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Aquarium…

After our jaunt to unexotic lands, I found on our return that I had lost a few fish, one of my reedfish, a rainbow shark, an oranda and two mollys. Needless to say, I was not happy at all, these things are not cheap to buy and the oranda I had had for years. I tested the water and there were no problems apart from quite a bit water evaporation in the sump.

With a heavy heart and a flush of the toilet, they all went to the watery heaven and I took myself off to the aquatic shop to get more fish. I bought a male Siamese fighter, two silver dollars, two shrimps, and two gouramis.

The silver lining to the very ugly death cloud was one of the fish had given birth and there are a few baby fish hiding around the tank, and one managed to make its way through the filter grill into the weir, then took a ride down the pipes into the sump. I thought of moving him to the main tank but decided that he can stay there as he would have a better chance of survival as one of the others would probably eat him. So with the birth of the fish, I can rest assured that the tank levels must be okay.

Photos to follow later.

Hello/Goodbye

The first week of this month we say Hello to my new Nephew and Goodbye to my Great Uncle.

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Early hours of 3rd June my little brother and his partner had their first baby together.

This is baby T having a well earned sleep.

Poor L was in labour for since 1st June when she went into hospital to be induced.  It was a long drawn out affair by the sounds of it and the text updates from little brother.

Roll on a week later and we are getting to see him for the first time today, so armed with baby gifts of clothing we head to my mums where we are all meeting.  I thought clothes would be the best thing to get them as lets face it, they grow so fast at that age they will be grown out of all they have in no time at all.

 

As one enters the great stage another one leaves

IMG_2297My Great Uncle: My mum was adopted when she was born, and never knew who here birth family where apart from the name of her birth mother.  I had been looking and investigating for many years (between knitting projects that is) to find her family as she always wanted to know.  Flashback to 31 May 2015 and I had a breakthrough and found one of her sisters, needless to say, we confirmed everything, including DNA comparison before I told my mum.  From this, we met all but one of her siblings, the missing one had died many years before.  We learned about her family, and my new uncles, aunts, great uncles and great aunt who were still living.  One was L, who had had a falling out with the rest of the family.  I was not part of this falling out obviously, and when he contacted me on Ancestry I decided to forge a relationship with him.  He was not in the best of health, and we chatted via emails and Facebook.  We were to meet but due to his broadband problems as he lived in the back end of nowhere and his eyesight & health problems, he never committed to a date, although from his correspondence he really wanted to meet.  Alas, he passed away on 4th June in Glan-Glwyd aged 85.  We had become as close as you possibly could through our correspondence but missed out on meeting in person, but all the same, I was glad to know him, even if it was in this context.  He confessed deeply kept secrets to me that he had never told anyone else, which I am proud to of shared with him, and his confidences I too will take this to my grave.

This past week has been a mix of emotions, joy and sadness.