Weekend Coffee Share – 16th August, 2021.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

How are you? I hope you’ve had a good couple of weeks, and I apologise for my intermittent appearances. I’ve been out of synch for awhile, which isn’t going to change any time soon. In case you’re not aware, I live in Greater Sydney and we’ve been in a covid lockdown since the 26th June and as of Saturday 6.00pm, the rest of the state joined us as well. This is life living alongside the Delta variant.

Would you like a cup of tea? However, this cup of tea has also been in lockdown, and is well and truly cold by now.

Of course, no one’s happy with this extended lockdown and those of you who have experienced far worse, might well be thinking we had this reality check coming. However, the numbers are still comparatively low, and this is largely precautionary. However, perhaps the worst thing about this statewide lockdown, is that it at least seems to be the result of the selfish actions of just a couple of people. With contacts being traced nd DNA tracking of the virus, it’s difficult to hide, and these individuals must be mighty pleased they’re no living in the Middle Ages when mob rule would’ve exacted its own justice.

It is strange being in lockdown, and yet it’s been a fairly universal experience at least at some point. For us, there are quite a few positives, as well as some not insignificant losses. My husband’s been able to work from home for almost the last 18 months. He’s a Senior IT Network Engineer at Macquarie University in Sydney and it’s usually a very hands on role. However, again thanks to technology, he can do most of his work remotely, and he’s been able to use the three hours travel time to renovate the house. We should probably be doing more together making most of this time, but we’re both busy. I’ve made huge progress on my research project writing short bios of WWI soldiers incorporating family and personal history. Our son has been the hardest hit and hovers in limb, while our old daughter is avoiding school via zoom and has converted our home into a dance studio.

This view overlooking Pearl Beach and across to Lion Island is only a 5 minute drive away.

Another interesting aspect to lock down where we live, is that we live in a beautiful location walking distance to the beach and a short drive away from so much stunning scenery. While we’ve been told in no uncertain terms to stay home, we are allowed to exercise outdoors with our household, or with one other friend. So, if you’re fit and healthy, can work from home, and are a true introvert, you could well be having the time of your life. If you don’t like shaking strangers’ hands and have a thing for hand sanitizer, it could well be a boon for you too. While I am incredibly grateful to be locked down in a scenic paradise, I am a true blue extrovert and I really miss seeing my friends collectively in person and seeing all of them and not just their head on a screen. That is a heartfelt ache too, not just a “would be nice”. I have a few good groups of friends and I miss doing like with them collectively and being part of a loving, intimate, touchy-feely herd. What’s more I think that needs to be said. Acknowledged and possibly shouted from the rooftops, because this current situation is anything but normal and I don’t want us to stop striving for what we in Sydney had pretty much regained. This is not the reality we want to have.

Anyway, I have enjoyed a few walks, including a walk along the waterfront at nearby Woy Woy. Perhaps, some of you have heard of Woy Woy before. British comedian Spike Milligan put Woy Woy on the map with the Goon Show, and his mother used to live there. These days with everyone in lockdown, it looks like the pelicans have taken over. The local Vinnies with it’s large glass windows, has become something of a mausoleum with a family frozen in time decked out in their Winter woolens. There was also a tea cup poised on apile of books on a coffee table beautifully decked out with a tablecloth. I admire how much love and attention to detail has goes into preparing the window displays, even in second hand shops. It seems to speak of such optimism and hope. That you’re not on your last legs just because you need to buy second hand.

View into Vinnies street d me.

Meanwhile, I’ve finished reading Ethel Turner’s 1894 novel: Seven Little Australians. It’s the story of widower, Captain Woolcot and six six children who has remarried a much younger woman and at this point in the story is 20 years old and has a baby. The story is told in the first person and it feels like Ethel Turner is talking to you herself, giving the book a very intimate and personal feel. She tells you right from the outset that this book is about naughty children, and isn’t a moral tale. This is entertainment and it makes you laugh, but there’s also more than just a reflective undertone and there’s definitely some character improvement along the way. Ethel Turner was only 23 when she wrote the book and it jettisoned her to international success attracting praise from the likes of Mark Twain. Anyway, I’d encourage you to read it. It’s usually classed as a children’s book, but it’s more what we now call young adult fiction, and I loved reading it myself. So I’d say age is no boundary, and I’ve also read praise from troops reading it on the Western Front in WWI. So, it’s appeal seems rather universal. If you’d like to read it, it’s available via Project Gutenberg here: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/4731/4731-h/4731-h.htm

By the way, if you’re interested in history and family history, you might appreciate a post I wrote this week about trying to unravel the story of nine year old Brenda Taylor, whose father apparently died of wounds in Gallipoli and for this reason, she wants to become a nurse: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2021/08/08/wwi-gallipoli-when-daddy-didnt-come-home-brenda-taylors-story/

I also wrote a post about celebrating my birthday during lockdown: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2021/08/14/the-ghosts-of-birthdays-past/

How has your week been? I hope it’s gone well.

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

Best wishes,


PS: The dogs wanted to have the last word:

Zac on my lap. I call him my “Productivity Manager” . Having a big dog on your lap who suddenly turns deaf when you’re trying to get out of your chair doesn’t do wonders for my productivity and the keyboard doesn’t always work at its peak either bouncing up and down on his back.
This is Lady and Rosie. This photo is very misleading on Rosie’s part as she’s usually harassing us to throw the ball and is a pure working dog.

Thought I’d better do her justice:

Needless to say, Rosie can be annoying. She is currently drop dropping her ball on my keyboard.

11 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 16th August, 2021.

  1. tidalscribe.com

    It seems ages ago that we were in proper lockdown. Theoretically we are allowed to do anything, but shops and bus companies are still asking us to wear masks and use hand gel. I can’t imagine when my sister will get to come over from Perth to see us all and meet her youngest great nephew – who is now three! I am starting chemotherapy next week so I am going to continue being very careful. I too am so thankful to be able to walk down the road – two roads – to the cliff top. It is teenagers who have had the hardest time and of course parents!

  2. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Rowena, I sympathize with all you extroverts during these lock downs. I’m very comfortable being alone or avoiding groups because I’m one of those guys even after church where we’re supposed to “mix” and “fellowship” that most of me just wants to flee the crowd because I don’t know what to say to most people and the small talk bridge to meaningful discussion for me was drawn up many years ago and got stuck that way somehow.

    Where most people hate the idea of teaching or public speaking, I prefer it because I can control the flow of conversation and make sure that things keep moving in ways that make sense to me.

    Anyway, I’m saddened to hear that you and your family are uncomfortable with your current restrictions. The kids in particular are being cheated of the lives they are supposed to be living. Even the much younger me would have hated this way of life.

    I’m glad you stopped by though. It’s Monday morning for me. Work in calling and I must respond so let’s chat again soon. You always improve my day, even if the news is not good – i value you and your perspectives.


  3. Beaton

    Our lockdown keeps getting extended and seems like people are no longer being complaint about it, hopefully that wont translate into a complacency in following health protocols..
    Its Tuesday morning and am catching up on the CoffeeShares seeing whats happening around the globe

  4. Rowena Post author

    I could say that not much is happening here, but it’s not true. I’m watching The Voice but things have certainly slowed down for my kids. They’re 17 and 15 when they should be setting out and embracing the wider world, not cringing from it.
    Best wishes,

  5. Rowena Post author

    Yes…extrovert in lockdown with introverts. I am wondering if that can count as living alone so I can be allowed to have someone in my “social bubble”. Luckily I have my blogging friends and even some of my more introverted friends are starting to reach out during lockdown. Talking about walking their dogs and longer to say hello to a stranger. Tough times. However, my writing and research are going really well and I feel like I’ve grown quite a lot. That might just be all those extra snacks…

  6. Rowena Post author

    Be careful walking too close to that cliff top. Sometimes the sea gulls or whatever it is can lure you over the edge thinking you can fly. Or, perhaps that’s just me.
    All the best with the chemo. I’m going to pop round and see how you’re going.
    Best wishes,

  7. Janet Alcorn

    I’m sorry you’re in lockdown again, but there’s a part of me that’s a little jealous you life in a country that prioritizes safety that way. Most of my fellow Arizonans are acting like the pandemic is over, even though only half of us are vaccinated, and people (including children) are getting sick and dying. And our state legislature passed a law banning mask, vaccine, and testing mandates in schools and state universities. I have coworkers who are terrified for their children. School started last week, and hundreds of students are already in quarantine. I’ve been horrified at how selfish and ignorant some people are.

  8. Denyse Whelan Blogs

    Hi Rowena, I lived where you do in most of 2015 so there were many memories of that time in our lives then. We are now at the northern end of the CC and like you in lockdown. I link up with Natalie’s weekend coffee share each week and must have missed that there is a “local” in my world of blogging. I popped over here when I was commenting on Jo’s post about whales and saw where you live. Take care, and I also have a link up each Monday. Denyse

  9. Emille

    Hey Lady, I found you back via Sunday Stills (a new discovery)!
    Since I changed my url, as well as my username, I don’t expect you to remember me, but a few years ago we wrote each other long comments via Thursday Doors, which has now a friendlier hos – Dan Antiont:) My current url (I’ve had a lot blog problems, and had to give up my blog theJeshStudio)
    Look me up sometime and see if you remember me (if not, that’s okay too!)


    my current username is Emille (not Jesh anymore) Have a great weekend! Off to your birthday post….

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