It's Tues morn 28 May as I type this. And the Wellington temp today is said to go no higher than 8c. Brrrrhhhh... It's New Zealand's first real dose of winter. The Desert Road is with snow, as is the Rimutaka hill (thereby sort of cutting me off from my favourite holiday haunts 'cause I won't drive if there's the slightest hint of snow .... or hail .... or pounding rain ..... okay, okay, even if the forecast is heavy drizzle I chicken out). I guess we can't complain because we had such a brilliant summer and Autumn - sorry farmers, I know you were annoyed by the drought but, oh dear, I loved the weather.
The only time Wellington-proper has ever seen snow was when I was in Las Vegas a while back. An American who knew I was from New Zealand told me at the time that he saw it on US news that a city in New Zealand was covered in snow and the people in that city had no idea how to drive in snow, most of them had never touched snow and they were at a loss of what to do. He laughed heartily. I poo-poohed the very thought that the city was mine. What a shock I had when I got home to be shown photos by my friends of a snow-bound Wellington.
Anyway, J and I have now completed our 9th swim for May - day before yesterday. It was nice and because we cut our swimming time down a fraction, I didn't freeze so much in the changing sheds.