That Virus

That virus consumes our news and our day to day awareness.

My wife and I have found a daily routine that seems to meet the rules (?) . This one, no doubt, the mental health rule. Such may change.

We do a couple of hours work at home, then go out and buy two take away cups of coffee, then transit to the local beach, and stay in our car enjoying the peaceful view and more. Then its home, a different way each time..

This morning, while parked at the beach, I was rewarded by having this Rainbow Lorikeet tasting Banksia nectar close to my ear!

Let’s know how are you filling in your time?

6 thoughts on “That Virus

  1. Ok then, I will be first cab off the rank.
    I too like wandering around near the beach when I can, but lately that has been off the menu.
    My understanding is that we should avoid leaving home unless we have a good and genuine need to go out?
    This requirement seems to vary from state to state, or at least the interpretation of it does.

    Lately, I have spent quite a lot of time finding out about all the people I can remember from my past.
    Those with whom I went to school, those I worked with in later years, or those with whom I just socialised.
    Not only does the internet enlighten me about many of them, but I can become quite absorbed with making notes, including notes about incidents (mostly pleasant) which come to mind.
    It becomes a kind of historical diary. (no, I didn’t mean hysterical)
    I am amazed that whole groups of people I remember are no longer with us. It is a sobering thought.
    When I look back, I realise I have survived as well as I have because of the many kindnesses shown towards me throughout my life.
    In many ways I have been very fortunate.

    Outside, I seem to be forever doing little ‘bits’.
    Raking up a few leaves, watering pot plants, trimming branches, which will insist on growing.
    I often stand and ‘cogitate’, wondering what mischief to get up to next.
    I talk to neighbours, from a suitable distance.
    I find that if you fill your time with something useful, rather than sit and bemoan your fate, life becomes a lot more acceptable.
    I personally don’t find life has changed for me a all that much anyway.
    I have always lived a ‘low profile’ kind of life, so the extra constraints are not really ‘obvious’ to me.
    So far that is.
    As time passes, I think I will miss being able to take random journeys, just for the interest of it.

    Of course, it won’t last forever, and one day we will look back and perhaps marvel at how well we coped.
    Being older, I think we have a greater understanding and acceptance of all that is happening around us.
    This allows us to stay mentally healthy in outlook when the tide is running against us.
    I am really concerned about the younger generations who might ‘champ at the bit’, and be ready to ‘fly off the handle’.
    I just hope all of them will settle down, and there won’t be too much ‘scuffling’.
    One might usefully recall how people managed to live and yet stay on top of life during the war years.
    The main things I remember are food shortages and rationing. Moving around was still very much possible though.
    By comparison, even with restricted movement, we are much better off at this time?
    Food is readily available, and, to the casual glance, society is much the same as usual.

    I haven’t taken on any new hobbies lately.
    Instead, I try to keep a window open to the world, and hope that life out there remains calm.
    I am still wondering why those in control didn’t simply slam the city gates shut right back in January.
    Many I have spoken to, which I do whilst waiting in queues leading to a checkout, say much the same thing.
    One day we might find out?

    I seem to have wandered off topic here and there, but I guess you won’t view that too badly?

  2. Your days sound very pleasant Ray and William. I am having a very quiet time, mainly inside.

    Have a good Easter everyone.

  3. Same for me .life goes on much the same as usual,A bit harder on the old boy with no pub or TAB but he can still have a beer at home and I am sure he will have more in his pocket when this is all over ,In WA high heat is expected for a few days ,so I just hope the selfish ones who think the rules don’t apply to them don’t all go to and linger at the beaches , and undo all the good that isolation has done so far .Stay well stay safe

  4. We are walking every day ,short walks around home but every second day driving to parks or beach walks where there’s a nice flat path to walk on with no big hills.
    Reading more than we used to.
    We are allowed out for exercise as long as we practise social distancing and don’ t sit around on park benches or at picnic tables.
    We watch a movie in the evening. Keep in touch with family and friends via the internet. If we had to write down what we did each day I don’t think it would fill more than four lines on an A4 page but the days still go fast.

  5. I spent a month home based as I had been in contact with fiend of a Covid carrier. The first mandatory two week quarantine and then my own imposed two weeks to make sure. The thing I missed most was not being with my son and brother. We did keep in touch with Facetime regularly.So that was something. Now the restrictions have been eased my brother and I can lunch at our club tho we will have to be early due to the 50 person limit.

    I am not sure of others views here on our handling of this virus that has now taken 103 Australians. But I want it on record that our doctors and nurses who put their lives at risk on the front line deserve medals. Our infection and death rate surely was headed for far steeper numbers without their professionalism and diligence. Congrats also to Sco Mo and his health minister on a job well done overseeing the show. They proved they were the men for the job during a crisis.

  6. “with a friend” ha ha.

    Where is edit button. Also can we post images here?

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