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”

Looking for work and a virtual house inspection

14 – 15 May 2020 Unemployment during the coronavirus in Australia is not all swims, walks and delicious home cooked meals. It is a concerning time. The facts are that whilst the infection rates here in Australia are low, the economy has suffered here as much as it has anywhere. We’re fortunate as permanent residentsContinue reading “Looking for work and a virtual house inspection”

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,Continue reading “A weekend of socialising”

Too much excitement

2 – 3 May 2020 This was the first weekend that we were permitted to visit another household in nearly six weeks. We definitely made the most of the newly loosened restrictions and enjoyed back to back dinner parties on both Friday and Saturday night. Saturday afternoon started with a beachside walk with some refreshments…Continue reading “Too much excitement”

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”

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”

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”

Cheese, wine, roast beef and cheesecake – it must be Easter Sunday

12 April 2020 I’m conscious that this has been turning into a bit of a food and wine blog recently, but it is Easter after all. Normality will resume in the coming days I’m sure. But continuing on the culinary trend for now, today was a day of absolutely outstanding eating. First there was theContinue reading “Cheese, wine, roast beef and cheesecake – it must be Easter Sunday”

Easter Saturday: sunshine, pizza and Indiana Jones

11 April 2020 After yesterday’s excitement with the alternative Easter egg hunt, today was a return to normality in isolation. That being said, the sun was shining and it was a solid Easter Saturday. The day started with the Manly to Shelly swim – the forth time this week I’ve managed to do this. ThisContinue reading “Easter Saturday: sunshine, pizza and Indiana Jones”

Being neighbourly and exploring Manly

29 March 2020 Today was literally the very first time in our two-year stint at this apartment, that we’ve spent any time with our neighbours. We all hung out in the garden – at a safe distance, of course – and it was great to finally do so. I think that now we have moreContinue reading “Being neighbourly and exploring Manly”