Sunday 1 April 2012: Outblipped!
You know when you think you've got a blip subject, go along and shoot it as planned and then...this happens, and this, and this?!
Well that's what happened to me today.
Having missed the arrival blip of Mr L. by having been 'old ladied' on 10th March, I was determined to get a departure shot today instead. In fact, that almost went down the drain, too, when he checked his tickets at 1.30pm and discovered that the flight that he thought was due to depart at 2.30pm actually left at 2.05! Luckily, 1) Nelson airport is very small and you only need to turn up 15 minutes before the flight; and 2) We live close to the airport!
We did make it there in time but I was disappointed to discover on going up to the rooftop Observation Deck that the Auckland plane was obscured by a tree, so we wouldn't be able to see him boarding. In the end, I had to make do with a few shots of the plane speeding along the runway and taking off, which were OK but not terribly exciting - though they do show what a scenic location the airport enjoys!
After that, Immy and I went into town to meet up with Lynley for our second attempt to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the cinema. This time, I had taken the precaution of booking the tickets online in advance. Already, yesterday, the 6.10pm showing for today was sold out so we plumped for the 3.10 instead. When we got to our seats however, someone was sitting in one of them...
A quick dash back to the ticket office revealed that I had apparently booked online for Monday, not today!! (I still don't quite actually believe that, to be honest! They couldn't give me back my computer print-out and one of the staff said that she thought the system was playing up because the 1.10pm showing was fully booked online when she turned up for work in the morning - something she'd never seen in all her years working there!). In the end they kindly agreed to swap our tickets for the 8.40pm showing tonight, as we couldn't really make it any other time as tomorrow is a school day and Immy and I are leaving for Bahrain on Tuesday morning.
Back home we went, to continue packing and, in Immy's case, cleaning the rental car, for which I have already paid her handsomely! It was rather a shock when the sun sank behind the hills at only half past six, but it did so in spectacular style, so much so that the sunset won the day having 'outblipped' the plane shots. So much for planning - but as we blippers know, blips seldom go according to plan!
At last - third time lucky! - we arrived at the cinema and were actually able to take our seats for the film. And very enjoyable it was, too. The all-star cast did not disappoint and the colours of Jaipur were, of course, radiant. Oddly enough, the streets themselves seemed somewhat cleaner than my memories of them when I visited that beautiful red sandstone city - I only wish we had stayed somewhere like the Best Exotic Marigold when I was there with my mother-in-law (but that's a story for another day!).
Finally, if you have a spare moment, please welcome my daughter's boyfriend, Dawson, to blip. He has started blipping today with a great, informative blip about the punting industry on the River Cam in Cambridge, where he grew up.