7:30 am, I opened the curtains and saw this WOW sunrise.
June started with downpours, strong winds and drop in temperature. Today was a holiday to celebrate the Queens birthday. It was a glorious morning, a bit chilly at first but later it turned out warm and sunny.
I also had a visit from the family on Sunday.
Bea and I played with some of my jewelry. The photos are not that good but it shows how Bea enjoyed picking up ever piece and move it from one place to another.
We had rain, rain and more rain the whole week.
Thursday morning I opened my curtains just before six am. The sky was breathtaking, I had to take some photos.
The night of January 31 up to early morning February 1, 2018
Today’s lunar eclipse was the first to coincide with a Blue Moon – a second full moon in one month – in North America in over 150 years. It was also the second “supermoon” of 2018, with the moon appearing slightly bigger and brighter than usual due to its closeness to Earth. And to top it off, the supermoon passed through Earth’s shadow this morning, casting a reddish hue on the lunar surface for more than 4 hours.
After this awesome display, I woke up, got ready to go to school for the first before school care session. Opening my front door I saw the following daybreak.
That Thursday afternoon all hell broke loose over New Zealand with a cyclone battering the country. There were King tides after the moon’s display the night before.
We survived but some people were not so lucky.
Last three to four weeks we had unusual weather. It was still just over 20 degrees C which is quite hot for this time of year. We also had a lot of rain too. The warm weather brought two cyclones. Cyclone Debbie was the first one and less than a week it was followed by cyclone Cook. Debbie did not reach us in the lower North Island but cyclone Cook brought heavy rain and strong winds. People were asked to put their long weekend arrangements on hold because some roads were expected to wash away, slips could also occur.
As soon as the weather cleared again I found more toadstools popping out. I found these on the lawn on the roadside.
FIRE on THE HILL
On my way to the Afternoon After School Session yesterday, starting at 3 o’clock, there was a hustle and bustle of cars at the turnoff. A fire engine and firemen were busy with their water hoses extinguishing a fire at the bottom of the hill.
The hill before the fire. The home on the right was in the way of the flames.
I turned right, on my way to school. Arriving at school, there was chaos.
Children were shouting and running around. I looked at the hill and saw this huge fire burning on the slopes. Smoke billowed up. The wind blew the flames up the hill. There was no stop at all. One on top of the hill was in the way of the flames. We were terrified.
Two helicopters came with their water buckets. Every 5 minutes one opened and tried their best to put the fire out.
In the meantime, I took some of the children to the swimming pool. We could see how the helicopter’s emptied their bucket. It took them three hours to put it out.
Some of the younger children were very scared. They cried and thought the fire would reach us. Luckily here is a river and a road between the school and the hill.
State Highway was closed till after six that evening. Parents had to take a back road to get to the school. I also had to use the back road. There was a real traffic jam from Te Marua into Upper Hutt.
What a dangerous adventure!
Pushing his face flat against the wet window Timmy could still not see much.
He knew that his special friend was in the garden. He had seen him before the torrential rain started falling an hour ago.
Timmy is a special little boy who loves to live in his own dreamworld. He has to amuse himself because he is disabled and can’t really use his legs. His Mum pushed the wheelchair next to the window because she knows he loves to look outside and talk to his friend. “Mum,” shouted Timmy: “ Sandy is outside, he can’t swim. I have to save him!” Timmy opened the window, pushed himself up and out of the window. The rain was pouring down on him. The shock of the sudden wet and cold water prevented Timmy to call out for help.
Ten minutes later Timmy’s mother stood in shock with the body of her son in her arms. She was too late to save him from drowning.
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I have been looking after a friend’s dogs for 10 days now.
Her husband had a stroke and is still in the stroke ward.
Today my friend got the good news and her husband was moved to rehab ward.
She may now take the dogs with her and visit her husband.
I took the following photos in town from my friend’s front pavement.
We had a good dust of snow last night and during the day too.
This was just after 3 pm when the sun shone on the hills.
Sorry for all the power lines!