The lockdown did lift - but,
despite many parts of Australia faring
well with the virus, Victoria is not.
There is a ban on travel into any other
state, for us; a situation which has not
happened before in anyone's living memory.
We can't really get to see
our grandson Jack any more, for the
Up here in Castlemaine, the
situation at present is not nearly as bad
as it is in Melbourne, and we feel very
fortunate to live here most of the time.
Especially as, along with the ban on
interstate travel, there is now a ban on
anyone travelling out of Melbourne to the
country area, unless it is deemed
essential. We are still working in
Melbourne 2 days per week, but as we
"live" in Castlemaine (proven by our car
being registered here) we are able to pass
through the roadblock of the "Ring of
Steel" (as the media calls it) which is
now around Melbourne. Though we have to be
extra careful because we want to be as
sure as we can be that we don't bring
coronavirus up here with us.
And since then, the
situation has just become worse and worse.
The lockdown is Melbourne is now very
strict, with a curfew from 8pm to 5am
across all of Melbourne. Melbourne has
never had a curfew before - ever. Wearing
of face masks, while out of the house, is
now compulsory across the whole state.
This has led to Alison
getting out her sewing machine and making
masks. After one evening of a lot of
swearing at the sewing machine, she has
mastered the skill of mask-making; I've
been complimented on the mask she made for
me, and a number of friends have got her
to make them one. So we now have very nice
masks to wear whenever we're out, which is
good; but we do have to wear a mask at all
times when we're out, which is not so
good. But - it is what it is, and we do
whatever we have to do.
One of the things we're
doing this week is "working from home".
While this does allow us to stay
up in Castlemaine, out of metropolitan
Melbourne with its ballooning covid cases
and curfew, it is a very much less than
perfect way to work; and I am looking
forward to returning to work in person
next week; doing some practical things and
being able to see and examine patients
It is now the coldest
time of our winter, and there is no hope
of being able to go anywhere warmer, as
we usually like to - even if it's
just for a week or two. But we have made the house here
much more habitable by installing a wood
stove in the back room - which we used
to just not use in winter, because it
was almost always just too cold; we had
a split system to warm it, but its fan
is quite noisy and we didn't like to use
it much. Now we can keep the back of the
house nice and warm, and quiet as well.
And it is very quiet because
people are much less out and about than
they used to be.