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Last week I forgot the thing that made me happiest recently, and was actually the original inspiration for last weeks “happy things” post.

I hadn’t been into the city for a week or two or three, except for going on the bus (which takes a different route) to meet a friend for lunch. On Sunday (a week ago) we drove along the waterfront – almost all the quays (there are a lot of “quays” in Wellington) – and pretty much all the pohutukawa were in flower. The trees along the waterfront by the stadium and the route where cruise passengers would walk (and would have been walking this summer but for COVID) are getting bigger, and so there are even more beautiful red blooms. A few days later when I was in the city I started counting some of the trees along the sides and middle of the streets, and there are hundreds. I stopped to take a photo … or two. They really doesn’t convey the continuous delights of these red blooms as we drive along the quays and around the bays, where the newer council planted trees turned into the older, huge trees in Oriental Parade that were also in flower. Further around the bays were the trees where I took the photo some years ago that form my current and very seasonal header image.

I know I wax on (ad nauseum?) about the pohutukawa and their red blooms every year at this time. This is not even my first post about them this year! But they do delight me. They herald the season, promise a joyful, relaxed summer and summer holiday, and provide a nice introduction to a new year full of hope. This year, perhaps more than any other year, hope and joy is both necessary, and appreciated.

Another in the Thursday Tree Love series – find all the other bloggers doing it here.

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We’ve just returned home from a road trip (I’ll write about it and post some pics next week), and I was thrilled to see my first summer-of-2020 pohutukawa in flower on the Tāwharanui Peninsula. This is a classic northern scene – beaches and little coves lined with pohutukawa. Some years ago we drove north for a holiday in early December to see them all in flower – wouldn’t you know, they flowered late that year! So I had never expected to see any in early November. What a treat it was. Even if the day itself was not very summery.

And a closer view of those flowers …

Another in the Thursday Tree Love series – find all the other bloggers doing it here.

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I promised on my last tree-loving post that I would try and get some snaps of a bunch of pohutukawa trees in flower. The trouble with pohutukawa trees is that they rarely all flower at the same time. Still, yesterday I snapped this hillside from my car. You can see how great they look together, and in the distance there are little spatters of red from other pohutukawa trees. There are pockets of trees in flower, or even individual ones, that are gloriously in flower all over the city right now. They make me happy.

Another Thursday Treelove post, if a little late.

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