The last couple of months have been a little all over the place, as has most of 2020 really. In this post I mentioned that the COVID-19 restrictions had started to ease and I was was feeling a little silly for initially preparing myself for the worst when the new rules were first implemented in Australia. Well, as it turns out, while QLD and many other states started slowly going back to our “new normal”, our home state of Victoria was hit with a mighty second wave, much worse than the first one.
I had naively booked a trip to Geelong for mid-July literally the day before the restrictions started to tighten again in Victoria and felt really stupid for being so optimistic about travelling down for a visit. This is the second trip home I’ve had to cancel this year and the second time I’ve gotten excited about reuniting with friends and family, only to be letdown again by this stupid coronavirus.
I know how good we have it here in Townsville and I certainly don’t want to discount that by any means. I really feel for my fellow Victorian’s as their restrictions are severe and quite frankly it’s pretty bloody miserable down there. I also feel though, that I have spent the last few months feeling hopeful for the future with nothing to show for it. Right now, I honestly don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel for a long time.
Since moving here my coping strategy has always been a trip home or a visit from friends or family to highlight on the calendar. As long as I’ve got either of those things to look forward to, I can keep moving forward. Without that, I feel lost. Don’t get me wrong, living up here is pleasant enough. We have made great friends and have a beautiful house to call our own. And yet lately I’ve just been feeling so unsatisfied with these realities. I just want to go home. I feel like a petulant child for saying that but it’s the truth.
I think what really set me off was reading a news article predicting that Queensland border wouldn’t open to Victoria before Christmas. As that’s when we were last home, the thought of not being there for at least 12 months since the last time we visited just broke me. Knowing that Evelyn will be well into toddlerhood by the time we see family again is such a strange concept to me. The more I think about it though, the more I have to accept this reality. While I don’t want to lose my optimistic nature completely (because it’s actually a quality I like about myself) I think the only way through this is to expect the worst.
If you have had made it with me this far, thanks for letting me complain. Moving on now to how we have been spending the last couple of months. In early June we had friends over for a dinner party and I attempted and ultimately butchered a beef wellington. Luckily we had plenty of wine, good music and a chocolate cheesecake for dessert so the night was still a success in my opinion. Our friends gave us some cute housewarming gifts too which was a lovely gesture.
The dinner-party theme continued into July and we were treated to a 3-course Italian feast at the Wilson’s house. So good.
Not only was the food great, but the name place settings was a very nice touch.
Evelyn has been getting a lot more active lately, so we’ve been taking her out quite a bit. While I have been known to complain about Townsville at times, it really is a great place to have a family. The weather is beautiful in the winter here and it’s been really cool to watch her start to interact with her surroundings more, particularly at the beach and in parks and playgrounds.
I turned 29 last month and we celebrated with some bakery cupcakes and a nice walk on the beach. Usually I would bake my own but I decided to take the day off. They were nice, but not at the standard I would’ve liked. I take cupcakes pretty seriously.
One of my birthday presents was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which I have started and re-started about 5 times on the Nintendo 64. I am pleased to announce that I finally finished it a couple of days ago. What a ride. I’m actually a little sad it’s over but am super keen to try more of the Zelda games now.
We had another dinner party in July hosted by the Turnochs, this time the vibe was a little more casual. The pulled pork burgers were to die for but unfortunately now I can’t make my own version anymore, knowing how much better this one was.
Another birthday present I received was a tea pot from Jordan. We recently acquired a set of 8 Royal Doulton teacups and saucers on Marketplace for the bargain price of $35 so it only seemed right that we got a teapot to go with them. I’ve grown to appreciate our little collection of different patterned tea accessories that we’ve collected over the years. The dream one day is to own this Royal Albert set, but this will do quite nicely in the meantime!
In addition to Jordan purchasing his own teapot and matching cups and saucers for work, we have also been indulging in an increased amount of scones the last few weeks. If you’re going to go to all the effort of brewing a nice pot of tea, you might as well get some baked goods involved! My favourite from Bakers Delight is the blueberry and lemon variety, although I am partial to a date or chocolate scone as well.
In keeping with the tea theme, my friend Britt sent me this adorable pack from T2 for my birthday. It was such a nice surprise and I love the packaging. I can’t wait to try out all of the varieties!
I hope you have all been keeping safe and well during these uncertain times. Looking back over the last couple of months has been a nice reminder that there are lots of things in my life to be grateful for, even if it’s not as obvious in the moment as it is in hindsight.