|Millie's fur was so silky soft after getting wet in the rain|
Our day began with heavy rain but that soon gave way to broken clouds and sunshine.
|The rain was heavy enough to flood down the driveway in sheets|
I was wandering around the house and wondered out loud what I could do next. Son, so nicely, reminded me that the Little Garden needed weeding.
|The Little Garden is home to sweetpeas, stock and polyanthus|
Okay, I thought, I can do that. So outside I trotted – but it was all Fake News! He had already done it!!
|Not many weeds, but the garden looked much better without them|
It was good to be outside for a while though. The little pile of weeds went to the compost and I picked some lettuce to make a salad for lunch.
|A corner of the vegetable garden|
Lunch was eaten watching Piha Rescue on TV, a programme about surf lifesavers rescuing swimmers who have got into difficulties.
Even locals do not always appreciate how dangerous our coastal waters can be. Unexpected rips (strong currents) can drag people out from shore, and the large waves can sometimes be extremely unpredictable and sweep a swimmer off their feet.
The programme today was about a man who had been fishing from the rocks when a wave dragged him out to sea. Unfortunately, he drowned. It was very sad.
|The ocean can be a dangerous place|
The worst experience I have had was being caught in a rogue wave when out swimming. It carried me along with it, upside down with my long hair dragging through the sand. Thankfully it took me closer to shore and I was able to exit the water, but I have never forgotten the horror of that time.
|The ocean on a calmer day, much more suited to water activities|
Stay safe J
I have had a lot of difficulty uploading photos today, so hopefully they are all visible. Please let me know if any have not shown up. Thanks, Mxx