Weekend Coffee Share – 27th April, 2020.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share.

How are you all holding up under the varying strains of the coronavirus? Although they’re calling it a pandemic, it’s not affecting all countries equally and there’s also such a variation in how it affects those who’ve become infected, that there’s far from a shared, universal experience.

I suspect I’ve now been in lock down now for about six weeks with Geoff and the kids being home for four. The kids have been on school holidays for the last two weeks, although I don’t really feel it’s quite fair to call what they’ve had “a holiday”. It’s really been more of a continuation of limbo, and at times lock down feels very much like being in jail. Australia’s a pretty mellow country most of the time, however, Police powers have ramped up and we are living in a Police state. Of course, it is for our own good, and some idiots need to be controlled by external forces. However. that doesn’t mean we need to like it.

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A sign of the times- local picnic table wrapped up in red tape to due social; distancing restrictions.

I’ve also been getting a bit annoyed with people in the media calling this the worst thing that’s happened. It’s not. There are still survivors from Jewish concentration camps alive. There are still others who went through the horrors of WWII. Our recent bush fires here in Australia, have affected us a lot more than the cononavirus has so far. I simply don’t see the need for them to turn this crisis into anything bigger than it already is. It’s already bad enough.

What we have really enjoyed and appreciated lately on TV, has been two music specials. There was One World Together At Home organized by Lady Gaga. However, we also had our own Australian version, Music from the Home Front which was held on the night of our ANZAC Day to honour those who have served our country in war as well as those in our hospitals who are the front line warriors in the battle against Covid 19. Fortunately, the Australian concert overcome the sound engineering difficulties which made it difficult to hear some of the performers in the world concert. I absolutely loved it, and much preferred the Australian concert. These were my people.

I have also been getting out for “My Walk”. By the way, you can put that up there in lights. Due to my health issues, Geoff is doing all the shopping and the odd bit of other running around. So, the only time I’m legally allowed to leave the house, is to go for my walk. If I didn’t know better, I’d be thinking this was some sort of conspiracy between my physio and the WHO. She’s been trying to get me to go for a daily walk for years. Of course, in the end I had to accept that this was fake news. As if the physio could conjure up the coronavirus and kill all these innocent people just so that Rowena  in distant Australia would finally go for her daily walk.

However, while there are some days where I can’t be bothered and doing exercise comes  with its usual expletives. However, I’ve also found there’s a fine, almost imperceivable line between being a proud Super Sloth on the couch, and doing a Bruce Banner metamorphosis into the Incredible Hulk. Indeed, cabin fever’s snuck up on me a few times, usually late at night or when I’m trying to sleep. OMG! It’s unbelievable. It’s like an insatiable itch you just can’t scratch. I had a couple of really difficult days last week, where I felt totally trapped, and there was a blast of unbridled angst  surging through me body and soul. It was quite horrible and for awhile there I felt like I was going to self-destruct, only I’ve been through this before and knew I just needed to ride it out. That like all storms, this too would pass.

 

That’s why I’m trying get out for my walk most days now, and I’ve even taken the camera with me a couple of times. Last week, I went for a walk around the Woy Woy Waterfront right on dusk. The sun was setting and I managed to get some beautiful photos of the orange sun setting behind the silhouette of the wharf. I also spotted some kind of white crane, which was quite resistant to letting me get close up for that knockout shot. It was also rather confronting seeing the local playground closed up due to the virus and there was one park bench in particular which brought it all home. It was wrapped up in so much red tape, it could have been a government department. The mannequins all lined up in the opportunity shop, also seemed rather eerie and goodness knows how long they’re going to be shut away behind the glass.

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A Paddle-boarder making the most of social isolation.

Later on in the week, I went for a walk at nearby Pearl Beach. I’ve been finding the repetitive routine of simply walking down the road to our beach a bit tiresome and I’ve needed a change of scenery. I went walking with my usual coffee and writing buddy Roland, who is in his 70’s and lives alone. Whil we were there, a kookaburra came right up behind us and sat on the park bench. I was pleased Roland pointed it out and the kookaburra didn’t seem at all camera shy, although it did seem to be looking for a feed.

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Kookaburra close up at Pearl Beach. 

I’ve also been continuing through the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. My theme this year is Places I’ve Been, which I chose to overcome the claustrophobia of being locked down at home. I’ve accomplished quite a lot, and it’s great to have collated this collection of my personal travel stories. It’s actually helped me to appreciate how much I love travel and exploring places both through the lens and my pen, and how that hasn’t changed although I haven’t been overseas for almost twenty years. It’s been such a long time, and something I fully intend to rectify once these travel bans are lifted. This jail bird will be fleeing the coup!!

The series has also re-engaged me with blogging, which is good. It’s been an excellent tonic during the madness of the covid 19 pandemic and it’s helping to keep me somewhat sane.

 

9 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 27th April, 2020.

  1. trentpmcd

    Glad you are getting out for your walks – it is needed! Although the virus has not had as negative impact as an earthquake, hurricane, fire, etc., the thing is that it has been wider spread, so effects many more people. Of course I agree, there are some who are very sick and our medical system has been stretched, but it is not the worst thing ever…

    I hope you are having a wonderful week 🙂

  2. Russell

    That’s such a great shot of the Kookaburra! It’s great that you’re able to get out of the house for walks. A little fresh air and a little scenery seems to make everything a little better.

    Hope you are well. Have a great week!

  3. Rowena Post author

    Even I was thankful for that kookaburra shot. It was all but sitting on my shoulder and was clearly looking for food. I actually didn’t notice it myself, but my friend pointed it out and I had my camera there. It was my lucky day. Managed to get the camera out of the bag without it moving. Photography is very much like fishing, with loads of stories of the shot which got away.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  4. Rowena Post author

    Hi Trent,
    I agree with what you say about the virus affecting more people, rather than having that more intense but relatively contained impact. For those of us away from the epicentres of disease, lockdown restrictions can feel very much like a case of the cure being worse than the cause. However, this war is about inflicting a pre-emptive strike and perhaps in the ways it’s being managed, is unprecedented. We haven’t reached the same levels of infection as the 1919 flu pandemic but that could well also be due to these measures. We’re so used to thinking of fighting something as being a forward movement. Guns blazing. Not a retreat. Indeed, it’s funny when you think of it like that. All my WWI research is being very helpful.
    We are now able to visit my parents on the weekend, which I’m really looking forward to and I also have a real sense of accomplishment with what I’ve put together for the 2020 A-Z Challenge. It’s a relief to have something finished and to have these stories down on paper. They mean the world to me.
    Hope you’re having a great week too. Hard to believe the sun is about to set on Wednesday.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

  5. trentpmcd

    If you’ve seen charts of the flu pandemic of 1919, it is amazing how much “flatting the curve” did work, and how awful it was when cities and states relaxed it too early! If we didn’t do this lock down, I doubt if we would have reached those numbers, but certainly the numbers would have been far higher than they are now. We just can’t rest on our laurels…
    Great that the time inside has had the good results of you getting a lot of writing done.
    I hope your week continues to go well. Have a good visit with your parents!

  6. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Trent. I didn’t realize how many comments I’d missed through the week. I’m so much more relaxed now the A-Z Challenge has ended. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to my parens’ this weekend. Mum had had the flu shot and had some symptoms and so we stayed home. In fact, we haven’t caught up with anyone yet despite the easing of restrictions. I am very wary and not really feeling the need either atm. Still a bit soon I feel.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

  7. trentpmcd

    I’m sorry you missed seeing your parents, but I agree with you, lifting restrictions or not, you have to be careful and think of your health.

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