April 8, 2014 … was it fog or am I just misty-eyed?

Catching up at last.

Web

Spider web covered in droplets of the fog

As I mentioned in the previous edition, the family are beginning their homeward journeys, and yesterday it was Andrew and Abbey’s turn. The slight catch was that, after a week of magnificent weather, it all turned ugly yesterday. Heavy fog enveloped the region overnight, and everything was very wet, An orb-web spider had obviously been busy, but will probably catch little until the moisture evaporates. It seems most flights were cancelled or delayed. However, the airport’s website seemed to suggest that the Queenstown flight might get away.

Fog at Wellington Airport

An Air New Zealand A320 makes it onto the ground. Behind it to the right you might be able to see the two MH90 helicopters waiting to guard the royal visitors

Out at the airport, all was slightly chaotic as it always is in periods of weather-related disruption. People standing, sitting, reading, texting filled most available spaces. The food outlets probably doubled their normal trade. Frustrated passengers were irritable with airline representatives who, understandably, had no useful information to give. Of course they can’t tell when the fog will move. It could be hours, it culd be days. Occasionally an aircraft would arrive through the mist, and passengers bound for high priority destinations  were promised that boarding would commence soon. On the far side of the airfield, we could sometimes see the preparations taking place to welcome a royal visit. Two of the RNZAF’s MH90 helicopters were parked nearby, presumably to provide rescue capability in the event of a mishap. I am no royalist, so that’s all I have to say about that.

Otis

My littlest angel – Otis is just three and is an irrepressible imp

The family settled in a quiet corner of the airport that others had yet to discover and were confident that they would get away. They did too, just 70 minutes behind schedule which was amazing in the circumstances. We shall miss their bright and cheerful presence but look forward to seeing them again in October if not sooner.

Helen at the pub

Helen is our youngest child and she was very hospitable passing plates of food about

Yesterday was the actual day of my birthday so the final celebration was with a few friends and former colleagues at a pub in town  where Helen did extra duty sharing the food around.

Normal service should now resume.

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About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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