Covid-19 is Contagious

There are crazy people out there who deny Covid-19 is contagious. Or they reckon that its no more contagious than the flu. I for one would not be risking my health or my nearest and dearest to test this theory out. Recently, talking to a cousin in Scotland, I heard a story I’d like to share. Surely it will prove these “there’s no reason for social distancing” theories false. My cousin’s nephew spent five weeks in Aberdeen hospital with Covid-19. … Continue reading

My Special Day

My special day is ANZAC Day. Is has a huge significance for me. Today’s dawn service was the most unusual I have ever attended. I stood alone, as I always like to do, but far more “alone” than usual. With social distancing in force, kiwis were encouraged to commemorate by gathering at their front gates. Therefore taking the place of the services normally held throughout the country. For my special day, I crossed the road and stood near a neighbour. … Continue reading

Biding Time

Do you feel like you are just biding time right now? As we enter into our fourth week of New Zealand’s lock down, we await word today of our Government’s decision. Will we continue biding time until life can begin to return to normal? Or are we going to remain in lock down for a while longer? Personally I’m ambivalent. Lock down for me hasn’t presented any problems. In fact, I’m embarrassed to say I’ve actually enjoyed the time. I … Continue reading

Visit to Omaui

Recently I made a visit to Omaui. Months ago my son mentioned Omaui and asked if I’d been ever visited this small seaside area. I was sure I must have, because it is in Southland. Surely I knew all of our lovely southern province like the back of my hand. But the photos he sent didn’t ring any bells. An unexpected visit to Southland occurred last month when my brother in law passed away. A trip to Omaui was definitely … Continue reading

War Memorial Museum Visit

A visit to the War Memorial Museum in Auckland was long overdue when I ventured there last week. It has been years since I last visited. Within moments I regretted this. What an amazing place full of interesting items. It would have been easy to spend a whole day or even longer there, but the visit was limited to only hours. My visit coincided with the exhibition “Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour”. Most of the afternoon was spent … Continue reading

A Proud Moment

It was a very proud moment and an honour to attend a function at St John’s Theological College recently. The occasion was the College’s annual Powhiri which among other highlights included the graduation of our son with his Diploma in Christian Studies. This is the beginning of a long period of study he intends to continue. I hope the next few years will go as well for him as last year did. It was a hot and muggy day on … Continue reading

Weather Can Be Cruel

Weather Can Be Cruel when we least expect it. Like now. Its summertime. Sunshine, blue skies, bbqs and beach visits. In the northern half of New Zealand we’re okay. Although we do face drought conditions. The days are hot and muggy and yes, to my mind, beautiful. But then, I love the heat. If the temperatures sneak up above “normal”, I hope I never complain. However in the southern reaches of our lovely island nation, the weather has taken a … Continue reading

New Year In Ohakune

I never considered New Year in Ohakune as an exciting option to start the year. However, friends visiting from Queensland expressed an interest in revisiting the area. Suddenly New Year in Ohakune became a reality this summer. I wasn’t terribly enthusiastic. Ohakune was close to Waiouru where we lived in the early 1980’s so I had been to the town before. A visit to Ohakune’s supermarket once every few weeks, while a change of routine, never enthralled me to stay. … Continue reading

Home Via New Plymouth

A call from our daughter, holidaying with family in Wellington, helped us decide to join them and head home via New Plymouth. Not too different from our original plan, before eagerness to sleep in our own bed took over. Pukeiti Gardens The prime attraction of visiting New Plymouth is always to call at Pukeiti Gardens where the ashes of many of my husband’s family have been placed. It is a beautiful, peaceful place on the side of Mount Taranaki (Egmont). … Continue reading

Interislander Kaitaki

It is a short drive from Blenheim to Picton and the ferry for the North Island. Our booking on the Interislander Kaitaki for a 1.45pm sailing suited us perfectly. It cost a little more ($263) than if we had booked further in advance but we didn’t want to commit ourselves while not knowing how long we might stay in the South Island. Boarding the car ferry is an interesting experience. Last time was more years ago than I’m willing to … Continue reading