Means 30+ degrees Celsius. Wind storms downing trees and power lines. Central Otago cherries and strawberries from Oamaru.
It means barbecues on Kelvin and Mum’s deck. Shorts and jandals. Hikes up Mt Cargill for the athletically-inclined. Naked small children playing tag in and out and round about the house. Trips to the beach and the botanic gardens. Eating a meal of roasted turkey and potatoes and vegetables on a hot summer day.
It means shopping for last minute presents and food in crowded stores.
Today it means bunches of drunk guys bar hopping because it’s the last day of work until mid-January.
On Boxing Day it means cramming cars and trailers full of holiday equipment and driving off to Central Otago or Malborough, or the North Island beaches.
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