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Rotary Centenary Park

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  • Day39

    Settling in to our New Normal

    April 9, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    After arriving in Inverloch last night my solitary life has finally come to an end. It feels a little strange to now have someone to talk to and a dog to sit on my knee. We were worried at first at how we would be able to squeeze so much stuff into a small house, but somehow we seem to have managed the impossible. Maybe we should rename the house to "The Tardis". We even managed to find a place for our two bikes inside the house !

    Today was just too glorious to let it go to waste. As soon as we could get sorted, we jumped on our bikes and headed out to explore some of the bike path network. Although Easter is normally one of the busiest times of the year for Inverloch, this year it is almost deserted. Apart from the people who live here all year, there has been absolutely no intake of visitors.

    It was a strange feeling to be able to ride up the main street and see most of the shops closed. I don't how how some of these businesses will survive the loss of such an important trading period.

    We stopped to gaze across Anderson Inlet and admire the beautiful blue ocean. Earlier in the day I had seen some images on the Internet of towns in northern India where, for the first time in decades, they were now able to see the snow capped mountains of the Himalayas. For many of the younger people it would have been the first time in their lives that the mountains were visible, as they are normally blocked by a curtain of air pollution. Now that so many cars are off the roads, it is as if the earth is starting to rebuild its damaged atmosphere. The same phenomenon is happening in cities all over the planet. It is ironic that it might take a virus to shake us into action about what has been destroying our beautiful planet. Changes that take place slowly can somehow go unnoticed. I wonder if the people even realised that their amazing mountains were gradually being hidden from them.

    I spent some time practicing my new skill and I must admit that I am quite pleased at the progress I am already making. I can see why some people really get involved in this. My first few successes did give me something of a rush, and inspired me to keep practising and improving. One day I might even tell you what it is.

    Our first day together ended with a delicious crock pot stew. We have plenty of food and plenty of toilet paper too, so we should be OK for the next few weeks at least. The weather bureau has promised another lovely day for tomorrow, so I think we will be back out on the bikes in the morning.

    It's almost 9 pm already. Time for bed.
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  • Day27

    Relaxen in der Sonne ☀️

    February 27, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Früh aufgestanden und zum Frühstück Müsli gegessen ging es gegen Mittag zum nächsten Stop, dem Beach im Ort Inverloch.

    Mit 27°C ließ sich der Nachmittag dort perfekt genießen.🏖

    Am Abend wurde mal ebend eine freistehende Strombox angezapft damit einige Sachen, wie Spigelreflex und Notebook, geladen werden konnten. 🙄Read more

  • Day84

    A Surprise Announcement

    May 24, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    I have to admit that it came as something of a surprise. After ten weeks of being warned about the dangers of venturing outside our front doors, now Dan Andrews has decided that it is something we should all do. It was only a few days ago that he reluctantly allowed us to have a maximum of five visitors to our homes. Now we will soon be free to have a party with 20 guests. We will also be free to resume travel within the state and stay overnight wherever and whenever we wish.

    I think it would be fair to say that we were not expecting such rapid changes. It was the Premier who had been saying over and over that any changes would only be introuduced slowly and carefully. His favourite mantra is "we only have one chance to do this right". I don't know what brought on such a drastic change of mind. Perhaps he watched some of Donald Trump's announcements and was inspired to follow suit.

    Although things that were formally regarded as extremely risky are now apparently quite safe, I still think that there is no real imperative to drastically change our behaviour. Of course the freedom to travel, without worrying whether or not you were going to be pulled over by the next Highway Patrol, will be a great relief.

    This also means that we will no longer be restricted to a maximum of ten riders on Ghostrider rides, although personally we feel that the time is not yet right for unrestricted rides. I think that June will be a transition period and maybe we will be ready to return to something resembling our previous ride schedule at the beginning of July. I guess time will tell how effective the state's new strategy will turn out to be.

    In the meantime, we are getting close to returning to Melbourne. It has been a wonderful time to relax, think, write, ride and also do some much-needed maintenance, but it was never going to be permanent. At this stage our plan is to return home sometime in the next few days.
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  • Day81

    It's All Happening Here

    May 21, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Although most days in isolation can tend to blur together into some sort of grey continuum, every once in a while one day will stand out from the crowd. Today was one of those days.

    Back in Pre Covid days, one of our favourite ways to spend an afternoon in Inverloch was to go to the nearby Country Club. There we could sit by the fire and enjoy a lovely Devonshire Tea and coffee. We could even take advantage of the free wifi and make one coffee last the entire afternoon. In these lonely days of isolation, such restaurants are all closed. Even the memories are quickly fading into oblivion.

    For that reason Maggie and I decided to make our own "virtual Country Club", complete with cappucino and scones. Although we tried unsuccessfully to buy scones at the local bakery, we decided that the easiest option was to make our own. So in went the flour (slightly past its use by date), the cream and some lemonade. Mix the whole lot together and throw it in the oven.

    Twenty minutes later we were sitting in our courtyard in the sunshine, happily enjoying the scones, (complete with jam and cream) and a cappucino (straight from the Nespresso machine). It was not quite the same as watching the ocean from the Country Club, but it was still pretty damn nice.

    After our Devonshire Tea we packed the dog and drove down to the oceanfront for a long walk. Although the weather was a little threatening, it was still pretty good for walking. The dog was happy too as she found plenty of other canines to bark and growl at along the way.

    But the day's highlights were far from over. About two months ago I ordered some special locks from Canada. They were supposed to arrive in "6 to 9 days", but I had almost given up hope of them getting to me before I returned to Melbourne. You can imagine my delight when I discovered a small, but very heavy, package in the letterbox. The locks and other lock making gear had finally arrived. I was a happy man indeed.

    To cap off a fine day I enjoyed a lovely roast meal of slow cooked pork, potatoes, carrots and onions. It was a perfect end to an eventful day.
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