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Starting a new life in Nelson, New Zealand
I think the heat of summer has finally hit us after breezy cool days barely touching the 7os most times. Today was our first workday of the week and everyone is remarking on the heat and warm breeze. Yesterday was hardly different, except there was no breeze! Yet we ventured out under a roasting sun to see the world-famous annual Nelson Kite Festival.
From the Nelson Mail, Tuesday 16 January
From the Nelson Mail, Monday 15 January [cut for brevity]
I've always found it rather fascinating how different countries/societies/cultures call the same thing by different names. This is true of English-speaking countries and I know it occurs frequently in Spanish-speaking countries as well.
It is Saturday here and we are at the tail end (we hope!) of a humid week of wet, warm weather. It has been raining and cloudy and hot all week, unusual, we’re told, for summers and for Nelson. The “regulars” are perplexed, but give it about two seconds’ thought and then move on with the positive and do what they want regardless. We, however, are baffled by the weather—not to mention hot and sweaty as we’re used to a dry climate—and we talk about it everywhere! I guess we need to start getting over it.
As you all know, Don and I are adoring parents to our cats. Porter now lives with my mom in Santa Fe but we get to see cutie pictures of him all the time. Here is our xmas cat in a familiar perch, right in the middle of the action.
On Friday we decided to drive to Nelson Lakes National Park and explore the area a bit, perhaps take in a hike (Angela wasn’t keen on this but was a willing participant). Technically I was on call for work but since there isn’t a mobile signal up there, no one would be able to get in touch with me (shucks).