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>Chester Zoo


Headed to Chester Zoo today, not been there for a year or so. Birthday treat for Alisa (four on Tuesday) and she really enjoyed, as did we all. As a grumpy old man I do wonder why things are so expensive. Five of us meant a family ticket plus another child ticket. And by default they give you the price with a 10% voluntary contribution added came to £67.45. They do ask if that’s OK but the pressure is then on you to decline and feel like a grumpy git.

If you ever go to the Zoo can I recommend the bats and the butterflies. OK, they don’t sound the exciting but both get you close to the action. Exhausted now, time for some cider.

>Calvados Lamppost III

>We have a cat.
For people who know us this may be a surprise. I love cats and Akemi doesn’t. I also am/was allergic to cats. But we now have one. We had a holiday in Normandy in August and I noticed then I wasn’t sneezing when playing with the landlady’s cat. So far I’ve not sneezed once since Calvados came home (or even when I visited the cat home). Alisa loved playing with the cat in Normandy and as the other two are still a bit wary about animals we thought it was time to take the plunge. Hugo and Selina both seem very happy with the new arrival.

We found her through Mid Cheshire Animal Welfare. She’s not a kitten – she’s a beautiful young cat – between 1 and 2 years old. She’s been with us since the end of August and is pretty settled down now.

IMG_1424.JPGWhy the name? Calvados as that’s the region we were staying. Lamppost as I always had a dream of getting some pure breed cat for showing and exhibiting them under the name of Lamppost. Calvados isn’t pure breed but she still gets the name. And with a name like Calvados Lamppost, the III adds a little gravitas. She’s known affectionally as Calvy. She’d been in the sanctuary since May so when I let her out for the first time in four months she went wild. Here she tackles a tree.

>Nagoya Aquarium


IMG_0325 It was Selina’s birthday yesterday (ten years old – TEN YEARS!). Happy Birthday little one. Today we all went to Nagoya Aquarium which we’ve been going to for … well, nine years now! It was a hot day, 28 degrees. Nowhere near as hot as it gets and without the humidity that will come after the rainy season but having spent a year in the UK with a crap summer it was hot. The aquarium never gets old for me and Alisa just LOVED it. Both Selina and Hugo never really showed any interest in animals as such (the first time we took Selina to the aquarium she just fell asleep I think). But Alisa loves all that stuff.

The dolphins (as always) were great and they have a killer whale as well which is cool. There are a number of shows during the day where you get to see them doing cool things. If it’s too hot (or too cold) you can always view it from under the water in the viewing chambers. They’ve had music events there as well and I can see that would be cool. It’s very chilling and relaxing down there (unless you go at the beginning of golden week with three manic kids and the rest of the Nagoya population). When you’ve done that part there’s the normal aquarium to go to where you can see a lot of fish, crabs, turtles, penguins and most other things. When you’re there with somebody like Alisa it makes it all worthwhile.

if you’ve ever in Nagoya go and visit. It’s a nice day out. With car parking (but excluding food and pressies) it cost us about 6,000 Yen (30 quid).