Very exciting day today! New Zealand reduced to Covid-19 alert level two – which feels almost like freedom compared to the last six weeks. A taste of what could be around the corner, if we last the distance of playing by the rules of lockdown. So far, most of us have been willing to do the short term pain for the long term gain, and it seems to be paying off. Goddess willing, it will last – if the goddess can be bothered any more with us fools of humans.
There are still social distancing restrictions in place during alert level two, but we’re free to travel out of our area. I celebrated by going to New Brighton beach, about 15 mins drive from where I live. I grew up in closer vicinity to the beach than that, though, so I always feel like it’s a wee return to my roots when I venture back that way.
Christchurch does a great line in a sharp easterly wind. In the days it’s gracing us with its presence – which it does with regularity – the mornings are fairly gentle, it picks up pace during the afternoon, and dies off again in the evening. Today being an autumn morning in May, the breeze was fresh, though not unpleasant.
Here’s my walk in pictures. The tide was still high-ish, but on its outward bound journey. My phone doesn’t take the best photos, but I don’t want to upgrade to a bigger phone, as I like the small size of the one I’ve got.
Then off home, and work for the rest of the day. I don’t go to the beach often, as I tend to walk or ride around the river nearby me, but it was great to get there today.