Our peace and quiet in the bay was disturbed early this morning by a cyclone of helicopters swooping low over the beach, landing and scooping up sand. We have no answer to the question of why they were taking sand nor where. Perhaps the local paper will enlighten us later in the week. By the way does one describe a group of helicopters as a cyclone? That is certainly what it sounded like; but it is probably something humdrum like a flight. Anyway I’m sticking with cyclone.
The weather has changed somewhat and the temperature has dropped to 25 degrees; this in contrast to parts of the South Island where the temperature plummeted and they had snow at 600 metres. Summer in New Zealand!
As I have said often before as you travel the length of this country you can go from cold, cold weather to subtropical in the upper north. Makes for interesting viewing on the nightly weather reports.
The beach is practically deserted now that all schools have gone back to start the new school year. But today, the local intermediate school has brought two mini buses filled with children to learn to surf. The shrieks of delight (?) and laughter could be heard by those of us sitting and reading.
Breakfast this morning was at our favourite restaurant in Whakatane – L’Epicerie. It’s owned by our French friends and today we both had French toast (yes this is how it was written on the blackboard) which consisted of two slices of sourdough bread, streaky bacon, maple syrup, bananas, whipped cream and raspberry coulis. Needless to say, I couldn’t finish mine but my favourite man ate all on the plate. Again, needless to say, there will be no more food consumed here until dinner this evening.
At the weekend I purchased a new Apple iPad Air 2. Having been given a new 27-inch iMac with “Retina 5K display” for Christmas, I decided to leave my trustee Samsung tablet and purchase an iPad. We are now having great fun setting it up and finding our way around it, Watch this space.
And for no good reason, here is one of my favourite quotes. I love Piglet…
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh