We’ve had many grey skies days on this trip home. I’ve been asked on several occasions whether I’m enjoying the weather and I think the enquirers are being ironic. I know that New Zealanders get sick of the winter and remember longing for spring and some sunshine at this time of the year. However, I am loving the grey skies! It is so different from the heat and hazy skies in Ipoh. It is invigorating to take a walk on a cold and blustery day – you have to walk fast to build up some warmth. I walked along the footpath beside the Waikato river the other day – the wind was sharp and the river and skies were almost the same shade of grey – and it was wonderful.