It was time to visit the Southern-most branch of the family.
Mary and I are now in Queenstown with our son Andrew (Drew to everyone else), his wife Abbey, and our two fantastic grandchildren, Billie and Otis. Our departure from Wellington was delayed due to the late arrival of our aircraft, so I amused myself with images of aircraft movements.
As well as civilian aircraft, there was an RNZAF C130 Hercules looking suitably sinister in its dark grey scheme.
Eventually we got away, and in due course were met by Abbey. We had to scramble to collect Otis from School and after unpacking and so on, we walked around to the bus stop to meet Billie from her more distant school. Otis is a very endearing young man, and I just loved seeing him walk hand-in-hand with his Gran. It reminded me of a famous image by the NZ Herald photographer, Michael Tubberty, of Dame Whina Cooper setting out on the great land march or hikoi back in 1975. Happily this was a shorter march and we soon got big hugs from Billie too.
I borrowed Abbey’s car to see what was happening at Lake Hayes. Sadly the wind had ruffled the surface of the lake but I was pleased to catch this South Island Pied Oystercatcher which will eat whatever it can find in the grass in the absence of any oysters.