‘Is the spring coming?’ he said. “What is it like?…”
‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…’” —Frances Hodgson Burnett
“The astronomical spring equinox is a precise moment in time and this year it was at 1:03pm NZST, Friday September 23. So, according to astronomy, this is a naturally occurring event during which the centre of the sun appears to cross over the celestial equatorial line of the earth. In layman terms, one can say that an equinox occurs when the sun switches sides from one hemisphere of the earth to the other.”
To mark the occasion, Mother Nature choose to remind us of her forceful personality. A 5.8 earthquake rumbled and shook central New Zealand, centred in the northeast of Marlborough Sounds, about 51 km deep in the Cook Strait, . Fortuitously, there appears to be no further damage to the cracked roads.
Enough is enough, I say! Over August and into September, we have had more than our share of rain resulting in floods, slips and slumps which resulted in further road damage even more significantly damaging than last year’s July weather event.
Road closures are still a major issue as we struggle to access medical care and essential supplies by risking the drive through the fractured roads. Whilst there is no light at the end of this particular road ’tunnel’, thankfully, there are spring flowers blooming amidst the raindrops.
At last it is our turn to enjoy the warmth of the spring weather. Let’s hope it’s a good one and that the damaged roads will be repaired as the earth dries out.
The raspberry canes are growing leaves, the freesias are flowering.
The fruit trees are blossoming. The Tui are sipping the nectar from the kowhai flowers.
Spring has sprung at last. Hope springs eternal.