The weather was rather atrocious today so we made use of the free pool here today. We haven't been swimming for a while so it made a nice change. The girls practised their front crawl and breaststroke, I chatted to Bailey and sat in the smaller section with Ruben. He isn't very keen on water, he never has been even when he was little funny that Bailey isn't much of a swim fan either. The girls however are quite the opposite! Cordelia brought her goggles and had lots of fun going under the water. Piper was happy to swim back and forth, I even managed a few lengths myself whilst Bailey played with Ruben. We came back to the lodge and had some lunch before venturing out into the rain to visit Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium. Ruben asked only on Friday if we could visit an aquarium do he was very pleased yesterday when I told him our plans for today! I think because we are so lucky to have The Deep nearby it's hard not to compare every other aquarium to it! Seaside aquariums can be a bit of a letdown but we were lucky enough to have a very knowledgeable and passionate staff member chat to us and answer so many of our questions so felt very fortunate really!! Firstly she let the children stroke a python she was holding, they were very impressed, not do much bailey and I who just watched! Piper, cordelia and Ruben said it was very smooth & were told it was because it had only shed it's skin two weeks ago. The same member of staff talked us through feeding the Giant Pacific Octopus called Sherlock because of his high intelligence. I think the chat with her was worth all our entrance fee alone to be honest! She talked to us for nearly half an hour and told us about how Sherlock play fights with the two men who work there but won't with her, he prefers to hold her hand and be tickled! She did say he was squirted her in the face though! Apparently they are as intelligent as a labrodour dog. Their not very good swimmers though and fill their heads with water to propel themselves across the water!! Very cool fact. We also found out: male octopus grow up to 3 metres, females up to 4 metres (there is an octopus in the US that has grown up to 8 metres, they are experimenting with the water temperature, lighting and diet of the octopus to see how big it can actually grow!). They change colour when they eat and get "horns" on their head, they don't look like horns more like feathers though. They have 300 suckers on each tentacle, some as small as 2mm! After our chat she told the children to wave at the stingrays in another section because sometimes they wave back. Cue all of us stood waving at stingrays amongst some very bemused French exchange students! They were all doing it once they saw the stingray wave back at us though!!
After the aquarium we went across to the Shipwreck Museum. It was only small but very informative, there was even a small dinosaur section as dinosaur footprints have been found on the nearby coast. Then we had a walk along the seafront, the waves were super high and the spray hit us from way up the beach! We had a walk around the shops, the children couldn't resist the old fashioned sweet shops. As we walked back to the car we popped quickly into the Fisherman's museum. They had a bought inside!! We had a climb up, it's perfect for me as I get VERY sea sick so this was a good way of taking the children on to a boat without taking them out to sea. We were lucky to miss a mega shower whilst in here too! Back at the lodge and time to write on postcards whilst mummy has a coffee & a rest!