Get out early in the morning and breakfast somewhere you've never breakfasted before...
Like the Lyttleton Coffee Company.
Walk by the seaside and marvel at
Check out some civic art and recall a literary hero at the same time...
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Mowgli, Just So, Puck, and more recently, Kipling's poetry on what it is to be torn between two countries, have coloured nearly all my years of reading. Here he sits at the end of Kipling St in Christchurch - a sculpture by Chris Reddington.
Eat more at some indulgent place like The Tannery - Christchurch's post Earthquake, boutique shopping destination... While you're there buy kid gloves, dried hops, an old Penguin book of
D H Lawrence's short stories England My England.
Head home to the garden with your brand new birthday gloves and potter ... Today I planted peonies received from a friend earlier this week.
Finish the day by giving your niece a belly dancing lesson. Don't forget to dance a bit yourself even at your age!