When Nairn and I moved from Christchurch to Wellington many years ago we heard lots about the wind, and sure enough it did blow. Not as often as we expected but I learnt pretty quickly to hold on to the traffic lights when standing on certain intersections, and while seeing motor bikes and small children blowing down the road wasn't common it did happen, more than once!
Now we are on on the West Coast everyone asks about the rain and how bad it really is. The truth is that so far we have had more heavy weather warnings than heavy weather but I am finding that when the weather hits it has an interesting side effect - the power often gets cut off.
Two weeks ago Hari Hari lost power for some considerable periods of time (ironically due to wind not rain ) but with a cupboard of candles, a back up generator and a swift bit of electrical jiggery pokery to keep the TV's going on life carried on (almost) like normal ... the hotel still operated (and put out a buffet dinner for 30), we played darts by torch light (pool was a bit harder but the conditions made for an interesting handicap) and scented candles created a special scent in the bar.
Today a heavy rain warning has been issued for South Westland and the long time locals are taking this one seriously, so I'm upping my own preparations - the tank is full of diesel, fire wood is stacked up, torches and candles are to hand and the computer is backed up. I'm ready for whatever happens, infact I think I am looking forward to another night of adventure in the atmosphere of eau-de-power cut.
In early 2012 Penny & Nairn moved from central Wellington to South Westland. Welcome to the record of their adventures.