been wreaking havoc - but thanks to a
long, hard, lockdown in Victoria the
situation here (and in the rest of
Australia) is much better than it seems
to be in most of the world. With more
time on my hands, I was able - after
nearly 10 years - to make a table base
for the piece of inlaid marble we bought
in India in 2010.
As well as
this, Alison has finally got a wicking
bed to grow vegetables and tomatoes in -
something which has been in her mind for
a long time.
been some benefits to the
have been more fortunate than many
people, being able to return home to
Castlemaine through the "ring of steel"
around Melbourne, after going down to
work two days a week. This also meant
that we were able to go away for a
little holiday; we went to the little
town of Yackandandah, in the north-east
of Victoria, and stayed in a B&B for
two nights. It was a good little break;
we walked a lot, along the rail trail to
Osborne Flat 6km away, and down to the
gorge (man-made, during the gold rush).
We did run into a small problem on our
way home, when we stopped in Mansfield
at a cafe for lunch; Alison nearly
wasn't served, because she lacks
photographic proof that she does not
live in Melbourne. After the recent
Covid outbreaks in Kilmore and
Shepparton (due to a truck driver from
Melbourne stopping in cafes when he
shouldn't have) cafes now face big fines
if they serve people from metropolitan
now, covid cases are well down; the
"Ring of Steel" is being dismantled
tonight; and we've booked our next trip.
In Victoria, of course, because we're
not allowed out yet. We are going on a
week-long supported bushwalk near
Portland - the "Great South West Walk".
Similar to what we had booked to do in
July, in Scotland, which of course
didn't happen. Back for Christmas, and
in February we hope to be allowed to go
to Tasmania for a walk there. If Covid
remains under control as it is at the
moment, we should be allowed to go
feel so fortunate to have been
able to go through the covid lockdown
like this; but we hope it all doesn't
need to be done again.