I’m really hoping for fine weather for the weekend. Waiheke is beautiful in spring, the days are warm, blossoms are plentiful, new leaves emerge to soften bare branches, and the sea is a pretty shade of blue. On the other hand, spring on Waiheke Island can also be a turbulent time with sudden rainstorms, fierce winds, and an unwelcome cold snap or two, all of which are certain to have us reaching once more for our winter coats.
While I don’t mind the storms – the rain continues to fill the tank, the increased swell of the ocean makes for entertaining ferry trips, and it’s always nice to be cosy inside with the sound of wild weather raging around you, I do hold out hope for pleasant warm weekend days.
The reason being is that Waiheke Island has so much to offer over the warmer and dryer months. We know, as we are acutely aware of the challenges of wintering on the island. Having just spent our third winter on the island and being parents of young children we understand just how trying it can be when it’s not pleasant out and the kids need some escape. Waiheke Island can entertain adults well – there are numerous wineries, art galleries, cafes, and lovely boutique shops to explore. But for the kids over winter, lets face it – Waiheke can fall short.
That is why spring holds so much promise. We can’t wait to get the children outside again this weekend, to go for a walk, to the park, paddle at the beach, and get an ice cream from Little O. But even better for us is this weekend is the Blackpool Playgroup’s annual Spring Fair. This is one event designed specifically for the children with a lot of fun on offer. It’s on this Sunday the 14th October at the Old Blackpool School grounds, Rata Street from 10.00am till 2.00pm. Best of all proceeds go back to support the playgroup which is a valued Waiheke Island community resource. See our Spring Fair events notice for further information and see you there.