Days Out

Visiting the fishes and penguins.

Last week my brother had some time off work so he and my sister-in-law came to visit, and then I went with them to the National SEA LIFE Centre, Birmingham. Me and my brother last went just after it first opened, so about 18 years ago. I’d had a couple of trips to visit more recently planned but they’d both fallen through so when they asked me to go with them I jumped at the chance.

I went armed with my camera, as usual, and snapped away as we walked round. I also took a few pictures for Instagram as we went – turns out my phone camera found the odd lighting, magnified and curved tank walls easier to cope with than my camera. Things that I saw and loved included (click on pictures to embiggen them):

My whole set of photos is here on Flickr.

The things that were top of my list to see were all of the Finding Nemo related fishes, and the gentoo penguins – they only arrived in Birmingham this spring. I had forgotten that they had giant sea turtles, but fell completely in love with the one swimming around the glass tunnel. I lost track of time whilst standing, watching it gracefully glide around – that tunnel was the most relaxing place I’ve been in a long time. The biggest surprise of the visit was the jellyfish area, watching them move was a completely hypnotic, and again relaxing, experience.

I was fascinated whilst walking round to read about all of the conservation programmes that the centre is currently involved with. They’re doing a lot of really good work, it was nice to be able to read about the successes they’re having.

It was a lovely day spent with people I love, doing something a little different. Something to do more of I think.

The Gallery

The Gallery : Mother Love.

This week’s prompt is Mother Love.

This is a photo of my mom taking a photo of me taking a photo of her… you get the idea.

There are not words for me to express how I feel about my mom, how much she has done for me always but particularly over the last 18 months since I became ill. She has been the one that has always got me through, without a shadow of a doubt without her I wouldn’t now be at university making a new life for myself. She’s been there through the days when even putting a sentence together has been so hard I’ve wanted to scream, she’s been there on the days when I couldn’t see a better future, and she’s been there on the days when I’ve succeeded – always the first to congratulate me.

One of my biggest dreams is that I get to be a mom myself. If I’m lucky enough that it comes true I can only hope to aspire to be as good a mom as mine is.