A weekend of socialising

8 – 10 May 2020

The coronavirus restrictions have started to loosen here in Australia. Having previously been limited to groups of two (e.g. just Tory and I), we are now allowed to meet up with other households. We certainly made the most of this new found freedom this weekend with not one, not two, but three separate social occasions. What a treat!

Friday night was the most debaucherous by far – a ‘boys night’. This inevitably escalated into drinking games and I was feeling rather dusty the following morning.

Boys night = inevitable hangover

Saturday was a rather more civilised affair. Tory and I hosted BBQ, drinks and games on our lawn and we were joined by a couple of our dearest friends.

We also popped out for a cheeky takeaway cocktail…

Waiting for a takeaway margarita from Havana

Sunday started with coffee and dog cuddles on our front lawn and was followed by an afternoon walk and an incredible beef stew at yet another friend’s house.

Look at those croutons

All in all it was a very sociable weekend.

The Australian Government has announced a three stage process for a COVID-safe economy. The first stage – due to start this coming Friday – allows us to congregate in groups of 10. Cafes and restaurants will also be allowed to re-open with up to 10 patrons.

As we slowly move back into normality following the coronavirus pandemic, it will be great to be able to see our friends all together again. Soon our primary concerns will switch from our health and well-being to the financial impacts of our job losses. Some models are predicting that more than one quarter of Australians will find themselves out of work due to COVID-19.

The reality is that we’ll soon be allowed to eat out with friends again, but we probably won’t be able to afford to do so.

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