If there is one word that would sum up this month it is 'lockdown'. When you consider that the road in front of our house is the main route from Dunedin to Queenstown it has been so weird to have it completely quiet for hours at a time. I then looked at how far we have travelled in the last month and the car has only been driven just over 20kms!! With the positive effects on our bank account perhaps we should have a self imposed lockdown once a year ;-)
The whole world has gone through the strangest time with the coronavirus pandemic. At the start of the month there were less than 1 million cases world wide, by the middle of the month it topped 2 million and by the end of the month it's well over 3 million.....crazy times. If I am to take any positives from this it is the way people, certainly in our local town and the wider New Zealand, have adhered to the governments lockdown of the country and helped to keep it in check here. Who knows when we may get to a more 'normal' mode of life but for this moment in time it is good to take stock of the important things in life and not jeopardise them by being reckless.
I've been fortunate enough to be involved in a local project creating digital copies of old photographs stored in the Teviot Valley Museum to go onto an interactive display at the museum and local information centre. I was able to grab all the albums I needed before we were placed in full lockdown so that project has kept me busy and sane through the month.
I've also cooked a lot of food and made lots of breads so the freezer is well stocked with goodies.
I did say last month that this blog update is likely to contain images that are slightly more eclectic.......well, I wasn't wrong ;-)