Weekend Coffee Share – 6th September, 2021.

Welcome To Another Weekend Coffee Share!

Some days, you need to tell Winter it isn’t Spring. However, today it’s the reverse. Now, we’re into Spring, it’s cold and the heater’s on again. Of course, yours truly who was quickly jumping on here before going on a walk, is now re-evaluating the state of affairs outside and considering hibernation instead. I think I might’ve mentioned “tomorrow” before.

Yesterday, was Father’s Day here. It wasn’t the most exciting Father’s Day we’ve ever had. We couldn’t even get out there and go shopping due to lockdown let alone get down to Sydney to see my dad. Our daughter also worked at McDonalds all afternoon. However, I did manage to order Geoff a great t-shirt from Tasmania. My friend was telling me about how she visited this place that handmade spoons when she was down there, and while we were chatting on the phone, I Googled the place. I thought very seriously about buying one of their spoons for our 20th wedding anniversary this Thursday. However, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it, and so I just went for the shirt. Geoff is very handy, and while he isn’t into wood turning, he’s always fixing something at home and using tools so it seemed like a great gift.

Anyway, we had a bit of unexpected theatre with the packaging. The t-shirt arrived very well camouflaged inside a cute little cardboard box so I decided not to interfere with it and give it to him as is. However, what I didn’t notice until he came to unwrap it, was that it had been sent in a re-used box from Lush Cosmetics. They make handmade soap which we’re usually really allergic to. On top of that, even those of you who don’t know Geoff very well, would spend a minute with him and know he just not a Lush kind of bloke. The other angle to this story, is that Geoff often wraps presents in deceptive boxes, especially computer castoffs from work. So, he’s giving you a $20.00 book, but you think you’ve received a $2000 laptop. So, it was quite apt that Geoff’s t-shirt would come disguised as fancy soap albeit without the scent. He deserved it.

Meanwhile, we are still in lock down. Overnight, 1, 282 cases were reported, which is pretty shocking for us when we were used to having no cases at all. I don’t know whether this increased case load was inevitable and we were just lucky it didn’t hit sooner. However, the way I see it, we were given this incredible gift of being covid free, and we needed to maintain and protect that with zeal. To have the gift and break it, to me is a greater loss. We knew what was at stake, and I wouldn’t say we’ve blown it yet but we certainly need to play our cards very carefully. We also need to know that those who are playing our hand, are being cautious and yet at the same time trying to get us out of this wretched lock down soon. I know that might sound like mission impossible with one leg going forward and the other leg in reverse. However, perhaps that’s what wisdom’s all about – a precarious balancing act. Not only that. I think it also takes listening to advisers and a diverse range of opinions, and above all else, individuals who don’t believe they have all the answers themselves. Consultation is important, and it certainly isn’t a sign of weakness.

I managed to get out more last week. Geoff and I went out to check out the local wildflowers, especially the Waratahs, which are conveniently growing beside the road not far from here. These magnificent grand flowers are our state floral emblem and are very rare in the wild and such a treat. There was also an abundance of these captivating golden flowers from the pea family. They glowed like lightbulbs in the sun and were pure magic. So, you could say I was rather blessed, and I am definitely most thankful, but I still miss my close friends and my mum and dad, aunts, uncles, cousins – a wealth of people I always took for granted. I don’t anymore.

You can read more about my walk in my previous post here: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2021/09/06/going-on-a-waratah-hunt/

Meanwhile, I am rapidly advancing down the pathway towards obsession. It’s a quality not unknown to myself, but I’ll blame lockdown for the latest development. I’ve become absolutely obsessed with Australian author, Ethel Turner, who wrote Seven Little Australians and 39 other novels in addition to editing children’s columns in several newspapers. Seven Little Australians was published in 1894 when she was 24 years old and so she’s hardly current. Yet, that doesn’t mean that she’s not contemporary in that way that very perceptive people are. She seems to have an incredible insight into people, and characterization and the challenges they face. One of the issues I find particularly interesting is how she writes about death and characters facing death. I don’t know about you, but I’ve prayed for people who are dying and some of them pull through and others don’t and it does make me ponder about the point of it all. So does young Nell in the sequel to Seven Little Australians, The Family At Misrule. So much has changed in the last 120+ years. Yet, we’re still human and growing up is still a complicated and challenging business. Anyway, my obsession is on hold at the moment pending the arrival of my eBay packages. Don’t you just love eBay especially in lock down?!! I’m not the only one here eagerly awaiting packages either.

Well, that’s about all I’m allowed to share.

I hope you’ve all had a good week and things are going well!

Anyway, this has been another contribution to the Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Natalie the Explorer https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/

Best wishes,

Rowena

8 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 6th September, 2021.

  1. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Geoff. Lock down fatigue has set in with young Miss who is now 15 and working casual shifts at Mc Donald’s and has a boyfriend and is missing her friends enormously. It’s that age of rebellion and yet the consequences are high. Well, they’ve always been high but this just adds another layer, especially with my precarious health. There’s also the matter of the university’s IT systems being rather precariously balanced on Geoff’s knowledge of their IT network. He’s been working from home but has gone in a bit on weekends working in the tunnels like a mole. Most of the time management forgets about people like him and they recently made drastic staff cutbacks and they’ve lost their overseas students etc so not easy. It’s incredible to think that a university and hospital could be dependent on a certain teenagers movements and all these overlapping circles of contacts going awry.
    I think that’s what people call a conspiracy theory because they don’t realize how close it is to the truth (at least in this case).
    How are things going covid wise over there? The UK is being held up here as the example over here. I noticed you’re still getting high case numbers but the severity has dropped back, at least in terms of deaths. Is that how it really is? I don’t trust officialspeak.
    Take care and best wishes,
    Ro

  2. Tails Around the Ranch

    That Waratah is absolutely gorgeous! Sorry you’re still in lockdown. This Delta virus has gone bananas here in the states and if people don’t start comprehending how viruses work (and morph into other serious strains), we’ll continue to have waves. Ugh…it’s absolutely horrible in schools across the country. Insert angry eye roll here. People continue to fuss about mask wearing and the cases and deaths rise. There doesn’t seem to be any rational connection in their minds. 🙄

  3. Natalie

    Your photo of the Waratah flower is beautiful. I hope you have a great week this week. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

  4. TanGental

    Thev number of cases is stuck around 30-35,000 a day and inevitably that means some are in hospital (less than 7%of the available beds and the stays much shortrr) and about 130 deaths, depending how you calculate covid deaths. So we are living with it. A lot of people still take precautions, and with schools restarting we will see if that causes more cases. 80% of those abovev16 are vaccinated. There’s no real pressure to restrict further.

  5. Gary A Wilson

    I think that like me, you may also be guilty of thinking too much about some things that just don’t merit such attention. No matter. It’s what I do when I have free brain cycles and my covid recovery protocols give me plenty of time to just think.. The jury is out on whether this is a good thing or not..

  6. Rowena Post author

    Thanks so much for filling me in, Geoff. Things do seem to be encouraging in a post-vaccinated UK. Do you know if they’re vaccinating 12-16 year olds over there? They’re left this group out of the percentage equation here, which is possibly okay if you’re living in a regular household. However, they make no mention of protecting those that are in a more vulnerable, if not acute, situation and it’s really alarmed me. I feel like Gladiator Gladys and her cronies are running straight over the top of us with their stash of vaccines and reopen the schools and goodness knows what else. It doesn’t fill me with confidence. Meanwhile, our two are getting Pfizered next Friday after writing letters to state and federal MPS and getting a letter from our GP.
    Our hospitals and ambulances are struggling in Sydney. Gladys tells us the this and next week will be the worst of it but who knows. Politicians usually just tell us what we want to hear.

  7. TanGental

    Vaccinated 12-16 is the hottest topic right now. Our main science committee the JCVI was asked if it was better for the kids health and decided marginally, despite a lot of inconclusive evidence it wasn’t. They then threw the decision to the Chief Medicsl Officrr to consider the wider issues, such as reducing the disruption to schooling that might follow vaccinating. He decides today and thr betting is he will advise we should. Most European countries do, America does etc. I’d say it has to help. There’s a blogger I follow whose teenage son has high anxiety and can’t go back to school without it… he may not manage with it. For people like Gary it is essential.

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