I am starting to write this post listening to the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield the Director General of Health give us more information about the four cases of Covid-19 outside of managed isolation. The people affected are in one household in Auckland. From midday today Auckland has moved to Level 3 alert, and the rest of New Zealand to Level 2. The news was announced at a press conference last night, and the restrictions will last until midnight on Friday – at the moment. Of course, we always knew this might happen, but still, it has dampened everyone’s spirits. So I am working at home again this week, which to be frank, I prefer to the office.
Of course, this also means I resumed by ‘Covid walk’ in the Botanic Gardens. It is strange as autumn was in full swing then, and now we are in spring. Where has the year gone? Anyway, I stopped as usual to look at the ducks, most of whom were sleeping, heads tucked into their wings. As usual, there were a couple of really noisy ones, quacking and demanding attention.
The magnolias are starting to flower, and of course there are lots of camellias too. There are some stunning rhododendron too such as this bright red one.
I also love these oriental paperbush flowers. There are a few of them dotted about the gardens, and love their delicate shape.
Each year I love seeing this tree come into flowers. More bright red blooms to brighten up our lives at this time.
Hoping you are all well out there where ever you are in the globe. Kia kaha.
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