July 31st, 2005


Not only daphne but

Daffodils, jonquils, magnolias, snowdrops, forget-me-nots, polyanthus, agapanthus, swan river daisies, broom, camellias. All happening right now.

And lambs! Baby sheep and baby cows, all big ears and hanging-out tongues and knees and wiggly tails. The grass is green in Tinui with 11 days till Magic Grass Day and there are almost-buds on the Lombardii poplars. Willows always start first. It's like everything's waiting to burst and it's great. Bugger the official day, spring starts tomorrow and what better way to celebrate than a trip to the wops where you can actually see it?

So there was Mataikona beach which was warm and rocky and paua-speckled with much friendlier things than Castle Rock, which likes me but not Others. There was napping in the sunshine on the coast and waking up to find it still sunny and still nobody around and still friendly. There were some farmers that I know, out standing in their field. Lots and lots of horses. And coffee in Greytown because that's what you do on the way back from Tinui. Then fish and chips and Buffy and delicious lolling.

So the first day of spring was celebrated a day early in fine style, and Tinui still welcomes in warmth and sunshine despite my having been away so long. It's like having a warm bath after a long trip, and I feel replenished. I actually can go to my Happy Place.

How lucky is that?
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