Big Ocean

We’ve done a number of TransAtlantic crossings but nothing prepared us for the vastness of the Pacific. You could fit two Atlantic Oceans into the Pacific with room to spare. What you will see in this post is a brief selection of the sea conditions we encountered at various stages of the voyage across the ...

Auckland

Our one day visit to Auckland convinced us that it is an eminently civilized city. Its location and skyline reminded us of Vancouver and its climate is California year round. It’s a very new and clean city as well. The oldest buildings are Victorian or Edwardian. There is no graffiti anywhere that we could see. ...

Waitangi

The Bay of Islands was our first port call and one of the highlights of our cruise. For a casual sightseer it had everything – beauty, culture and history. At the spot of the flagpole in 1840 the representatives of the British Crown and the Maori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi – the Founding ...

Old Friends

On our Transpacific Cruise we were delighted to meet some old friends from previous cruises – that’s one of the best things about cruising with Celebrity, something that keeps us coming back. In a way the Solstice herself is an old friend. We cruised on her before in 2012, when she was making her first ...

Special Guest Star

A little grief therapy going on at my place this week. The lady who looked after Sammy last month is herself taking a week’s holiday so we are hosting her little black cat Onyx. After losing my best furry pal it’s been a nice experience to have Onyx here. Cats are surprisingly adaptable. The little ...

Impressive Innovation

I bought my last film SLR in 2002 – it was an F80, a mid grade Nikon body. I got the usual kit lenses with it, and over the years acquired a nice collection of prime autofocus lenses to go with them. It was, and still is a nice film system. That same year Nikon ...

Getting Back on the Bike

When our first furry pal Brio died in 1999, it was only three days later we were back on the cat owner’s bike with Sammy. Ready to go for another 16 memorable years. Will it happen again? Nobody knows for sure, but I’d say it’s unlikely we’ll move this quickly next time. It was only ...

Only a Cat

He was only a cat – a four footed, silky smooth bundle of gray fur with a purr like a Cummins diesel. We got him as a young adolescent from the Georgetown Animal Hospital where he had landed as a stray. In his early days he was a high energy fellow who wanted to be ...

Ferry Cross to Manly

Sydney is a harbor based city like Stockholm. The best way to see the harbor and the skyline is to get out there on a boat. There are Hop On, Hop Off tour boats that take you to various points around Botany Bay but a cheaper and still interesting alternative is to take a ferry ride. ...

Back to the Future

I’ve been taking photographs for well over 50 years – I started out with an Ansco Cadet box camera that used 127 roll film – 12 exposures and wait a week. Later on I switched to a Yashica 35mm rangefinder, and from 1981 to 1986 I was an SLR shooter. I started with a manual focusNikon ...

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