The Kowhai is the national flower of New Zealand.(Note: The 'wh' sound is pronounced 'f'.)
We have three or four kowhai trees around our house. This is a photo of one which we can see through our kitchen window. Its buttery yellow declares that despite the bitterly cold wind and rain, despite the skiff of morning snow on the hills, it is indeed spring.
Only Friday (tomorow) and then Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to go at the early childhood job and then - albatrosses here I come!
Meanwhile, I am preparing for the two readings I have to do before then ... plus being an m.c. for a third.