FQ TOPIC: Weather

FQ1: What's an ideal day for you when it's sunny and blue skies?

We're lucky here in New Zealand for lots of reasons, not the least of which is we are never far from water. I don't think there's anything nicer than being near a large body of it on such a large blue sunny day. Here in Auckland, we have the Manukau Harbour (via Tamaki River in my case) and there are very few days in a year that people aren't out on it.

Clusters of tiny little classed yachts; larger matching yachts all racing to a bouy and back again. Kite surfers, wind surfers, kyakers. When it's fine and sunny and warm in Auckland, it's waterways are alive with activity and craft. The sandy edges of the water teeming with families and colourful swimsuits and towels, shade huts and rash shirts.

For all I complain about Auckland not having *real* beaches, we're bloody lucky to have what we have available in such numbers and close proximity that we can just potter on down there whenever we feel like it.

Spoilt, that's what you are Michelle: spoilt!

FQ2: What's an ideal day for you when it's overcast and rainy?

My favourite kind of day is when the overcast skies rain themselves down on a Sunday. Especially if my house is tidy and all my chores are done. The gas heating and wearing socks on my feet makes the house feel snug and comforting and a perfect day for reading and daydreaming which is, afterall, what life is all about.

FQ3: What's an ideal day for you when it's cold and snowy?

I live in Auckland - we don't *do* cold AND snowy. You need to find someone from Christchurch or further South for that answer.

I've only been in the snow a couple of times in my life and only once when it was *actually* snowing. That was when i was in Holland and I was lucky enough to have it snow while I was there. Never experienced it before then. Before then it was only when I went up Mt Ruapehu for what people laughingly call "skiing" weekends but ended up being "losing-chairlift-passes, falling-over and crying-a-lot" weekends for me.

God I hated it. *hated* it. I wonder how I'd find it now? Now I'm older and more able to dress warmly?

I'd probably hate it.

FQ FORECAST: What's the weather forecast for your area this coming weekend? What will you be doing out there in it?

weather for auckland, may 2005