Winter catch up

Kiddo and Mic came down for a visit over the weekend. COVID continues to wield its influence over our lives so they came down on Thursday arvo and headed straight to a testing centre.

The tests returned negative results by Friday morning so after a busy Friday morning at work for both Tress and I, I wound up work an hour or so earlier in the arvo and spent time with them.

We had a couple of meals out – one in a local Chinese restaurant here in Forest Hill and one in a very nice French restaurant down along Blackburn Road. Catching up over meals is always a treat with them, and that includes the one last night when we had some home cooked lamb cutlets. The meat was given to us by Ruth and Jonathan – their farm in Woodend always provide great lamb over springtime and it just tastes so much better than store bought meat.

It’s always lovely to catch up with Kiddo and Mic, and as they were getting ready to return to Canberra, I browsed my facebook and saw that on this day last year, we caught up too. We were in Lakes Entrance, and had a dramatic finish when they had to beat a border closure when they returned to Canberra. It was to be a blowout of COVID cases in Melbourne for the next several weeks. One year on, it feels like we’ve made little progress. I feel just as forlorn and excluded from a normal life without this destructive pandemic. Kiddo and Mic’s visit has made it heaps better but barely mid way through winter and feeling a touch drained, I just long for a release of sorts.