Finally, a few days before Christmas, the summer weather set in, giving us a lovely Christmas Day, and now a week of beautiful weather, which meant it was time to get out and about.
Today, we ventured north, through the suburbs (stopping for some last minute sales) to the west coast, where the Tasman Sea sparkles, Kapiti Island dominates the seascape, and the South Island waves at us. Friends have just bought a weekend beach house, and we were heading out to celebrate with them, and check it out.
The cold wind we’d had in Wellington disappeared, and we were welcomed into a sheltered, green, haven of fruit trees, monarch butterflies, ducks and ducklings, and hungry eels in the creek.
I made a half-hearted effort to snap a butterfly, but declared it impossible, as they were alighting on flowers or the feijoa trees for too short a time to focus and snap. Instead, I focused on the water lilies and other flowers, though the Husband decided to prove me wrong and was soon asking for an apology (see below).
We enjoyed a long lazy lunch under the wisteria, appreciating the breeze, loving the tranquil view, sipping some excellent wine (a rose – compulsory drinking in summer – and a lovely sauvignon blanc), nibbling on good bread, Christmas ham, cheese and chutney, the sweetest home-grown strawberries, and Christmas cherries.
What more could we ask for on a perfect day, nestled between two public holidays, in this, the most relaxed of seasons?