Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Well, the "red sky at night" was correct.  Yesterday was fine, HOT and HUMID.  We had our walk with the Parkinson's group.  We are extremely lucky with the weather on these walks.  The only problem was the heat and humidity.  We walked to and up and over the Whangarei Falls which was a grand sight even though the river level had fallen from its peak.

As usual we went to the nearest cafe for coffee and socialising then it was home for a quick shower to cool down before I went to Garden Club.  We always have a speaker after the meeting and yesterday it was Cassandra Moar who made and presented two flax sleeping baskets to the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern at Waitangi see here.  She was a delightful lady and told us she can weave 20 a day (that does not include the collecting and preparing of the flax).  

She had brought a couple of small baskets for the club to use as raffle prizes and also a flax baby's rattle.  She then made a rattle to show us how it was done.  Her fingers were so nimble.  

Later in the day (about 6 p.m.) I checked the thermometer on our deck and it was reading 32 degrees.  At about 9.30 we got the predicted storm - thunder and lightening and heavy rain.  which carried on through much of the night which was as muggy as the previous ones had been.  Apparently the storm moved south and is now returning to us.  Happy days. 

Cyclone Gita hit Tonga last night with a lot of destruction and we now have to wait and see whether it will head here.


  1. According to my on-line forecast it is -3 C here this morning. Think yourself lucky!

  2. Can't remember the last time I was in temperatures as low as that but at least you can warm up by the fire - with the high humidity we are having there is not much one can do. Sleeping at night is a real problem.

    Mind you, saying that, I don't like the cold either - we had our chimney swept today ready for winter fires.