Fitting photography in around other family and social commitments requires tact on my part and a great deal of patience from my nearest and dearest.
Yesterday I went with Mary to the airport to meet my brother-in-law John coming in from Brisbane. The flight was a good 25 minutes ahead of schedule so we had to scramble to get there in time to meet him, and went through the Mt Victoria Tunnel to save time. Mistake! After he arrived, we had a coffee in one of the outlets in the main atrium of the airport. When the catching up was done (because he was going one way and we were going another), we walked though the area to show him the Weta Workshops Eagles.
I have pictured them before, but I remain impressed by the remarkable craftsmanship that produced these. Apparently each eagle weighs about a tonne, and the Gandalf figure which bears a very credible full-sized likeness of Sir Ian McKellen just adds to the realism. A few nervous looking kids weren’t very sure about them.
On the way North to have dinner with our good friends in Waikanae, we passed through Oriental Bay which is always our preferred, and I believe, quicker, route. Two large cruise ships were in, the Celebrity Solstice and the Oosterdam. Both have been here recently, but the city’s retailers could not have had a better Christmas gift than two giant ships full of Christmas Shoppers on a sunny day.
Mindful of best practice, I checked around to see what else was happening and saw a small yacht sailing with the steady breeze.
Since we were now a little ahead of schedule, we made a flying visit to the Waikanae estuary before going on to our friends’ house. A pair of Australasian Shoveller ducks were cruising around, and a trio of oystercatchers were obviously plotting the overthrow of their government.
Apart from that all was quiet.