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.