have now been retired for a whole week. It
is a bit weird but we are getting used to
it. The most remarkable thing about it is
that we have had very little spare time;
there is still so much to do. I assess the
"busyness" of my life by the amount of
time I play my violin (or, really, one of
my violins); and in the past week I think
I've only picked up a violin twice.
While the need to come down to Melbourne
for work has gone, we did come down last
week. Just as Melbourne took out the
record for the longest Covid lockdown in
the world, overtaking Buenos Aires. Alison
still has her 93 year old mother in
Melbourne, for whom she is the primary
carer; so a connection is still there. And
we have children and grandchildren, with
whom we can go for a walk but not
meet in their houses.
It is springtime, and there has been a
good amount of rain this spring, so the
growth in the grass and the gardens has
been prolific. Unfortunately some insects
have been prolific as well, and an
infestation of some sort of insect has
killed one of our young peach trees. Some
things come, some go.
We had thought, when our trip to Cairns
was cancelled because of State border
closures, that when we retired we'd go up
to Darwin to visit Alison's sister there;
but we can't do even that because the
borders are still shut. The next trip
planned is a 6-day walking trip to
Flinders Island at the end of November,
but this is very uncertain as well.
Tasmania will need to allow us in, and
whether they will, or will not, by then is
a moot point.
Our house is likely to have a bit more
time spent getting it into better order.
Already I have made a new letter box (to
replace the one I "whipped up" when we
bought the house 10+ years ago, which was
made of untreated pine and had obvious
signs of rotting for the past few years)
and we built a woodshed in a disused
corner of the garden.And both of these
were made entirely of materials (timber,
roofing, pavers, etc.) which we have had
lying around for years. We didn't have to
buy anything at all!
And, despite all the covid lockdown and
border closures, we are still looking at
going and doing the walking holiday in
Scotland (which was booked for 2020
and, of course, never happened) in 2022,
instead. Though of course the "certainty"
of a trip happening at all now is all