Our Brave New World.

We all know we live in a crazy world right now. However, when your teenage daughter goes shopping and is chuffed to procure a lifetime’s supply of toilet paper, you know the world’s gone stark raving mad.

Well just to reassure you that all isn’t lost, she also bought clothes.

The day she goes out and just buys toilet paper, is when we all need to start figuring out how to colonise the moon.

What’s going on in your neck of the woods? I don’t think anyone knows which way’s up or down here. Supplies are short in the shops, and shelves are bare across all categories. I’ve barely been near the shops. So, this is second-hand intelligence from Geoff who was doing our shopping before he bunged his leg up. Meanwhile, as many around us are falling like flies to omicron, we’re still okay. Our son heads off to youth camp on Saturday and we’re expecting trouble when he gets home and are trying to procure RATs before he gets back.

Hope you’re all keeping well.

Best wishes,


PS Jokes aside, I am grateful she thought of us when she spotted the toilet paper. Supplies were getting low at home, and she was being so considerate and helpful. Its traits like this I value most as a parent.

PPS Just spotted a link to my original post on toilet paper hoarding: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2020/03/16/the-cranky-minion-in-corona-quarantine/

10 thoughts on “Our Brave New World.

  1. Karen J Schoff

    Ah, that’s just brilliant! It feels like 2020 all over again – empty shelves, no toilet paper. At least this time it’s not due to panic buying, just supply chains. I managed to procure a small pack the other day, but I was really wanting a big one so I wouldn’t have to go out foraging again. Keep safe.

  2. TanGental

    As you know we in England have sort of moved beyond hoarding and are just getting on with things. I suppose, because we had it a lot worse both in spring 20 and winter 21 than now, 150,000 cases a day doesn’t really cut it when severe illness is well down on then. Yes there’s still nervousness, mask wearing is pretty good (for now) and people are still dying but the most severe cases are in those unvaccinated. Dare I offer you’ll get used to it?

  3. Rowena Post author

    Get used to it? Truth be told, if my breathing wasn’t an issue, I’d probably go and get it to get it over and done with. As it stands, we’re trying to put it off until the hump has hopefully passed. My breathing isn’t good anyway.
    We had our politicians decide to “let it rip”, but they didn’t consult the people, ignored medical advice and didn’t really have the backend sorted. It’s all starting to look a bit of a boys’ club at the moment – a pair of puppets on strings.
    I bought a box full of flowers to plant in the garden. Hoping to brighten the place up a bit. Hoping they don’t die in the heat before they even make it into the ground. That seems to happen around here. Not like your place. You might need to come down here and lend your green thumb.
    Best wishes,

  4. TanGental

    I’ll bring rain though I have friends in North Sydney right now visiting their grandson after 2 years and they said the weather has been a bit mixed. The Blue Mountains were invisible in the fog. Looked very impressive.
    And yes the politicians are teeth gratingly annoying aren’t they.

  5. Rowena Post author

    I actually have a friend in London visiting her daughter and son-in-law after a 2 year gap. It is wonderful people are starting to catch up a bit around the globe.
    I love your phrase about the politicians being ” teeth gratingly annoying”. Such a good description.
    I’m about to post an article I came across from 1987 about condom vending machines being removed from Queensland university campuses in 1989 during the AIDS pandemic thanks to Sir Joh Bjeike Peterson’s sense of morality. My grandparents and much of Queensland adored him. He could do no wrong and was a very strong and public Christian, which often seems to be fraught with disaster. He found a paper bag of money in his desk. Funny that. Such a shame. It’s so disappointing to have even the likes of Joh crumble before our eyes.
    Best wishes,

  6. TanGental

    It’s true that politics is the art of the possible and those with deep convictions and unshakeable principles make for good people and usually useless politicians.

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