It’s the Solstice. Summer for you lot up north, winter for us southern babes. And a solstice means a new year. In fact, the Maori New Year, Matariki, occurs at this time of year. It’s not based on the solstice, but rather on a particular constellation of stars making its appearance in the dawn sky. Thing is, though, you notherners celebrate your new year in the middle of winter, looking ahead to the longer, warmer days to come. If us all the way down here were going to do the same, then we’d do New Years now. So, it doesn’t surprise me that that is exaclty what the Maori do. As it is, though, I rather enjoy celebrating New Years at the height of summer… makes for lovely long party nights.
Making another observation… technically, our clockwise should be your anti-clockwise… just sayin’. There are “anti-clockwise” clocks (which, if it’s the direction the clock goes, makes it clockwise, bringing about the question “Can anti-clockwise clocks actually exist?”, but I digress…). I’m tempted to make them my staple.
Anyway, what I wanted to draw your attention to is the new look for my blog. My graphic designer friend, Kura Carpenter, made the new banner up for me. I hope you like it. I do. And I surprise myself with how much I like the red background I picked to match it… Red is not traditionally amongst my favourites.