Feeding the squirrels at Brandon Hill, Bristol

Happy new year everyone! I hope you all had a great one and manged to celebrate in this weird time we’re living in. England is now in it’s third (and hopefully it’s last) lockdown. This started a couple of days after Christmas and is being reevaluated the middle of February.

Yesterday I celebrated my birthday and it was a little odd to say the least. I’ve decided I’m postponing the celebrations until later in the year, when it’s warmer and we can socialise again. I’ve always wished my birthday was in a sunnier month, so this year I’m making it happen!

I had a very quiet birthday and spent the day with my sister. We went to Brandon Hill Park for a walk to feed the squirrels, did some knitting, drank coffee, ate lots of sweet things and watched Disney, pretty wild right?

Okay some of these squirrels really did not need feeding… But when they’re this cute and they eat out of your hands, how can you possibly resist?

Within minutes, as you’ll find in most places in Bristol, the pigeons caught sight of the food and swarmed. They’re not as cute as the squirrels but they were a lot braver. So brave in fact, that they were pecking my hands before I had a chance to get more food!

Brandon Hill is a beautiful park which runs alongside Park Street in Bristol. Home to these friendly animals, it also offers a stunning view of the city making it the perfect place for a stroll.

The secret garden aka private property
Brandon Hill Tower
(a photo from a previous walk hence the weather change!)

My great grandfather used to be the park keeper of Brandon Hill Park. Every day he would have to climb the tower to make sure no one was in there. Apparently this was a very irritating chore for him, as there were a lot of stairs to climb. At the moment the tower is closed to the public to keep with the current restrictions, so it looks like I’ll have to revisit so I can make the climb myself.

Who doesn’t stuff their face after a healthy stroll? This wonderfulness is a vegan cookie sandwich, a double chocolate brownie with triple chocolate drizzle and two cups of hot chocolate. It was chocolate heaven and another reason I’ll be revisiting.

I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy. Lockdown is driving me closer and closer to insanity but other than that I can’t complain too much… I’m just missing travelling and doing as I please! ๐Ÿ˜…


  1. Great photos. Looks like a pretty place to visit! That’s cool that your Grandfather was in charge of the park.

    Looks like you had a sweet but low-key birthday. it’s great you had your sister to share it with.

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  2. Hi Emily,

    In actuality you get two birthdays. Looks like a fun day in the park. Thanks for sharing these close to home adventures. Again Happy Birthday!


    On Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 3:32 AM The Blog of Travel wrote:

    > Emily posted: โ€ Happy new year everyone! I hope you all had a great one > and manged to celebrate in this weird time weโ€™re living in. England is now > in itโ€™s third (and hopefully itโ€™s last) lockdown. This started a couple of > days after Christmas and is being reevaluated thโ€ >

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        1. Not yet, I’m hoping to get my hands on a Royal Enfield and do some exploring! Can’t wait to travel again, I’m currently on stand by x


  3. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ chocolate heaven indeed. Happy birthday for January, sounds like a perfect day ๐Ÿฅฐ My grandson’s birthday was also in January and his Mummy has likewise postponed it till summer for a party. But he had a small party at the childminder on the day.
    I can well imagine climbing those stairs must have been annoying for your grandfather, but it probably kept him fit. I love that you’re going to climb them too…in his footsteps. Lovely. I’ve only been to Bristol once, some years ago, but when I eventually start walking that side of the English coast, I’ll have to visit again and include the tower in my exploration.
    Enjoy your summer birthday ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

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