So here's what I've got, the everyday great things of the past few weeks, starting with Christmas.
Our daughter and family came to stay for a week and it was fabulous.
The weather was superb, always good when living by the beach, the fishing was productive, and the two little guys, aged five and two, well, they always stun me, and exhaust me, and leave my heart a total wreck, so full of love.
Of course I read as often as possible, and my favourite book all summer was 'the girl you left behind'. Have you read it? It is awesome. Set in World War 1 and the early 2000's not once did I get frustrated with the different eras. Jojo Moyes is a genius. I was always late with dinner or feeding the chooks while devouring this book.
And then came the moving into my new office day. The curtains are still to arrive, but that's another story and would take up a page. My man and I laid the carpet tiles after the family had returned home and then in came the cartons of books, the desk and chair, the two seater couch for drop ins, and the skite wall was put up. After working in a tiny space in the back room where everything got dumped I'm now in heaven. The space, the view of our sound, the sunlight. It's a wonder I do any writing, but I am half way through a new book, and planning one for another line. In fact, I'm writing more than ever.
Oh, there's one more thing to come apparently. We were in town at a large hardware, whiteware, you name it store the other day and my man went looking for a beer fridge - only I'll call it a wine fridge. There wasn't one suitable but it will happen. Then when he's hot in the vegetable garden which is close by he'll drop in and we can occasionally indulge.
Our summer has been extremely hot, with temps in the mid to high thirties which is more like Aussie than NZ. I've even been swimming which is rare for me and done a lot of kayaking. But already the sun's not rising as early and I'm awake and ready to start my day.
And that's it.
What was your favourite read this summer?