Highlights of Bill’s time off work included seeing an old friend of his, Kara Walker, and her daughter who were in the area for the holidays. We all went to the zoo and had a fun time seeing the animals. Some of the beasts were tucked away in their beds because it was cold, but most of the zoo was open and it was great to wander around with Kara and Octavia. Octavia is fabulous, very friendly and engaging. She’s a great chatterbox and with boundless energy she regaled me with bucketloads of information and funny tales as she took charge of Sam’s stroller and steered him through the network of paths.
It had crossed our minds to also visit the Cyclorama after Kara so eloquently and enthusiastically described it as a great kitsch spectacle, but hunger overtook us and so instead we retired to Little Azio for lunch. Maybe another day.
Kara took this photo for us, we have so few pics of the three of us together. As you can see Sam is looking very handsome, though somewhat porkier than he really is, all dressed up in his new combat dungarees that Nanna and Grandad got him for Christmas.
That was a great day.
Another fun day was when we went to the aquarium with Bill’s brother and his kids. It was horrifically busy as always but going around with Maxx and Julia was well worth dealing with the frustrating crowds.
With our aquarium membership now expired Bill and I decided to get a zoo pass this year. We really enjoyed going to see the fishes but the crowds and parking were such a pain in the arse. The zoo on the other hand is much closer to our house and parking is free. It’s much easier to get to on a whim. We proved this today when instead of taking Sam to Y to go swimming we decided to go for a walk at the zoo instead.
The zoo was teeming with parents and there were kids everywhere, but it was so much fun, the atmosphere was great and so much more relaxed than the aquarium.
Bill went through the zoo trying to memorise all the animal facts so that one day when he takes Sam he can look really clever and say “Hey, did you know that an elephant has more than 10000 muscles in it’s trunk?” or so he can answer the trivia questions printed on each exhibit and impress his son with his great knowledge.
-“Daddy? How far can a lion’s roar be heard?”
-“Ooh about five miles Sammy!”
-“Wow! You’re so smart Daddy!”
Ha ha. Ingenious.