July 19th, 2007

Wanaka tree

First flight

I have realised that I haven't posted any of my writing for a long time. Photography seems to have taken over. So, here's an attempt at redressing the balance a bit. It comes from my book, Southern Crossroads (which, I am excited to say, should be published in time for Christmas!) and is a short piece I wrote after driving down the southern east coast of New Zealand's South Island. It's a story I have been fascinated with for a long time and this gave me the perfect opportunity to write about it. It's just this spirit that is one of the things that makes me love Kiwis so much.

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Wanaka tree

Damn and blast it!

I have just had this email warning Somerset County Council staff about the weather we are going to be getting in the next couple of days. If you are in the areas affected, it looks like you should be battening down the hatches. Please excuse the awful grammar, I didn't write it.

"The Met Office have issued an early warning of severe weather for Friday and Saturday.

"Prolonged period of heavy and thundery rain affecting southern parts of England and Wales on Friday, then moving into more northern areas overnight and into Saturday. Rainfall totals of 20-40mm are expected quite widely but there is potential for 75-100mm in places. At this stage, there is still some doubt about where the highest totals will occur but southern and central areas of England and Wales are most at risk. The heavy rain could lead to flooding in some areas and cause disruption to outdoor events and transport networks.

"For further information, please see the Met Office website at" http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/sw/sw_forecast_warnings.html.

And I was hoping to go out taking pictures of stuff on Saturday. Oh well, Big Brother live streaming looks like the only alternative.