How are you all going, in your little corners of the world?
As Australia strengthens the laws limiting our movements,
we Cardinals took time out for a Sunday picnic...
We took absolutely everything we needed:
folding chairs & tiny table, chicken/salad rolls, tiny apple crumble desserts and a nice bottle of sparkling wine..
|Vintage tablecloth, souvenir from Singapore inherited from Mr Cardinal's mother|
We sat high on the banks of the Brisbane River, watching the pelicans play...
We were able to space ourselves about 20 metres from other people, and nobody, but nobody, touched the available picnic tables, bins, or barbeques.
According to new laws this week, we should not even picnic again.
Social restrictions are that we leave the house only to work, obtain food or medicine, and exercise for brief periods.
I have never experienced online grocery shopping, but last week decided it was time to start. Our first Woolworths delivery will come this Friday.
However, I forgot lots of items, and new attempts have revealed no available time-slots for another delivery.
I am thinking of getting up soon after midnight to see if the system reveals more times I can access...
While we are spending all our time in our Cardinal nest, I have been playing around with the decor...
using only what can be found around the house, on the theme which our daughter calls the Age of Exotic Exploration ...
The old globe belonged to my father - how different are the countries of the world today.
Decoy duck was found in Canada..
A tiny column was a souvenir from Italy, and little Greek urn a gift from our daughter..
A carved wooden elephant, a gift from our younger son, many years ago.
Palms courtesy of the Red Cardinal jungle of neglect..
|Petyarre, Jeannie, c.1950-, Utopia Central Australia 'Bush Medicine'|
As we will have to go out now and then, I am working on making some masks:
The luxury model, in floral linen lined with silk.
Unfortunately I overlooked the fact that the loose weave of linen is not a good idea and offers little protection...
I made two more in dense woven cotton, lined with the same fabric.
I know these are not at all 100% reliable, but there are no masks to be bought, and some protection is better than none at all.
My Sew-Jo and my Art-Jo have been sadly missing, but today I did push myself into selecting some fabric from the stash to make something...anything...
And began a little painting. It is part of the struggle to adapt to the 'new normal'.
Every day is a day closer to the other end.
I am making a point of phoning or texting one or two people daily....
And I am glad Mr Red Cardinal is here with me, working down in his study :)