Today is not 37 degrees. Hooray! Yesterday was so hot that I confess I retreated inside, closed all the curtains, doors and windows, set the heat pump to its cooling function and lay around groaning. Tomorrow will have a high of 17 degrees. It seems that in Christchurch there is no middle ground.
The bus stop where I catch the Metrostar to work has lately been home to a little chicken. I call her Matilda. She usually just hangs out under the seat, but sometimes she can be seen scratching in the gutter. She is very sweet.
Today there was a pile of chicken bones at the bus stop. Granted, it was rubbish-collection morning and a dog or cat could have just got into someone's rubbish to drag out the remains of a roast. Or perhaps Matilda has met her end. She wasn't at the bus stop this morning, but maybe she took the chicken bones for a Blair-Witchesque warning and has stayed away. Poor Matilda. I hope they weren't her bones.
Because I missed my bus, I sat outside my local favourite cafe (for once it was cooler outside than in) and had a coffee and did some writing in my trusty moleskin. I got chatting to a guy at the next table, and at the end the conversation went like this.
Him: "I thought I might write a book one day. It's an easy way to make millions."
A ha. Seriously.
Me (with hint of sarcasm): "Yes, it's really easy to write a book."
Him: "Oh, I know you have to do research."
Me: "And it's quite hard to make a living out of writing books, let alone make millions."
Him, with a look of incredulity: "But what about all those people who get rich off it?"
Me: "You mean, those two, JK Rowling and Dan Brown?"
Him (with a look that says they were exactly the writers he had in mind): "So if you can't get rich, why do you do it?"
Me: "Because I love it. I can't do anything else."