Lockdown: How I Coped

Lockdown in Auckland has reached 47 days. We await word this afternoon on whether the region will go down a level, or remain under reasonably tight restrictions. I suspect we will remain exactly where we are as Covid still appears to have the better of us. What have I done during lockdown this year? I’m giving thought to how I’ve spent the last 47 days. I left our house three times but only got out of the car twice. Once … Continue reading

Blenheim Visit

Blenheim has changed since I last visited. I remember a quiet town surrounded by a few vineyards with sun-dried, brown hills depleted of any moisture to turn the vegetation green. Well, the drought-ridden hills still remained. But halfway up their heights now stand housing developments. New housing has popped up everywhere. And the vineyards appear to have taken over every acre of agricultural land in the area. Blenheim had definitely changed. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre A must-do for almost … Continue reading

Tiki-Touring in NZ, Again

Tiki-touring – or roaming around with no set plan – seemed like an excellent way to spend a couple of months. With no travelling overseas in the foreseeable future, why not enjoy our own country? We left Auckland early in the autumn and headed to the South Island. The temperature would cool substantially before we returned. I always feel more at home the further south I go. It might be more years than I care to remember since I lived … Continue reading

Best Wishes For 2021

2021 has arrived in Auckland, New Zealand with beautiful blue skies, and the promise of a lovely day. I hope everyone can look forward with hope and anticipation for better things to come. 2020 has to be the scariest year of my lifetime.  My family and close friends have escaped the terrible consequences of Covid 19. We’ve also escaped the hardship many face due to the necessary restrictions imposed on us all. The world suddenly became such a scary place … Continue reading

Season Greetings

It seems a little insensitive to be offering season greetings when so much of the world is in upheaval. I believe 2020 has to be the scariest year of my lifetime.  My family and close friends have escaped the terrible consequences of Covid 19. We’ve also escaped the hardship many face due to the necessary restrictions imposed on us all. The world suddenly became such a scary place this year. I continue to be so grateful for the attitude of … Continue reading

An Update On Me

I want to share an update of whereabouts I am with my latest story and my writing progress in general. Covid-19, lock downs, restrictions etc filled my last few weeks. I have been so caught up I have probably rambled on about what was happening in my life during this period. But I’ve not given what some of you have asked for. An update in my writing. And for this I must apologise. I believe I have mentioned before that … Continue reading

Back to Normal?

Are we ready to go back to normal? I hope so. I trust New Zealand’s health department hierarchy and Government have interpreted all the available Covid-19 data correctly and wisely. While dropping to our Level 2 may not be exactly back to normal, it is allowing a lot more individual freedom. More important, its allowing most businesses to return to some form of trading. As this strange situation continues I watch the daily government briefings. I continue to appreciate hearing … Continue reading

Frugal Upbringing

How much might a frugal upbringing impact on one’s ability to dispose of unused items in our homes? Last week while writing my blog post, I realised one reason I believe I find it difficult to throw things away. I stress again that I am not a hoarder. At least not a certifiable hoarder anyway. I just resist throwing away many unused things in my house. My children hate the idea they’ll have to sort out the mess after I’m … Continue reading

Changing My Office

Changing my office space seemed an obvious thing to do during lock down. I did seem to have a little extra time on my hands. And the shift involved giving some long over due attention to one room of my house. Proud as I am that our youngest son has made his career choice, the possibility of him spreading his study out on our kitchen table didn’t fill me with joy. I am fortunate to have a house large enough … Continue reading

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