Yesterday saw us getting out. As mentioned in a previous post we are having a wood burning stove fitted. This left us confined largely to the kitchen with Alice staring out the window, though she does like playing in the corner by the French windows.
We had an invite to join one of Amy’s sisters taking the other sister’s girls out to The Deep. For those who don’t know The Deep is one of the UK’s largest aquariums and was one of the few successful millennium projects, the others largely being abysmal failures. Amy’s brother in law works there, which will give Alice a bit more insight into it as she gets older. I used to go with nephews a lot and they would happily sit watching the tanks for long stretches. It’s a super day out and has had more added since I last visited.
The first tank you come to, the lagoon, has been refurbished with more interest added above the water. It’s looking good for it. Amy’s sister informed me that the leaves were individually attached on by a lady who worked on set design on star wars. Now there is an interesting CV.
Alice had a peer at the fish, but at this point she’s more interested in the people around her.
Recently Alice watched through Finding Dory with Amy. It was one of the first movies where she’s sat and watched for periods, so it was nice to see some dories.
The family watching the tank.
We arrived at the penguins in time to see feeding time. Alice quite liked the penguins when we’ve sat watching Attenborough, but she was more interested in the people round her.
Further round you can see them swimming under the water, but yesterday they were all stood on the side.
Since I last visited the sea turtles have been introduced. They are pretty spectacular seeing them swim right up the tanks glass. Well worth a return visit to see.
Along the stretch between the two main viewing windows are several of my favourite tanks, not containing fish. Most people flock at this point to the clown fish of finding Nemo fame, but personally I like the tree frogs.
Further round there are more frogs, leaf cutter ants, hissing cockroaches, snakes and millipedes. In the centre of this section is a soft play area giving the girls a chance to bounce around. Sadly the hissing cockroaches are sealed in, so no hearing the hissing. I enjoyed watching the leaf ants at work, fascinating creatures. Having recently revisited a number of the evolutionist E O Wilson, whose speciality is ants, I’ve had a renewed interest in them. However they don’t photo well. These tanks of amphibians, reptiles and mini beasts are mainly looked in briefly by children and adults as they realise it takes effort to actually spot anything in the tanks, but it’s worth a bit of patience to see the occupants.
I did however manage the green and black arrow frogs and the milk frog. The arrow frogs are pretty well known. The milk frog is a species from the Amazon rain forest. The name milk comes from the fluid they excrete when stressed rather than their colour. They apparently make quite good pets, but need a big tank.
Towards the end is the tunnel allowing you to see into the main tank. It was here we went for the family shot.
Me, Alice and Amy said our goodbyes to the others as we wanted to go see the Weeping Window Poppy display. We have previously seen the poppies down in London, but wanted to see them again installed in Hull.
It’s a rather pretty tribute to the soldiers of the war. One of the aims of the piece is to open up dialogue about the events of WWI, which currently seems like a relevant subject as we seem set to repeat mistakes. I hope Alice doesn’t find herself living through events as tragic.
However she seemed happy to be out and about again after being inside The Deep.
Just down the road is another flower display, but this time made from lego. This is featuring as part of the city of culture instalments.
We decided to finish off with tea out to avoid traffic, so headed to Ask as we know the pram can fit in and it has suitable baby chairs. Alice discovered dairylea dunkers.
A nice day out avoiding the chaos at home.