lack·​a·​day | \ ˈla-kə-ˌdā  \

Definition of lackaday

archaic—used to express regret or deprecation

First Known Use of lackaday

1695, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lackaday

by alteration & shortening from alack the day

Like a good earthling, I have assimilated it all as being just par for the course; part of what it means to exist in a world hogtied by this vicious pandemic.

In the middle of concern for the countries of Afghanistan and Haiti, here in Aotearoa New Zealand a nationwide public announcement by our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last night has launched us into a more immediate concern – a sudden (six and a half hours notice) nationwide lockdown. For those outside of the outbreak site of Akarana Auckland it is (so far) only for three days; for those in Akarana Auckland (where the positive case was picked up) and the Coromandel (where the identified case travelled over the weekend) the lockdown is to be for a full week.

Taken mid winter – footy field Riversdale, Murihiku Southland

Grateful for the clarity of description re this lockdown in Liz Cowburn’s blog post today Go and read for a clear picture.

And another favourite blogger pal has also posted today – go HERE to read Tumblestone’s factual account of the lockdown, with the added bonus of a truly beautiful Orepuki polished gemstone

Ōtepoti Dunedin’s shark bell, St Clair

We have been so fortunate in this country to have had a virtual – apart form border containments and a few community outbreak near misses / narrow squeaks – Covid-free existence for the longest time. Yes we have had quite a bit of yo-yo-ing between Levels after a few minor outbreaks and although, like everyone else, I have been affected by each level change (postponed book launches and other such much-anticipated events) really, truly, compared to everywhere else on this whole planet, these disruptions have been minor.

steam train, Mandeville, Murihiku Southland

Like a good earthling, I have assimilated all the alerts and resulting cancellations and postponements as being just par for the course; part of what it means to exist in a world hogtied by this vicious pandemic. One of the biggest disappointments that we as a family have had to bear, is the delayed appearance from Germany of our son and his family.

hoping National Poetry Day isn’t cancelled / postponed again, for the second year running

However, despite it all, and because we have been one of a few lucky – if not the luckiest – countries we do count our lucky stars. Cue Don McGlashan’s song of that title – a song I was reminded of this morning by fellow Tweeter Ali Clarke. Go HERE to read her excellent helpful heap of book recommends.

poplars in winter, Northern Southland

Day One of this three-day lockdown here in Ōtepoti Dunedin has been sweet. A day of clear and cool air, of a blue, blue sky under which the daffodils in our garden have looked particularly golden – particularly cheerful and splendid. I picked one small fragrant jonquil that was getting crushed and crowded out by a gnarly old standard fuschia. It is now on my desk, every so often providing a whiff of a perfume that stirs some intangible memory – a memory that may or may not be associated with the frozen interior of a Catholic church and a very white marble statue of Mary.


Writer from Dunedin, New Zealand.

5 thoughts on “Lackaday

  1. Thanks for the shout-out Kay, I got such a surprise! I blogged a photo of the Lumsden steam engines tonight and you’ve done Mandeville so that’s a very cool coincidence 🙂 Btw, the Tumblestone link didn’t work for me, it went to my email instead so that was odd.

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  2. So sorry to learn you guys have to endure a lockdown, but all Kiwis should take pride in the way their country has dealt with the pandemic. You guys have done a phenomenal job, and here in the UK (another island nation, where it should be possible to keep the virus at bay!) we look on in awe at what you’ve achieved.

    Interesting to know the meaning / origin of “lackaday”!. It’s a word that occurs in the lyrics of a few traditional English folk songs, but I’d never got round to finding out what it signifies. Now I know!

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  3. Thank you! The only complaint we seem to have about our country’s handling of the Covid pandemic is the slow roll out of vaccines. I am fully vaccinated now and my husband has had his first jab, but only a third of the country (of 5 million) has been vaccinated so far and it doesn’t feel as though it’s been fast enough. But I guess it’s being done properly and with the Pfizer (which by all accounts is the best vaccine) so we shouldn’t be too disgruntled. 🙂

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  4. Yes, that seems a bit slow (here, nearly 90% of adults have had at least one jab, and 77% are fully vaccinated), but given how effective NZ has been in securing its borders against the virus I would say its forgivable. The roll-out of the vaccine is the one area in which the UK has performed well…it’s good to know we got something right! 🙂

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