Dancing to the music

Today was a less good lockdown day. I was glooming my way through a rebuild of a drawer unit this afternoon. I had managed to make the drawers the wrong way round, which meant they were 24mm too narrow. That didn’t seem too problematic until I also discovered I had made the drawers 24mm tooContinue reading “Dancing to the music”

Social pushmi-pullyus

The pushmi-pullyus of Doctor Dolittle were two-headed beasts who were impossible to creep up on, and who looked very reminiscent of a llama with no rear end. Hugh Lofting wrote Doctor Dolittle stories for his children in wartime letters, when the scenes of war were either ‘too horrible or too dull to describe’. The DoctorContinue reading “Social pushmi-pullyus”

Illusions of normality

Human beings are quite amazingly adaptable, while harbouring constant illusions that their current state of being is normal. I don’t generally wear a tea cosy, nor purple (or indeed any) lipstick, particularly not while ski touring in the middle of the Southern Alps. However neither state felt that odd at the moment of the photograph.Continue reading “Illusions of normality”

Touring a disaster zone

Today I set out to discover the current state of Queenstown. What I discovered is that it is very hard to mentally comprehend the nature of a disaster that doesn’t look physically disastrous. In the Canterbury earthquakes we cycled around the city and oohed and aahed at the liquefaction, the buildings with toilets falling outContinue reading “Touring a disaster zone”

Still holding…

Loki and I sat on the fence today. It was the highlight of my day – getting dressed up to get my picture taken on the fence (Loki didn’t bother dressing up and demanded to be returned to the house very promptly). I am pretty good about not wearing a dressing gown all day butContinue reading “Still holding…”

How we tell our stories

The dreaded hair cut day has come and gone and, like with so many things, it feels a lot better afterwards. That’s a fairly simple and one way story with a happy ending. However, today I was reading a story related to pandemics that isn’t nearly so simple, nor so happy. It’s the story ofContinue reading “How we tell our stories”

Other times, other travails…

So who’s bored with COVID-19? COVID-19 is ever present and ever important but is also getting really really dull! In the first week of Level 4 lockdown I was constantly listening to the radio updates, by week 2 I was definitely in for the 1pm Ardern & Bloomfield Show but not quite as fixated, duringContinue reading “Other times, other travails…”

Day 22 low-jinks

One has to find entertainment where one can these days, particularly if you want it in real life rather than on-line. Therefore, our friend Mandy’s challenge to take the Pure Bread Dog to another level was too hard to resist. Above we present Mixed Bread Cat. Any people willing to take this challenge further, pleaseContinue reading “Day 22 low-jinks”

Eliminate…eliminate…

Here in Gibbston we are trying, in a somewhat futile fashion, to eliminate rabbits on our property. Rabbits are a major pest in much of New Zealand; they eat pretty much anything at their own height, which includes all the grasses and trees that one might want to grow. Consequently, we have to encase everythingContinue reading “Eliminate…eliminate…”

Musical variations & vaccines

I found the above musical depiction of the spike protein of 2019-nCoV (the virus responsible for COVID-19 disease) strangely fascinating (click the link to hear it, you don’t need to listen for too long to ‘get the picture’). Who would have thought that one might turn a protein into a sound image? How did theyContinue reading “Musical variations & vaccines”