The seals at Donna Nook, England
22.10.2016 8 °C
From Singapore there was an incredibly long plane journey back to England.
And after 501 days of travelling around Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and the place where mum was born I was back where it all began - at Manchester Airport.
I have to admit, I was excited to finally be back. Knackered, but excited. There was lots going on - Christmas, seeing family and friends, and of course, the Wright family tradition of seeing the seals.
I hadn't told many people I was coming home, so the following is a little montage of greetings. Some knew I was coming home, some didn't, so that may explain some of the reactions. Keep a particular eye out for my brother at the end, who clearly doesn't give a ****!
Anyway, back to seals. Donna Nook is a stretch of coastline about 10km long. And towards Christmas time, the seals come up the shoreline to give birth to their pups.
The types of seal staying there are grey seals. But the name is quite deceiving as they vary in colour from dark grey to lighter grey and even white.
You see the seals sometimes stick themselves right up against the fence. Are they keeping out of the wind, scratching their backs, or know it is the best spot to have their photo taken?
The viewing area to watch them is open from October to December - this is the best time to see them anyway as for the rest of the year they're out at sea having a great time swimming around.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust have a great website about the seals which can be found here. They have lots of advice about how to behave around the seals - the most notable being, don't touch them and don't take your dogs up there.
It was great wandering around taking lots of pictures, although I'll be honest, that wind blast reminded me of part of the reason why I was excited to get back to New Zealand - the weather!
Oh, one final thing. Don't forget the very real danger of explosives. Can't believe I almost forgot that one!