Winter has arrived uninvited, even though it is still May. Yesterday an icy blast swept the country, bringing snow to the south. In Dunedin, schools were closed as many roads were impassable. Ruth from Central Otago sent me this photo of her herb garden covered in snow.
This morning in Auckland the storm had cleared and sun was streaming in the windows,
catching my agave sentinels that stand so bravely in the long planter that runs along my balcony. In the background you can see some splashes of red. The flame tree is flowering once more, another act of defiance as winter marches on.