The morning tea was a set-up
Last Wed Jenny (my wife) and I had a “morning tea” birthday celebration with good friends, Jacqui and Andrew Hart, (Jacqui even had a birthday cake for Jenny).
But it was actually a set-up – we needed an excuse to get Jenny to Jacqui’s house so that we could reveal her real birthday present – a magnificent painting of a kingfisher!
Jacqui is a master painter – her paintings (from photos) are exquisite in detail, colours and exactness (https://www.facebook.com/jacqui.hart.754). The Sacred Kingfisher (Kotare in Maori) is Jenny’s favourite bird so, in Jan (pre-covid) I commissioned Jacqui to paint one – for Jenny’s 70th last Sun (July 12th).
Jacqui researched available photos from professionals and purchased the perfect “profile”, then, over the covid lockdown, completed the painting – all in secret to Jenny (that was hard!).
Jenny was overwhelmed! Especially when Jacqui presented her with the beautifully coloured booklet showing all 13 stages of the process!
Jenny’s kingfisher is now happily perched, pride and place, in our home.