By Saturday afternoon the cyclone had passed, but it had dumped a huge amount of water on the whole northern part of NZ. One clifftop property (on Waiheke island) had fallen into the sea after the edge of the cliff fell away under the sheer volume of water.
I was still exhausted after my ordeal battening down the hatches yesterday so I decided to focus on the garden.
We had a number of pumpkins growing in the garden which had all self-seeded. We already picked one and ate it last week. But now there were four more ready to collect. I counted 10 growing altogether which means we'll have enough to share with friends.
Izumi's got a few good recipes for pumpkin including pumpkin soup and a great pumpkin pie.