Monday, 11 April 2016

Swimming With Sharks At London SeaLife Aquarium

At the weekend i did something amazing... I swam with the sharks at the London SeaLife Aquarium! Swimming with the sharks was my Christmas gift from my boyfriend Alex, sadly on Christmas day i broke my arm and couldn't do the dive on the 2nd January as planned. London sealife were very kind and rearranged us for the 9th April because we knew i'd be up and running again by then. 

I travelled by train down to my boyfriends flat in London where i proceeded to have a nap, i mean it was super early. We headed on down to London Sealife for 12 noon, we were given instructions to arrive an hour before the shark diving time at 1:30pm. We had a quick wander and at 12:30pm we were taken on a backstage tour for an hour to see everything that goes on from fish in quarantine, a rebel turtle and of course finally the backstage shark tank where they keep all the big ones! 

Quick briefing and costume sizing done we were sent to get changed, there were three people diving including me and three spectators including Alex. I was first one in of course, getting prime position and i stayed in awe for the full 20 minutes, it flew by! Watching my favourite animals swim right up next to me, i mean it was breath taking and you can see the sort of view i had in the video despite the poor quality. The sharks i swam with were Black Tip Reef Sharks (a shark i have swam with in the ocean before), Nurse Sharks, Sand Tiger Sharks & Brown Sharks. 

It's something i'd do again for sure but i hope to get scuba qualified soon and have more experiences like this in the big blue sea, no net included!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

London Cat Village Remember Us

Have you ever been somewhere so much that they begin to remember you? Well Alex & I have and it happens to be the best place in the world... London Cat Village. Every time we go there we are remembered, perhaps because it's a tourist place where most people go once for the experience, not us, we go all the time and we love it. 

If you have never been and aren't far away then get yourself down there but make sure to book as not to be disappointed. I've already taken a pen pal there and other pen pals have gone since i have told them about my visits, it's just a great place.

Of course there are cats but the food is also worth visiting for, they do a range of light snacks and cake. As you can see i chose the delicious passion fruit cheese cake, yum yum! The man whom i can only assume is the manager also gave us both a free gourmet chocolate chip cookie with chocolate drizzle on the house, ahem, yes that's right cats and free cookies! Sometime's being remembered pays off...

We've been going since some of the cats were wee baby kittens and it's brilliant to see how they've grown, there's a particular cat that was a kitten when we first met him that captured my heart. He's a Scottish Fold cat called Oscar and sadly i didn't see him this time but i know he's still there.

Yesterday i did something pretty spectacular, so watch this space tomorrow...

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Meet My Adventurous Arrietty!

Time for some good news, today i have a new baby! After everything that happened with my last hamster Ponyo i was left very heartbroken and sad but today after putting the finishing touches to her grave i felt like i was ready to love another hamster again, when you know you know right?

I took myself back to the same shop that I bought Ponyo from called Just For Pets, this time i went on my own, i just felt i wanted to do this alone. I asked a staff member to look at all of their hamsters as it was sleeping time. She went around the cages one by one and little sleepy eyes kept popping out to say hello! I saw a black and white one that i thought i might pick but i then saw a little greige (grey/beige) and white baby that happened to be the smallest hamster of all, she was most likely a runt. I'm almost certain she's the one i was going to pick when i got Ponyo because that one then was also the tiniest and the same colours, i think it was meant to be somehow.

She's settling in to her huge cage and has been on her wheel for hours straight, i'm certain she's never had one before. I think she'll really grow now that she has her own space to blossom.
So world meet... Arrietty!