Although New Zealand was colonised by the British and now runs along essentially British lines there is one huge difference between us and them: we’re in the southern hemisphere. That means that winter falls somewhere between May and September. In the first weekend in June we have the Queen’s Birthday holiday. In about the last weekend of October we have the Labour Day holiday. Between them we have 5 months of short days, long nights, cold, rain and low spirits.
That may be all very well in the North, where Christmas and New Year break things up in the darkest part of the year, but here it’s a long grind.
That’s why Deb and I are off on holiday today to the northern-most parts of the country — north of Auckland — even though this winter has been warmer and sunnier than many.
No updates for the next week. Feel free to comment on posts but I won’t be approving them until I get back.