Today we emerged from hibernation. Hibernation imposed by illness – winter colds – and days of gloomy, rainy weather, when the memory of something called the sun was fast disappearing. Today was one of those days when Wellington is just perfect. I felt better, and so left the house for the first time since Thursday. With my headband covering my ears, my walking shoes, and iPod, I was ready to go. It was surprising to have to find my sunglasses, and don them as well. There was no wind. Unless you’ve lived in Wellington, you probably don’t understand this. I like to walk, but I don’t like to walk where I live. If the hills don’t put me off, the wind does. My ears get cold (hence the headband) and my eyes stream. I look a sight, feel worse, and so regrettably don’t go out to walk as much as I would like to. But today, ahhhh, today it was still.
I wasn’t the only one with this idea. We smiled and nodded at each other as we passed, all recognising the spectacular day. I took it easy this first day after illness. But I walked down the street towards the park, then detoured off to the right, up another hill, and suddenly the harbour stretched out beneath me. I know it’s a cliché, but the harbour really was like glass, the only disruption to its smooth surface a decorative swish behind the little red tug. The view made me smile.
I walked back, past a hoarding advertising a section for sale. It would have a brilliant harbour view, is in a prime location, and have I mentioned that one of my dreams is to one day build my own house? However the RV (rateable value) of the empty section is about the same as the RV of our house here. So there go our retirement savings. Or my dream. For today, at least.
And so I walked home. As spectacular as the view from the section is, it faces south, and by 3 pm had not seen the sun for several hours. I returned home, where I’d left the heating turned off, and the windows wide open. The house was bathed in sunlight, and the temperature inside was a surprising and delicious 21 degs C. Maybe this place ain’t so bad after all.