My seasonal greeting is an expression of who I am.
It is not intended to diminish you or your beliefs, so please accept it in the spirit in which it is offered. For those of you with other beliefs, I offer you the warmest wishes appropriate to your culture or faith. Meanwhile, out on the inlet, the birds are blissfully unaware. This pied stilt was on sentry duty and marched back and forth, scolding me all the while.
Meanwhile, on a flax stalk near my chosen shooting spot, a tui came very close and got photographed for its pains.
I had a little last minute shopping to do before the country closed down for Christmas so went into the city. Parking was problematic, so I had to walk a way to get to the shop I had in mind. My walk took me through Chews Lane, a pedestrian precinct that runs between Victoria Street and Willis Street. Once the site of light commercial warehouses and delivery doors, it is now the home to several trendy coffee shops, sushi bars and other slightly upmarket establishments.
With my purchase made, I was walking back up Willis street and I liked the contrasting textures on visually adjacent buildings.
On my way to meet Mary for an early evening Christmas service, I paused as I went by the estuary at Hikoikoi where some Royal Spoonbills were browsing in the mud.
And that’s Christmas posting for another year.