December 13, 2015 … we three kings*

Our lovely granddaughter Grace is visiting from Brisbane.

Flax

Following the star, or just bending before the wind?

Brisbane is usually a place where the weather is warm, often too hot. Wellington is a place where anything can happen and usually does. Sure enough, on her first full day in New Zealand, Wellington turned on rain and driving win to 100 km/h. Nevertheless, her local cousins were as delighted as we are to see her here. The daylight, such as it was,  was coming to an end and I though I had better venture outside to make a picture. The three flax heads near the front door were bouncing about in strange unison under the lash of the wind.

Flax bloom

Dining room for tui

At this time of year, as the flax flowers reach their peak, they are a joy to have in the garden as the tui comes looking for nectar, dipping its long tongue down the tubes  of each bloom.

Crib

Our acknowledgement of why we celebrate the season

For many years now, since our children have left home, Mary has marked the Christmas season, no with a Christmas tree, but with a crib representing the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The central figures in her setup are some delightfully simple nativity figures mad of simply draped fabric. The artist who created the figures  is Cheryl Nevill from Blenheim. Mary sets it up each year, and as far as I can tell the grandchildren love it, though they are a little puzzled by the absence of traditional symbols of Christmas celebration such as the tree and lights. Presents are arrayed at the foot of the table on which the nativity scene is set up. That’s how we do it. I borrowed the central figures and made this picture.

And now the sun is shining.

  • “We Three Kings of Orient Are” by the Rev John Henry Hopkins
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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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4 Responses to December 13, 2015 … we three kings*

  1. nzphotog says:

    Very nice set of images today 🙂

  2. gcberger says:

    Likewise. Advent is a special time of the year.

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