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Monday, 12 April 2010

From the Kitchen Window.

I know I know, another sunset. Perhaps it's because the temperature's dropping a little and we need a skivvy and a jersey in the mornings, that these days I've been extra aware of the sky outside and the edges of the days.
Last winter was colder than average here. And the northern hemisphere winter just been, was cold. And this one we're moving towards is supposed to be cold.

Thanks to friends I have a big stack of excellent dense firewood. And winters here are not very long. But I still prefer summer!

Well, whatever the reason, here's the view from my kitchen window about six pm this evening as I was making an omelet for our tea. Click to get the full effect.


  1. I could do with a skivvy in the mornings - but one of this kind:-

    "Chiefly British, often contemptuous: A servant, especially a female, who does menial work of all kinds; drudge"

  2. Gosh. I see many many sunsets and never tire of them. This is definitely a rather unusual one. I notice that the forecast is not too bad so I assume that this does not bode ill. Although I'll be in Northland on Friday and they would say that a good day would be a very wet one.

  3. Jinksy - yes, I know that kind too! Wish I also had one.
    I'm aware of New Zealandisms, and made a conscious decision to use 'skivvy', 'jersey' and 'tea', knowing that in other parts of the world they would be 'poloneck', 'jumper' or 'pullover', and 'supper' or 'dinner', respectively.

    GB, yes re. the wet one being a good day... My correspondent at Miranda tells me the Waikato was officially declared a drought area as of Monday:
    "Drought was declared in Northland in January, and the Government said today four North Island regions - Waikato, Rodney, Papakura and Manukau - have been declared medium-level drought zones where farmers can apply for help including tax assistance, management advice, welfare support and funding for rural support trusts."


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