cakewalk: an easy task; a once-popular dance style
Cakewalks are thought to have originated as parodies of the ballroom dances of the time. By the late nineteenth century, the cakewalk had evolved into a dance performed on vaudeville. A few years later, trendsetters were dancing the cakewalk at parties. Around this time, fairs began featuring moving cakewalks—platforms that tilted back and forth so those standing on them had to shift from foot to foot to keep their balance.

Source from Vintage Vocabulary

After an early breakfast we set off on the M4 to the nostalgic Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, located in the idyllic rural landscape of Pembrokeshire, South-west Wales. As the name of the park suggests, not only is it a farm, it also hosts the most exciting outdoor adventure park and indoor vintage funfare, as well as nurturing over 250 animals, some of which are rare and endangered.

First off, let’s take a tour of the Jolly Barn where you can get a close look at some baby farm animals including  kune kunes and horses. Inside Farmer Glyn’s Kitchen you can also see the daily lives of little mice and cockroaches rummaging through the kitchen critter cupboards – isn’t it a wonderful idea? It’s the very first time I’ve seen a cockroach in such close proximity!

Next to the barn is Europe’s largest undercover vintage funfair with many working rides and stalls restored so urban children and their parents and grandparents can take a flight back in time on the nostalgic chair-o-planes. Outside of the funfair stands the prominent Vintage Big Wheel and giant Helter Skelter. These outdoor rides are closed during the winter, can’t wait til the Summer for a popsicle and a ride on the Big Wheel!

After walking through the aviary and the pirate themed outdoor adventure park, we have reached the entrance to the zoo – home to a combination of exotic animals such as the ocelots from Central and South America – great news! Lola the female ocelot is pregnant, the armadilos from South America, the critically endangered giraffes from Sub-Saharan of Africa, and the endangered Bongos from Kenya. Other more domestic animals such as the Somali sheep, our furry friends from Peru – the Alpacas, and guinea pigs also lives here.

My favourite out of the 50 species at the zoo has to be the Brazilian Tapir because they just look so cute as a family. The Tapirs, Shawn and Sommer, were united at Folly Zoo in 2004 under an Endangered Species Breeding Programme and have since produced three baby tapirs, Ligea, Yarah and Cavalo. These fantastic swimmers live in the Amazon Rainforest in the wild is the vulnerable to being extinct!Another one of my favourite is the Black and White Ruffed Lemur. These are one of the twenty-two species of Lemur and originates from Madagascar. They love climbing trees and are unfortunately also endangered.

Cath’s favourite is the Slender Tailed Meerkat. I love the way they move their tiny heads, at such speed! Originating from the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa, these little furry friends are active during the day with one on guard. Mickey, father of a pair of twins is usually the one keeping an eye out for his family. Not only are there plenty of animals to watch, Folly Zoo also have a number of Zoolypmic challenges for children to take part so they can see how it feels to be some of the animals. I’d strongly recommend a day out to Folly Farm, not only will the kids have fun, and learn about different types of animals and raise awareness on conservational issues; the vintage funfair is definitely worth a visit for a step back in time.

After Folly, we journeyed on to a nearby seaside town, Tenby, to continue our nostalgic trip. As soon as we set foot on the cobbled streets, it feels as if time has frozen in this quiet corner of South-west Wales. The medieval castle walls erected in 1264 are still standing, adding a mystical element to the enchanting town. There is a certain charm about this picturesque town with ice-cream coloured Georgian houses loosely scattered, as well as vintage bookshops and boutiques. The birds also seem to be enjoying themselves, soaring through the crisp air by the immaculate beaches. For me it feels just like the beginning of Summer, even though it is actually the end of January.

Tenby has managed to freeze in time its beauty and glory, with no high street stores nor supermarket. Both Cath and I feel as if we were on holiday, somewhere mobile phones and other kinds of communication and technological gadgets should be forbidden. As we ventured through the market, we came across the nicest butcher we’ve ever met. This cosy little market stands in its original shell, with a framed list of tolls for different foods at Tenby Market in 1892 showcased to the public. The market only consist of several stalls but that’s what I love about this place, everyone knows each other, even visiting feels like we’re part of the family. As the sun went down, we reluctantly en-routed home. Did you enjoy our date today? Tomorrow, we’re going to do some vintage American home baking!