Yesterday we left the house early-ish: after a school day would have started, but not by much. We went for a long walk and scooter-ride, 90 minutes around to the next village. There we stopped for morning tea before getting on a bus into Wellington to spend the rest of the day.
We went to Carter Observatory, to Fainjin’s delight. He is very interested in the solar system since studying space at school and at Boys’ Brigade last term. He bounced around the museum exhibits, while Pearl & I followed at a more sedate pace. There were some school holiday activities there too, so they fished for “knowledge” about Matariki and made paper baskets to carry their knowledge home in.
Being at the observatory always reminds me of Susan, and of the Science Fair Stimey organised in her honour. We saw a planetarium show about weather systems on different planets (and some moons), which was fascinating. Fainjin confided later that he thought we were “going to die” because the film took us so close to the sun, but I held him in my lap for most of the show and he eventually peeked out from between his fingers and enjoyed most of it.
I wish I could remember whether it was on Neptune or Uranus that it rains diamonds. Susan would know. That sounded much cooler than seasonal cryovolcanic eruptions (although I have to say those are pretty amazing too!). Pearl pouted because they didn’t mention Pluto then Fainjin started arguing with her that Pluto’s too small to be a planet and I had to hush them even though I was impressed by their level of debate because we were in a theatre.
Soon enough it was time to catch a series of busses home again. The kids were happy but exhausted – as was I! I put together a scrappy dinner of whatever-I-could-think-of that they might eat. They went to bed fairly promptly and were soon asleep (only to be woken later by the earthquake).
This morning Fainjin told me all about the things he had learned and kept asking to go back to the observatory. I’m sure we will.
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