We’ve been visiting friends in Auckland the last few days. Fortunately we didn’t spend much time in the central city, first taking the ferry to Devonport. That was a brief trip of maybe 15 or 20 minutes to a quiet, leafy suburb, where we had an excellent Italian meal.
The next day we went up to Matheson’s Bay, around an hour’s drive north. Our friends own a small tree-filled block of land above the Bay. Their house is nestled in amongst protected native trees, including many young kauri. The sunlight is filtered by those trees, making the house a shady retreat.
It was a quiet stay, marked by a walk with the dog down through the trees to a stream that flows to the beach.
After that we came back to Auckland to visit other friends who live out near the Waitakere ranges on another tree-filled piece of land.
Their house has plenty of large, clean windows, and on a rainy, thundery day there was a sudden thump. A tiny waxeye had flown into the glass and fallen stunned to the deck.
Our friend Heidi studied it for a bit, then seeing it was stunned, picked it up and warmed it gently in her hands. After a few moments she let it sit on her hand until it was ready to fly away.
The bird stayed perched on her hand for a few minutes, then eventually peered around and took off for the nearest tree.
It was quite a special moment: usually wax eyes flit around quickly and are too fast moving to easily catch in a photo.
The day remained cold, thundery and rainy so our planned trip to Piha Beach was cancelled. It was a day to sit in front of the fire, cosy and warm, while writing blog posts.