Gratitude. In shades of yellow on an early winter morn.

Our maunga, Mount Taranaki, wreathed in snow and cloud yesterday morning

If anybody said to me a year ago that the world would still be on hold with rampant Covid in mid 2021, I do not think I would have believed them. I guess we thought it would burn itself out and we would see some sort of return to the old ‘normality’. The opposite is the case. By most objective measures, the pandemic is actually getting worse and we may yet have to grapple with a scenario where a highly contagious strain emerges that is resistant to vaccines.

Melia azedarach, or the Indian bead tree, has been used as a street tree in my local town of Waitara – showing its yellow berries or drupes

As we see other countries that have pursued elimination strategies now battling border incursions with new, more rampant strains, New Zealand and a number of south Pacific islands stand alone as places with no community transmission. But we have to be realistic; it is a matter of when, not if, we get another border incursion. It is the result of both good luck and good management that has kept us free so far and there will be a time when that luck fails. If you are of a mind to question how good our management has actually been, you should at least concede that it has been and continues to be  better than most.

I went past a local church to photograph the Magnolia campbellii coming into flower (not shown here because it is pink and I am on a yellow theme with blue sky). I am not sure that the good folk at the Church of St John the Baptist actually realise how large this glorious Ginkgo biloba will grow…

There are times I get a few pangs about not being able to travel as we used to. I miss that stimulation and inspiration. And it may be that our future offshore travel will be limited to family events, and quite possibly just to Australia. Even when travel opportunities reopen, I won’t be rushing to book further afield. Long haul air travel was never fun in better times; the prospect of sitting on aircraft for 27 hours or so (one way) wearing face masks and being attended by air crew clad from head to toe in PPE sounds grim, let alone transiting Covid hot spot air terminals on the way.  

But, there are worse places to live out our dotage than here. And in this first week of our antipodean winter, all the yellows reminded me to be grateful for what we have and where we are.

The exotic bird of paradise flower, Stelitzia reginae, made an unexpected apprearance on this, the first week of winter
The borders in winter – miscanthus and strelitzia
I don’t know the name of this kniphofia – Mark retrieved it from just inside our far boundary fence line where a neighbour had tossed it over into our shelter belt – but it certainly is handsome and a very pure yellow
The orange and yellow kniphofia is a species but we have lost the name. It is a terrific performer but rampant. And it seeds down readily. I may end up replacing it with one that is better behaved in a garden situation. For winter, the borders still look reasonably well furnished.

6 thoughts on “Gratitude. In shades of yellow on an early winter morn.

  1. Paddy Tobin

    We, Mary and I, hold similar fears re Covid. We do not see it ending, even with widespread vaccination for we see that variants are already widespread and virulent. Vaccination will, at best, reduce the impact of an infection of the Covid virus and there is much to be thankful in that. We will continue to have illness but less deaths.
    Foreign travel is out of the question in our minds and we have not only no plans to do so but no desire either. We feel that as best we will be able to interact in a more relaxed manner with those of our immediate family – our sons, their spouses and their children. We would be happy with that.
    Those who complain about the measures imposed in New Zealand need to have more information on the situation in other countries, even countries which have been reasonably careful, and they would then realise how fortunate they have been.

    1. Abbie Jury Post author

      The problem with ‘widespread vaccination’, Paddy, is that so far 10 countries – wealthy and powerful countries at that – have hogged over 75% of the vaccines. Many countries have yet to start vaccinating and we can see what happened in India. That is why I do not see an end to Covid any time soon. Every poll here shows very high support for the measures taken by our government but the naysayers are so loud that they get media coverage beyond their small number and sow seeds of discontent. As far as I am concerned, we should be damn grateful for the life we are able to lead here in these times.

  2. elainebolitho

    Thank you Abbie for another interesting post – love your yellows,



  3. Roy Bilbie Instagram ellbee65

    Just like to say Abbie how my wife and I enjoy your articles. Which are honest and have clarity. Thanks for sharing your knowledge

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