December 14, 2014 … family, food and fantasy

Yesterday was a family day.


Maggie in black, on the stairs (which are black)


With our daughter-in-law Rowena visiting from Brisbane, we went round to Helen and Vasely’s new house where we were joined by Anthony and Sarah and their two children, Maggie and Cooper.  Helen and Vasely have very nice and very black carpet throughout. Maggie was wearing black so I just had to take this shot of her sitting on the stairs.


A light dessert


We enjoyed a great pre-Christmas lunch together and enjoyed good food and drink. Mary’s fruit sticks seemed popular.

Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Solstice berthed at Aotea Quay


Later in the day I went prowling, as I usually do, in search of images. I was near the Westpac stadium and looking up at the vast bulk of the cruise liner Celebrity Solstice. I lament the passing of more innocent times when the public had access to the wharves as of right, and if you applied to the shipping line, you could get a visitor pass to board the ship. It was amazingly effective advertising, designed to instil a yearning for the cruising life. Now everyone is a possible enemy and you can’t get near the ships, let alone on board them.

Celebrity Solstice (2)

The length of the ship is breathtaking


The sheer bulk of this ship is staggering and as I was driving back to the Valley, I paused to see if I could convey some idea of its size. It towered over the wharf sheds and offices, but it was the length of the ship that most caught my imagination.  She is huge.

That’s all for now,




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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