OK, so now it's autumn... I think
We've had an odd year – and my seasonal internal calendar is just now catching up. Daylight savings time ended this weekend down under, which means we're starting to ease into fall – cooler days, noticeably. And it's going to be our first winter in over a year. We left America last year at the start of autumn, sidestepping winter there for a decent summer down here. Two summers in a row was pretty sweet! It's still strange getting used to things like Christmas at the height of summer and Easter at the beginning of autumn.
Last weekend we went out north on our ongoing explorations of the Auckland area to the beach of Muriwai, which is about a half-hour northwest of the city and yet another of NZ's fine beaches – wide-open with black sand (it's usually black sand on the west, Australian coast and white on the eastern coast – don't ask me why). Also there was a stunning big Australian gannet bird colony just winding down the breeding season.
At its height there can be thousands of birds there, and there were still a few hundred out there when we visited. (This guy's website has tons of cool info about gannets at Muriwai.) And there were some nifty rock formations. (Go to our Flickr page to see more photos than this.)
I'm readjusting my internal clocks to the notion that the nice warm days are winding down and the rainy season is about to begin. And realizing how expensive new warm clothes are here!