Monday 19 March 2012: Don't let the sun go down on me.....
Not feeling very blip-inspired at the moment, I'm afraid. I feel that my blips are becoming rather mundane and will have to make an effort to go out and get more exciting ones. You know things are bad when you wonder if you ought to blip the washing line.
I've been in a bad mood since the courier van turned up this morning bearing my passports - I sent them off to Christchurch over a week ago to get my residency visa transferred from the old to the new one. Today they came back with a note to say that my application was 'incomplete' because they had failed to be able to process my credit card payment, and various politely-veiled threats about deportation. I was SO ANGRY! Why hadn't they called me about this (they asked for day and evening phone numbers), so I could explain that this is an overseas credit card and occasionally it is declined because of a communication error, and if you try it again in 10 minutes it's fine? Or I could have given them another credit card number. A shop assistant told me today that because the card is a relatively new chip & pin one, many of the older CC machines can't process them because they won't accept manual key-in, which is why he had to upgrade his machine. This made me wonder why Immigration doesn't accept online payments?
So Immigration NZ has wasted a week by sending them back to me and requesting a cheque, with the warning that cheque payments - of course! - take longer to process. I'm leaving NZ at the beginning of April and now don't want to trust my passport to them again in case I don't get it back in time.
We had lots of activity in the garden today - Shane the landscaping contractor and his crew came round for a serious bout of pruning, cutting back and general tidying up, so I could have got a few blips. In the end though, I left it till this evening to photograph this tendril of ivy on the deck. I've always rather liked ivy and had some in my wedding bouquet. I noticed the setting sun on these leaves but as soon as I started shooting, the sun disappeared and when I looked up I saw that it had sunk behind the mountains!
Something rather amusing has hit the news here today so at least I have an idea for tomorrow's blip. Failing that, I could blip the b****y passports.