On New Year’s Day this year my daughters and I walked through Cornwall Park to the top of One Tree Hill. Today I walked through the park again. It was the kind of spring day that makes you feel that winter is back. There were southerly gales and the rain fell in heavy showers. The signs of spring were all around, however, daffodils, bright green leaves on the trees, lambs and calves. At one stage I took shelter beside a stone pillar and watched the stoic sheep turning their backs to the wind and rain. I enjoyed my walk very much, the weather notwithstanding, and was grateful for the very sturdy umbrella lent to me by my good friends and current hosts. I have so enjoyed staying in their home and being back in Auckland, where right now the sun is shining. Four seasons in one day!