Vietnam Veterans Day 2021

August 18 marks the 55th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. On this day in 1966, in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tan, Australian soldiers fought one of their fiercest battles of the Vietnam War. This battle saw D Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, face an enemy force of over 2000.…

Forty Nine Years and Another Lockdown

The entire East Coast of Australia is currently in lockdown The Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus has reached here and is playing havoc with our lives again. This is the second year that we have celebrated our wedding anniversary in lockdown. Yesterday, we celebrated 49 years together. Last year we had booked a luxury…

Christmas in July – A Sense of Deja Vu in

I have a strong sense of Deja Vu about today! It’s the 25th of July – the middle of winter and six months after, and before, Christmas. Like last year, we are back to celebrating ‘Christmas in.July’ in lockdown. The weather has been fine today but the morning was cold and the top temperature was…

Another Lockdown, Vaccinations and Feeling Old

Here we are in the middle of winter – locked down for the fifth time on a miserable cold and wet winter’s day. I woke up this morning to find that the temperature was  5°C with a ‘feel like’ temperature of 3°C. (37°F) Our maximum for the day was just 8°C (46°F). It wasn’t surprising…

Back in Victoria – Horsham

It was a long driving day for us today – a bit over 450 kms as we continued our journey home from Port Lincoln. Tonight, we are in Horsham. Before leaving Tanunda in the Barossa Valley, we visited the farm shop of celebrity chef Maggie Beer and stocked up on some products that we could…

Anzac Day 2021

The year has rolled around again to the most sacred day in Australia’s civic calendar – Anzac Day. This is the day on which we commemorate the sacrifice of Australians who have served and died in their military service to the country. Last year, because of Covid-19, we could not hold any community commemoration services.…

Easter

It’s ironic how during Easter last year we were compulsorily required to stay at home in the first of the national Covid lockdowns, while this year, with very few Covid restrictions, we have elected to stay home anyway. At this time last year we were feeling quite insecure and a touch afraid about what this…

The Many Birds in Our Garden

We have survived our last five days of lockdown that we had thrust upon us a two weeks ago. With all that went before, we have been in good practice with lockdowns and we know how to handle them. Unsurprisingly, even though it was only planned for five days, the supermarkets were once again stripped…

Our Weekend Away That Wasn’t

As we found out last Friday, one has to be very flexible in these days of the Covid virus. We were planning to spend a weekend away at one of our favourite Bed & Breakfast locations in Gippsland but we ended up spending the weekend, and more, back at home. We left home early on…

A Day in Ballarat

Not far from Creswick is Ballarat, Victoria’s third largest city. We spent another day there after our earlier day around the small towns in the Central Goldfields Region. Over the weekend, hot weather was forecast with temperatures above 40C (104F). Ballarat is generally a few degrees cooler than surrounding areas but at that extreme level…

We Are Well and Truly Into The New Year

We are now well into the New Year and with a combination of cool and damp weather over the last week, along with a small rise in the number of Covid cases in Victoria we have spent a few quiet days at home but on the sunny days, managed to make the most of some…

Melbourne at Christmas

Two things have come together for us, just at the right time. Firstly, our virus restrictions have been significantly removed. For the last thirty nine days, we have had no new cases of coronavirus in Victoria and Australia is now virtually virus free. The only cases that exist are those of returned overseas travellers and…