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Burgundy Wine Tasting and dinner - September 6th
James of Browns Hotel, Bar and
Restaurant reports: If you like Burgundy wines you
will like our Burgundy evening tonight. We are pleased to host
François-Xavier Dufouleur from the house of Defouleur.
There will be an opportunity to talk to Francois whilst
tasting his wines at the bar, followed by an optional dinner
in our restaurant. We will taste 5 wines including: a pair
of bourgogne white and red wines, a St Veran chardonnay,
their Nuits Villages and Gevrey Chambertin Pinot Noirs.
wine tasting and nibbles is £12.50.
will be a fixed price 3 course dinner at £22.50
Home smoked salmon or Grilled local mackerel
Confit Duck with pickled slaw and sauteed potatoes or steak
Frites, Cafe de Paris butter
Cheese plate or Warm apple tart and vanilla icecream
Dufouleur wines will be
available at our Off Sales retail prices for the evening!
Pinot Noir/Chardonnay £12.99 or £5 per glass●St
Veran £14.50 or £5.25 per glass
Villages £21.50 or £8 per glass
Chambertin £28.50 or £10 per glass
by the glass will be served in 250 ml glasses
Call Browns Hotel now on 01803
832572 to book. Visit their website by
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
Close Encounters of the
Word spread that Mia Pestridge
of Exminster, aged 6, is amazing with animals. Woodlands, a
Family Theme Park, quickly snapped up her services helping
out at their Zoo-Farm. With about 500 animals to care for
Mia, who has hearing difficulties, found her talent was put
to good use.
It was very important for Head Keeper at the Zoo-Farm,
Elliott Hamilton, to be able to communicate effectively with
Mia. Luckily, her mother Vanessa brought a special
microphone for Elliott to wear around his neck which sent
his instructions directly to Mia’s hearing aid.
With the help of this device Mia was a very attentive Junior
Keeper. She helped feed Coatis, Meerkats and Raccoons,
picked fresh food for Iguanas and Tortoises, cleaned out big
Guinea Pigs and fed all the Rabbits. She even helped to
conduct the handling session for other children, delicately
placing animals in their arms.
As a very special treat Elliott took Mia to meet some baby
snakes, they have 22 recently hatched and 4 in the incubator
due to hatch soon (the Zoo-Farm has a 100% successful hatch
rate to date). 15 of the babies are Boa Constrictors, born
to Iris and Clifford. The other 7 and 4 unhatched are Royal
Pythons, two sets born to a different mother.
Once the snakes are a little older they will be transported
to their new homes. Some will go to Woodlands sister parks,
Twinlakes and Wheelgate, and others will be sent on to Zoos
around the UK or kept for handling at Woodlands.
Royal Pythons are from Central Africa, they have on average
3-6 eggs with an incubation period of about 8 weeks. They
have a lifespan of about 20-30 years. Boa Constrictors can
bear up to 60 young and unlike other snakes they retain the
eggs and have a live birth. They live on average from 25 –
Mia was a great help at Woodlands, whilst technology eased
communication with Elliott, her calm and careful manner with
the animals gave inspiration to the staff at Woodlands. They
hope to run Junior Keeper days in the future to offer other
children the chance to get hands on experience working with
Woodlands Family Theme Park is open every day until 4th
November, from then on it is open at weekends and Devon
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takes place this Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th
September. Always a fun filled family weekend, as
well as the rowing and famous Duck Race, there's also a
vintage and classic car display, fete, dog show, live
music and children's entertainment.
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