I Spy

As with most of my friends of my age I find that I now need to wear my glasses from almost the time I get up in the morning until I go to sleep.  The one notable exception is my elder sister who , while needing glasses in her early years now no longer even needs her specs for reading.  How fair is that?

And now I notice that each of my children, and their spouses, need glasses for reading.

So with my glasses on am I seeing any more clearly?  Looking around my world I see that there is still strife and war; still hungry children; still abused children and still homeless people.

But today, we didn’t need our glasses on to see the pod of Orca whales spotted in Wellington harbour; they were swimming about 100 metres off shore this afternoon.

Orcas
Orca whales in Wellington Harbour

Earlier reports had them on the other side of the harbour.  A local man, with a friend visiting from Hawaii spotted the pod .  Apparently they followed the pod for about 90 minutes.  He also said dolphins were playing with the Orcas and they could be seen diving alongside the whales.

According to the Department of Conservation  Orcas come into the Wellington Harbour several times a year.  We are told the whales could have been following the coast line of the North Island and followed it into the harbour.  Or they could be taking shelter from turbulent conditions in open sea.

We are also told by DOC that while commonly called ”killer whales”, Orcas are actually large dolphins.

But we obviously didn’t have our glasses on when some shady deals were being made.  The Serious Fraud Office has revealed it is investigating another failed finance company over alleged related party deals.

SFO chief executive Adam Feeley this afternoon said a probe had begun into the affairs of NZF Group, including commercial and residential loan provider NZF Money that collapsed in July last year owing debenture holders $16.4 million.

How many more of these finance companies are going to be in the spotlight in the coming months.  And how many people have lost or will lose their retirement funds having invested in these companies.

And I shall need my spectacles to see the upcoming movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  We have seen the trailer for this movie every time we have been to the cinema recently and I am really looking forward to it.

The blurb tells us the story follows a group of British retirees who decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.

So what else do I see through these spectacles?

I visited the library today and picked up a couple of books by a writer new to me, Charles Finch.  My elder sister told me about him a weeks or so ago and then today I read this post from Marie at My Life, Such as It is.  I now have both this book September Society and the earlier one in the series A Beautiful Blue Death to read.

September Society book coverA Beautiful Blue Death book coverSo now I am off to bed with a cup of coffee to read about the antics and adventures of this “Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer”, Charles Lennox.  I hope the stories are as interesting as I am led to believe by Marie and my sister, Christine.

“The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn’t indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn’t detect.” Mark Twain.

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24 thoughts on “I Spy

  1. I’ve worn glasses (spectacles) since I was about five, they’re the first thing I put on in the morning and the last thing I take off at night. I can’t even begin to imaging life without them.
    Enjoy your coffee with your Victorian Gentleman armchair explorer. 🙂

    1. It’s strange how quickly we become used to wearing our specs! I will start the book tonight – got hooked up on an episode of Midsummer Murders last night. 🙂

  2. An old friend who was longsighted was prescribed glasses as she got older, and was horrified to discover that all the people she had thought were beautiful had spots, wrinkles, freckles – sometimes, ignorance is bliss!

  3. Like Sallyann, I’ve been wearing glasses since I was about five, and they are pretty much a part of me now. I put them on first thing and take them off last thing, pretty much every day. The very few times I’ve had to go without them, I felt almost naked.
    The movie sounds interesting, as do the books. And I would love to have seen the whales!

    1. The whales are a sight to behold. Magnificent creatures. I am going to see that movie tonight so there may well be a post on it tomorrow. As we say – watch this space.

  4. I’ve worn glasses since I was about seven. Without them, I get headaches from eye strain, but if I could be blind to the goings on around me for a little while, I would endure the headache.

    I love going the the library to borrow books…it always feels like Christmas! I hope you enjoy your reads 🙂

    1. I found wearing them all the time, rather than just for reading, a little difficult to begin with but quickly realised how much better that was. No longer was I running around looking for them. They were on my nose!

  5. I have worn glasses since at the age of ten or eleven my parents finally took me for a vision check. Until then I thought trees were big lollipops. I have enjoyed the blessing of not needing reading glasses now.

    Needing them has gotten my husband out of the cleaning business at home. He won’t wear them while cleaning and so misses most of the dirt. Realized that was probably why my mother’s house dirtied as she aged.

    Life goes on in all its glory, pain and mundaneness. Thank you for this.

    1. Hi Kat – your husband has the right idea. Just what a guy will do to get out of the chores! And as you say, life goes on in all its glory, pain and mundaneness.

  6. Christine in Los Angeles

    As Judith said, I needed glasses as a child, but everything improved when I was pregnant (??)
    Now, the Department of Motor Vehicles thinks I need glasses – surely, if I can’t see a car ahead, I shouldn’t be driving.
    And my optometrist says my eyes are great “for a woman my age” – honey! they’re great for a woman of any age.
    I’m the ‘chubby’ one in our family, so perhaps the extra layer of ‘pudge’ keeps my eyes working?
    God bless, Christine

  7. oh Orcas are one of the most beautiful of creatures. I put my specs on before I get out of bed in the morning and take them off after I’ve crawled under the blankies at night! The covers of those two books look smashing. Happy reading.

  8. Thanks Nancy – we are going to see the Marigold Hotel movie tonight and so I can let you know about that. And I will certainly post on the Finch boos. I only hope they are as good as I am led to believe.)D

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  10. Great post, Judith! I borrowed a book from the library this morning, went on to the chemist to pick up a prescription and left my book on the counter. And I had my glasses on all the time! 🙂

      1. Oh! I’d forgotten about the library book, until I read this
        (the chemist is closed all weekend.) Better get my butt down there and reclaim it – thanks for reminding me. Specs for my mind would be a very useful gadget right now! 🙂

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