Category Archives: animals

meet Penelope!

Have you met Penelope the peahen yet?

penny-1Penelope, or Penny as she is affectionately known, has made Udekki her home! One more animal to add to the menagerie that you’ll meet when you stay at Udekki.

Penny is a very regal and calm creature who loves being up high so she can view all that is going on! You’ll find her on top of an umbrella, or in a tree, or even on a table. At night, she chooses to sleep in the rafters of the terrace area of Glen’s place, flying down to join him as he heads to the pool with his morning coffee.

Penny also just loves being around the guests. And quietly following them wherever they go. Jens and Malu walked all the way down Alankuda Beach, and Penny followed one or two paces behind them. When they stopped at Bar Reef for a cold drink, she sat on the grass and calmly waited. Whilst they had a swim, she flew into a nearby tree and watched over the pool. When they were ready to walk back to Udekki, she flew down and joined them.ImageProxy.mvc

She even joined the boys for a game of basketball the other day! Keeping guard behind the 3 of them as they jumped and threw goals.

65313c6c32fe11e38e1022000aa80588_8The other important job that keeps Penny busy, is supervising any building work that is going on Peering and inspecting and keeping the guys on task!

So next time you’re looking for a relaxing beachside holiday in Sri Lanka – come and visit us at Udekki – and you’ll never know what creatures may be around to greet you!

Turkey Lurkey!

178cc4bcff4211e297b922000a1fa527_7Have you met the newest residents at Udekki? Along with the chickens, and the neighbour’s cat, and the dogs from the fishing village, there are 4 turkeys roaming the property and gobble, gobble, gobbling to the delight of young and old alike!

It all started last December when Glen decided Udekki needed a turkey or a goose for Christmas. So he sent Maxi, the manager, off to do some very special shopping!  Maxi came back late that night as Glen was finishing dinner with guests. From Maxi’s description it wasn’t clear whether he had bought a turkey or a goose so everyone went traipsing up to the chicken coop in the dark, to check!

But sure enough, it was a turkey, and Glen began making plans to fatten it up ready for Christmas dinner.  As usual, Glen was up early the next morning. The boys had opened the chicken coop, not thinking about the newest addition, and the turkey had made a dash for freedom! Glen found the turkey on top of the umbrella besides the pool!

It took the boys 30 minutes to recapture the turkey – and because of its foiled attempt, it won its reprieve – no longer was turkey on the menu for Christmas lunch.

Over the next 6 months, the turkey just had the chickens and roosters to hang out with. And it began to think it was a chicken!

60ec6898061711e3b6c722000a9d0edd_7So, recently 3 more turkeys were added to the Udekki menagerie – another female, and 2 males. Each morning they parade from the chicken coop and around the pool to inspect the guests, before they spend their day foraging around the property. In the evening the process is reversed as they make their way back to the coop. They seem fascinated by the water in the pool – at least one has fallen in to the amazement of guests!

And thanks to Phoebe, Matilda, Flynn and Zac the turkeys now have names – Nuts, Captain America, Nutella and Black Widow!

So let’s see what’s on the menu for Christmas dinner this year!?