Around here we are in Term 4, Week 2 of 2021. Six weeks unit my oldest graduates and it's coming very fast. Sadly due to Covid and Health Advice the Senior Awards Night will be online for the parents and we will receive a photo of our child accepting their award. As the Senior Awards includes Grades 10, 11 and 12 there would be many kids and many parents so I understand big assemblies are still not happening in our schools. I believe Graduation will be okay with 2 people per student which is what happened last year. I'm very grateful that my kids have been at school all year with the exception of a few days of lockdown which would be less than a week of school time.
On the 15th September I celebrated my Birthday with my Tradition of a photo of myself with my kids and four cupcakes [I get to eat 2 as I'm the Birthday girl] and handmade cards from my kids. This is the 16th year of this photo series which is very dear to my heart. Here's a blog post and pictures from previous years.
Today is "FREEDOM DAY" in New South Wales today and the city is opening to vaccinated people as they are at 70% double dose. Shops and bars opened at midnight and even Kmart was open and people got out for the first time in 106 days in lockdown to shop, eat and drink. I can't imagine being in lockdown for that length of time. I can do without the shops and bars however with a 5km radius I wouldn't have seen any of my family members for a walk so that would most definitely be the hardest part. Hopefully the Covid numbers won't go back up again as they are now under 500 daily cases.
Victoria on the other hand are just about reaching 2,000 cases a day and rising and they have been the most locked down city in the World. Not a great title to have and I don't think they are at the peak of cases yet. They too will be easing restrictions when they reach 70% double vaccination.
Queensland is still closed to New South Wales and Victoria and honestly I'm a bit scared when they open up as Covid will arrive in droves. We have managed our Covid cases in Queensland really well and our lives are pretty normal.
My sister lives in Perth, Western Australia and we were supposed to go to my nieces Wedding in April 2020 which got cancelled. She did get married in November 2020 however we couldn't go at the time and the risk of the costs 2 weeks hotel quarantine was not affordable. Western Australia has it's borders closed still and it sounds like they will be closed until April 2022. Who knows when we will be able to go visit my sister and her family.
Here's a few photos of other things in our lives and hoping you all have a good week.
I made Elaine Boddy's of Fodbodsourdough crackers using 100gms of sourdough starter which I would add some salt and even rosemary to them next time however they were pretty simple to make and great to have with a dip.