Vacation with the ducks

Sorry for the late updates, folks. My husband and I just got back from our three-day weekend vacation in glamorous Enfield, North Carolina! Okay, so Enfield’s not so glamorous. But I had procured a discounted stay for us at Bellamy Manor & Gardens Bed and Breakfast via Living Social’s deals months ago. The Enfield bed and breakfast is convenient to Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, NC. Joe and I had planned a day trip to the bird park for eons, and the bed and breakfast deal helped us make a real go of it.

The Bird Park was awesome. So many rare and birds from around the world, and so clean! We were allowed to walk in and out of the aviaries, where the birds freely crossed our paths. We even had little baggies of food we could feed them. (We had so much fun at the bird park that we got a membership that gives us free access to NC’s aquariums, too!) Let me show you the birds we met!

My husband feeds a demoiselle crane at Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park.

This sweet 'Demoiselle Crane' (so named by Marie Antoinette) delicately took food from my husband's hands before dutifully feeding the morsel to the young bird behind him.

 

A black currasow looks at us through a chainlink fence.

This currasow was very fond of us. It was twice the size of a chicken and, like all currasows we met that day, shook its head repeatedly at us.

The currasow poses for a picture

What a handsome currasow!

A Crowned Crane

This handsome crowned crane was very, erm, peckish.

Victorian Crowned Pigeon

This Victorian Crowned Pigeon and his mate walked right up to us. Joe kneeled down to have a closer look, and the male started to whoop and display. A passing groundswoman warned that he might be getting a little territorial, and bap! The chicken sized pigeon smacked Joe on the wrist with his wing!

A male and female green peacock

Green peacocks are so much prettier than blue ones. The males have smaller tails, and the females are almost as briiliant!

Me standing against the railing at Sylvan Heights Bird Park

A ubiquitous shot of me so you don't forget what I look like.

Sadly, while Sylvan Heights Bird Park was a totally happening place to be, we found both Scotland Neck and Enfield half dead. The mechanization of cotton harvesting along with the economic crash sent the rural employment prospects into sharp decline. Although, there is still money. How else would houses like these stand a mere street away from the gutted Main St?

It was the first time in my life that I saw a place that was more poor than where I grew up (Patrick County, Virginia, highest unemployment, lowest incomes in the state). At least Stuart had a sit-down Hardeez. Enfield had no place to eat downtown with the exception of a lone café (which we didn’t have time to visit), and a Hardeez that had no table nor chair inside. It was eerie to walk through a town with so man buildings standing testament to a once bustling farm economy.

Light shines through a vacant storefront in post-huricane Irene Enfield, NC.

Light shines through a vacant storefront in post-hurricane Irene Enfield, NC.

Our bed and breakfast was an island of modern comfort and could easily have been in Raleigh. It was within easy walking distance of downtown. On one of our trips thither, I kept wondering out loud how people with such nice houses could feel okay about their downtown drying up so completely. “Don’t they want to go out for a nice dinner? Where do they go for fun? Doesn’t this make them sad?” It’s probably a case of “bad becoming normal.” People with money drive out-of-town to eat in Rocky Mt, and they just slowly got used to not having a downtown anymore. Very sad. But our bed and breakfast hosts are very active in the downtown renewal committees, so perhaps there is still hope.

Our bedroom at the Bellamy bed and breakfast

Our bedroom at the Bellamy bed and breakfast

Our breakfast at the bed and breakfast.

Joe peeks over his breakfast as one of our hosts looks on.

Joe stands in front of the Bellamy Manor and Gardens Bed and Breakfast

Saying goodbye to the Bellamy Manor and Gardens Bed and Breakfast

It was a fun trip, and we will undoubtedly return to both the Bellamy Manor & Gardens Bed and Breakfast and Sylvan Heights Bird Park in the future. I can’t wait!

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