Walks in Wellington, always take you through under or around the Pohutukawa trees. They are everywhere and flowering profusely.
The Pohutukawa trees are almost always flowering at Christmas. So, although we do not chop them down and drag them inside and hang tinsel on them, these are our New Zealand Christmas trees. They sing holidays to us.
This big green patch in this valley is the local primary school.
Some of these big fancy modern expensive hilltop mansions are not pretty but they certainly have the view. The joy of the hills around Wellington is that even from an ordinary hilltop house the views can be pretty incredible.
I commented to my son how I was hearing more birdsong than in recent years and he told me about the determination nationally to get rid of the rodents that prey on our precious native birds. It seems to me that even though the official programme has been up and running for about a year, with government funds now, there are definitely more birds. I can hear them. t is a wildly ambitious plan but we all LOVE it.
He also told me that the new Labour government in New Zealand has decided that the first year of university education is free for all New Zealanders. Education is the key component to keeping a country alive and thriving. This is not new, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Austria. Belgium. Czech Republic and Germany, are a few of the countries who also have free tertiary education for citizens.
Oh, my breakfast in bed, (whipped cream on Vogels toast – my favourite bread – with two blueberries and three raspberries placed in a smiley face pattern) has arrived. Hmm. An interesting breakfast. Time to get up then?
In Illinois, it looks like it is still OK, weather-wise, but next week the temperatures will plummet.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: WELLINGTON. Cloudy and moderately windy (for Wellington).
Friday 12/22 20% / 0 in
Morning clouds will give way to afternoon sunshine. High 69F. Winds SSE at 15 to 25 mph.
Friday Night 12/22 10% / 0 in
Partly cloudy. Low 57F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.
5:44 am 8:54 pm
Waxing Crescent, 10% visible 8:58 am 11:27 pm