In search of a brew and some food, my friend and I decided to seek out nourishment at a local garden centre cafe but before we did we wondered, quite accidentally into the aquarium section......like you do.
I had goldfish a few years ago, you know that time when your kids want a pet of some sort and you end up looking after it yourself, I have nice rabbit too now which I was begged to get, good job I love her. Fish though, wow.....they are so relaxing to watch, I was a bit hypnotised by them and very chilled. In fact we spent quite a while in this section taking in all the different types of fish and being swept away with the bubbling noise of the filters in the tanks.
There were some very elaborate tanks in all sizes and for a wide range of prices. If you have children they have a childs starter kit, which they have made a bit funky now with cartoon stickers and a backdrop. You could almost be in training to work on stage production with one of these babies, I bet the fish are thinking, 'nooooo please don't give me the pink princess tank or the spongebob theme, it's all too much'. In our day you got a round glass fish bowl, water and fish, none of this plant stuff, gravel or a filter and some need a heater. Glass fishbowls are now used as table decorations at weddings, I have known a bride to ditch the flower option and actually have goldfish in the bowls instead which I think makes great entertainment, all good as long as you are not eating anything fishy at the reception, I mean try looking it in the eye and then eating one of it's mates.
That brings me onto fish eyes, I know.......stay with me........
We came across the blind cavefish......that's after shouting out 'ohhhh these ones have got no eyes'. Three blind fish just swimming around and despite their lack of vision, doing it all quite well. I have never seen these fishy's before and we kind of fell for them. You see, being parents of children with additional needs it was like an instant bond just kicked in. My friend is animal mad and has quite a few pets as it is and was thinking about some fish to add to the family. When you start to venture into the aquarium world it can become quite pricey there are some lovely units with super accessories which would all add to a very visual calming experience me thinks. Do you know what would be lovely? A cafe in an aquarium. I could quite happily sit have a brew and watching this lovely fish just swimming around. I hope someone lets me know if somewhere like this does exist because I'm going there!!
So at present we had to come away, yes we left the three musketeers behind. We came to the conclusion my friend would home all three, we were not leaving anyone behind, they could have been brothers or sisters or just bessie mates......we are all staying together! The hunt for a nice home and furnishings is being researched and it's a case of getting those sorted and we may return to rescue these blind beauties, but I suppose I will say, on this story, it is 'to be continued'. Blind Cavies part 2 - The Sequel- Coming Soon!! In my head I was doing the proper cinema voice then, you know the one, deep, thrilling, dramatic voice.
There it is, another school day.....we did take ourselves for a brew eventually and some lunch. If you're as intrigued as we were by these fish there is more information about Blind Cave Fish and how to care for them at www.thespruce.com/blind-cave-fish-1381831
Take care for now and I'll will catch you tomorrow.....thanks for reading.
What to Buy Wednesday
From January 2018 I've decided to shake Wednesdays up and review products that I have purchased so we go from random thoughts to important retail therapy for the new year.