Category Archives: Retirement

April 6, 2017 … in chilly Southern parts

Prematurely, it seems to be winter. And here in Karitane where Mary and I are currently staying in a borrowed “crib” (Southern word for a small holiday home), it is especially bleak as the remnants of a tropical storm cause … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure, Canterbury, Christchurch, Cook Strait, Family, Landscapes, Maritime, mountains, Picton, Retirement, Wellington | 1 Comment

May 8, 2015 … moist mist and sharp points

This has the makings of a long winter, and in theory we are still in Autumn. Nevertheless, there is something to be seen each day, provided I manage my time somewhat better than I have recently. Mary is still working … Continue reading

Posted in adversity, Animals, Cook Strait, Maritime, Plant life, Retirement, Rimutaka Forest park, Trees, Wainuiomata, Wellington | Leave a comment

November 22, 2012 … fur, flaps and feathers

If I had known the freedom conveyed by retirement, I might  have contemplated it sooner. At least for now, I am free to get up when I wake, and to go out and pursue anything that interests me. Yesterday I … Continue reading

Posted in Aviation, Birds, Kapiti Coast, Pauatahanui, Retirement, Whitireia Park | 1 Comment

August 16, 2012 … emerging from sleep

I think I must be on autopilot. I have not really engaged with anything much since my return. Even the daily photography tends to be a bit automated … not helped by the drab weather, or the uncertainty as I … Continue reading

Posted in Landscapes, Light, Lower Hutt, Maritime, Retirement, Seaview | 3 Comments

June 23, 2012 … changing gears

Daily blogging tends to assume a kind of uniformity to the day being described. “This is the day on which such and such happened” … in reality, the quality of each day varies hour by hour. Some hours are serious, … Continue reading

Posted in hobbies, Landscapes, Light, Lower Hutt, Retirement | 2 Comments

June 16, 2012 … Klingons on the starboard bow!*

Sometimes it’s hard to let go. When we cleared our attic a month or two back, preparatory to insulating the house, there was much that we had to struggle to discard. Sentimental stuff, stuff that “we might find a use … Continue reading

Posted in creativity, Retirement, Trees, Wellington | 2 Comments

May 29, 2012 … the morning after the night before

That’s it! Teaching is done! Real life begins! Having completed my last lecture yesterday, only the marking of final assignments, and helping in the preparation for the oral defence by two of my PhD students stands between me and the … Continue reading

Posted in Academic, night, Petone, Retirement, Seaview, Work | 5 Comments