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).
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.