It has been blowing hard all day, wind with a tear inducing chill. Huge clouds wobble and roll across the heavens, big and bloated with rain. Sometime in the afternoon, there is a gap between showers, and I take a gamble that it might be dry for an hour and go out for a walk, knowing that I will probably get soaked.
The wind is exhilarating, the noise of it is everywhere.
Today could not be more different. Just a zephyr of a breeze, a playful ripple on the water. Sky a monotonous blue. I find myself interested in detail, a bumble bee sipping nectar from yellow kowhai flowers, black swans and ducks with their young, a solitary Royal Spoonbill. I hardly look at the sky.
|Phormium tenax (NZ flax) showing old and new flower spikes.|
|Black Swans and Cygnets, if you look carefully at the swan on the right you will see that she has a cygnet resting on her back.|
|Kowhai flowers with a happy bumble bee (Bombus terrestris). New Zealand has 4 species of bumble bee, all introduced from England in 1885 and 1906 to help pollinate red clover.|
|Kowhai flowers after shedding their yellow petals.|
Sunday 20 Nov
A very special day.
Today we had a visit from Anna and Mike. I have been reading and enjoying Anna's pottery blog -Anna's Ceramics- for quite some time now, and it was a delight to have a visit from Anna and her husband Mike, whilst they were on a tour of the South Island of New Zealand. One of the realities of living where we do is that we are unlikely to ever meet many of my blogging friends, so this visit was quite a historic event! We really enjoyed their company, had lots to talk about, and do hope that we are able to see them again one day.
|Anna and Mike in front of my wood fired kiln.|