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”

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”

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”

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”

Anzac Day fail

25 April 2020 Today was Anzac Day – a national day of remembrance that commemorates all Aussies and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations over the years. We managed to get up for sunrise yesterday (as per the main image), but failed miserably today due to a ratherContinue reading “Anzac Day fail”

Giant jellyfish and fancy dress Zoom calls

21 April 2020 It’s been a couple of days since I’ve done a true daily update. So here we go. Nothing much has changed here to be honest. The number of coronavirus cases in Australia and New South Wales in particular have dropped dramatically – just six new cases for each of the past twoContinue reading “Giant jellyfish and fancy dress Zoom calls”

Not everyone is obeying the rules

13 April 2020 We’re fortunate that here in Australia cases of COVID-19 have remained relatively low. There have been some 6,300 cases confirmed nationwide and 61 deaths. Although any avoidable fatality is a tragedy, the numbers are far less severe than elsewhere. Both Tory and I are English and the United Kingdom alone has nearlyContinue reading “Not everyone is obeying the rules”

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”