the day of a person’s birth
It is with great joy, pride and excitement
that we can finally announce the birth
of our first grandchild Charlotte Grace.
She was born on Tuesday 2nd March
at 8:13pm NZ time to
No. 1 Son and No. 2 Daughter-in-Law.
Charli came into the world at 42 weeks
weighing eight pounds and seven ounces (3.9kg).
Mum, bubs and Dad are all doing well!
Both of us cannot await to see
our first grandchild in person.
We are certain that Charlotte will be
a shining star in our lives.
Auckland, known as…
…the city of sails.
However, I think Geelong…
…could also lay claim to that title.
A variety of Towers towering over
their respective landscape.
I’m not sure why the Tower of London was so named.
Google to the rescue:
It was founded towards the end of 1066
as part of the Norman Conquest of England.
The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name,
was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was
a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted
upon London by the new ruling elite.
And now I know 🙂
Closer to home is…..
…Auckland’s Sky Tower in New Zealand.
Using your imagination it could be
described as similar to Sydney’s Tower.
The major point of difference is that we
celebrated Number 2 Daughter-in-Law’s birthday
with dinner in the Auckland Sky Tower in 2018.
Many of my photos I remember taking,
not so this one over Paris…
…not from the top observation point.
Alas we only made it to the
second observation deck.
I guess we should be happy to have made
it up the Eiffel Tower at all,
because we did not set foot inside the
Giotto Bell Tower in Florence, in Italy.
I think we may have paid more than we should have,
to visit the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa
(Burj meaning Tower, so I was told).
However, it was a wonderful, last day, experience
and we thought some pricey
souvenir photos worthwhile.
High Tea at the Burj Al Arab was our
main reason for a stopover in Dubai.
Again, not something to do on a weekly basis
but a wonderful experience.
We nudged the local retail economy along
with a new set of clothes each, for the occasion,
and felt human after living in the same
traveller kit for four weeks.
These Towers are springing up
all over the Western District.
Almost at our back door, on the farm,
is a wind farm of over 100 towers
claimed to be the largest in
the Southern Hemisphere.
May have been when built,
but no longer so, I suspect.
Geelong Coffee Shop.
Hotel Langham Melbourne.
Pre Dawn, Geelong.
Auckland (NZ) Airport lights
Geelong Boat Lights
Mostly Geelong sunsets with
a few others variety.
Sunset over Namibia,
Our first sunset for 2019.
Alaskan sunset, 2018
Alaskan sunset, 2018.
From memory the Alaskan sunsets
were taken around midnight.
South African sunset, 2013
Sunset from the Sky Tower
Presented to the Bride and Groom.
Some unexpected moments
to Point Lonsdale for a sunrise shoot last March.
Expectations were high.
Results were low.
And after being blown around by a chilly breeze
I decided to pack my gear away and head home.
I had walked about a quarter of the way
back along the pier
when this rainbow appeared above the lighthouse.
I had no more than two minutes
to grab a camera and capture some images…
then it was gone as quickly as it appeared.
Also this time last year I had no idea we would
celebrate our Wedding Anniversary with
First Class Dining in a private cabin
aboard the Q Train.
June in Canada and we did not expect
to experience falling snow….even on
the Columbia Icefield.
This time last year we did expect a trip
to Auckland for an engagement party.
However, a wedding date had not been settled upon
and so our September/October trip
back (to New Zealand) for the
wedding of Number 1 Son
to Number 2 Daughter-in-Law
was unexpected but enjoyable.