“The day that the rains came down
Mother Earth smiled again
Now the lilacs could bloom
Now the fields could grow greener”
Sung by Jane Morgan, American Sognstress
It has been a very unusual summer for those of us who live in Wellington. Long, hot sunny days with no rain. In fact, it has been about 7 weeks since we had even a light drizzle. But today was different.
Easter Sunday and the rain came down. Good news for farmers and horticulturists; bad news for holiday makers. It rained very heavily for a couple of hours and then passed, but I am sure we are all delighted to have had some rain today.
Easter Sunday is a strange day here in New Zealand. The streets today were pretty much deserted. Parking was freely available in the CBD (and yes as it is a Public Holiday parking is free). Trading laws allow some shops/retailers to open but not others. Why we ask can dairies. pharmacies. Real Estate agencies. restaurants, takeaway bars and cafes and service stations trade but supermarkets, bakers and most other retailers have to close. There are of course loud cries from retailers to amend these laws but as we have been hearing this for years, we don’t expect there to be any major changes in the near future.
But between the rain and the ludicrous trading laws here in NZ we found we had three very well attended Open Homes today. So there is a bright side to this.
While I was at the Open Homes the beautiful Miss Bella stayed with a friend. He really loves her almost as much as he loved Miss Lotte. Apparently she takes some time to settle down when I leave her and when I return she is like a little wound up clockwork toy. The excitement has to be seen to be believed. I am amazed at how very quickly she has bonded with me.
And now as I type this she is fast asleep on the bed in the spare room. I think she considers this her bed and I wonder how she will react when No 1 grandson comes to stay next week.
And please do take extra care on the roads this Easter wherever you are travelling to. Last year we had a zero death road toll, but it’s not so good this year. At 7.30 am today the road toll was 3 and the holiday period lasts until 6am on Tuesday 2 April. Let’s hope the toll doesn’t increase.