This has been quite the year hasn't it? It started out ok. Weather dry but then the rains did show up. Nothing more to see here.........until the rumours began about this virus out of China........and then the world stopped. Dan was doing an installation in New Zealand, and watching the news became a nightly game of do I come home tomorrow or can I wait a few days and finish what I'm doing? The airlines were shutting down, and we were worried he might be stuck overseas. We finally had him come back to Australia, and none too soon. The airports shut down the next day. We spent the next two weeks locked down with the SES coming to check that Dan was here doing the right thing, which he was and did. Ours is a familiar story, but one with luck and hope as we were not sick. Friends were not so lucky and lived the full brunt of COVID including ICU stay and prolonged rehabilitation. It was horrible.
Now, many weeks on, we are still staying home as much as possible, but we're noticing things that are potentially great news for all of us - a new focus on the need for Australian manufacturing, food supply and local production of goods. A decrease in reliance on poor economic decisions on the part of governments and their populations. A new focus on family, the joys of quietude, the importance of neighbours, a focus on fun, exercise, healthy eating. As we see in just a few short weeks an improvement in air and water quality, and the kindness of strangers and neighbours, we have hope that some good will come out of this situation, and moving forward we may refocus on traditional values, providing for one's self and family in a more down to earth manner, and realising that capital expenditure in and of itself is not a path to freedom or happiness.
We wish you all a safe trip through these uncertain times, and good health now and continuing into the future, and we hope that a great shift in focus and attitude may result in an improved world overall. Naj zdrowie!