In theory we get summer weather here when large, slow moving high pressure weather systems move over the Tasman Sea and settle above our small homeland. This seasons such systems have been very rare.
The good news for us is that right now we have such a one and we are enjoying blue skies, sunshine, hot temperatures and balmy wee breezes. This weekend has seen people out in droves enjoying our beautiful beaches and outdoor areas, putting summer into practice.
Today we headed to Plimmerton and walked along the path by the sea. I sat and relaxed for a bit and took some photos.
This red-billed gull came over to see whether I had any food on offer and rather quickly dismissed me when all I could give him was my attention and the lens of a digital camera.
It was very hot on the beach and someone had set up a make-shift area of shade using an old rain umbrella firmly attached to a long piece of driftwood.
In a very surprising turn of events the umbrella did not move. Usually it is too windy for umbrellas at the beach!!!
In the hazy distance sat Mana Island and faintly in the background the outline of the South Island of New Zealand.
And these people were really enjoying swimming and paddling in the water.
Now it is time to eat our barbeque dinner outside. It is our third meal of the day to be eaten outdoors. Mmmmmm summertime.