A Winner, & a Trip to The Natural History Museum!

To find The Mermaid a home I used the brilliant Random.org and we have a winner! It picked no.5 so that’s Maeve of The Delights of Tea and other things! She’s not my sister Maeve, this is legit. So email me and I’ll send her out to you. Thanks so much to everyone for entering and leaving your favourite cake comments! Expect to see alot of cakes made here over the next few weeks!
I spent my weekend in Dublin and apart from having a gorgeous dinner in The Mermaid Cafe and breakfast in Avoca we went to The Natural History Museum. It’s now open again having been restored and Oh wow.

It has to be the best museum ever. I you love the idea of mice gossiping, Platypus posing and cute baby seals gazing lovingly at you then this is where its at.

Initially the thought of entering a taxidermists themepark is a bit weird but once you’re in there an incredible sense of awe takes over and there is just so much to see! It’s just brilliant. In the front garden there are topiary leaping fawns and greeting you at the door are three huge deer skeletons. Some of the animals look a bit worse for wear and you have to read the labels just to find out what they are, but it just adds to the charm. Like look at the state of this ferret thing…

There were loads of kids there drawing insects and staring in awe up at the elephant and whales. They have a brilliant case of rodents going all the way up from a tiny field mice to a huge rat. Upstairs they have gorillas, a tiger, lion cubs and hyenas. You name it, they have it.

I’m definitely going back there because you could spend hours wandering around looking at all the Irish sea birds and the fish, there’s loads. And incredibly it’s free! There was a very worried little boy asking his dad repeatedly if stuff would eat him. When he saw the monkeys: Would he eat us? The lions: Would he eat us? The poor eel that choked on a frog and got immortalised in the act? Would he…

Anyway I’m off to plan some serious cake making, yay! Have a good week!
Lilly x

PS All photos on this post were taken by my partner in crime and his brilliant camera that I always rob and get flour on by mistake x

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