As my old stomping ground of the US' Pacific Northwest fries under an unprecedented heatwave, here in NZ we're being lashed by sleet...

This morning's outlook: idyllic sunshine followed by an arctic blast...

Lately, when I let our dog, Luna, off her lead at the park to allow her to sniff around in her own time, I've taken to hiding from her (getting curious looks from the occasional passerby) mostly because of the totally chuffed look she gets when she finally finds me. Good fun for us both.

Today's outlook here in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, Canterbury, Aotearoa/NZ...

Hah! My local neighbourhood newsletter has got wind of our native lizard sanctuary ('lizardarium') and asked me to write an article for the next issue. I'm chuffed. :)

Latest update on the lake that's formed over the past couple days in front of our house... here's a before and after... although there was a rainbow just now, too...

We suddenly have a lake in the paddock across the road (although this is what it's for)...

Latest batch if sourdough, with spelt, rye, and amaranth flours, plus poppy and caraway seeds, and salt and sesame on the crust...

Boys are home on a rainy morning of school holidays... have given them a task which they're finding surprisingly engaging: making patch (ethernet) leads.

The Horror. (For those who think that vegetables don't suffer...)

And another shot overlooking Christchurch, deceptively quiet and traffic free from this height. Now off to home/work (shown in this view in the distance) for me before the rain sets in!

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Today's outlook over the plains... Stunning with a dash of downpour...

The outlook over the Canterbury plains today is decidedly murky.

Welp, it's summer now in NZ, and there's not much snow left on them thar hills (southern alps), but it's a cracking nor'west (wind coming from the alps, creating the "Nor'West Arch" of cloud visible here) day in Canterbury today.

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