Not wanting to waste our ‘drive home’ day, we stopped off at the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre on the outskirts of Kington. We literally had the whole place to ourselves, and thoroughly enjoyed meeting the miniature creatures and all the owls. Until today, I’d had no idea that there were so many different varieties of owl, or that they came in such a range of sizes, shapes and colours. I’d also never heard of a ‘Zebu’ – although Rich now wants a small herd of them, or realised that pygmy goats could be so affectionate. Visitors are allowed to feed many of the animals by hand – although be warned that if you leave the feeding buckets out and the alpacas are a’roaming, you’ll return to find the buckets empty.

The centre is definitely worth a visit, and in some ways tis more enyoyable in Winter as the creatures are all cosied up in their enclosures and enjoy interacting with humans. In Summer they’re free to roam the fields, and probably more interested in food and sunshine than us. Admittedly I’m not a fan of zoos or of creatures being put on display oblivious to their needs and wants, but the those at the centre are mainly rescues from such places, and are treated extremely well in their forever home.