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

So Many To Thank

We have so many to thank as we ease back a little on lock down. Its been a harrowing four weeks for many. But we mustn’t forget all those who continued to provide essential services while others struggled to stay within their little bubbles. Those workers struggle had to be worse. Some made difficult decisions. For example, leaving their families so they could care for the less able during isolation. Or isolating themselves away from family so they could ensure … 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

Leadership During Crisis

Leadership is vital. In any walk of life, the leadership we provide ourselves or that provided by those who are placed in a position of leadership above us is often what sees us through. During a crisis this is so much more necessary. I was surfing the net to find a definition of leadership which fit with my current thinking. Eventually I came up with a source very unlikely for me. From a blogger, digital marketer, television personality Lisa Cash … Continue reading

Coping With Isolation?

Coping with isolation isn’t easy. What are you doing during the lock down? How are you keeping yourself busy and free from boredom? I know it is much more difficult for some people than others. Extroverts likely struggle to abide by the enforced isolation. But their effort is making a difference. Kiwis avoiding any social interaction are saving lives. Are you coping with isolation? What are you doing to while away the hours and days? I believe renovations/redecorating homes or … Continue reading

Bear Hunt

We’re going on a bear hunt. Come along too. Wherever you are, join in and participate to ease a little boredom of the lock down. I’m uncertain whether this bear hunt is a New Zealand phenomenon right now or whether its being done overseas as well. But I reckon its a great idea. It definitely makes going for a walk around one’s neighbourhood much more interesting. Certainly I applaud whoever came up with idea of making a little adventure for … Continue reading

Stay Calm Be Kind

“Stay calm, be kind” have turned into a slogan for us all right now. Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern mentioned the phrase a few days ago and its stuck. No matter what happens over the next few weeks, as long as we stay calm, be kind to each other and obey the rules we’ll see a light at the end of this virus tunnel. I do appreciate how fortunate I am. During this national lock down our lives have not … Continue reading

Self Isolation

Self isolation and quarantine are words we all recognise. But realistically we never expected to ever have to act upon them. Until now. In words being shared all over the world right now, ‘we are living in unprecedented times’ indeed. What does self isolation mean to you? To me, it indicates a willingness to accept extreme social responsibility. Even if living alone, we sometimes interact with others. But in today’s climate, that interaction could mean a death notice. As difficult … 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

Tennis In Auckland

Davis Cup tennis came to Auckland last week. I think I can say my interest in sport is quite eclectic. Although nowadays its viewed from sidelines or a comfortable sofa. For some reason attached to my childhood, I’ve always detested tennis. I guess it was because I felt like I could never measure up. My extended family included tennis players playing at national level; some very fine tennis players; other players who loved nothing more than to have a hit … Continue reading