Bungy jumps and pogo sticks

The feeling in the air following the government’s May 11th announcement of New Zealand’s move to Alert Level 2, has made me think of springs and release of energy. In the 1970s I badly wanted a pogo stick, like many of my generation. George Herrington of Wichita, Kansas, patented the pogo stick concept in 1891.Continue reading “Bungy jumps and pogo sticks”

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…”

Checking the experiment’s progress

Today is the 15th day since New Zealand launched its large scale experiment in regard to combating COVID-19, so it is time for a scientific post which examines how our experiment is going. In doing this, we have to remember that experimental conditions here are quite different from those in other countries. In addition, thisContinue reading “Checking the experiment’s progress”

High trust – high risk

Beware of people handing you water bottles (no Greeks bearing gifts around right now) – in this case it was no stranger, but Chris kindly giving me a drink on our ride today. I took a swig, swallowed involuntarily, then said, “WHAT WAS IN THAT WATER BOTTLE?”. Chris took a look, said, “I don’t thinkContinue reading “High trust – high risk”

Is this experiment set up right?

Today I felt like I had COVID-brain. That does not mean I have a cough, or a fever, but my brain seems to be working at half speed compared to normal. I start something, then forget what I am doing half way through the activity as something else distracts me. I am talking to someone,Continue reading “Is this experiment set up right?”

Contentment as a condition

I kicked myself out of the house this afternoon to get some exercise, clear my brain and find some inspiration. It was one of those brilliant autumn days in Central Otago and there was a sense of perfection in the blue sky, turquoise water and gold and green hills, studded with crimson rose hips (aContinue reading “Contentment as a condition”

Testing times

Menace from Tonga is another friend who hangs out in our bubble. Her name derives from that of Chris’s sister Ximena, which is of Mexican origin and is pronounced approximately like Hee-menna (no offence intended Ximena, honest). Menace is really nice once you get to know her, though her outward appearance can be a littleContinue reading “Testing times”

Facing off against COVID-19

My mate Toti from Taupo presents different faces to the world (please note, he is a confirmed bubble member, present from midnight on Tuesday). I feel like I am cycling through those faces at a rapid rate during the days. I wake up and feel reasonably calm, particularly if I pick up my current book,Continue reading “Facing off against COVID-19”

The experiment begins…

Our household is dominated by scientists (sorry, Mum) which means that we oscillate between being interested in the progress of a set of enormous, international COVID-19 management experiments, and being concerned for all the people who are the subjects of these experiments. I might be stretching things here, I am very interested in the experimentsContinue reading “The experiment begins…”