to buy or not to buy

22nd February 2018


You may remember that in the months before Christmas we were in the process of moving house and taking Grace’s Rest to bigger and better premises.  Well, as you’ve probably guessed this did not happen.


We had found a lovely little house and were all prepared to become property owners but sadly the purchase fell through at the last moment.  It was very upsetting.  We had already started picking out paint colours and carpets in our heads.  Apart from the disappointment it was very stressful.  I don’t think I really believed it when people told me that buying a house is one of the most stressful things you can do.  I do now!


Despite this bad experience and even with the changes happening here we still hope to find a new home.  We’re in no rush though and have plenty of time to find another place that is just right for us.  Besides, we’ve got so much work to do to get ready for our relaunch in April that we won’t have much time for house hunting!


Don’t worry, as soon as we find the next potential purchase you’ll all know about it!

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Meet the Owner-Operator, Clare Barnard BSc.(Hons)


Clare is a research scientist and PhD candidate at the University of Lincoln where she is studying wildlife conservation and the direct impact of the exotic pet trade on wild animal populations.  She will be working from the Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology of Adaptations.  Clare has also been honoured to become part of the Global Amphibian Biodiversity research team.


Clare has almost 20 years professional experience in the husbandry of exotic animals a specialism in the genetics of British herpetofauna.  She has worked with wild Adders (Vipera berus) and endangered Natterjack Toads (Epidalea calamita) under Natural England license conditions.  Clare has worked as a zookeeper and within private collections including her own.  She lives in rural North Warwickshire, on-site at Grace's Rest, with a whole host of animals!

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