December 26, 2013 … recovering from too much of a good thing

Our family celebration on Christmas Day was great.

Helen's mini-pavlovas

With cream chocolate and cherries … delicious

Those of us who were in, or who made it to, Wellington gathered at the home of our younger daughter Helen and our son-in-law, Vasely. There were fourteen of us present, and it was a very relaxed and happy gathering with superb cooking, gracious hospitality, a lot of laughing and excellent company.


The wind was not really all that strong, but the yacht was moving along quite briskly

Later in the day, still suffering a little from my lack of restraint at the table, I went to Pauatahanui Inlet and just sat by the water’s edge in the late afternoon sun. Not much was happening from a bird point of view. Two people were out on the water enjoying their yacht.


The Caspian tern put up with it for a while but soon moved on

Another two were kayaking though they were far too close to the bird roosting areas for my liking.  The Caspian tern in this image put up with the antics of this fellow who managed to run aground on the sand bank and had to “knuckle-walk” himself and his craft into deeper water.

Protective escort

It seemed a very deliberate protection strategy

I am not sure why, but the Canada geese are present in larger numbers this year than I have seen before. It’s fascinating to watch the convoy escort system applied to ensuring that the youngsters are protected from external threats.

Time to look to the scales and the pedometer again.


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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One Response to December 26, 2013 … recovering from too much of a good thing

  1. Dessert looks wonderful, I made a Pav for Xmas, which is not so well known here in Canada, except in the Kiwi community. Our grandchildren just love them!

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