We woke to a thunderstorm on Saturday but it didn't last long and the rain stopped so we went to the Growers' Market. When we got home I looked through the Venetian blinds and thought there were black clouds coming but when I lifted the blind I realised it was thick black smoke from a house on fire a few streets away.
I dialled 111 and luckily it had already been reported and we heard a fire truck shortly after but we could still see flames.
Luckily there were working smoke alarms and everyone got out safely. There were four fire engines and 20 crew. Everyone has been rallying around the family.
Sunday was sunny and I finally managed to do some work in the garden and got about 15 of the broccoli and kale seedlings planted out and did some weeding. I also collected leaves from the park behind us and put them into various compost bins. Some of them have been nicely chopped up by the mowers.
Doug went on the Parkinson walk today but I stayed home and baked a cake then when things warmed up I collected more leaves for the compost.
While all this has been happening the South Island has had a red alert storm and there is major flooding in Canterbury with bridges washed away, roads and farms under water and people being told to stay home unless they have to evacuate. The storm is not over yet but we just saw on our news that Lake Taupo in the middle of the North Island is almost at its lowest recorded level and rain is desperately needed there.
Our forecast for tomorrow is fine but only 16°C.