As many of my regular readers will know, I am quite an introvert. So you would think self-isolation would suit me well, but even I am struggling. My True Love and I have had a few tense moments too. As we have no known cases of active Covid-19 infections in my fair city, restrictions were eased somewhat last weekend. It is a tricky time. Physical-distancing fatigue is definitely an issue for a significant proportion of Aussies. Needing to protect vulnerable family members, among others, our family took cautious advantage of the relaxation of the lockdown rules to catch up with family on Mothers Day.
My almost-80-year-old father came to visit me. He brought croissants. We sat in the front yard, a good two metres apart, eating our croissants and chatting. We saw another family with chairs set up in their front yard too. It was lovely. Later in the day, my True Love and I went bush-bashing at our local park to avoid the congestion on the walking trail. There was a surprise for me there. The red-browed finches. Here they are.
That’s too far.
A Zoom session.
Then the pièce de résistance — two tiny birds sunning themselves under a bush. The grass provides a protective screen. They were too sleepy to move. My True Love and I were too scared to move lest they fly off. The little birds checked on us every now and then to ensure that we maintained our distance but otherwise seemed happy enough to hang out.
A couple of friends can visit. Physical-distancing rules still apply, so we kept our distance and used technology again to get a little closer.
Comfortable enough for some preening and a nanna-nap, but I was worried that we might be boring them. Clearly we had lost the art of conversation.
It gets chilly meeting outdoors.
Members of the same household can snuggle to stay warm.
I guess we should have called to let them know we were coming.
Restored, we went our separate ways.
That was my kind of Mothers Day gift.
I hope you enjoyed the photos (photos 3-5 were taken by my TL).
As for my own mum, I hope to see her again. I would normally have visited her this winter, but that might be a little too soon. C’mon Aussies. Don’t stuff this up.
Take care everyone.
Lens Artists Weekly Challenge — Crop The Shot
I crop my photos to fit the story I am telling. My philosophy is to emphasise, not to lie. I also consider how the photo will be viewed, eg. if it is a feature photo for a WordPress blog, then I will crop to better fit that presentation format. Photo challenge themes also influence how I crop photos.