Yesterday, the first day of September, was officially the first calendar day of Spring.
During the last week there have even been signs broadcasting the arrival of the new season. The dawn chorus of birds is beginning to ramp up and we even have a resident blackbird chortling away at sunset. Distant trees that we can see from home are beginning to get a pale golden-green hazy sheen over them indicating that buds are about to burst into a profusion of green.
Spring, the season of hope and new beginnings. A great time to look forward to warmer sunnier days, with new projects to think about 😊
On the Home Front, most of the country (including us here at Hamilton) reduced to Level Three Lockdown yesterday. Auckland, where most of the cases are found, is to remain at Level Four for a bit longer.
There is not much difference between the two levels socially, and it is still a criminal offence to not wear a mask when visiting public places like the supermarket, but it does mean that many businesses can begin operating again.
A friend of my son owns a café and he is happy to open his doors once more. He has moved his whole shop to the front, with the counter across the doorway, so that they can serve people out on the street. Other businesses, such as hardware stores, can now operate on a click-and-collect basis.
I ventured out and went to the supermarket. Everyone wore a mask, but social distancing was nowhere in sight – the shop was crowded and I began to feel quite claustrophobic behind my mask and foggy glasses. Came home utterly exhausted.
But this morning I woke to the birds and the sun rising in a clear sky. It looks like it is going to be a lovely day.
Be happy and keep smiling 😊