As I write in New Zealand in an overcast 17C/62F, John is going out to milk the cow in Ilinois in -17F (-21C). not good. So far all is well. They are all alive at least. But cold, cold.
My sister and her family have a house on Breaker Bay. I went to visit her yesterday.
We carried wicker chairs and a cup of coffee onto the foundations of an old boathouse and watched the world go by. We saw seals and dolphins. Lots of birds. Birds with chicks in the rocks too. It was a perfect day for a little paradise exploration. Mostly we just sat in the sun and watched.
The beach which is all rocks is tiny and slim. With little houses clinging to the bottoms of the cliffs. Small and playful they were probably Hectors dolphins.
A perfect little beach house in New Zealand.
Breaker Bay is directly opposite the rocks that the Wahini ground herself on in a terrible storm. She breached the hull and went down in terrifying slow motion, very close to shore but too far for the 51 poor souls who drowned that day. I was too small to remember much but I can recall many conversations over the years. And the television footage. An awful day. My father always called the sea a cruel mistress. But I could never understand why someone would even get on a boat with such storms coming in.
However, to be fair, we are living in a world of incredible weather technology. The Wahini Disaster was in 1968. We cannot judge backwards. We are much, much better off now. And getting better every day. The little people are much more informed now.
Still, that day was a disaster any way you look at it.
My new favourite weather app is called Windy. Even that little app would have saved this captain from his decision to reverse back up the channel and into the rocks in 100 knot winds and 0 visibility. Poor fellow.
There was wildlife of a different sort peering in the kitchen windows when I got back to the house on the hill. Escaped.
2018 is here for us all now. I thank you all for a wonderful 2017 and wish you all the best you can make for 2018. Remember a good life does not just happen. Let’s make it as kind as we can. Consciously kind. Imagine a year of kindness. The worlds barriers would melt.
I hope you have a lovely day.
ILLINOIS, NEW ZEALAND
Monday 01/01 0% / 0 in
Sunny. High -1F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday Night 01/01 10% / 0 in
A clear sky. Low around -10F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
7:17 am 4:35 pm
Full, 100% visible 4:32 pm 6:32 am
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday 01/02 20% / 0 in
Partly cloudy. High 72F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday Night 01/02 20% / 0 in
Partly cloudy this evening with more clouds for overnight. Low 63F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.
5:51 am 8:57 pm
Full, 100% visible 8:53 pm 5:43 am