Still despite all the trouble it caused, the ice was also very beautiful to look at.
Something new that had popped up in my absence was Ripley's Aquarium of Canada built at the foot of the CN Tower. I can't remember the last time I went to an aquarium and it certainly was a feast for the eyes. The huge shark tank which surrounds a moving walkway so that the fish are swimming above you as well as beside you, is probably the big attraction, especially for the kids. . .
. . . but I was absolutely mesmerised by this huge tank of Pacific kelp that was swaying back and forth in simulated waves, carrying all these layers of fish who bobbed along with them. It was so beautifully hypnotic.
There was just so much to see, such vibrant colours and textures and fascinating creatures. It really makes you feel like a kid again, enthusiastically open and awed by the brilliant wonder and diversity of nature.
And then just when you thought you were coming to the end, there were these gorgeous jellyfish!
I had a fantastic trip which put a lot of things into perspective for me but it was also great to return to the U.K. which is really starting to feel like home too. It may be raining as I write this, but it's also 9 degrees above freezing and I'm itching to start hiking again. I also have a ton of knitting projects on the go and lots of lovely new wool that I brought from Toronto which I'll talk about in the next post. Happy New Year all!