Sunday, 5 April 2020

day 10

Time on my hands.
Opportunity to dust off the 'big camera' and experiment with my macro lens. which I am still very much learning how to use. I'm thinking a mobile tripod would be useful - there is a need for a very steady hand.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

day 9

One of my first reactions to hearing we would be going into lockdown was a desperate need to get winter firewood.  It probably won't even be needed within the month but the month may be extended...
Anyway, it is comforting having it all stacked, dry and ready to go! Even the smell of it is reassuring.

Friday, 3 April 2020

day 8

Autumn. I couldn't have asked for a lovelier time to be at home.
The hydrangeas are doing their autumn thing - turning all sorts of amazing colours.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

day 7

Wow, one week in already, it went fast. Covid19 numbers are growing steadily. There has been one death. The science says to expect to wait 14 days before seeing a decline and then there is the unknown of community transmission. And yes, here in NZ, we believe in science. The government is doing a mindful job of providing support for those who need it the most. They are making adjustments every day to meet needs, resolve issues, stop any gaps. Of course, there are those who criticise, fuss and squabble. I find it tiresome. Realistically the government doesn't get everything right the first time but they are listening, they are responsive - and really, would you want to be in their shoes? We are in such a better place than almost anywhere else in the world. Keep the borders shut until the world heals.
Again, I am so grateful to live in a socialist democracy at the very bottom of the world.
Images today of beautiful places I have been this summer and hopefully, will get back to soon.
Stay strong everyone. Kia kaha.

He waka eke noa
A canoe which we are all in with no exception

 Tawharanui Regional Park

 Huia Regional Park

Lavender Farm, Kihikihi
Moonlight Bach, Scandrett Regional Park

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

day 6

An autumn tradition is pear and ginger cake when my pears ripen. When you make a cake only once a year, there's little room for experimentation. However, I have decided that this cake would be improved by adding fresh ginger to it to make it more gingery. I've already doubled the ginger spice but it still does not meet my need for a real ginger hit. Next year? Or should I break the rules and make it again? A month in lockdown, all rules are up for breaking.
PS. it's an Annabelle Langbein recipe - Sticky date cake which just happens to have pears and ginger in it.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

day 5

Sign of the times....the son taking a friend for a yoga class via Skype or some such video connection.

Monday, 30 March 2020

day 4

Time to get the crochet out again. Thank goodness for YouTube that reminds me each year how to crochet - not a skill leaned when I was young. Maybe I could make one or two peggy squares a day? Maybe.