Thanks everyone for your kind wishes. It's times like this when I have little in the way of close family except for Dad & my cousin nearby that emphasise the value of having an internet presence such as the Threetowners Forums - thanks Hughie
Yesterday, 1st. July, was the 49th. anniversary of the day we first arrived in New Zealand - there was a sharp frost that day too. The Southern Cross arrived in Wellington Harbour in darkness & anchored until daylight before moving into the wharf for disembarkation & the start of our new life down under. This morning is the sharpest white frost so far this winter & Dad especially will be feeling it. He remarked the other day that we could never live back in Scotland - him especially as with his asthma (& perhaps his 96 years) he feels the cold keenly & going outside when it's this cold cuts his breath & he has difficulty breathing until he comes inside & warms up. Since coming to N.Z. we've lived in Gisborne & Wanganui & myself also Palmerston North & Wellington. The first 3 places named rarely get bad frosts or even snow like in Scotland or parts of North America. New Zealand's South Island for the most part is markedly colder in the winter. This morning the forecast low is only 1 degree C. Yesterday some places down south got -7 degrees C - couldn't stand that - brrrr !!!!!!!!
I can recall the snowball fights & getting snow down my neck in the playground at Eglinton School - don't miss that !!
Well time I was over at Dad's for breakfast.