Traveling around the curve of the earth. And now I am here – home again.
The sunrise from the plane.
The sun bobbing just behind us as we flew ahead of the fire.
Then as I plane hopped with unnerving ease across the world and down the country. New Zealand – that is the place of my birth. Home am I again.
Wellington is dried up after an unusually protracted period of dry heat.
No-one has touched the rhubarb because it is growing for Aunty’s rhubarb crumble.
Lot’s of dill grown for Mum’s dill chicken. Thyme for the beetroot salad and on they go my children. Growing vegetables with recipes in their minds. Christmas time feeds. Teaching their children to cut from the garden and bring it into the kitchen.
A whole new generation of gardeners and cooks in the making.
I will not say terribly much this morning. It is 5.40 am and my kitchen assistants will be out of their beds and roaring into their morning soon. I have presents to rescue from the depths of my suitcase and I need to wrap them before I am caught. I think everything survived the journey.
I have been promised breakfast in bed from a certain milking shed farmboy excited to show me his new skills. Evidently, I am to be treated to whipped cream and strawberries on toast. Goodness.
The morning has dawned a little cloudy and still for the moment. It is Wellington though – there will be wind coming.
I will be where I am, quite happily.
WEATHER: Wellington, New Zealand.
Thursday 12/21 0% / 0 in
Partly cloudy. Gusty winds during the afternoon. High 69F. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Thursday Night 12/21 40% / 0.03 in
Windy early with showers becoming likely after midnight. Low 61F. NNE winds shifting to SSE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
5:43 am 8:53 pm
Waxing Crescent, 5% visible 8:03 am 10:49 pm