The last weekend before normality returns

23 – 24 May 2020 As of 1 June life will largely return to some form of normality for us here in New South Wales. Bars and restaurants will be able to cater for up to 50 patrons, recreational sports facilities (e.g. swimming pools) will re-open, we can even go on holiday within the state.Continue reading “The last weekend before normality returns”

We’re allowed back in the pub (well, kind of)

12 – 13 May 2020 Positive news This Friday pubs and clubs will be able to provide dining, along with cafes and restaurants, as part of the state government’s push to boost the economy. It’s not perfect yet as the venues will be limited to a maximum of 10 customers at any one time andContinue reading “We’re allowed back in the pub (well, kind of)”

Manly’s secret hideout

6 – 7 May 2020 Manly – thus named due to the ‘confidence and manly behaviour’ of the Aboriginal people encountered on the northern side of the entrance to Sydney Harbour way back in 1788 – has been our home for the past five years now. Yes, the coronavirus pandemic has cost us our jobsContinue reading “Manly’s secret hideout”

May Day – the loosening of the cuffs

1 May 2020 A pinch and a punch “and all that jazz”. May Day is celebrated as the start of Spring in many European countries. Here, the other side of the world, the days are drawing in – perfect conditions for dinner and drinks with friends. Thankfully, as well as being the first day ofContinue reading “May Day – the loosening of the cuffs”

Multiple identical grey days

28 -30 April 2020 Isolation has finally taken its toll on my daily blog and I’ve had to combine multiple days into a single post. It helps that the days in question were all practically identical – grey and cloudy, with the rain coming yesterday. So this is what we’ve been up to over theContinue reading “Multiple identical grey days”

A glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel

26 April 2020 Some good news came out regarding coronavirus restrictions in Australia today. Following a number of weeks of reduced cases across the country, both Queensland and Western Australia have announced that they’ll relax the social restrictions in place imminently. The new rules will allow the following: Increase in the number of people allowedContinue reading “A glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel”

‘Dam’, that’s a lot of bats!

23 April 2020 Today we went to Manly Dam and damn, did we see a lot of bats! See what I did there? As we’ve more time on our hands than usual due to the coronavirus fallout, we’ve decided to do more walks. Today we headed to Manly Warringah War Memorial State Park – alsoContinue reading “‘Dam’, that’s a lot of bats!”

Photos from isolation (month one)

18 April 2020 Today marks one month since my first daily post. So, rather than the increasingly monotonous daily update, I thought I’d take some time to go through the photographs that I’ve taken in the past month of madness and share these. Here, in no particular order, are a few of my favourite shots.Continue reading “Photos from isolation (month one)”

More sunshine and positive vibes

17 April 2020 Another glorious day in Manly. We enjoyed wall-to-wall sunshine and the mercury reached 27 degrees today. It’s important to look at the positives when living in the so called ‘new normal’ and it really does make it a hell of a lot easier when the sun is out. Thankfully the sun shinesContinue reading “More sunshine and positive vibes”

Groundhog Day – Walk. Photograph. Repeat.

16 April 2020 Today was Groundhog Day, but there’s nothing wrong with that nowadays. After all, options are pretty limited for us all with the current social distancing and isolation measures in place. A standard day in isolation for us usually starts with a morning workout, followed by a walk by the ocean and aContinue reading “Groundhog Day – Walk. Photograph. Repeat.”