We spent the second week of the school holidays at Mangawhai, a small coastal village an hour and a half north of here. It was surprisingly quiet and we decided that the Rugby World Cup excitement must have influenced people to stay in Auckland. It is always refreshing to walk/run/splash/cavort on the beach or kayak in the estuary and I enjoy the quiet. I have now settled on a title of my novel. It will be called 2014 Year of the Horse.