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Rā 210 Rāpare, 28 o Hōnongoi

The weather is wild tonight – horizontal rain, thunder, lightning and very windy. Tin roofs make it sound worse than it is – a bit like tents!  Today has been a bit like a weather sandwich…we awoke to heavy rain but by lunchtime the sky was blue,  fluffy white clouds scudded around and the sun was shining.  I was tempted out for a wee walk,  a bit of fresh air.  Not sure that nature quite knows what to make of this winter. There was definitely a touch of spring in the air.  Magnolia trees in flower, camellia bushes boasting splashes of bright colour, jonquils bursting bright yellow and birds chirping and chatting when they can in between the rain showers.

I love the delicate colours of this Hebe and its shadow on the lichen encrusted bright blue of the letterbox. (please correct me if I’m wrong and it isn’t a Hebe!)

Day 157 June 5th 2016

Paula finally got us up Te Aroha! 900m of upwardness in 1hr20 over 4km.  We’ve done it several times before but not so quickly – usually have children to coax up the rooty,  rocky, steep path.
The band of high pressure approx over NZ right now meant that we started in a temperature inversion but but frozen toes, fingers and noses soon melted as we climbed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it so still and clear at the top. Stunning views. Ran down in 55 minutes. What a beautiful winter day.

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Day 31 January 31st 2016

Holiday weekend and a visitor from the UK so a trip to the beach was in order.  Kawhia has been in the list to visit for a long time and we finally made it out there. What a beautiful place so hard to choose a photo. But I like this one of the Wharf full of families enjoying the water – so much life!

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Day 23 January 23rd 2016

Summer time means barbecue time and in New Zealand that usually means sunshine too. How many barbecues in England did we spend stoically sheltering under the sunshades from the rain whilst valiantly grilling burgers?  Nigel has had to get used to having a summer birthday and we arrived in NZ in January which means we have the ideal excuse for a party at this time of year.
Cheating again with a collage!

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