It is a little while since I posted. It’s such an unsettling time. COVID-19 is on all our lips.
When I heard about the lock down I thought there’s an upside to this. I can really make headway with my book. No social engagements. Nothing to interrupt me. Nothing I can do other than a quick trip for a few groceries. Everything to give to my book. But it isn’t working out like that. I can’t concentrate. My mind’s all over the place and therapeutic walks have all but vanished from my life.
It is all the changes that are unsettling me as I am sure it is you too. Change and confusion. It is the same all over the world.
My hair appointment was cancelled among some confusion. When it was cancelled Steve was only allowed to work on a client for 30 mins. Forty-eight hours later that was changed but I’m not sure what it’s changed to. A politician with thin, wispy hair graced our screens saying, ‘Thirty minutes would be okay for someone to cut my hair but then I haven’t got much, Ha Ha!’ He laughed heartily a few times as he ruffled his hair. I’m no clearer on whether I can get some colour and a cut. I don’t think Steve is either. He still isn’t taking appointments and I’ve decided two hours at the hairdresser may be an invitation to a virus that’s floating about looking for a home to settle on me. Perhaps I’ll come to like longer hair.
Yesterday the sun shone and the beach at Albert Park and Port Melbourne was sending out wonderful spirit-lifting beams into the air. We need that. We need to feel uplifted.
A few people were walking, there were some bikes and a couple of joggers along the edge of the beach who smiled as the flashed past. The golden sand had people sunbathing and reading and a few toddlers digging holes. All were following regulations and keeping their distance
Apparently this wasn’t the case at the other end of the beach at St Kilda. People there were not keeping to the social distancing rule. Naturally numerous people took pictures of the erring crowded and posted them on social media. Port Phillip City Council has decided to close all beaches and the St Kilda Botanical gardens. A few spoiling it for the rest of us.
I have developed ‘COVID-19 BRAIN SNAP’. My mind won’t focus. It’s racing about and jumping all over the place – checking the news, checking the ‘Alert’ on my phone, checking into social media. It’s doing everything but staying on task. Next week I’m hoping for better results.
At the South Melbourne Market on Friday the stall that sells flowers was giving them away.
I had the luck to score these carnations. They are missing that beautiful spicy perfume but non-the-less they are lovely to look at. It was such a kind gesture. When he’s up and running again I’ll make sure I buy some flowers from him.