Carolyn has asked me to write something for her blog - so here are my thoughts.
Well it is officially summer - not that you would know it, given the cool breezes and rain clouds.
(in the Southern Hemisphere, Southern winds = cold!!) that continue to afflict us.
But a sign that the seasons have or are about to change is the start of the Cruise ship season.
Suddenly they are here... these monstrous carriers of people from everywhere, but mostly Americans and Australian tourists.
We see them staggering around in matching track pants and wearing their blue blocker
sunnies as they clutch their maps and look a little bewildered.
Today in Port was a really huge boat that we haven't had the pleasure of before - subtlety named "Celestial Soltice" that appears to have disgorged thousands of travellers to wander around and see the sights of the City of Auckland.
I was staggered by the size of the vessel and took a couple of snaps as I ran for the ferry.
It seems out of scale - over 500 metres long and perhaps 11-12 stories high.
The promos show the boat with youthful folk all having fun but I sensed the average age of those
on board was probably more like the retired and older age bracket.
Anyway it gives the City a bit of vibrancy and a change from the usual workers rushing off to their jobs and work for the day.
Hope you are all well and having a great wind down to Christmas xx
Thank you Martin, for taking the photos and writing this post today