MetService forecaster Oliver Druce said yesterday's bleak weather was only going to get worse as southerly gusts increased today, reaching gale-force speeds of up to 140kmh in exposed places.
Not having a very good run of weather here in Christchurch- in fact the whole country is being lashed with storms, cold weather, rain, flooding and gales, the inter island ferries care mainly cancelled, and it's just the sort of day to sit by the fire with a bowl of hot minestrone, the internet ( pleeease no power cuts) and listen to some music... currently David Bowie, "The Man who Sold the World"...
I might venture out later... everyone else is out - so I am having a "Home Alone" session... my daughter has decided to run into town to visit her brother at his work..... after advising her of the risks of hypothermia, checking how she is dressed, that she is carrying her phone in case of injury, I have gone back to the fire.. I realise that while she might achieve a sylph like figure this way, I would need to be offered a choice between doing it or sacrificing a limb before I would choose to run out there right now! Luckily his work is in a hotel - there are promises of hot coffee and heaters when she gets there....but then she has to run back...hmmm..
Yesterday my parents called in so we had hot soup by the fire for afternoon tea, and then Phoebe's family came over later and we all had takeaways... mmm Hell's Pizza delivered... decadence. Was a lovely night. My beloved did some work on their blog last night and they have a lovely new header and title. Do have a look - Treacy Travels. Tomorrow they fly away to Auckland... weather permitting! The weather is probably warmer, but no drier up there either.
How do you eat your "Mallowpuffs" ... the girls cracked theirs on their heads first ...
Someone is going to miss Saffy... and their own dog, who is staying here in Christchurch with some friends.
They all went through to catch the final of "American Idol" - 24 hours after it screened in America, but we still didn't know the results - the wee rock star to the right knew all the words to Pink's song.. "So What.I"m Still a Rock Star...", and is singing loudly as I took that picture.
The animals are not so keen on this wild weather... but they have the right idea - sleep on electric blankets or near the heaters...
It is my partner's birthday tomorrow - not the best day to farewell the family, but we will go and have lunch with my parents.. meanwhile I might just go and meet with him at work and see if we can have a romantic dinner together in the break between the dress rehearsal and the concert... he is looking after the Symphony Orchestra all day - the radio ads for it keep playing the Harry Potter theme!
Sounds right up his alley - he loves magic :)
CSO Proms Series: The Magic WandThe Christchurch Symphony Orchestra presents a world of fairy tales, dreams and mythical creatures at Christchurch Town Hall as a part of their AMI Insurance Proms Series.
Let the CSO whisk you away into a magical musical kingdom. Magician/compere Tom Woods will create illusions of supernatural feats for the whole family to enjoy.
This concert will delight and entertain those who believe magic really does exist.
Take care everyone, and keep warm if you are in New Zealand :)