So what is the difference between taking a frisky puppy for a walk and taking a seven year old to the zoo? Not much in terms of distance covered by either. Last Sunday I left early to meet most of the family for my birthday outing to the zoo. This had been postponed four times since late August for one reason or another. DIL persisted and most of the family made it last Sunday. We would have called it quits if this had fallen through. Christmas is rapidly approaching and the family gathering is December 9th. Early, but the only date we could all agree on.
Little boys are like puppies. Here, there, back again and then down to the next exhibit. Then do it again. I didn't get a lot of decent photos as the day was very cloudy with a lot of smoke haze. There were three controlled burns on the Northern Peninsula and one which was uncontrolled. At 9:00 am, the smoke swirled over the harbour and all was grey.
We had lunch near the elephants and this is Master 7 climbing on one of the Thai elephant models. His uncle is bending taking the photo and his dad is in the background with white sunnies. Note the care taken of his back. He is bending knees not leaning over. We all brought our lunches and drinks. Zoo food is prohibitively expensive. However we did splurge on Calippos and Paddlepops.
We saw lots of exhibits, the Komodo dragon, lots of snakes, the big cats. The Sumatran tigers were very beautiful but were asleep on rocks after lunch. Some of us went to the snake workshop, my grandson among them. He was the boy who last year talked about nine legged spiders with the extra to hold up the head of large spider. They watched the seals play games. We saw the condor on a pole and very much more. Miss Twelve and her friend tried to look suitably bored all day but really enjoyed themselves. Miss Twelve had a meltdown once. She feels grown up but is still a child and she had wandered off and no one had any idea where she was.
As I said, we arrived there early. I left home just after 8:00 am. I arrived home a few minutes before 6:00 pm. I was exhausted and glad in a way that the earlier dates had been cancelled. I realised my hips would not have coped at all a few weeks before. As it was, I was very stiff on Monday. For those not from Sydney, the zoo is built on the side of a very steep hill overlooking the harbour. Many of the paths now zigzag but there are still steep spots and lots of walking. Leaving the zoo and walking down to the ferry was quite steep.
The pattern is a travelling rib and would have looked very much better in the original deep purple I had chosen for it. That was the yarn which was really hopelessly entangled and which I threw out. I had not wound even a quarter of the skein and that had taken many hours.
Morris and Sons, once Tapestry Craft. Their little shop is on the site of the Former Champion Textiles shop in King Street , Newtown.
Off to bed I think. The bug has gone but I'm still tired from it and today I had another trip to the audiologist in town this morning. Congestion behind one ear drum is still there. Really, I doubt much can be done, but he's a very pleasant person, trying to help, so I will take his letter back to my GP and see what he has to suggest.