2021a pictorial account

January: As Covid restrictions ease – I fly to Wellington to see the Van Gogh interactive with family. A stunning experience.

Starry Night

January again in Wellington for Capital Swim weekend and the annual competition between Team Auckland Masters Swimmers and Different Strokes Wellington. TAMS won both trophies.

The first swim meet since last February

A time to catch up with Cousin Marie and Anne

Me with Anne & Marie

February another mini lockdown

Back swimming in the sea at Rocky Bay



Rocky Bay Omiha





The America Cup was raced on the Waitemata Harbour often overtaking the ferry on training runs.

Team New Zealand

March:  My cusi -sis, Mary Taylor (entrepreneur and foodie) develops a business – Walking food tours around Auckland. Queens road Panmure – a rich variety of tastes from a round the world.

Nibbles to start with
The Himalayan Salt Cave








A visit to Ngawha Springs where my mysterious grandfather spent his last years. The hot springs were frequented by Maori warriors after battle. Now a sad collection of batches with the baths closed for re-development.

Ngawha Springs house
Ngawha Springs dilapidation









I drop in to visit an old acting friend Johnny Givins at Ngunguru and catch up on my swimming in the Whangarei pool. Further south then to visit cousin Robyn Mustard and partner Eric, who have newly relocated to Mahurangi West  with stunning views

Whangarei Centennial Pool
Mahurangi West








April and Autumn in Central Hawke’s Bay with  family. Reconnecting with the land and generally making myself useful.

Farm hills at Wakarara
With Cousins Jan and Jill and brother Craig

Managed to get a few swims in at the Waipukurau pool.




Back to Waiheke Island and Rocky Bay

Rocky Bay Store for sale – now sold

Surfs up at Palm Beach

May: Back in London to a nation emerging from covid restrictions. My first swim .

Mile End Swimming pool

July: A visit to my dear friend Ros and partner John. We walked for 6 hours through deserted farmland.

Swans of East Sussex




Travel Guide friend, Richard came to stay and we went to Greenwich for the day.

The Queens House from the observatory

My birthday party was postponed by a week. It also rained heavily, flooding the courtyard.

Cake by Ros







August: To Hebden Bridge to see Annie and Fyfe. The familiar walks in the woods with the dog and a visit to the wonderful Barbara Hepworth Centre.










Hepworth Garden







September: Swimming the 1500m freestyle for the first and last time. I do look a bit wrecked don’t I?

K2 Crawley.

At Barnet Copthal swim meet, I managed to win a fist full of 1st place vouchers to donate back for a good cause rather than collect medals.

Barnet Copthal





It’s Chelsea flower show, in the Autumn for the first time. The Kings road shops get in on the act.

Aspiring Kings Road Model







Delmozine and I go to Is God Is at the Royal Court to see friend and colleague, Ray in the show.

At the Royal Court
Ray Delmo and me








I’ve got a job managing a production of Marlowe’s Fate by an American academic, Peter Hodges. We are auditioning this month.

October: We are rehearsing Marlowe’s Fate all month, but I skive off to go to the National Masters Meet at Ponds Forge in Sheffield for a weekend

Me and Michael with medals


Our relay team Michael, Me Martin and Phil







I come away with good times and 4 bronze medals, two of them for relays.


November: Marlowe’s Fate has kept me very busy. No that it is up and running at the White Bear theatre I can relax just a little bit.

Marlowe’s Fate – Young Shaxper comes to London looking for work with a printer
Jaqueline, the printer’s wife has taken a fancy to Shaxper









I now have time to visit the Banksey exhibition, which is fantastic.









Time for a commercial break to push my own art. Now available on Kindle

The Donors

A long awaited visit to Cathy and Claire in Collingham where we visited the Holocaust Museum and Southwell Minster. Both stunning

Southwell Minster
Out to Swim Angels
Xmas Star






December: The Out to Swim Angels (Artistic Swimming) Christmas show.

Out to Swim Angels Xmas tree

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