Weekend Coffee Share – 7th February, 2021.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

After a hot and sunny day, it’s now after midnight. I can hear the rain outside cleansing the air, watering the earth, and all that grows. The blinds are drawn. So, I can’t see outside, but I can hear the raindrops, and a bit of wind and an intermittent soft pitter-patter on the roof. Of course, the dogs are inside sheltering with their humans, and the rest of the family is asleep I should be sleep too. However, after a hectic day yesterday, I slept through much of today and am out of synch again. Things also feel much more straightforward at night when there’s only myself to think about. There’s peace and quiet, and this sense of nothingness. I think that’s the sense that catastrophe is only just being held at bay, and this is but a stolen moment of respite from it all. Intermission. However, even intermission is good, isn’t it?!!

The highlight of this week was our daughter’s dance competition. She doesn’t enter many of these, and they sort of hover on the horizon with a mix of excitement and dread. I really love watching her dance. Not only because she’s my daughter. She’s also a magnificent dancer. Moreover, as a poet and writer, dance appeals to my soul, my inner most being. Well, at least some of it does. Lyrical, which is essentially about telling a story, is my favourite genre. It tends to remind me of some of my favourite poets…Kahlil Gibran, Rumi, and can be rather connected to nature. However, I do become quite entranced by ballet and all its trappings…tutus, satin pointe shoes and tiaras. However, I also want depth to any dance, and not just flouncing around.

Anyway, the concert began in earnest, two days earlier when we ended up on a last minute pointe shoe run. Our daughter had ordered in a pair, and they hadn’t arrived, leaving her seriously in the lurch, and with only two days for us to find a pair. For the uninitiated, pointe shoes need to be fitted, and for that you need an appointment. We had no appointment. On top of that, finding the right pointe shoe reminds me of Prince Charming trying to find the foot which fit into the glass slipper, only in reverse. We had the foot, and now we need to find the one in a million pointe shoe which was not only going to fit, but also offer exactly the right amount of support. It’s a very precise science, and our daughter’s had a few pairs now and has a pretty good idea of what she needs. Thankfully, we managed to find the pair, and on Saturday we were off with the car loaded up with costumes, shoes, food, a newspaper, and a book. It was going to be a 12 hour day, and even if you love dance, it’s a lot to watch and a lot of things you could be sorting out at home. As it was, she came first in her ballet solo, third in her duo and third in her Contemporary. However, just getting through all of this and all the preparation, is an achievement for us both. I was pleased I didn’t screw anything up.

Meanwhile, now that school has been back for a few weeks, I’ve started getting back into my WWI research and am focusing on a series of bios of people on the home front. It wasn’t my intention to write about the home front at all. However, I came across these stories and outliers while researching our families’ stories and working towards a collection of soldiers’ bios. Now, that I’ve been thinking about the home front more, I feel the link to the home front and the battlefield is closer than I thought and they’re quite interactive, even though they’re geographically quite distant in Australia’s case.

You see, the soldiers themselves are coming from the home front, so what’s going on there obviously has a strong influence on why they enlisted. Then, there are soldiers returning home, who are also bringing experiences and news from the battlefield to the front home. Anyway, right from the get go, it’s been riveting, and it’s exciting to see it coming together. By the way, this research turned into my covid lockdown project and it’s really given me a strong sense of purpose during these uncertain times, especially when we were in lockdown last year.

Have you had a covid project?

Actually, speaking of Covid, have you had the vaccine yet? It isn’t available here yet, and I’ll need to speak to my specialist before I go ahead. BTW for those of you who are wondering why get vaccinated if it doesn’t provide full protection from the virus and negate the need for masks, my view is that all these precautions add up and will hopefully be effective as a whole. It’s like wearing a suit of armour. You still need your sword.

Anyway, I’m going to head off because it’s way too late.

This has been another contribution to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Natalie the Explorer at https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/

Best wishes,

Rowena

22 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 7th February, 2021.

  1. maxwellthedog

    You inspired me to get out my tutu, pointe shoes and tiara. Unfortunately the police made me put them back. Oh well, that’s what happens when there are no pastries, cakes or other goodies at a coffee share. Glad to hear things are getting more “normal” in your neck of the woods. Here we just signed up for out first vaccine jab – California has been holding a master class on how to thoroughly screw up the logistics of mass inoculations but finally we get our turn in the hopper. The good news is that our winter has been very mild so we can enjoy walks and puttering outdoors while distancing from the evil, infected strangers who we are told surround us.

  2. Sagittarius Viking

    What a well written post. Reading this, I imagine your nights the way I have my mornings, in quiet, undisturbed, magical in their own way. Thank you for sharing your week. Some people at high risk have access to the vaccine here, it’s not available for most people. Have a great new week.

  3. gaiainaction

    Lovely to catch up with you and your family Rowena and great to hear that you have some possibility of movement there where you live, we are still in the highest level of lockdown since 1january. Keep well, hugs from far-a-way Ireland.

  4. lindamaycurry

    That sunny Sunday was quite a contrast to the weather before and the weather today (Monday). I am back in a fleece again.

    I just had to tell you that I bought tickets for all the family to Jamberoo Action Park for Christmas and yesterday was the day we decided to go.

    I was worried about the crowds and being forced to line up near other people but with no cases of Covid for a while in NSW I hoped we would be safe.

    It was a glorious day. The kids and grandkids had fun and even I had a scary ride on the Taipan (hurtling backwards In a downhill spiral in an inflatable in darkness) We found a great shady shelter and enjoyed our picnic brought from home.

    Anyway last night I heard a returned traveller tested positive two day after a 14 day quarantine and then visited dozens of places near my home (Wollongong). Looks like the masks will be out again and maybe even another test. We can never stop being vigilant.

  5. Natalie

    Rowena, Congratulations to your daughter on her success at the dance competition! She wouldn’t be able to do it without you and your support. Here, the covid-19 vaccinations have started for elderly people in long-term care homes and front-line healthcare professionals. Have a great week! Thank you for linking with #WeekendCoffeeShare.

  6. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Natalie. My daughter is lucky that my organization has improved. I wouldn’t choose myself a an event manager but I’m coming through most of the time, and when I don’t, I’m able to accept I’m human.
    Hope you have a grat week too!
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  7. TanGental

    Not had the vaccy yet. There are 7 priority tiers set by the powers that be who get the vaccine first. I’m in tier 7 and due my first shot around mid April if the current speed of delivery continues or increases.

  8. Rowena Post author

    I guess it’s probably good in a way that you’re down the priority list because it means you’re healthy. However, with the situation over there, the sooner the better. I’m seeing my lung specialist in a few weeks and will have a chat with him then. I’m not sure about how it will interact with all my health issues and medications. At the same time, I’m keeping pretty well aside from a few breathing difficulties.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

  9. Rowena Post author

    Glad you had a great day out at Jamberoo. I’ve never been, but the kids have been there with Scouts.
    I have pulled back since the Avalon cluster and generally stay away from cafes, the supermarket etc, but have done the odd dash, and have needed some retail therapy at the op shop. The trouble with these cases, is you only find out after the event and even if we don’t catch covid, we still don’t want to be in lock down for two weeks because we’ve been exposed either. Someone, I’m trying to maintain social distancing, wearing masks, and I’m still spending a lot of time at home, and am trying to get on with my research.

  10. Rowena Post author

    Sorry to hear you’re still in heavy lockdown, Agnes. It would be so difficult, and from my experience, it’s quite different to simply staying home. There’s that distinct lack of freedom.
    LIving through the pandemic has given me an insight into life during the famine and how not all suffered or were affected equally.
    Anyway, it’s very late and I’d better get to bed.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  11. Rowena Post author

    The police weren’t too pleased to see me in a tutu either. Got booked for indecent exposure.
    The last year has not been kind to America both in terms of doing it tough but also public relations especially with both guns and covid out of control. If only you could kill covid off with a bullet, you’d have it made.
    Good to hear you’ve been having a mild Winter. Our Summer has been pretty mild too and wet. I actaully have plants which are green and thriving instead of burned to a crisp. Yay!
    Well, it’s well past bedtime so I’d better head off.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

  12. gaiainaction

    Thank you for sharing how you feel about that too Rowena. And yes it does not affect everyone equally. We are blessed and as we are retired it does not affect us too much, I still go out for a walk (only 5km allowed) and to get groceries, all other shops are closed.
    Wishing you a good week full of new discoveries and joy xx

  13. maxwellthedog

    I suspect the PR you hear is worse than the reality on the ground and I say that as a California resident. It’s been a socially turbulent time but for us average folk the drama plays out more on TV than in daily life, methinks.

  14. TanGental

    I hope you guys can get vaccinated in a decent time too because without it you’re going to remain shut off and my plans to visit to watch the ashes will keep getting put back.

  15. Beaton

    your opening paragraph reads like the backdrop of a thriller story, a murder mystery possibly a horror hahaha
    well the vaccine hasn’t reached this part of the world as yet but the drama has its crazy
    ~B

  16. Gary A Wilson

    Slowly, ever so slowly, the crust of this pandemic is beginning to crumble beneath the relentless pressure of macroeconomics where people can do whatever they please but their private actions and opinions are quickly lost — but as a group, the world is losing interest in it. Our handlers are beginning to see its usefulness start to fray. We all have our masks and our coping methods. We are mourning our losses, getting our vaccine shots and even those who need to gripe about this injustice or that are seeing their willing audiences lose interest and take note that the Starbucks down the street is open and have an approved protocol for acquiring a latte. We all know the numbers in the newspapers may or may not be true, but the testimony of our eyes, our friends and families strongly suggest that this thing is receding — losing energy and momentum. Small pieces of our routines are returning and our attentions are returning to whatever our prime ministers, our presidents or our dictators are doing, or saying, or hiding. The large slow wave of this pandemic may have spent its power, or is about to, but with assurance, it will be replaced by the things we were arguing about last April, or trying to buy, or trying to worship. I just hope I have enough grace left to get to this April gracefully where I hope to see you already there smiling and enjoying life again.

  17. Susanne

    No vaccine here yet, the rollout is rather slow but I’m glad that it has at least started. As I see it, if the vaccine prevents deaths and serious illness, that is something very positive because it would hopefully make it a mild disease like the flu.
    I’ve had a nice Covid project – I started to play the guitar, still a work in progress but I don’t think I would have taken the time to start if it wasn’t for the pandemic.

  18. Laurie

    Congratulations to your daughter for her very successful dance competition! I am glad you could find exactly the right pointe shoes for her. I can remember the days when we watched our boys in their various competitions, most of them involving sports.

    I love your idea of writing about the connection between soldiers and the home front. So many possibilities. No vaccine here yet for people my age. I miss the cut off by 1 year!

  19. Rowena Post author

    Hi Laurie,
    Great to hear from you and I can’t believe it’s already the early hours the following Saturday and the week has passed.
    Sorry to hear you miss out on the vaccine by a year at this point. Hopefully that will change soon. It looks like vaccine will be available in Australia by the end of February, which is rapidly approaching.
    Thank you very much for your encouragement with my research. I started working on where my grandparents and their families were at the outbreak of WWI, and I realized my grandfather’s 4th birthday was three days before the war started. It seemed a good place to start, and it was quite strange thinking of my grandfather a a 4 year old boy.
    I hope you’ve had a great week.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  20. Rowena Post author

    Hi Susanne,
    Learning the guitar is a perfect pandemic project, and I know what you mean about not finding the time normally. Things have almost returned to normal for us here. We live just North of Sydney, although my husband is still working from home. I am driving the kids all over the place again and feel like I can’t stop to scratch myself at times. I picked up the piano during covid and I’m barely practicing anymore. I moved the keyboard to the backroom but it’s started to fill up with stuff again, despite my vows before Christmas of keeping it clear. I find it really difficult to get into some kind of routine because every day is different.
    Good to hear the vaccine has started to roll out over your way. I can’t see myself getting vaccinated before March. It would be great to be more assured, especially due to my health issues.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  21. Rowena Post author

    Unfortunately, I don’t have a crystal ball on how this is going to pan out. However, I’m grateful to be living here. Melbourne is back in 5 days lockdown after someone used a nebuliser in quarantine and spread the virus. I am equally wary of the virus and ending up in lockdown. We’re in a great situation here and things are almost back to a new interpretation of normal. We’re even allowed to sing at church and not wear masks. I think I might wait until I get the vaccine before I go back to church. It won’t be long to wait. We are doing very well.
    Do you get the sense that many people are dying from covid in the States where you live? Or, is it something you see more on TV? From what Geoff was telling me, of those who catch covid, the percentage who die is higher in Australia, than in the States. It will great to going back to talking about the cricket and love affirs of the rich and famous.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  22. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Rowen.
    Amazon is out of crystal balls here too so hard facts are hard to find. My daughter works in health care knows for certain that vulnerable classes are still suffering so there’s one good fact. I’m hearing anecdotally that our hospitals are not overwhelmed. Our media is nearly worthless on the matter, a regretfully very hard fact.
    Our church has stood up a very successful online service so we’re doing that, but somehow it makes no sense to me to sing along so I just enjoy the music and voices that stream into our living room.
    Vaccines are being dispensed and I’m told my age group will be included in about 2 months.
    So I’m seeing progress but feel so let down by our media and ruling class who prefer to never waste a crisis.
    Oh, and gun sales have sky rocketed. Shelves of pistols and ammo are bare within minutes after shipments arrive (and mandated wait periods are met).

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