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And of course we can’t leave without the usual pre holiday dramas, an argument with a bollard in a car park resulting in £500 worth of damage to our van (luckily himself was driving so I didn’t have to hear about it endlessly whilst on holiday), hours spent outside changing rooms shopping for a complete new summer wardrobe for two teenage daughters and a poorly Poodle, causing me to worry even more than usual about leaving him at home. All of these hurdles overcome I breathed a sigh of relief as we finally shut the front door and said goodbye to our feathery and furry friends, we desperately needed a break. Arriving in our resort wasn’t the usual tense, edge of your seat, is it okay or are we going to be staying in a high rise, Nelson Mandela house from ‘Only Fools and Horses’ type hotel? As


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we had stayed here before we knew what to expect and felt at home straight away. Being the parrot mad people we are, high on the


entertainment agenda was a trip to the Tikki bar with the two Macaws that we had met on holiday two years previously. Yes they were still there and yes they were still attracting lots of attention. In the evenings they were put out on a large java tree in the centre of an outdoor bar, obviously they were both wing clipped but seemed happy enough, climbing around and playing with their toys. We noticed straight away that the Blue and Gold was feather plucking and not in as good feather as it had been two years ago, they also didn’t appear to be as friendly as they were on our previous visit when the Green wing had climbed onto our arms for a tickle.


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