Something for the weekend.  Well, after a February of frequent below zero temps and constant snow and ice, the snow has finally melted where I live, with just a few remnant patches.  Time for some classical music for Spring courtesy of Vivaldi, Strauss and Schumann.

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  1. The south side foundation is sporting the tips of daffodils, tulips, and croci; planting a little lettuce and cat grass next week; played the above during dinner for poor, old mom; and wish all were right with the world.

  2. Mmmm……..
    Still 24 deg.C down here in Godzone 🙂
    Just waiting on the impact from cyclone Pam which devastated Vanuatu. Right now, its not far off shore – about 100 kms. east of Northland, so we’re expecting a bit of a battering over the next couple of days. It was originally going to go east, and track south-east not causing too much trouble. But it appears to be heading direct south now, which puts Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay pf Plenty and East Cape right in the firing line. Tauranga here in the western Bay of Plenty doesn’t usually get hit too hard by these babies, but Coromandel, eastern Bay and east cape/east coast are the places that cop it. We’ll know in the next 24 hours.

  3. Don the Kiwi.

    Your intentions are in my morning prayer. Be safe (mate)….oh brother…can’t believe I said that…so cheeky. 🙂

  4. Hi Philip.
    Thanks for your good wishes, mate. (The good thing about the use of the word “mate” is that it’s the most common name Downunder 🙂 )

    Its now 8 am. in the morning and its just persistent rain and about 20 kt. winds here. It seems to have veered east, so its missed us mostly, but is now stiitng just off the East Cape, (about 120 miles from us) and is bringing highwinds and heavy rain to the East coast/Gisborne/Hawkes Bay area. As with most of these tropical cyclones that head down this way, they lose a lot of their strength when they get to the cooler waters south of the Kermadecs, so its down from Force 5 at Vanuatu to less than Force 3 now – so we don’t expect too much trouble. In the past though, a couple have wreaked real havoc. Not this time it appears. Whew.

  5. Thanks Don downunder! The most common name…brought a smile!

    Glad the storm fizzled out.

    I miss Brisbane. In ’87 I was there and Surfers Paradise. Beautiful neck of the woods that big piece of property next to you. I’m sure New Zealand is Gods great art work. The Tolkien series gives me some framework. Lovely.

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