Silent Sunday 12.03.17

It’s been a hell of a week 😦 My mummy is in hospital suffering with a collapsed lung. This was the week we were supposed to be flying out to Mexico on holiday. It never happened. So daddy brought Mexico to her! Fingers crossed … Continue reading

My Family’s Top Ten Travel Essentials #MarkWarnerMum

Dear Mummy, we’re heading away on holiday soon so our frantic packing of suitcases has begun! Cue running around like a mad loon trying to squeeze every last item from my fancy dress box into my holdall, much to my … Continue reading

Smugglers, crabbing and treasure in Shaldon, Devon

Shaldon, Devon

Dear Mummy, last week saw us in Shaldon, South Devon on holiday. A lovely staycation by the sea. We stayed in a caravan at the inexpensive Devon Valley Holiday Village. Recommended by friends, it was a lovely location and very cheap for … Continue reading

My new friend ‘Inky’ the Paddlepak

Trunki Paddlepak review

Dear mummy, I was over the moon to win a Paddlepak as part of Trunki’s 10th Birthday celebrations! We entered a photograph of me on my Trunki kids ride-on suitcase at Belfast International Airport via Instagram and I won! Our prize … Continue reading

Mister Maker saves the day!

Mister Maker Toucan Box Review

Dear mummy, thank goodness for Toucan Boxes! It’s our 3rd day on holiday and the weather is awful. We’re confined to my caravan and I’m climbing the walls. Luckily my mummy packed my Mister Maker Toucan Box, as she knew … Continue reading

Creating beach mementos

White Rocks, Northern Ireland

Dear Mummy, while we were on holiday in Northern Ireland we visited a beautiful beach on the Causeway Coast called White Rocks. The golden stretch of sand was located just outside Portrush and before the Giants Causeway (which we visited … Continue reading

Ode to a perfect holiday

Ode to a perfect holiday I’m only 3 years old and haven’t spent much time on this planet. There’s a big wide world out there which I’d like to inhabit. I’ve seen other entries to the Mark Warner bloggers competition … Continue reading

Monkeying around with the Apes of The Rock

Dear mummy, we’ve recently returned from our trip to Gibraltar to see my grandparents. We had a fantastic time on ‘The Rock’ and have seen some wonderful things on our adventures. A week ago we shared our story on the caves of St Michael’s, but there is so much more to tell you about.

Barbary MacaquesOne highlight of our trip was seeing the world famous Monkeys, or ‘Rock Apes’ as they are known locally.

They are a tailless species of Barbary Macaque (Macaca Sylvanus) Monkeys and Gibraltar’s Rock (mountain area) homes the only population of these animals in Europe!

300 monkeys live on the Upper Rock area of the Gibraltar Nature Reserve. However some Monkeys do pop down into the town occasionally to scavenge (or go shopping at Casemates). Only that morning, before we headed on our Rock Tour up the mountain, did we see one in the tree opposite our apartment.

The Rock if GibraltarWe got up close and personal with the group (troop) at Queen’s Gate near the sumit of The Rock. They are used to human interaction and came up to us and were very interested to see what was in our bags!

Nevertheless, they are still wild animals and will bite if frightened or annoyed. So we kept our distance just incase. They liked posing for photographs, as you can see!! We spotted a mummy carrying her baby in her arms which was super cute.

View from The Rock

Gibraltar’s Rock Apes used to be under the care of the British Army who controlled the population. An officer would be appointed to supervise their welfare, feed them and document them. Each new arrival was named after governors and high-ranking officers.

The Rock of Gibraltar

They received the same treatment as would an enlisted service man at the Royal Naval Hospital Gibraltar if they were sick. Since the withdrawal of the British garrison, the Government of Gibraltar now look after them.
Local legend has it that as long as the Monkeys exist on Gibraltar, the territory will remain under British rule. We can see why the tourists and locals love them so! They are beautiful animals and act like they own the place on The Rock.

Rock Ape with baby

As we were leaving, one Monkey decided to hitch a lift further down the slope, holding onto the wing mirror and then gracefully disembarking to the taxi drivers dismay. My mummy and daddy laughed at this!

A truly amazing sight and well worth a visit if you ever stay in Gibraltar.

Bella x

Packing my Suitcase

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall