This morning was a morning for birds, and it was a lovely way to start. I heard the kaka squawking like the parrots they are, though I couldn’t see them, but as I drove down our street, I saw three kereru at about 100 metre intervals perched on telephone wires, and then when I returned home, there was a tui attacking the cabbage tree next to my driveway.
I went to the dentist this morning, and as the dentist reached into my mouth with sharp metal implements, I hoped that an earthquake wouldn’t strike for the next 30 minutes or so, which isn’t an unreasonable fear when you know that there have been 57 earthquakes of at least a magnitude of 5 in the last month. I had to laugh last week when I saw an article giving advice about another of my occasional fears – what to do if you’re in the shower (or otherwise involved in the bathroom) when there is an earthquake.
I’ve written before about the tyranny of northern traditions at this time of year, and the fact that they really mean little to anyone growing up in New Zealand. So I was delighted to see that Air New Zealand has addressed it, coming up with an alternative, Kiwi-based Christmas carol. Watch the video about making the carol below, or listen to the finished version here:
I also highly recommend the movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople that stars the boy in the video – he’s a gem – and so as a treat, here’s the trailer: