What do you do to make the most of an Indian summer in the UK?
Answer 1: Go to somewhere better known for its rain and enjoy the views under a blue sky and bright sunshine....
....so that's what we did last weekend - spending some time with our daughter Katie in Manchester, and taking the opportunity to show her around Salford Quays as well as exploring the "Northern Quarter" an area which is new to us.
We also managed to fit in a visit to Charlecote Park on the way home where we enjoyed one of the best displays of pumpkins we could remember seeing and treated ourselves to some heritage tomatoes to have with our evening meal (ugly to look at, but great flavour!)
Answer 2: Go on safari....
Or at least that's what it felt like we were doing as we spent a day at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, admiring the white rhino, zebra, lions, giraffes, red pandas, flamingoes, penguins and a host of other animals.
One of the highlights for us was a stroll through "Madagascar" where the lemurs roam freely, meandering close to visitors without fear....(that's Steve in the background!)