Friday, November 17, 2017

walking Wellington

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I love walking around Wellington.  One of my fave walks is from Miramar Wharf to Oriental Bay.  I puff and pant up the Hataitai hill that's behind the cafe at Greta Point, then walk for a while with the sea a long way down on my right.  When I am almost at the end of the peninsular and I can get a glimpse of the sea on my opposite side, I cross the road to go down the lovely green-belt zig zag path to Oriental Bay.  Oriental Bay is named after one of the first ships, the Oriental.

Here's looking down to Oriental Bay and the city from the top of the zig zag .  A dark day -

Friday, November 10, 2017

Being perfect

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The good news is that when I was assessed yesterday for my forthcoming cataract surgery, I had a health check, and my blood pressure and heart were both declared perfect.  Perfect!  Wow!

Take that, Mary Poppins - you're only "Practically Perfect".  But I am ... "Perfect".  It's enough to make me swoon.

The bad news is I have to wait till almost Christmas for my cataract surgery.  My friend says that he refuses to go to Christmas Day dinner with me if I'm wearing an eye patch.  Another friend says that her Christmas present buying dilemma as to what to buy me is now solved;  she's off to purchase a shoulder parrot and a cutless.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

My Cataracts

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A friend of mine's doctor said to her,  "I only have to look at your age to know you've got cataracts..."

Over ten years ago, I was told I had little bitty (not the correct medical term) cataracts in the corner  of each eye.  I worried at the time but, after a few years, when they didn't grow,  I never gave my cataract problem much of a further thought.  The diagnosis of glaucoma was a more important worry.

Imagine my surprise when on my return from America I was diagnosed with a cataract in one eye to justify a surgical procedure. Tomorrow I am to have a Wellington Hospital pre-assessment.  The surgical procedure should be soon.

And, I have heard various tales, rumours, myths about the length of time it will be before I can swim again.  Somewhere between one and two months seems to be the consensus.



(7 swims so far this month.)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

City flowers

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It's so nice to get a sweet pretty place right-smack-dab in the middle of Wellington city.  It's only a small little garden, and it's between a couple of pedestrian crossings, with shops all round, but how great to spot prettiness where you least expect it.  Thanks, Wellington City Council.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween in Miramar

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"Trick or treat!"  Two ghostly kiddiewinks (Dad hovering in the background) hollered at me as I opened my front door.  I rushed my hand to my heart in fright.  An Oscar-winning performance if I do say so myself.

I said, "I don't have any lollies ("candy' If you're American, 'sweeties' if you're British).  "But here's $2 apiece-" .

The kiddies oohhed and aahhed in appreciation. Their dad handed me two notepads emblazoned with the logo of his real estate office.

Ah, sponsorship - it's everywhere.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Beautiful Day at Hataitai Beach

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Oh, yes, we are on the cusp of summer.  Today (Saturday NZ time) was so warm, so sunny, with beautiful blue sky, and people poured out to the beach.   There were a couple of waka (outriggers)  in the bay, kids were splashing and ... transparent baby jellyfish!  The jellyfish were harmless but they kept on banging into me whilst I was in the water and it was annoying.  One of the regulars called them 'creepy'.  The little jellyfish felt about the size of a pea, the larger ones felt about triple that size.  Some kids were scooping up the jellyfish and throwing them at each other.

Oh, I didn't want this day to end, it was so lovely at the beach.  We were all singing that song that goes,  "In the summer-time, do-do-do-do-do-doh!"  However, I won't be there tomorrow if those jellyfish are still there.

Below:  Hataitai Beach,  look at that blue sky-

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Thief at Hataitai Beach

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One of our swimming group was in the sea the other day when she looked across to the deck to see a guy rummaging through her bag.  She yelled at him and he strolled off as if he didn't have a care in the world, but without taking anything.  He was a short mature man with short grey hair and wearing dark clothes.

So, everyone, beware.