I'm sitting on the deck of a friend's holiday home at Mount Maunganui listening to the waves along the Marine Parade after a day playing croquet. It's coming on for 11pm. The weather today was warm and sunny and, frankly, pretty idyllic. Yesterday I walked along the beach for an hour as it went dark. The water was lovely and warm. Tonight I did the same. Wonderful.
Before I came away the weather forecast was for 4 days of rain and showers and so far we've been lucky and the playing conditions have been perfect.
My knee that will soon need replacing is giving me trouble but I am conscious that it is a minor inconvenience in my life compared with the trials and tribulations and injuries suffered both mental and physical by many Christchurch residents.
I am thankful for the luxury of good weather and companionship and for the fact that my injuries are so small and insignificant compared with those of so many people.