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'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.
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Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Garden Party Weather
I know (from blogs I've been reading) that almost the whole of the rest of the world is thigh-deep in snow. So I'd thought I'd bring those poor cold souls some of our sunshine.
I live about 10 minutes from the sea in an area which is known throughout New Zealand to have one of the best surf beaches, and some of the most pleasant climate.
The image below shows the end third of the Mount Maunganui (Mong-ga-noo-ee) peninsula, with the extinct volcano Mauao ('Caught by the Rays of the Sun') and pine-clad Matakana Island behind.
To the left hand side of the peninsula is a sheltered estuary and these waters are popular for yachting and provide the water views from the city of Tauranga.
The right hand side is the open ocean side and obviously has the surf beach.
The narrow bit between the Mauao volcano and Matakana Island has to be dredged and provides the only access into the busy Tauranga harbour and port for all the container vessels, fishing boats, yachts and huge cruise liners.
Large vessels can only come in and out at high tide.
As you can imagine, it is quite an impressive sight to watch a tall cruise liner negotiate the narrow gap.
Anyway, back to the sunshine...
About a month after Christmas we usually have our 'Aftermas' party.
This is a sort of 'Come Again Christmas'. We invite friends and relations, sit in the garden (weather permitting) and talk and drink and eat all afternoon.
I thought I should have a look at the long-range forecast to see if this lovely warm weather we've been having for three weeks already will continue. Looks like it will!