“Prospero Ano Nuevo!”
that is what someone posted to my BLOG and so I pass it on.
2009. day 4. hour 1815. just finished watering my new native plantings.
the first hour of this year, I spent with friends from next door and the next street and the next generation.
the second day i sat with friends at the Tin Hut, the very cool local pub, a couple of miles down the road.
we sat out in the garden sipping lemon lime and bitters under an umbrella while looking out over the tauherenikau race course
race day, 2nd january 2009, a full crowd on a glorious day, the traffic poured into the parking lots, the grandstands were bursting with color and energy. marcus at the Tin Hut is prepared with extra staff as he well knows that after the races the locals will pour out of the grandstands, out of the racecourse and into his parking lot and into his pub. A grand way to spend four hours from noon until I shot home and changed hats to present my kiwicafe on air radio show. good company, good dialogue, children, ducks, geese, a turkey or two, goats and good food. nice.
the third day I drove across the mountains to the west coast at plimmerton 45 minutes north of wellington. my dog, kiri, and me played on the beach, wading out into the tiny waves, gazing out over cook strait to the south island. then time with friends, a short side trip to porirua which as a child was known for it’s nut house or mental health centre as it would be known today. today porirua hosts a truly great art gallery, Pataka. three exhibitions by three photographers, inspirational. one from iran, one from the australian outback and one from new zealand. then back over the hill and worked on zane grey and me into the night. later that night i enjoyed a great sunset from my garden.
day four, today, slept in, cooked breakfast, drove to ruakokapatuna and relaxed with friends from wellington, eating olive tapenade, green olives, cheeses, french bread and a premier cru chablis. four hours of friendship, looking out over the TK vineyards. this is as good as it gets.