You know the one. Your fence or letter box may have been blown down or that tree by your bus stop was left with no branches. You may be missing a front door or have gained a trampoline that used to be in the lawn two streets over from you. In Auckland they had lightning and they said it was beautiful. We just had wind and rain.
A good send off, I feel, though our flight was delayed somewhat. Tonight we feast and tomorrow marks the first stage of the journey. We will go sleepless until we are in Europe - 100 days of wine and good food and sun (if we're being optimistic).
For those in Wellington, stay warm and don't bother replacing your umbrella.