It’s early on Sunday morning as I write this. I’ve switched on the heating (yes, even in South-East Queensland) and have decamped to the guest room with my computer and the dog, leaving hubby to sleep in a little longer. #wifeoftheyear
The mornings have been cold this week – getting well into single figures (celsius) midweek. Not unusual for midwinter, I know, but unusual for where we live.
To the south of the country, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide are all at various stages of lockdown due to covid outbreaks. Here in Australia, while we escaped the worst of the global outbreaks, a combination of mixed messaging, botched vaccine rollouts, complacency, and anti-vax sentiment has left us at the bottom of the vaccination race and it seems lockdowns like these will remain a fact of life until that situation changes. None of it’s helped though, by the stupidity of individuals. I will, however, say no more on any of that and step off my soapbox.
Alrighty, without further ado, to the catch-up.
While I haven’t posted every day I have been continuing to contribute to Becky’s July #treesquare challenge.
I loved this advice from a tree that Becky posted the other day:
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!
We can certainly learn a lot from trees!
This week my squares have taken me from Maleny (on the Sunshine Coast hinterland) to an osprey nest in Hervey Bay, battlefields in northern France and down into Champagne.
Today’s #treesquare photo (below) is also from France – a little village perched high on a hill in Burgundy, Châteauneuf-en-Auxois. I wrote a little about it here.
One thing I’ve done for my health
I’m now 2 weeks in to my new strength program and am loving the training, the pace of the class, the skill, grace and generosity of my trainer and the energy of my fellow exerciser.
It’s fair to say it hasn’t been a disciplined week diet wise, but I refuse to feel guilty about that.
Another massive positive is we’ve had company for our 5am walks this week in the form of friends who were in town for a few days and gave up their holiday sleep-ins for a chilly walk in the (mostly) dark.
One thing I did in the name of self-care
I’ve been sleeping even more poorly than usual and hit a wall of abject exhaustion on Friday. The tiredness felt as though it was in my bones so rather than attempting any of the things I knew I should be getting on with, I spent the day reading and watching the telly. I’m taking it easy this weekend and am feeling much more like myself again.
A big bowl of this spicy braised beef noodle soup certainly helped!
One thing I’m grateful for
Because I work remotely and rarely leave the house during the working week (even before covid) and know few people well up here (probably a function of the former), other than the cherished weekly zoom call with my women’s group, I can go for days on end exchanging no more than greetings with people we meet on the walking path and speaking face to face only with my husband.
We may not be locked down, but I feel quite isolated much of the time. This week it’s been fabulous to catch up with friends, to train with friends, to chat with friends, to cook for friends and to receive unexpected and gifts from friends. Like these handmade bookmarks that arrived during the week. Colourful, creative, and thoughtful. Denyse, I’m looking at you!
I am, however, missing other friends – my Kiwi bestie who was due to arrive here yesterday for a week. She came over to Sydney for a long weekend 5 weeks ago and has been caught up in the Sydney lockdown ever since and unable to get home.
One thing I baked
This orange and cardamom cake. It’s my husband’s favourite.
Okay, that was my week. How was yours?