In case you get excited, the “new height” refers to a hill from which I have not previously done much.
Few people outside Wellington realize that we too, have a suburb called Mt Albert. It has been closed for a while as a new water reservoir is being constructed, but they have now restored access to the walking tracks which form part of the city’s Southern Walkway. The views from the top are delightful.
Down below, in Lyall Bay, the surf was rolling in and the sky was blue. A large city council tractor rumbled past and I stepped aside so it could trim the grass on either side of the track.
This bought me close to a patch of Cape Weed and I heard a lot of buzzing. To my great delight, there were honey bees buzzing about. The feral honey bee has been close to extinction in New Zealand with the advent of the Varroa mite, and Colony Collapse Disorder. I have been reading anecdotes that suggest they are making a slow come-back.
This was not just one or two bees, but dozens of them, sufficient to set up that lovely humming that used to speak of summer. What a joy.
That’s enough for now.