Our friend Richard Weatherly from Dunedin arrived to stay over night, on his way up to Kaitaia to complete his great shifting exercise. I think this return trip will be the last as he moves his life to Dunedin, but with Richard nothing is ever certain, so we'll see.
Other friends, Phil and Wendy Evans, arrive from Rarotonga today, spending a week in Christchurch and Dunedin. They are staying in a hotel, but we expect to see quite a lot of them over the next few days. The timing is not exactly great - winter has hit with a blast of rain and southerly winds, and I doubt that they have much warm clothing. They'll be rushing to buy some woolly socks, I suspect.