April 4, 2020

Christchurch Lockdown Life

Just found these videos today.
I wanted to save them for future viewing - the diary of events this blog seems to be at the moment. I guess for the people of Christchurch this emptiness is eerily familiar from our post-earthquake lives in 2011. Just the army tanks and the roadblocks missing.

My mother lives on the West side, I work in the centre, and live on the East side..in the East video, all the shops at the start of the video are where I shop.... and the Avon river where I walk. The bridge is near my house....
Can't see a South side one yet... but you get the picture.

Like most of the world, as a non-essential worker, I am working from home - we have given the students time off and are working hard getting ready for the online delivery of our programmes.  We don't know how long we will remain in lockdown but the whole country,  the whole world, is facing the same reality.  Life has changed dramatically in such a short time - thank you to all the medical teams and the supermarket workers and the people keeping things running - the least we can do is stay home and make this lockdown work.

One son is still in London, as are many of our family.   My nephew and his wife are in Paris and my brother and his wife are in Vancouver. We get updates ...  The rest are in Auckland, or Tauranga or here in Christchurch... keeping in touch with emails and What's App and Facebook and last night, a family Skype.  Nice for Mum to see everyone and have a laugh.  We miss our regular get-togethers.... but we drop off shopping for Mum to wash and store and do our best to keep her safe.

Life is revolving around team Zoom meetings and planning what to do  - but this week I had two House Party chats with a bunch of friends (yes, wine was involved)  and we even had a zoom choir...  it pays to remind ourselves that we are physically distancing, not socially distancing. Now if the internet goes down we might struggle.

Poppy is frustrated that we are not going to work  - but we are lucky that our neighbourhood is filled with rivers, and rabbit scents to follow.  Today after her walk, she voluntarily walked into the shower for a warm wash ... totally unlike her! 

Meanwhile, we read and we worry and we stay in our "bubble" and hope we can flatten the curve, or eliminate the virus - as it's all we can do. 

Take care everyone and look after each other.


  1. You too take care, dear Fiona!
    Like you said, it is physical distancing, not social, really.
    Right now it does not matter how far or near our friends dnd family live - we can't meet them anyway.
    Good to know you live in a neighbourhood that allows for nice walks, both for your and Poppy's benefit.

    1. Hope you aNd OK are O.K!
      Hard not seeing the family - but lovely to hear from so many friends too.
      Glad you can Work from home - I think the novelty will wear off, but wonderful for now. :)

  2. I cannot even begin to imagine what would happen if the internet went down. I reckon that if you take music, radio, catch-up TV, but most of all WhatsApp, Telegram, etc etc which we use to keep in touch with friends and family we would all go stir crazy. And that's just those like me who no longer have to work as well.

    I found the videos very powerful. I spent ages trying to see if I could recognise places. Some of the Central places were vaguely recognisable in terms of layout and the tram lines gave some clues. I was astonished looking at the cathedral and I see it has a police guard. Is that permanent?

    I really do hope that things work out for you and that you and yours stay safe.

  3. Quite eerie to see a nearly abandoned city. Thank god for the internet. I am working a little on Zoom as well and skype my mum every night in the Netherlands. I was supposed to be there today but that of course didn't go ahead. You take care and kia kaha

    1. Glad your Mum is ok over there too - and have fun in outer bubble Marja :)

  4. Well spotted - I missed that! Looks like they have put up a barricade to keep people out of the area... pretty sure that’s new. They don’t normally guard it. I was hoping they would show the rare gulls Nesting. area that is directly opposite Casa Publica. The birds must be pleased to be left alone.
    Hope the family return safely from Australia Too. All the best - fi

  5. I often think of the people of Christchurch and everything you guys have had to cope with. Thanks for posting the videos, a reminder of how strange are these times. Weird to see such deserted city streets. Take care and stay well.


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