James asked to go to see a sea lion today. Ok, that’s simple enough; we’ve got an annual pass for the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth, so off we headed.
I’m suffering with SPD at the moment, so our stroll was quite a bit shorter than we usually do on a Saturday. In fact, I just parked the car a little way away from the aquarium.
Usually when we go to the aquarium, James wants to ride on the Peppa Pig ride and little else, but today he was very focussed on seeing the sea lions. Though of course he had time to kiss the turtles through the glass first. He loves those turtles! Then he jogged past the majority of the fish, pausing only to tell me that Nemo lives in anemone, and then running to the sea lion tank outside.
James stood and admired the sea lions for a long time. Then he was joined by another little boy, and the two of them were talking about the weather and trains, and occasionally hollering for the seals and sea lions to make an appearance. They were very funny.
Of course a trip to the aquarium isn’t complete without clambering on the playground.
That all being said, if you ask James what he’s done today, he answers, “stood on a mushroom”.
So there you go. Today, James stood on a mushroom. Actually he did; it was a beautiful, almost transparent, umbrella-like fungi. It wobbled when he poked it, and looked a bit like a jellyfish. Then he stood on it.