Most weekends I just want to get away from the city for a while. It doesn’t take far if I go north from where I live, and 30 mins later, I can find myself a lovely rolling meadow like this one, with trees for shelter and a slope, and through the wall of trees at the lower edge, a river.
This was where I found myself yesterday afternoon, a lovely early summer day, with light filtering through the branches overhead and a doughnut bought from my favourite cafe, and a book I was nearly finished. A good story it was too!
I’ve woken today (Monday) and gone for my early morning walk along the harbourside, and noticed with a surge of joy, the Pohutukawa trees are all coming into bloom. We call these New Zealand Christmas trees – not because we cut them down and decorate them, but because they blossom in December in vivid red, and are a backdrop to most coastal holiday or beach settings.
Now, of course, I’m thinking of what holiday I might take in January – in what I believe will be the hottest summer in years. The last two summers I have gone tenting up at Kai Iwi lakes, where there are some deep freshwater dune lakes and the swimming is great. Watch this space.
I’ll finish today’s blog with this pretty Queen Mary’s Lace and a rather old-fashioned butterfly sitting on its edge. How apt.