On Stephen’s day off last week, we headed for Sutton Coldfield which has been renamed Sutton Owlfield for the summer. They have a lot of owls there so we planned to find them all and have a nice lunch out too.
On the way there we stopped off at Fort Dunlop to find the two owls there.
I love this one.
A simpler design than some, but very effective. I love the colours.
The other one was inside the atrium and is another nice one. Lots of detail.
We carried on to Sutton, via the Empire cinema where we found this handsome chap.
Next we parked at the Gracechurch centre. There were nine small owls scattered round the shopping centre, in groups of three, and several of the large owls.
I loved this one.
And I really loved this one.
Two of the owls were just outside the main shopping area so we started walking. This one was just up the hill. It’s yet another one to add to my favourites.
This next one was a bit further away, on the college campus.
We’d found all the owls within walking distance, and had done a bit of shopping too, so we hopped back into the car and drove to Moor Hall Hotel, just up the road, to find the Love Owl.
He’s a beauty and is in the grounds of a very nice hotel. There was a woodland walk sign-posted so we followed it. It wasn’t very long but there were some lovely features there and they’d put signs up on the trees with Owl facts and jokes.
We were getting peckish by this point so we decided to go for lunch. I was still hankering after pancakes so we thought we’d go to the Quinto Lounge. What a brilliant choice that was. I had my pancakes, with lots of crispy bacon, maple syrup and a sausage pattie. It was perfect! Stephen spotted the fish finger sandwich on the menu and had to have that. It turned out to be little fish goujons on the sandwich and it looked delicious. I was almost jealous. I did sneak a couple of his onion rings and fries. We both had a cold drink – iced watermelon tea. It was lovely and refreshing. I was really impressed with the lounge. The food was excellent, as was the service. I loved the quirky decor too. Definitely somewhere to visit again.
After lunch we headed to Sutton Park to find the large owl there, plus the five small ones. We had no problems finding the large owl.
Unfortunately we could only see three of the small ones. Two were in the donkey sanctuary which closes at 3pm and we arrived at the park just after that. I was quite disappointed as it’s a long way to go back if I want to complete the collection, but Stephen says that he fancies seeing the donkeys so we may pop back when he has some more holiday. It’s a lovely big park to go for a walk in too, so it’ll be another nice day out.