A family picnic is usually fun, especially on a good day.
Yesterday was a very good day, so with son Anthony, Daughter-in-Law Sarah, and their two children Maggie and Cooper, Mary and I went to the Tunnel Gully area North of Upper Hutt. This time we didn’t worry about going through the tunnel, but set up base in the area of Eucalyptus trees near the tunnel entrance. I am not sure how old they are, but they are stately trees.
Though we were there for a few hours, a pup-tent always adds to the fun for the kids, so Anthony showed them how to set it up. I was very impressed by his teaching skills as he got them to figure things out.
We shared an excellent lunch and the younger generation were joined by Mary in a game of cricket. Well, someone had to take the photographs, didn’t they? To my great surprise, a kereru (wood pigeon settled in the tree no more than a dozen metres form the game taking place below. There was no shortage of food as it was a very well-fed specimen, though he may have been reaching the same conclusions about me.
When the youngsters had gone, Mary and I went for a walk through the bush, enjoying the cool places, and the sudden bursts of rata or pohutukawa, and a small trickling waterfall. The track emerged a few hundred metres from where we started, and as we walked up the dusty road, I experimented with the built in panorama function of the new camera by making a wide shot of the dog daisies along the road edge.
It was a good day.
* A Daisy a Day by Jud Strunk