My last week of (f)unemployment

9 – 15 June 2020 In my last post, I mentioned that I’d secured a job interview for a marketing role in Manly. Well the big news this week is that I got the job and I start on Monday. So this was to be my final week of unemployment. It also coincided with Tory’sContinue reading “My last week of (f)unemployment”

Australia’s new look

1 – 8 June 2020 Our next door neighbour New Zealand has successfully eradicated coronavirus. With no active cases present throughout the country, they have announced that almost all restrictions placed upon residents will be lifted in the coming days. Here, the other side of the pond in New South Wales, no new community transmissionsContinue reading “Australia’s new look”

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 Over the past few days, the sun has been replaced by driving rain, the wind has picked up and the temperature dropped significantly.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”

The never ending summer

18 – 20 May As we approach the end of Autumn here in Australia, the sun continues to shine. Indeed, since I lost my job at the tail-end of March (some two months ago), the weather has been ridiculously good and I can count on one hand the number of rainy days we’ve had. SoContinue reading “The never ending summer”

The perfect Sunday session

17 May 2020 The highlight of the past couple of days has definitely been a ‘Sunday sesh’ with a group of friends in our favourite Manly establishment 4 Pines. A couple of months ago this was normal, but nowadays it is a real treat. Pubs and restaurants are now allowed to host up to tenContinue reading “The perfect Sunday session”

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)”

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”