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At midnight tonight some pandemic restrictions will ease. We will no longer need to scan or sign in at shops and cafés. I can stop filling in the Covid Outing Diary I’ve been keeping meticulously for many months.

We do not hug
bump elbows instead
shop in masks
show vaccine passes
keep one metre distant
do what we should
sigh for what once we could

it’s

           a

                          fine

                                      line

between safe                and sociable

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Keen on Kindness

“Be kind” is an injunction I’m seeing and hearing a great deal lately. It’s a direct quote from our Prime Minister, and sometimes seems like the best action we can take to alleviate the uncertainty and anxiety around Covid at present.

In pre-Covid times we could practise random acts of kindness whenever we felt like it. These acts were good to receive and satisfying to give. Now we’re living under the Red traffic light kindness needs to be more focussed. We need to be kind to our community by ensuring we’re vaccinated, scanning or signing in everywhere, and wearing masks.

Official information tells us to “Wear your mask whenever you leave home”, so yesterday when I went for a walk I took my mask in my pocket which I haven’t done before. No-one walking round the Loop was wearing a mask, except a group gathered under a gazebo on the riverbank. I put my mask on to approach them and ask what they were doing, and learned they were testing a drone which could be used for delivering medical supplies in Africa.

Drone testing shelter

I was overdue for a haircut, so went to have one, thinking it was best to do it before any further restrictions are imposed. While the hairdresser failed to ask to see my Vaccine Pass she did request that I leave my mask on while my hair was being cut. This is different to how it was under the Orange traffic light, and must be awkward to manage. Presumably if you were having your hair washed in a salon the mask would be removed, or maybe wet cuts are not allowed now?

We popped in to the supermarket, deposited our soft plastic, and found they are limiting purchases of toilet paper and baked beans, but there was no queue at the entrance.

Right now it’s important to be kind to oneself. Taking life easy where possible and having little treats. I’d been looking forward to February when groups I belong to are scheduled to meet again, but this is now also uncertain. I’m lucky I have plenty of books to read and social contact online. I expect socialising in person will decrease, although cafés are still open, and I have a date to meet a friend later today.

We need to practise being kind
ensuring none are left behind

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Playground fenced off

The Margaret Mahy Family Playground has been fenced off and the flying foxes removed.  On my morning walk yesterday I met and chatted, at a distance, with two neighbours.  Many of us are taking regular walks near to home.  I’m reluctant to touch the buttons that activate the lights for the pedestrian crossings, but that doesn’t matter.  There are so few cars, jay-walking is the sensible option.  In fact it’s unusual to see two cars in quick succession, even on main roads.

I made a carrot cake and some walnut biscuits.  Since I’ve been trying to eat healthily I’ve done very little baking, but with Cathryn here we’ve got into the habit of having dessert, or at least a sweet treat in the evening.

I’ve noticed a stronger small of chlorine in the water lately, and suspect the City Council may have upped the dose to avoid any extra maintenance during the lockdown.

The Press, together with RNZ National, is my main source of news, and I’m grateful for the daily delivery, and the puzzles!  Also enjoying regular Wordscraper games.

It’s hard to find things to write about at the moment.  I just went for a walk, but heavy rain sent me home in a hurry.

Best wishes to all my readers.  Stay safe and well!

Not much is happening round my way
so there’s not much for me to say

 

 

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I was talking on the landline to a friend in Wellington when we were abruptly disconnected.  Neither of us could reconnect until an hour later.  I guess there are still problems with overloaded telephones.

It was good to see a passing woman lift her small daughter up so she could view our Tiny Teddy in the window, and I’ve now pinned him to the Great Bear Hunt map.

Early this morning I was out collecting the Press when a dog-walker passed by.  He said Good morning, then so far, so good!

Countdown have sent a message to say we’re now on their priority list for delivery (for those over 70, and/or with extra health issues).  They also say please shop in person if you’re able, so we shan’t try their delivery service as long as we are still able to do supermarket shopping.  Piko have now closed until the Level Four is lifted, but they also offer a service delivering orders placed online.  I’ve saw a couple of people walk towards Piko today with shopping bags, then turn around again.

Piko sign

A neighbour knocked on our door, then retreated two metres, and offered to do our shopping if required.  The team at Te Whare Roimata, Inner City Christchurch East, have also offered help.

Tonight is Earth Hour – 8.30-9.30pm.  I don’t think we’ll observe it this year, and I wonder whether many others will.

When I went for a walk I met a friend who lives a couple of blocks away.  We chatted for a few minutes on opposite sides of a wide footpath.  Strangers passing usually say hello, but some are glued to their phones.

I am continually reminded of the fifty days we were in lockdown behind the earthquake cordon.  Then we were in a bubble of eleven households, and able to socialise.  Now we have an inner and an outer bubble.  The inner bubble is our household of three people and one cat.  The outer bubble is the whole of Aotearoa.  I read online of someone whose neighbour was blowing bubbles from their garden.  The person reporting this said they were Great whimsical little flying blisters of plague.

There’s helpers there if we should need
we’re definitely blessed indeed

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Day 2 of Lockdown and the streets are eerily quiet.  We drove to the supermarket where there were a lot of vehicles in the car park, but no queue.  Hand sanitiser and trolley wipes were offered and welcome.  I went in to do the shopping while Stephen waited in the car.  The first item on my list was a bunch of flowers because there are so few in the garden at present.

Cheerful flowers

The only goods not available were Barkers Elderflower and Lime Cordial, and Maggi Beef Stock, but there were suitable substitutes.  The checkout operator was someone I hadn’t seen before and she was sheltered behind a perspex screen.  Three cheers for all the supermarket staff working hard in an extremely difficult situation!  I used Paywave to be contactless, but because the total was over $200 I had to enter a pin on the keypad.

Later I went for a walk and was surprised to meet a flock of pigeons on the riverbank.  When I got my camera out they all took off.

Pigeons on the riverbank

The empty streets are reminiscent of a scene after an atomic bomb.  The fact that our household now includes a daughter makes it seem as though we’ve travelled back in time.  The whole situation is surreal and strange, and I haven’t yet quite absorbed the reality.  Autumn Equinox passed unremarkably.  The next festival will be Samhain at the end of April, traditionally a time to honour our beloved dead.  I wonder how many will have succumbed to the virus by then.  Thank the Goddess for Jacinda’s calm kind messages and actions.

The silent streets seem quite unreal
What future fate do they conceal?

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