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Rural folk appreciated cooler summer

Even though many of us complained of an average summer, there were some in rural areas that thought it delivered just what was required.

Karen on our comments page mentioned “to determine a good season or bad for us dairy farmers i would have to say a great summer. got the silage and hay in between showers. no drought. flies not to bad this year. paddocks still green not brown. cows still milking well. now looking forward to a beautiful autumn.”

Steve responded to her comments with “You have ticked all the right boxes for me from the rural perspective. While not a dairy farmer myself the beefies are doing very well on our small 20 acres in lower Northland. While our urban friends are missing more sunshine the mix for us has been great. I think autum should prove to be not too bad as well”.

So some people were satisfied with the summer months.

Dave from Wellington decided to get creative and came up with this colourful poem last week …

This years summer in Wellington would be 6 /10.
As I walked my Labs this morning and watched a top dressing plane doing its work in the distance I could see mist rolling over the hills, I thought – Autumns here.
I stood there and came up with this –
The autumn mist comes rolling in
Like greying beard on unshaved chin
It’s cooler now at months end
No summer heat to drive ’round bend
Where did our February summer go?
All cloudy days and wind you know
Just not like that most summers past
Veges wilting and browning grass
The shorts were on ocassionally
No sunburn spots upon my knees
Sunblock lotion kept at bay
by cloudy days and mist so grey
What does this autumn hold for us?
Weather not too bad? What’s all the fuss?
Winters next with all its chills
With any luck snow on the hills
But for now as Labs get walked
I look around with lots of thoughts
I see the mist come rolling in
Sun glows orange as I look and grin
Summers gone but not too long
I carry on the suns glow strong
Labs lick my face to wake me up
This autumn mist could be good luck 
Thanks David for sharing your talents and perhaps representing the citizens of Wellington over the summer!.
Story by Weather Analyst Richard Green
Home image of Wellington by Dave McGruddy


Guest on 2/03/2012 2:11am

Great poem David!!

We have lived here since 2005 and this was not the best summer…. yeah in fact it was the worse so far…. BUT…. we are from England and this is still better than a UK summer!! At least we got some! (not guananteed back in old blightly…yes I have seen snow in June in East Anglia!!).

We are on tank water, we have only bought one lot this summer, in fact we only got that as we had my parents staying with us from UK…. we wouldnt have bothered otherwise.

Its been a good summer for my horse, he has had green grass to eat all year! I dont know if you remember but Im the person who lost my beautiful Arabian horse to grass staggers 2 years ago during that long hot summer :o( This year my 2 year old has plenty to eat and looks great!

So cant moan too much eh? :o))

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