We’ve had rain, rain and more rain here recently. Small slips, power cuts, hotwater shortages, wind and surface flooding. It’s not the sort of weather that’s classified as a disaster and certainly not cyclone material- it’s the sort of weather that’s best described as an inconvenience and a real bummer if you had anything planned for outside. It’s good tv watching or book reading weather!

As the  saying goes  every cloud has it’s silver lining,  and the large flock of gulls that migrated to a nearby football fields is one of them. It’s  quite a spectacular sight being less than 7 km from the city centre and seeing all these gulls and sea hawks on the flooded football field.  Like some sort of renunion us mere humans know nothing about! Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

We’ve had rain, rain and more rain. Flash floods, mini tournadoes and slips.

Strangely enough it’s not been cold, just bleak and not nice to be outside in. We’ve actually been lucky in Tauranaga, there have been a few fatalities in other parts of the country and many houses lost. It’s been a hard winter for many and topped with petrol and food costs being at an all time high it would seem that this winter has been the hardest in a long time.  Ski fields have even been closed due to too much snow!

You may remember the flooding photos I showed a few months back of our yard, since then a retaining wall has been added and better drainage laid so this flooding I show here is not as bad as what it would have been pre-improvements. We got a new garden too and there’s a rock there begging to have a mosaic added to it. Honestly, it has the perfect face and it’s pointing in the right direction. Roll on summer!