Lunch is a good excuse to go to town.
Having arrived early I walked around a few city blocks, grabbing shots here and there. This is Lambton Quay looking North from Midland Park. Then it was time for food. Leuven is a favourite Belgian Beer restaurant. Sadly, I decided to forego my favourite steamed mussels in blue cheese and mustard sauce. Mussels are a food that gout sufferers should avoid, so much as I love them I bypassed the mussels this time.
As I often do, I took the long route home, via SH1 and Gray’s Road with a brief pause at Plimmerton where I was happy to see a flock of White-fronted terns. They usually seem to show up when there is a high wind.
On Gray’s Road, having stopped to watch some white-faced herons, I looked behind me and enjoyed the hilly landscape despite the sun-bleached pastures.
On the way home I knew I need some grocery items so stopped at one of our local supermarkets. As I got out of the car I became aware that I was very close to a whole lot of buzzing honey bees on what looked like an unseasonal pohutukawa or rata. Consultation with net friends suggests it is the cultivated Metrosideros carminea. But the great pleasure was seeing feral honey bees in apparent good health. Colony collapse disorder has made them a rarity in recent years.
That’s all today.