Saturday stroll

Saturday stroll

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.


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


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  1. November 15, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    Lovely photos – James looks like he is having a wonderful time. I love the fact that children will often just happily chat to other children. Looks like it was a great day out.

    • November 15, 2014 / 10:47 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it’s good fun when children interact. Sometimes it’s difficult to know if the other child’s parent is ok with it, especially in a zoo or something when their kid suddenly has a James-shaped shadow!

  2. November 16, 2014 / 10:05 am

    When we visited the zoo before my son loves the penguins and sea lions! We have this tunnel in that zoo wherein you can see them swim flawlessly. And that is what my son enjoyed a lot. #countrykids

    • November 16, 2014 / 10:25 am

      That sounds amazing! James would love that!

  3. November 16, 2014 / 11:55 am

    What a great place to have on your doorstep & I love all the different experiences James got in just one short visit. Thanks so much for linking up to the Outdoor Play Party.

  4. November 16, 2014 / 2:09 pm

    Looks like he had a brilliant day out at the aquarium. It’s great that he was more interested in the animals today. I love the fact that he just made a friend at the sea lions enclosure and sat talking about trains. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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