When we first came back to New Zealand in 1996 and lived in South Otago people talked about going “up Central.” Sort of like going “up North” or “down South”but it never sounded quite right.(Anyway that’s just an aside.)
It turns out to be really good living in Central, especially this part, Bannockburn. When the rest of you all froze to death last week we were warm and cosy because our houses are built for polar blasts. Double glazing, insulation in ceilings and walls, central heating and so on.A bit of snow fell, but that’s nothing unusual, and it soon melted away to add some moisture to the dry earth. Winters are pretty dry here. In fact it’s dry all year around generally and that’s one of the best things about living up Central. While most of the rest of New Zealand is green with pasture and trees, Central is rather barren but beautiful.