Another five weeks have gone by and life for us is still quite uneventful with very few changes, although we have celebrated Mother’s Day and Chris’s birthday in this time.
The Covid-19 virus is still running riot around the world and we can only be thankful that we are here in Australia. While the USA has a death toll heading towards 100,000 and the UK nearly 50,000 we are still sitting on only 102 (as of 26/5/20) here in Oz. That seems an unreal comparison but we’ll take it!
We are still here in the caravan park at Boyd’s Bay where there has been very little movement of our fellow travellers. We have all pretty much stayed put but this may change as of 5/6/20 when the park will again be open to the general public.
There has been a relaxation of some of the Covid restrictions as Australia slowly awakes. Social distancing is still in and is expected to be so for the foreseeable future. Home schooling is over as the kids all went back to school full time yesterday. Some restaurants and businesses can now open again but only serving to minimum numbers. Children’s playgrounds are again open. We have all been asked by the government to download the COVIDSafe app onto our phones to help track the virus and a trial vaccination study has started in Australia today.
Mum is allowed up to two visitors once a week at her aged care home which is a bit frustrating but we all understand and accept these precautions are necessary.
We are visiting with Jo, Phil and the girls again. The first time was a fish and chips lunch with a temporary barrier of towels hanging over a rope to keep our distance from each other. The next time we let the restrictions slip but only 2 days before we were officially allowed to. It was so good to cuddle and hug again. (Naughty but nice!) Jo and Phil had decided that they were not going to continue the social distancing thing with just us and who were we to argue with them!
We’ve had the girls at the caravan for visits and last weekend they had a sleepover with us. They had fun with their bikes and skateboards, at the play area, fishing and playing on the beach. They’ve enjoyed making and eating breakfast pancakes and our Friday night fish and chips at Jack Evans Park and movie nights with chocolate treats in the evenings.
People are now allowed to move around their own states but most state borders are still closed. NSW and Victoria’s are the only ones open at the moment. We could go into Victoria if we want but it’s too cold down there in the winter so we’ll be here until Queensland opens it’s border and then we will be off again.
We are still waiting and hoping for full refunds on our cancelled overseas trip with every day thinking where we might have been. We should be in the UK now and due to fly to France on Sunday. Oh well, it is what it is!