#1606 Day 108 of getting there: The Last Cuppa

Ok, so for 6 weeks.

Not forever, clearly.

But today we headed out to grab our last, in-store, sit-down, cafe experience…

Along with the rest of the town.

I mean, really July. What trickery are you fooling us into? How gorgeous was today? And it’s meant to continue for 2 more days… only for the sunshine-y days to return again next week!

Ahh, Winter. You’ve made me kinda like you again.

You know, I have to say… it is A BIT annoying. And I think I am allowed to say this, because last I heard, our shire had NO current cases of coronavirus.

NONE.

And yet we are suddenly part of ‘metropolitan Melbourne’ (only when they want us) and yet our neighbours across the Port Phillip Bay in Geelong have 2 CURRENT CASES, and are exempt from this lockdown.

Kilometres wise, they are further from the city than we are.

It does not make sense.

I’m not gonna focus on it too much though. We have to do what we have to do. And if too many shires are given reprieves (ahem, Geelong) well then no one is going to listen, and they won’t be happy, right?

I’ll suck it up.

Baby girl took my cue from the other night, and had stuck this note on our bedroom door last night:

I mean, we couldn’t say no to a 6 year-old, right?

Everyone was out and having their last lunches, last drinks, last cuppas…

They were all still social distancing. Counting numbers inside and outside the cafe. Sanitiser was within reach. It was very much across the board.

And the coffee was GREAT. But, it all felt a bit surreal. I mean, you could tell people were getting in their last whatever’s before midnight tonight. I could hear the cafe owner telling loyal customers they would be open for takeaway every day.

We enjoyed it. And then we left. Walked down the main street…

And to the PARK.

Poor baby girl. Poor all kids. They have to go through this shitty time again. Look I get it, we have to do this. Baby girl is actually amazing and totally understanding of what we have to sacrifice again.

But, I wanted to let her run. I wanted her to play.

And she did.

I’ll see you all on the other side… but stay for the gratitude journey, of course, as always. 🙂

#1602 Day 104 of getting there: the Saturday night concession

Tonight, amidst corona cases rising rapidly to 108 in Victoria, we went out to dinner.

In our town. Some blocks away. Dining at a table where no one was near.

Sanitiser within reach. Waiters prepared to leave your food at the empty designated table next to you, so that they weren’t getting too close.

It was our concession.

We all have them. We will cry “stay home!” to all that we know ’til we’re blue in the face, and yet we have these things that are helping us stay sane in the face of possible further, and tougher, and meaner restrictions.

You’ve got them. I have them. We do the right thing, we stay home, we wash our hands, we don’t see family…

But then, we might go out to get a coffee. Support local.

See that friend that you’ve been dying to catch up with, and hey, you’re both staying 1.5 metres away and not touching so technically that’s a pass.

You might still see relatives, so your kids can play together.

You might still be getting your hair done, because you have to physically be at work, and CAN’T work from home.

You might just want to go out and have a God-damn nice dinner at your fave restaurant like we did, because the last time we were there it was March, the sunshine was pouring through the window in the evening, and although corona was on the near-distant radar, there were no lockdowns.

We were by a window again tonight. But the umbrellas dotted amongst the outdoor seating outside were bound tightly, spotted with rain that had not stopped all day. The night was black. The restaurant wasn’t packed.

Corona, corona… the bloody virus was a reminder, everywhere.

Tonight. Our concession. Whatever it is that you do sometimes, to keep yourself happy, to keep your family happy… it’s okay.

Do it. Despite all the fear mongering, if you avoid the hotspots, if you avoid almost all of your unnecessary ‘wants,’ if you’re doing your damn-dest not to go out and mingle and be social…

I think you are allowed a concession.

I had a great dinner tonight, and a great wine. This might keep me going for another 3 months, because let’s face it –

Who knows anymore???

#1585 Day 87 of getting there: the proper morning coffee

After standing on the Main street for a few minutes today, just looking around, going “where should we go?”

“Where should we go?”

“Where should we go?”

…I had to laugh to myself. We had so many options we actually didn’t know where to go.

I loved it.

Well we ended up in one place, where we hadn’t been to in ages… partly because of COVID. And as we took a seat by the window looking out onto the street – after writing down our names and numbers of course per the new protocol – we noticed that the cafe was a little quieter, there were crosses on the floor to advise where to stand and the place had had a recent fresh coat of paint amidst recent close downs…

But one thing, was the same.

No, BETTER.

The coffee was ah-may-zing!

And oh yeah, the almond croissant was pretty darn good too.

It was the kind of smooth but strong coffee that had me talking fast for the next few hours… and beyond.

#1518 Day 20 of getting there: Easter cookie decorating

I’m happy to report it’s another support local post! And you can not any more local than across the road, DOWN THE STREET, local.

I’m proud to say that Flock Café is our local coffee joint, and so conveniently close to home. However today was not one of those usual days that we could have walked there, what with the hellish weather and all.

So we jumped in the car and drove the very short distance over, to grab one of their cookie decorating boxes.

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I saw they were promoting them some days ago, and amidst shop closures and takeaway ONLY, thought it was a great way to support local business, all the while finding something fun for baby girl to do, because God knows I need ideas!

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She had so much fun, and I loved watching her get creative.

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Ahh, creativity. I just love it. Those piles of sweet candy tasted insanely great upon the deliciously soft cookie base too. 🙂 ♥

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#1505 Day 7 of getting there: Rebel-ing with doughnuts

Next on my support local list is a place I was absolutely stoked to find out was joining our town, and moving down the road, LITERALLY, back in early 2018.

Rebel Donuts. 

They, along with so many other businesses have been forced to get creative amongst decreasing customer volumes coming through their shop in response to the push for greater social isolation and essential travel only.

So when I saw their call out to spread the message far and wide on doughnut (yes, DOUGHNUT) delivery and pick-up, I was like OH YES.

More exciting was realising that they were also sending out decorating packs, much like the decorating baby girl did during the school holidays last year which I posted about here.

So, guess who got a surprise today, right before coffee/babycino time? Huh, huh?

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I got baby girl the Frozen decorating pack, which includes 2 plain doughhuts, a whole heap of decorations and icing, and instructions on how to make them…

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But we all know kids go and do their own thing anyway, right?

That’s right honey. Pour on ALL the sprinkles.

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I hope these guys get ALL the love and are able to keep doing this delivery thing, because I have an Easter surprise planned for baby girl in a couple of weeks…

Check out the Rebel Donuts facebook page for where they’re delivering to,

OR

their website: http://www.rebeldonuts.com.au

Note: Delivery needs a minimum spend of $20… which is so easy to achieve, to be honest. 😉

Nom nom nom nom nom.

#1504 Day 6 of getting there: Supporting local – Kirks

I feel terrible for all the businesses out there suffering through this uncertain and indefinite period.

I look around the town that I love, and I feel even more sad.

Because it’s these small businesses that make my town, what it is.

Sure, people will flock and spend and visit and book things once this all blows over, but that could be months away… meanwhile, how do these places stay afloat?

Keep employees paid?

Keep paying rent?

Keep making money amidst further lockdowns, bans and imposed isolation to ALL?

I’ve been happy to see many businesses going online, getting creative and thinking of other ways to get their business out to people who can’t get out anymore.

Really if you think about it, this is kind of the best time in history that we could have this kind of pandemic. Because even though we may not be able to get out in public…

We can still get out and about online.

I’ve made a concerted decision lately that I will be one of many out there, to support local business. I don’t want the people who make this beautiful part of the world so unique and great, to go under, and I want to make sure they know they are supported, while also trying to send the really strong and important message…

Buy local. Wherever you are. Support small business. Keep them afloat. And tell your friends about it too.

Which is what I am here to do. 😉

First on one of my many support locals list… Kirks.

Of course, FOOD.

We have been there heaps of times before, (check out my Food Review from a while ago), it is a local favourite on the Esplanade, and no matter what, we seem to gravitate there, again and again.

They recently released a takeaway/delivery menu in the midst of no more in-dining within their restaurant, and I have to say –

WE WERE EXCITED.

Tonight we got a different kind of food delivery!

Instead of your basic pizza, or fish and chips, or drive-through, it was:

Beef Burger

Prawn and Zucchini Risotto

Chicken nuggets and chips (for baby girl – okay kind of takeaway staple!)

and because we got two main meals in there, we were able to get a bottle of wine for $5.

$5!

It’s only the beginning of my loving local and helping local list, so stay tuned…

It’s going to be a big ride. Let’s get ready for the long haul.

And on an aside, it was Zoom night, part 2…

As we caught up with sis and bro-in-law!

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Who said isolated Saturday nights were going to be boring? Like hell they are!

#1305 Walk to café, walk to beach

Hubbie and I had the BEST Wednesday today.

It was productive, fun, and we did sooo much. But the best way to start this sunshine-y day, was not just with our usual –

“But first, coffee.”

It was a modified “But first, coffee… after a lovely walk.”

We walked to our local café.

It was so much more rewarding. So much more fun. The sun shining down on us, made it all the more pleasurable to be out and about, even more so with a loved one.

MY loved one. ♥

It was a different coffee walk on this Wednesday post redundancy… and this one ended with a view. Because we upped the ante by also walking to…

THE BEACH.

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It was only the beginning of what ended up being such a fruitful, fun and busy day… and to be honest, we can’t go back… I can never work a Wednesday again!

Or rather, I seriously need to find a way to work from home…

Oh, hang on… writing?! :);):);)

#1275 I love Main street, and let me count the ways… no. 4

We spent 4 hours at Chadstone yesterday and I didn’t find anything remotely interesting to wear for my birthday.

I spent 35 minutes at a store in my town today and I walked out with 3 items.

!!!

Seriously Chaddy, we are not feeling the love from you lately, AT ALL. Instead my love is going entirely to the local store which I am loving more and more every time I enter it.

The prices are reasonable…

The clothes are on-point…

I don’t have to drive 45 minutes…!

And almost every time I walk in there, there is something new to look at!

That and the fact it is literally down the road.

AND…. I would rather support a local shop than a massive multi-million dollar conglomerate.

There. Or as baby girl would say, “na na na na boo boo.”

 

#1149 Free sticker school holiday fun

I get that it can be initially daunting at first to try to come up with novel and engaging ways to keep your child entertained during the school holidays.

But with the day and age we live in, there are plenty of places that try to help parents out, for FREE.

I wrote up a little list for myself a couple of days ago, outlining both paying and free places and activities baby girl and I could attend, to break the days up, plus make the school holidays a fun time to look back on, rather than just SLEEP EAT BABYCINO REPEAT.

Ideas you are after? Libraries often run programmes for kids of various ages in between school terms. Shopping centres too have become major hubs of activity with themed things on offer, to either showcase the latest kids movie or some crazed kid product that has all the juniors talking.

Our local shopping centre gets on board every time too.

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It’s not a huge centre. Woolies at one end, Bakers on the side, and Dan Murphy’s far on the other end (perfect). Without fail every school break there is at least a week of scheduled activities, with a different crafty thing for the kids to do every day.

I love it, because you never know what you will get, I go there anyway for my groceries (3 times a week sometimes) and of course…

It is FREE!

Today was ‘pick-an-Easter-sheet-and-apply-stickers-to-it’ day. Very simple, yet it had 2 year-olds up to 9 year-olds vying for bench space and reaching out for coloured stickers and pens to make their artwork the best.

It is so simple, but anything that makes the child happy, right?…

Makes the parent happy too 🙂

#1064 Lovely things to look at

I am just a little bit excited.

Today while out exploring the Mornington Racecourse Market (a place I would highly recommend anyone visit, and one I’ll be most likely reviewing in future) we came across a photo stall.

There were frames upon frames, both big and small, of the beach. Photographs with white backgrounds and caramel coloured wooden frames, and what excited me more than just the fact of it being ‘photos of beaches,’ was that it was ‘photos of OUR beaches.’

There were scenes taken alongside our stunning Peninsula, and to add to my happiness quota…

They were taken by a local himself.

I have said to Hubbie on many occasions, that when I put stuff up on our walls, I want them to mean something. Likewise if I am going to put up beachy shots within the house, I want it to be of our beach, and taken by someone from the area.

The Angels presented me with a brilliant opportunity today, because I went home with this:

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Every time I look at it, I am happy. I just have happy thoughts. Is it the striking orange and yellow hues across the sky, or the brilliant blue of the ocean mirroring the sky above… The fact that it was taken just down the road? Or a bit of ALL of the above.

As my eyes now run past that previously bare wall, they now jolt back to that vision of beauty, and I am all happy.

All grateful.

But that is not the only view I was enjoying today. We were able to pick up our balcony table and chairs set, and so we wandered up in the evening to sit, and bask in the summertime feels…

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Ahhh. Now that is gold. Beaches on the inside… and beaches on the outside. 🙂