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The COVID-19 diaries: wilderness


I guess this is the upside of having to be local all the time – you get to know your neighbourhood again! I am fond of Karori despite myself. It’s not a very cool suburb, and I envy my seaside quarantiners, but I like how bushy it is, and how many birds are around.

Talking of Karori, the incredibly clever and charming Leah McFall has started a parody blog about Camilla and Charles hiding out in Karori, “A Right Royal Karori Lockdown”, featuring drawings by yours truly (I must draw some more!) Check it out here.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. 17/04/2020 11:25 am

    The afternoon walks will probably be the thing that Violet always remembers when she is older and people talk about “The BIG LOCKDOWN”. It looks as if there are a stack of new adventures to be had out in Birdwood forest!


  2. William laing permalink
    17/04/2020 11:37 am

    Your whakapapa in Wellington goes back earlier than 1900
    After 1879 for James and Ellen (Gibson) Burnett.
    After about 1875 for Henry and Octavia (Turton) Otterson.

  3. Mary-Ann permalink
    17/04/2020 12:14 pm

    Best news today – that my two most favourite Karori residents are working on a creative project together. Excellent news!

  4. Caroline B permalink
    17/04/2020 1:52 pm

    I’ve been loving your lockdown comics, Sarah – so happy that you started up again. As a mum of three who’s doing a lot of walking locally, both with and without the kids, during lockdown there’s so much of your writing I identify with. The good and the bad! Thanks so much for the tip re the Royal Lockdown too!

  5. Brent Putze permalink
    17/04/2020 5:47 pm

    I enjoy your walks you share with us. Thanks Sarah.

  6. 18/04/2020 10:55 am

    I’m loving these Sarah – everyday brings a piece of your inner and outer life that resonates and amuses. You won’t be envying us sea-siders when we are back in level 3 – and everyone drives here to cycle, off-lead their dogs, walk in their gigantic bubbles, surf, swim, coffee-up etc – runners who won;’t get out of the way won’t be the only problem. End of my moan – driving to Birdwood forest sounds perfect.

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