Life feels normal again

28 May – 1 June 2020 Is that it for coronavirus in Australia? I must say that the last few days have felt eerily normal. As of today, restaurants and bars can now host up to 50 patrons at any one time – albeit with some new rules and regulations. This is yet another stepContinue reading “Life feels normal again”

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”

Here comes the rain

21 – 22 May 2020 My last post regarding the never ending summer was definitely a jinx. Over the past few days, the sun has been replaced by driving rain, the wind has picked up and the temperature dropped significantly. To put this in perspective, I’m writing this in a dressing gown with my feetContinue reading “Here comes the rain”

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”

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)”

Leaving the Manly bubble: Watsons Bay to Circular Quay walk

11 May 2020 We love Manly and we’re incredibly grateful that we live in such a beautiful part of the world. Especially during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has affected our bank balance and our ability to go out and socialise, but to be honest, our lifestyle is probably better and more healthy now, than itContinue reading “Leaving the Manly bubble: Watsons Bay to Circular Quay walk”

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”

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”

Today’s entertainment was a teddy bear hunt

27 April 2020 Wild scenes in Manly today, with a number of properties placing stuffed toys and ‘teddy bears’ in windows to give children a fun and safe activity while walking around their neighbourhood with parents. Note: This also works for adults exploring on their daily exercises. This is part of a global trend withContinue reading “Today’s entertainment was a teddy bear hunt”