up on which primate i like the best so i was snap happy with my Sony Bridge Camera.gibbons collage

There were a few animals that were wild (deer) as well that come into the park and the Capuchin were not happy at all with this.DSC00365

We also learned about how some of these primates were cared for or rather not cared for before they come to monkey world (on tv series) and there is in the park to this day a crate the Capuchin’s were kept in for animal testing. (picture below).DSC00397

They have a very big gift shop which we got some gifts for our family and friends. Prices are reasonable and the shop is very well stocked.wooly monkeys


Posted in travel

Our trip from Edinburgh to Dorset

When the time to leave finally come to go in July 2016 we travelled from Edinburgh to Stoke-on-Trent Our first stop was the Monkey Forest Trentham as we had time to spare before going to the hotel. When we  got there we had something to eat as we never had any food with us made on the way down, we stopped at the cafe it was pretty expensive to me i would have preferred to take a picnic down with us. so once we were finished food we then went into the enclosed space with the monkeys this space was all fenced off so the monkeys were kept in. there was lots of staff about the forest keeping a check on the monkeys making sure they were not up to any “monkey business”. So again i was snap happy with my Sony Bridge Camera as you can see from the selected few pictures below. I loved the experience of being up close to them there was also a few other animals (wildlife) in the enclosure which the monkeys didn’t seem bothered by them.monkey forest 1.jpegMonkey forest



We stayed in the Best Western Stoke East. When we arrived at the hotel we waited at reception desk for a good 5 minutes and no one had appeared to help us check in, there was a small sign beside a phone that said if no one was at the desk to pick the phone up and call the extension number provided. when i called it there was no answer. great start to this holiday right? so we went through to the bar side that served food and stood in a queue to be seated to then be told that it was going to be half an hour wait. So mentioned to them that we were also waiting to check in they said if we go back out to reception they would get someone to come check us in. we done as told and went back out to stand in an empty reception waited another 5 minutes and i had to pick the phone again to call through and get someone to come and check us in. Finally after that it was only a few minutes later when someone appeared to check us in! we did get an apology for the wait she checked us in gave us our WiFi code that come in the price and then went back away through to the pub part to help there again. My opinion is that you should have someone on reception at all times so there is no waiting around and having to pick up phones or anything before getting to speak to someone. fair enough it was a busy pub the check in time they gave us was 17:00 on a Sunday and with it being a pub it clearly is going to be busy! either change the check in times or have someone on the desk at all times! Off we went down the corridor to our room. The room was very spacious it had one double bed and a sofa bed which H slept on it was a little bit squeaky. spacious bathroom with a shower and bath heated towel rail in it but don’t think it worked as we had it on to try dry a pair of trousers that i had to rinse out.

Instead of having to wait for food, we decided to go somewhere else for a meal Potters Bar Stoke On Trent, . It was only a short walk up the road to this place, when we got in it was extremely quiet but since we had been travelling for a while that was a good thing. We found a table looked at the menu and went up to the till to order our food. within about 10 – 20 minutes our food had arrived and looked amazing and also smelled amazing. i had the Cod Almighty £6.25  and they even allowed me to have sweetcorn instead of mushy peas. my partner had Meat the Beast £15.95 (this come in a small table top BBQ) and H had Mini Battered Fish and Chips £4.25. (they ran out of kids fish but we didnt mind as they let her have a lunch time/ light bite meal). The prices were reasonable for the amount of food on the plate and would go back again if we were back down that area. we were that full we didnt even have enough room for pudding…..and you know how you have that second stomach just for puddings… well we never, so we went back to the hotel  settled down for the night watched Monkey Life on Pick.

Next morning we packed up the car again with the things we took into the hotel with us and went to mcdonalds for breakfast which was directly opposite the hotel, after our bellys were full we went on our way towards ParkDean Holiday Park Sandford-Poole.

When we got to the holiday park we went for something to eat as our caravan was not ready yet. Had a nice meal at the restaurant in the park site was pretty reasonable on prices and we finally had room for a pudding. So 1600 hours and our caravan was ready we were in P28 we thought this was gonna be a caravan we had to walk for miles to get to from the main reception but to our surprise it was over the back opposite the swimming pool area. not even a 2 minute walk. We unpacked and made a list to go to the shops for things we needed and also food. We went for our shop out of Asda which was about a 20 min drive away from the park its self it was located next to Royal National Lifeboat Institution we had a peek at them and they have lots of boats there. Monday night came so we decided to go over to the parks entertainment it was a rock/ country night the person singing was actually a member of staff at the park. We only sat for half an hour and then went back to the caravan as it had been a very long day. Tuesday we were going to Monkey World with all our donations and also The Tank Museum, which were a few mins drive between the two places and was about a 15-20 mins drive from the holiday park itself. (You can read all the Monkey World post to find out what happened there.)

The Tank Museum was