My first waking day of 2011 has dawned and it's a beautiful, warm, calm day so far. The birds are making an incredible racket. I must try and record them one day. A Blackbird even came into the house through the open ranch sliders. When there is so much food around outside I'm not sure what he was looking for. Anyway when he saw me he kicked up a great fuss and flew off making out that it was I who was invading his space.
My partner for next week's Association Croquet tournament at Palmerston North is driving over from there for some practice together this afternoon. This evening The Family's coming for dinner.
The only blot on my otherwise perfect landscape is the currency situation. The $NZ has strengthened and the £ has weakened and I will now get less than $2 to the £1. When I first came to NZ I was getting $3 to the £1. Living two lives is becoming very expensive.
But, hey, play the Glad Game. I'm alive and I've still got food on the table and wine in the glass. That's a lot more than many people in the world.