Douglas and Gethin were both racing today.
Gethin was racing in the Otago Championships Kart race, and Douglas was racing in the Southland Schools Orienteering Championships.
The Otago Champs is a trophy that Gethin has pretty much made his own - he's won it in every class he's competed in. This year he's in a different class - Rotax Max.
We had an interesting morning.
firstly the snow. This is carrying on.
Then I was making breakfast and heard a thump on the patio window. Looked up and saw feathers on the window and a New Zealand Falcon flying away. There was a rather concussed thrush on the patio.
Nicky reckoned the falcon would return, and sure enough, a few minutes later, there it was on the lawn. I expected it to quickly swoop onto the thrush, but the building must have hindered it, so instead it stalked it:
This last weekend, about an 8th of my school's roll got up at 4:30 a.m. to compete in a two-day team duathlon race. Of course, this 8th of the school consisted of about 25 students. So after working till 11 the previous night, and not sleeping well, I got all of 3 1/2 to 4 hours of sleep. Anyway. Bleary-eyed and slightly grumpy, my team piled into the double-cab Mazda pick-up truck - which was WAY to small for 4 teenagers and a typical Kiwi bloke. After an ice-cream for breakfast at 8, we rocked up at the start of the Rail Trail in Clyde about 8:30 a.m.