You’ve got to say the timing is unfortunate.
The naturists are calling for free-spirited individuals to bare all as part of an upcoming awareness week.
At the same time the media are warning us of a big and nasty storm.
So who wants to get their kit off in those circumstances?
Nor during the inevitable clean-up afterwards, which may well call for Alf to get out there with his trusty chainsaw.
Just one slip and…
The New Zealand Naturist Federation obviously wants many more of us to join them in the all-together.
It has announced a Go Natural Week (see here) to herald the beginning of warmer weather and to raise awareness of the benefits of going nude.
The week will run from October 20 to 28 and federation spokeswoman Donna Miller said it was an opportunity for people to experience the stress-relieving freedom that nude recreation brought.
Naturism is by definition “a way of life in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, linked to self-respect and tolerance of differing views together with respect for the environment”.
Naturism is a holistic approach to healthy living that leads to an improvement in both physical and mental health, stemming from a person feeling better about themselves and their body, Ms Miller said.
Naturist clubs throughout the country, it seems, will be celebrating their healthy lifestyle by holding various events during the week.
Some clubs are holding open days inviting individuals, couples and families to visit and discover the many benefits of naturism for good health and well being – but there was no obligation to get undressed, Ms Miller said.
“We hope people can accept our invitation to visit one of these venues and have the opportunity to meet some members and to better understand what naturism is all about.”
Being a modest bloke with much to be modest about, Alf needed little encouragement to ignore the invitation.
But his reluctance to get his gear off was fortified by the heading (here) that that said –
‘Big and nasty’ storm due to hit NZ
Actually, it has arrived already.
But the news item was probably written yesterday and said –
Large areas of New Zealand are preparing for a storm cell “bigger and nastier” than the weather bomb that tore roofs from homes at Wanganui earlier this year.
The air pressure is dropping quickly in a system forming over the Tasman Sea and it is expected to bring gale-force winds, heavy rain and snow to parts of New Zealand tomorrow.
We are reminded that the last weather bomb to hit New Zealand was in March when trees and powerlines were brought down and roofs ripped from houses by gale-force winds.
WeatherWatch.co.nz analyst Philip Duncan said the system currently over the Tasman was unlikely to fit the definition of a weather bomb but was “bigger and nastier than the one we had in March”.
People need to be prepared for wild weather even though the storm is most likely to be at its worst before it reaches land, Mr Duncan said.
“It’s right on the cusp [of being classified as a weather bomb] but it really makes no difference – it’s a very nasty storm,” Mr Duncan said.
The Metservice forecast is similarly grim.
MetService today issued heavy rainfall warnings for the west of the South Island and central New Zealand, including ranges in Marlborough, Taranaki and Tararua.
“Severe gales” are expected at North Canterbury, eastern Marlborough and the lower North Island, including Wellington, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay, Taihape and Taranaki.
Further north, gales are expected to turn westerly tomorrow afternoon with the potential for severe gusts, MetService said.
Winds will gradually ease overnight tomorrow.
Heavy snow is expected in parts of Otago, Canterbury and southern Marlborough tomorrow and could possibly lower to about 300-400m, MetService said.
The heaviest falls are likely to be above 500m, especially in south Canterbury where a heavy snow warning for accumulations of 10-15cm is expected above 700m.
“This is a significant event and members of the public are urged to stay up to date with the latest weather information.”
The MetService did not urge the public to keep their clothes on.
Some things are probably self-evident.
And yes, Alf did observe that the big week for joining the
nudists naturists doesn’t start until the 20th.
No matter. Alf won’t be there.
He will be in the Eketahuna Club where the dress code isn’t too strict, but it does require members to be clad.