I took off to the beach for a break over Easter, and got back tonight. Hawkes Bay still looks pretty damn dry to me with the drought, but a friend who is a local farmer told me things are greener — then mentioned he had gotten rid of all his stock to reduce his stress (and wait it out, I guess).


That’s a pretty dramatic shot of the old fence but that part of the station, which borders the beach, always looks fairly desolate.

This beach is one of my mental touchstones. My kids have grown up here summer after summer after summer … It’s a place for us to recharge. I love it.

– P