Another year, another Scott Kelby photowalk

On Saturday the annual Scott Kelby Worldwide photowalk took place and I joined up with the Wellington leg. It was a beautiful afternoon and our route took us through a number of interesting back streets and along the waterfront as the sun was setting. It makes a difference when the weather is glorious and the […]

The kiwi jumped over the moon

On a clear and still night last week I headed out for some astrophotography. Driving north I ended up at Paekakariki and parked near the surf club before walking north up the beach. There was a minor issue in that moon was bright in the sky and the light was not helpful when photographing stars […]

The Arras Tunnel

The area around the Wellington War Memorial is being remodelled into a larger memorial park and part of the work involves putting a section on Buckle Street underground. The new underpass has been named the Arras Tunnel in memory of the New Zealand recruits who were tunnelling underneath the town of Arras in France in […]

The 1st Birthday Party

Alayna is one in a couple of days and today we held a small birthday party. We had family and a few friends around to celebrate. Alayna had a wonderful day full of play, presents and happy interaction with lots of people. I’m pretty sure that Alayna won’t need any new toys for a few […]

Swimming lessons

We’ve been taking Alayna to swimming lessons at the Tawa School pool with Easyswim. At the moment the sessions are all about getting Alayna comfortable with being in the water and beginning to teach her a few ideas like kicking legs and moving arms through the water. Its been going well and Alayna has enjoyed […]

Lux Festival 2014

It’s Lux Festival time again in Wellington. This year the festival was bigger with more installations and running over a longer period and unlike last year there wasn’t a big storm coming through on opening night. Keryn was meeting a few people from work for drinks so I headed into the city after work and […]

Short and very sweet

Alayna has been expressing her individuality at dinner time and is quite happy to have a go at feeding herself. It might be messy but its a lot of fun and so far the mess has been confined to Alayna and the high chair, both of which are easily cleaned. We’re looking forward to more […]

A zoo party

Today was the combined first birthday celebration for our antenatal group held at Wellington Zoo. We headed to the zoo a little early to walk around while Alayna was still fresh after her morning sleep. It was a sunny but cold afternoon and many of the zoo animals were sleeping in the sun but therefore […]

Raumati Beach

Keryn’s parents have been staying with us for the last week and there hasn’t been a lot of outdoor activity due to the rubbish winter weather. Today looked a bit nicer and with my football postponed due to the sodden ground we had a plan to head north for lunch and a walk. First we […]

10 Months

Winter continues and finally seems to have a little bite. Colder weather coincided with both Keryn and Alayna getting colds, nothing too bad but both have been run down and while they’re now on the mend there is a lingering cough so we’ve been limiting the outdoor time. Meanwhile Keryn has been continuing with the […]

Earl & Alayna (with a side of apple)

Our cat Cadbury is still quite wary of Alayna but our other cat Earl is coming around to the idea that we have a new family member after only 9 months. The change in opinion may have something to do with the fact that Earl is on a diet and he hangs around looking for […]

Staglands

Keryn organised an antenatal group catch-up at Staglands, a wildlife reserve north of Upper Hutt. The wildlife are largely farm animals with a few exotic birds and some native species as well. It was a cold morning when we set out and we were all wrapped up in our cosy clothes, Alayna wearing a too-large […]

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