No bad weather in sight, so overcast will have to do.
I am having a great weekend at the moment. The start was not so great, actually, since Eric had passed on his nasty cold to Pete and he gave it to me so Saturday was devoted to setting sneezing records.
Yesterday was a brilliant day, warm, sunny and no wind! Remember, this is windy Wellington. I haven’t much of a life here yet (if you define life as working and all different sorts of engagements and never having enough time for the things you would really like to do). But there is one weekly event that’s marked as “not to be missed” and that’s the weekly market in town. It’s not just good prices that attract me to it so much, but also the great variety of vegies I have no idea about what they are, let alone what to do with it. Will soon start some serious experimenting, but for this week green beans will be enough of a challenge. And a butterfish, now sitting in the fridge chilling out from the hot bike ride back. I bought it directly from the fishermen on their boat, never had such an opportunity before, wow, this was really cool.
Last weekend there was some sports stuff going on here on the beach, so I went to watch thundercat racing for a while.
This all happened on the beach down the road by the way, and that’s how it looks like on a normal day. In the background you can see the airport. Great plane-watching, if you like that sort of thing.
Talking about beaches, there is another one right in the center of town:
And many more, around the bays within easy reach by bike. Jealous now? Well, next winter is just a few months away and then it will be me wishing for some sunshine.
Apart from the sporty type of events, there is other entertaining stuff going on here in summer for free. For three weeks, the botanic garden at night is a major attraction. There are free concerts every night, and part of the garden is illuminated in different colours after dark. The bands must have been picked to offer something for all people of all ages, and the audience was everyone from little kids to grandparents. I went there yesterday evening, and the whole garden was a big picknick ground, with people everywhere. Security was not nearly as strict as it would be in Germany, where I would have been chased off my little patch on the footpath immediately.
Will now grab the Lonely Planet and go into town for some serious sightseeing.