That blaze of red right there folks (image to you right) is the flower of the Pohutakawa tree, NZ’s Christmas tree. And see that beach beyond the flower? That beach (oh, okay, not that particular beach but one fairly similar) is where I’ll be the day after New Year. Beaches, sun, sand and Pohutakawa trees are the vital elements of a good, old Kiwi Christmas, which, I know, is inconceivable to all you folk buried deep in the snow.
Well, can I say I’m envious? I’d love a white christmas, I really would. I did live in London for a few years but even then we didn’t ever have a truly white Christmas. But then again, there is a certain something to sipping Christmas bubbles on the deck in the sun in your t-shirt and then perhaps going for a post-prandial swim… I guess it’s all in what you’re used to.
Anyway, I’ll be be around until after New Year (still waiting on my character tweaks) and then I’ll be up north at the beach where there is NO INTERNET! I do not know how I will cope. I’m hoping Santa will bring me an iPhone for Christmas so I won’t be completely cut off…:-)
But the point of this blog post (yes, I do have one) is to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year. Here’s lots of lovely Kiwi sun and warmth coming to all those in the cold, and to those in the Southern Hemisphere, let’s hope it doesn’t get too hot!