I saw these when I left the house this morning & wondered where they had come from, although a little voice inside of me suggested that maybe a lady down the road had dropped them off.

When I returned, I asked my flatmate what the story was & she confirmed that the lady in question had dropped them off while I was out walking last night.

We have had random chats while we've seen each other in passing when I walk past her house. She showed me her back garden briefly a couple of evenings ago & offered to let me come & pick some hydrangeas if I pleased. It was a lovely offer but it looks like I didn't have to think much about taking her up on it with this surprise gift.

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Last night I went out to watch the Chinese New Year festivities. The first time I had gone was in 2013, but I've been out of town for the few summers, so this was only the second time.

It is never just Chinese culture on display or celebrated. Others, including Maori, Irish & Japanese also share some sort of display. Sharing & joining in is one of the ways that respect & joy of the Chinese New Year is shown. The Chinese goldrushers passed through Dunedin, becoming a part of our history, while the Chinese community continues to have a presence & impact on New Zealand.

Although I usually leave the house prepared for all sorts of weather, I somehow forgot a coat. Part way through, I started to feel my body temperature continually dropping & my legs were tired from the runs I have been doing. Sadly, I left for my own health & safety, getting a quick cup of miso soup while waiting for the next bus to take me home. Despite the earlier departure, I'm really happy that I went.

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