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…

Our First Time Away in Six Months

The virus restrictions in Victoria have been further lifted to allow us to move about freely within the state. Masks are now only required indoors and pubs and restaurants are allowed to seat many more customers. It has been 24 days since our last community transmission of the virus and right now, the state is…

Japlish Has Come to Australia!

Before I get into the main subject of this post, I am very happy to say that ¬†our state of Victoria has now passed 19 days without a single case of coronavirus. We expect another announcement on Sunday from our Premier and we hope that it will contain more good news about further releases from…

We Are Out of the Woods!

We have had two wonderful pieces of news in the last couple of days. The first, relates to the way that we have managed to get coronavirus under control in Victoria. Over the last nine days we have had absolutely new zero cases of the virus in Victoria. Restrictions have been further eased and there…

There is Light at the End of The Tunnel!

As I have said in one of my previous blog posts, the State of Victoria has endured one of the longest lockdowns in the world. All was going well until mid June when incompetent security companies and their guards spread the virus from hotels that were hosting travellers who were in compulsory lockdown after returning…

This Lockdown Continues

I wrote my last blog post about three weeks ago. Not a lot has happened since then but I thought it was worth posting another blog as part of the history of this period of lockdown. Sometime in the future I, or maybe others, will then have a more complete record of this time in…

I’m Going Back to Work

I have been watching the judicial inquiry into the escape of coronavirus from the hotel isolation program when incompetent and apparently corrupt security companies were hired to guard people who had returned from overseas and were placed in compulsory hotel isolation. The incompetence of these guards allowed the virus to escape into the community resulting…