Friday, April 16, 2021
Saturday, April 3, 2021
We were lucky that the Brisbane outbreak seems to be under control with a three day lockdown, super contact tracing and ramped up testing. Over 1000 contacts have to stay at home for 14 days and be tested again to make sure they are still negative.
People were so happy to be able to go on Easter holidays, church and family get togethers. Restrictions still remain throughout Queensland; mask wearing inside buildings, no dancing, sit down in bars and restaurants and only 30 people in home gatherings. Carry a mask everywhere and use it when you can't social distance outside.
We enjoyed the outside by going to our local park and walked around the lagoon which was covered in lotus blooms and ducks.
Monday, March 29, 2021
After bragging to my readers that we had Covid under control, it has snuck back into our community. Only in Brisbane not anywhere else in the country. We recorded four new cases over the last few days so now we have been locked down again for at least three days. It is quite harsh. Schools closed. Only essential workers can go to work, wear masks, stay apart, stay home except for food shopping, exercise, and medical reasons. If people have been visiting from other states they have to quarantine for 14 days when they return home. Travel is banned. In the meantime testing and contact tracing has gone into overdrive. The health gurus know that it is the UK strain and it was brought into the country by a returning Aussie from overseas, who was positive and went to hospital for treatment where a doctor became infected and passed it onto a friend. Friend was asymptomatic and passed it onto brother who passed it onto three others.
Unfortunately, our vaccine rollout is slow because we can't get Europe to send enough because they need it and we have to give some of ours to third world Papua/New Guinea. We are due to get our (oldies jab) after Easter. Health workers have had theirs. Care home patients are getting it now. Then us.
So it's time to get a bit of Zen in our village Zen garden.
Friday, March 19, 2021
Our monthly dinner night fell on St Patricks Day so naturally the theme for our dinner was St Patrick's Day. Residents were encouraged to wear green and they did. We usually have an Irish Dance group come to dance for us. This year we couldn't get them due to problems they incurred due to Covid Lockdowns in the past. However, we solved the problem when Our Line Dancing Group offered to entertain us by dancing to Irish music. We normally have a distinguished visiting guest speaker but this year we had one of our residents from the History Group give us a talk on St Patrick. We also had a resident sing Danny Boy for us.
Monday, February 22, 2021
Once again our Chinese CEO, Chiou See Anderson put on another fabulous CNY celebration in the Community Centre. There were about 200 guests and she did all the cooking. Many staff members and residents helped out in the kitchen.
We were lucky that Bill was feeling better but we both had to be careful of what we could eat. We were happy with rice, beef, chicken and noodles.
The Lion dancers entertained us and especially the many children that were there. Families and grandchildren were also invited.