Entertaining Creatures at Chantecler


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Yesterday we all went to provide entertainment for the fish, buck and peacocks to be found at Chantecler Hotel in Drummond, some forty minutes or so from home. It is not cler . . . er, clear . . . what connection the hotel has with the cock Chanticleer that discovered, as did the fox coveting him for dinner, that pride comes before failure. Still, the place is definitely something to crow about.
We were rewarded for giving the local creatures something to goggle at by being fed with a magnificent carvery buffet kept warm on candles. No a la carte was available, because despite assurances that Christmas would be ‘electricity-loadshedding’-free, they were left without current.
Every time one passes the koi pond a group of fish gather to goggle at one, and no sooner is one seated than a peacock or peacocks will wander up to stare. For entertaining the buck, it is necessary to take a quick stroll from the seating area to the garden part where they graze. They are so close that this can easily take place between courses.
After we had eaten, the kids went to swim. Some people are really irresponsible. After we had been there for a while a group of adults and children arrived and, when I politely enquired, confirmed that they had also duly signed in at the office to use the facility and provided the necessary indemnities. The kids stripped down to underclothes and then a girl of eight or so jumped straight into the deep end. Fortunately, Much Better Half, sitting beyond the shallow end, kept an eye on her and noticed that she seemed to be floundering. When the girl threw up both arms MBH gave a yell and pointed. I started towards the scene, but one of the girl’s party standing there managed to grab her and yank her out. She lay for some time before she was able to move. A close thing!
Today the irrepressible Youngest Daughter took the guest and kids up the North Coast to see (or entertain) yet more wild animals. We grandparents opted out and pottered.

© December 2018 Colonialist
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26 Responses to Entertaining Creatures at Chantecler

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  2. Debra says:

    What a lovely place to visit. I love the photos. Unfortunately, irresponsible people populate the planet and are everywhere! LOL! I have experienced almost exactly what you described with the child swimming. I’ve actually intervened before and been criticized by the parents for not minding my own business. Go figure! I hope you and your delightful family experience a wonderful 2019! Safe and sound!

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    • colonialist says:

      To which an apt response would have been that as an intelligent adult it becomes your business to stop people from behaving in an immature and irresponsible manner and endangering the life of a child.
      And you, too!

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  3. Sue W says:

    What a magnificent place, somewhere I would love to visit if I lived nearer. Happy New Year to you all.

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  4. Arkenaten says:

    Kids and Pools. Sheesh!
    You can appreciate why I am always a bit jittery when clients with youngsters squeal and run to our pool to have the Koi oggle at them.
    I am out of my office in a trice and keep an eagle eye until the depart.

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  5. de Wets Wild says:

    Such entertainment is why I prefer the buck to the pools…
    Happy New Year to all the family!

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  6. Stephanie Haahjem says:

    What a near thing! Could have been a tragic day, but all’s well that ends well! Looks like a lovely venue!

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  7. Forestwood says:

    30 people have drowned here in the last month. This is a significant spike. In a country where everyone can swim, no less. It always pays to be vigilant around kids in the water.

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  8. Thank you, Leslie Hyla Winton Noble, for your lovely post and photos showing the wildlife and landscape of Chanticler Hotel in Drummond not far from your home.

    Since this post is probably the last one for 2018, I look forward to even better posts from you in 2019.

    I would also like to wish you and your family a wonderful festive season with a special post of mine at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/season-greetings-from-soundeagle-merry-christmas-happy-new-year-and-joyful-holiday/

    Happy New Year to you!

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