I have seen my first New Zealand butterflies - or rather butterfly: one species, three or four sightings. It was the New Zealand Red Admiral (Kahukura, for my Maori readers), a common species here, even in town. In pursuit of my quest for early deportation, I must report that, aesthetically, it is very much a poor relation of our own native Red Admiral, but I was glad to see it. That any butterflies at all manage to thrive in a city as windy as Wellington seems wellnigh miraculous. However, we've had a couple of beautiful days of sparkling sunshine and only light breezes. Yesterday I even took a bracing dip in the sea.
Nige, who, like Mr Kenneth Horne, prefers to remain anonymous, was also a founder blogger of The Dabbler and a co-blogger on the Bryan Appleyard Thought Experiments blog. He is the sole blogger on this one, and his principal aim is to share various of life's pleasures. These tend to relate to books, art, poems, butterflies, birds, churches, music, walking, weather, drink, etc, with occasional references to the passing scene.