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Entries from March 31st, 2010

The Good Day

March 31st, 2010 Comments Off on The Good Day

“You can’t beat Wellington on a good day.” And today is one of them. Clear silvery sunshine beats down on the jackets everyone is wearing, just in case. The autumn freshness means they’re still comfortable. The harbor’s waters retain summer’s friendly turquoise, only a hint of darker cold currents in the deeper spots. Even the […]

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March 26th, 2010 Comments Off on Reunited

It’s Winona’s turn to be in a cafe, tapping an iPhone. She has taken a morning off from flat hunting to catch up with an old friend. It wasn’t entirely successful, chiefly due to the old friend’s two-year-old. She is waiting to hear from Will about a second interview he’s been on when someone behind […]

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Moore Wilson’s

March 24th, 2010 2 Comments

After letting Will sleep in while she looked at an exceptionally disappointing downtown flat, Winona decides to take a peek into Moore Wilson’s. She has heard that this wholesale distributor – cum- gourmet retailer has renovated their central store. Fifteen minutes later, she is in mild shock.  The former dark, cramped grocery, with its snaking […]

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Wellington Hair

March 22nd, 2010 Comments Off on Wellington Hair

Winona sits in the chair at her mother’s salon. This is not half as cozy as it sounds. Wilhelmina may be 67, but she is a fashionable Wellington woman, and her salon is one of the city’s many ateliers of avant-garde hair. Winona wonders how much its pressed raw concrete walls and deliberately industrial sinks […]

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Not An Interview

March 19th, 2010 Comments Off on Not An Interview

Will is at the strange ritual of Having Coffee With A Potential Employer, a Wellington phenomenon as measured as a Japanese tea ceremony. First, there is the hosts’ disclaimer that this meeting of minds isn’t an interview. They just wanted to meet him. It is unspoken that, if he is found worthy, an actual job […]

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Flat Hunting In Wellington

March 17th, 2010 Comments Off on Flat Hunting In Wellington

Flat hunting in Wellington. The sheer hell of it. Several days after their arrival, Will cases the To Rent ads on TradeMe while Winona rustles the paper (thrust upon her by her mother.) Pretty soon Will’s cellphone rings. It is a former colleague of his. What’s he been up to? Has he got a CV? […]

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Perfect Anywhere But Here

March 15th, 2010 Comments Off on Perfect Anywhere But Here

“Well, tell Win and Will they must come around sometime soon. We’ll get the spa pool going and have a barbecue, if this gorgeous weather holds. Ronan! Ronan, down! Can’t you hear him barking? I must go take care of this beast of ours.” Helena is the middle Wellington sister. She takes after their fair, […]

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Up The Coast

March 12th, 2010 Comments Off on Up The Coast

“You didn’t have to call to tell me Win’s back, Mummy. I’ve been reading her Twitter posts all week. At least now that she’s back she and Will can reduce their carbon footprint properly.” Even Mina has to admit that her eldest daughter, Karin Kapiti, takes herself rather seriously. Karin has her mother’s height, topped […]

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Who Is Will?

March 10th, 2010 Comments Off on Who Is Will?

That night, Winona lies next to Will, under the red and burgundy quilt. He’s asleep as if jet lag didn’t exist. Winona is not so lucky. She lies there, staring at his shoulders while he sleeps on his side. Everything that’s wrong and right about Kiwi men is wrapped up in Will’s history. He’s a […]

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Meet Walter Wellington

March 8th, 2010 1 Comment

Winona’s father, Walter, blocks Will when he tries to go into the kitchen to help with dinner. “Come and have a drink, you look bloody exhausted!” Walter is shorter, rounder, younger, and jollier than his wife Wilhelmina, and still working for his own government department. Less outdoorsy than most New Zealand men, he’s a Corgi […]

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