We have been lucky in our state and we haven't had any new cases or community transmission of the virus for some time. So we have been eased back from lockdown through stages where we now have a lot of freedom but we must still social distance and sanitise. The size of crowds has increased but not unlimited yet.
So we were able to return to our village monthly dinners. This month's theme was Christmas in July, which I don't really believe in celebrating because I think it is a hang over from British Colonial days, where the people felt it was strange having Christmas in summer. So some people feel it is still right to celebrate Christmas in winter in July. Even though I don't agree with the idea , I'm always up for a dinner party, so we went along and enjoyed.
The organising of the dinners has been handed over to the residents. A committee was formed and they organised the lunch very well indeed. They set the tables.
Some came dressed in Christmas attire.
There were many tables of happy retirees, being able to socialise again. Our CEO mingling with the residents in the background.
Our CEO/owner of the village, welcomes everyone back after lockdown. She also organised a would be candidate for State Parliament to speak to us.
About 80 of us turned up to the party.
Some of the staff joined us too.
The CEO, Chiou See and partner Brendan with the candidate and PR person.
The meal was delicious, beef, ham and pork with sprouts, parsnips, carrot and mash.
Dessert was a treat. A mushroom made out of gelato and a brownie of some kind, with a lovely sauce.
Rosa and the other volunteers did a great job.