Mehndi Girls

We have indulged ourselves in a little bit of local culture.
Miss Oh Waily had a mehndi done on her leg a couple of days ago, and the two remaining Oh Waily ladies had theirs done today.
But Miss Oh could not be left out of the fun and asked for another one on her hand and arm, perhaps not the most sensible place to do this on a three year old.

Mehndi Kid
Mehndi Kid

 

Mehndi Mum
Mehndi Mum

 

Mehndi Nana
Mehndi Nana

 

Mehndi Kid 2
Mehndi Kid 2

 

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It’s a tough life

but someone has to do it.

The Pool
The Pool

 

The Sheraton Beach
The Sheraton Beach

 

The Chapel
The Chapel

 

The Beach
The Beach

Sadly the little chapel where Mr Oh Waily and I were married seven years ago this Sunday is looking a little bit unloved and uncared for.  The photograph above doesn’t show that, but it made me rather sad to see it up close.

On Hols…

The Oh Waily family is currently on holiday. We have managed to secure internet in our part of the world for the next week so should the mood take me I will come by and post the odd thing or two.

In the meantime, my thoughts and best wishes go out to the people of Japan following on from the horrendously destructive acts of nature that have happened this past week. It would appear that the Ring of Fire wants to play an active role in our lives this year. Hopefully it has now run out of interest in doing so and returns to its relative state of quiet, or at least not quite so destructive.

Many hugs to those who have suffered through events to date and I have my fingers crossed for those of you currently sitting on potential hot-spots.  I hope that this is the last of nature’s destructive events for some extended time.

For those of you new to Oh Waily, we have headed off to our regular destination of choice.  Here are some old blog entries to give you a flavour.  If I can be bothered, I will see about adding some new photos from this trip to the Flickr album as we go.

European Masters Exhibition

This exhibition at Te Papa has been on since November and is due to finish up at the end of February.

I had been putting off going since it is $22.50 for an adult.  I know, I’m tight.  But with a good reason.  Many moons ago I did my OE through Europe and one of the main visiting points in most cities were the world famous art museums.  So when you’ve been to the Louvre, the Musée D’Orsay, Museo del Prado, the National Gallery and so on and so forth you tend to have an unrealistically high expectation of what constitutes a European “Master”.

Then luck would have it that we had to book accommodation for a business visitor from Singapore.  We chose the Museum Hotel next door to where we live.  Nice and convenient.  What we didn’t know was that they were giving tickets to their guests.  As the visitor was only in town for a day and a half for business only, he passed those tickets on to us.  They then sat on our kitchen counter for a month or two and Christmas came and went.

Then Nana Oh Waily came to visit.  She is a painter.  What better than to go to the exhibition with someone who paints !  So we did.
Luckily Nana OW is very understanding of the ignorant (me) non-painting comments.  But we did between us decide that Tischbein’s painting of Goethe has a dodgy foot.  His right foot, no matter up close or from a distance looks like it should be his left.

It was an interesting and reasonably varied selection of paintings.  It covered an extensive time period, a lot of the artists were German which shouldn’t be surprising since the Städel Museum is in Frankfurt am Main.  But I am glad that I didn’t have to pay the $22.  I would’ve been disappointed by the selection of art and artists I think.

If you haven’t been to many “Masters” exhibitions you may find this of great interest, but if you have been to some of the best static collection art galleries in the world you may be disappointed.  Better still I think the exhibition may be free to Wellington ratepayers.  If you fall in to this category and want to see it, then for free it is a good deal and worth the visit.

And frankly, I still prefer the Goldie in Te Papa’s open collection on the 5th Floor.