Western Australia has been fortunate for the best part of 10 months with most of us moving around quite freely. However, effective tonight we are in full lockdown for the next five days as it would seem that one of the virulent strains has made its way out into the wider community. The state government has acted extremely quickly to, as the premier put it, “stomp this thing out.”
In effect, it is only the most populous part of the state that is locked down. There is no school for a week, no visits to hospitals or aged facilities, wearing of masks is mandatory and restaurants have gone back to take away only. There are no visitors allowed at all to our homes (unless providing emergency care). However, we are allowed out for one hour with one other person for an exercise routine in the immediate area only.
Our reusable masks arrived a couple of weeks ago, so that is all good. Linda was going to have a bit of a birthday celebration on Wednesday, but that won’t be happening now – except with us of course. Our on-line grocery order has gone in for delivery on Tuesday. Our daughter gets back from her filming location in a few hours, so she has made the deadline, otherwise she wouldn’t be allowed home for another week. We have made sure our respective parents are prepared as well, although they find the isolation difficult to deal with.
Work wise for me, I did have a trip away planned on Tuesday, but not now. I can see that I will be attending a COVID meeting by video conference tomorrow to discuss further strategies regarding certain things I am involved in supporting pandemic recovery strategies in a number of communities.
So, up until an hour ago, life was normal. I have been tinkering in the garden since our return from Albany. The pizza oven continues to go very well. We watched The Dig last night on Netflix – in my view a fine film, you know I started out in life studying to be an archaeologist. We had started to watch The Stand. However, we bailed out quickly. Although quite relevant, it is a bit “campy” and not a patch on the mini series of some 26 years ago, nor the book for that matter. We have caught up on The Expanse this week – some of the finest television ever. I have read three books and managed to finish watching the Uncanny Counter yesterday.
When I went to pick my mum up yesterday, this little guy below was watching me intently. In fact, I was oblivious to him being on the railing on the set of steps I was walking up and brushed him with my hand. He was expecting me to actually give him something to eat:
Of course, I haven’t been in position to do blog type things for a day or two, but I will be catching up on some comments very soon 😊