Distance – Lens Artists Challenge #90

‘I miss your voice, I miss your smile
I wish I could give you
A kiss from a thousand miles’
Martina McBride – Long Distance Lullaby

Fishermen on the beach at Matata while in the distance, Whakaari White Island still puffs.

New Zealand is in day 10 of (at least) a 4 week lockdown with compulsory self isolation’ for everyone who isn’t in an essential occupation. There’s only one thing wrong with isolating yourself from others, you miss them. Phone calls and Zoom conferences can’t make up for holding your loved ones in your arms. They seem so very far away at a time when all we want to do is gather them to us.

‘In case you’re wondering
Somebody’s missing you
Really, really, really, really missing you’
Somebody’s Missing You – Dolly Parton

Where do you go to when you disappear into the distance?

Tina at Travels and Trifles gave us the topic of distance in this week’s Lens Artist’s Challenge to remind us that we should all be practicing ‘social distancing’ right now to ‘flatten the curve’ of ‘COVID-19’ spread. (All of these new terms and phrases, the language of 2020.)  

This is what lockdown looks like at our place. We are permitted to leave our home only to go to the supermarket, to get medical treatment or for exercise in our neighbourhood, a walk, run or cycle up the road. In public places we’re asked to stay 2 meters away from anyone not in our bubble’ (those we share our home with.) We’re lucky. We live on a farm so we have room to move inside our bubble. We can still walk in the bush and enjoy everything nature has to offer.

‘One day more!
Another day another destiny’
Lockdown Song, The Marsh’s.
(May have similarities to that one from Les Miserable.)

A family of Paradise Shelducks hanging out in their bubble.

All of this togetherness at home takes a bit of getting used to. Routines are disrupted and patience and tolerance are put to the test.

‘Jump and let dem see love and unity
One big family, togetherness’
Togetherness, Alison Hinds

Way up there somewhere, the tree raises it’s arms.

For 4 generations, New Zealanders have cruised through a benign world, we haven’t been tested to this extent as a nation since the 1940’s polio epidemic. Our schools and work places are closed and we queue to buy food (2 meters apart of course). Flour and yeast are in short supply, it seems everyone’s making their own bread. 

‘When you see the Southern Cross for the first time
You understand now why you came this way’
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Southern Cross

West End, Ohope from the Ohope Hill lookout.

One of the changes we’ve seen is the way we say goodbye to each other. The last words are ‘stay safe’ or ‘be well’. No ‘see you later’s any more. Nothing is taken for granted, no opportunity to say ‘I love you’ is missed. Anxiety about the future is just another epidemic.

Thank you Tina for reminding us that wherever or whoever we may be, we are all in this together.

My quotes are all from songs. Click on the links to hear the songs in their entirety. If you need a laugh, the Marsh’s hold the key.

Take care everyone and stay safe.




  1. A beautiful post Wendy. Having chosen to change your lifestyle I’d guess this is a bit less disruptive to you than most others. Who’d have thought that when you made the choice?! Still for all of us, you included, this has had a tremendous impact. It was wonderful having a peek into your world and that of other NZers. You’re right, I’ll close with stay safe out there!

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    • You’re right Tina. For us it’s like an extra long weekend. It’s what retirement might look like 😊 except I cant go and see the grand children. I feel sorry for those stuck in tiny apartments in large cities. It must feel like a very long month indeed. Take care and stay well.


  2. Beautiful post, Wendy. I’m so glad you still have the opportunity to get close to nature. And it’s true, be well and stay safe are the way we say goodbye now. Stay safe and be well.

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