- NSW has now enjoyed a week and a half of ‘learning-to-live-with-Covid’.
- After 107 days of lockdown, we were all looking forward to some relaxation of the restrictions.
- Our new Premier may have overestimated this mood though.
- Many people I know, including me, are feeling very cautious and careful about this phase of opening up.
- Even B21 and his friends have been restrained about heading back out there.
- As of last weekend NSW is now 80% double vaxxed.
- However this a city-centric figure – the regional areas will not be open for Sydneysiders to visit for a couple more weeks.
- We are still wearing masks inside, but not outside.
- We are meant to show our vaccination certificates any time we enter a shop or business that was not deemed ‘essential’ during lockdown.
- I’ve only been inside one hairdressing salon, one dress shop and one pub so far.
- The 5km rule is no more, so Mr Books and I spent a quiet weekend away at our home in the mountains…& painted the laundry.
- At work, we’ve only had a couple of unpleasant encounters when asking customers to show their vaccinations certificates.
- But I have spent A LOT of time helping our older customers navigate the apps on their phones that link their vax certificates to ‘wallets’ or the NSW services app.
- I am astounded by the number of people who have no idea what is going on re opening up, what it means for them or what they might have to do to prepare for it.
What I’m Reading:
- Fishing For Lightning: The Spark of Poetry | Sarah Holland-Batt
- Griffith Review 68: Getting On | editor Ashley Hay
- Signs and Wonders | Delia Falconer
- Secrets of Women’s Healthy Ageing: Living Better, Living Longer | Cassandra Szoeke
- Myself When Young | Henry Handel Richardson
- Love and Virtue | Diana Reid
Read But Not Reviewed:
- Scary Monsters | Michelle de Kretser
- Beautiful World, Where Are You | Sally Rooney
- A Room Made of Leaves | Kate Grenville
- The Countess From Kirribilli | Joyce Morgan
- Meditations | Marcus Aurelius & Gregory Hays
- Fire Front: First Nations Poetry and Power Today | edited by Alison Whittaker
- A family dinner in a swish restaurant in November…provided we can all agree on a date and find a venue not booked out already!
- A friend’s wedding for the third time, as interstate guests are still not able to attend easily, & the bride’s sister lives interstate.
New to the Pile:
On the Blog:
- Slowly updating my Author Challenge pages (see drop down menu under This Reading Life). The idea is to give each author their own page, instead of being lost in the long list of old.
- As I edit & update older posts, any links that I have included to your (WordPress) blog may suddenly activate a pingback notification. Even on posts from many years ago. I apologise. Accept, or not, as you so desire. At least you now know why!
- After the success of the #1926club, Kaggsy & Simon have announced the next club to be from the 18th-24th April 2022. We will be celebrating the #1954club. A quick glance reveals that I have already read quite a few books from 1954 – the trick will be to find something on my TBR sooner rather than later, so that I’m not left scrambling for something at the last minute like I usually do!
- Last month I told you about my AusReading Month 2021 coming up in November as well as Cathy & Rebecca’s Novellas in November 2021.
- To complete the November trifecta here are the details for Non-Fiction November.
- Somehow I missed this, but thanks to Bill’s early start, it came to my attention just in time. Margaret Atwood Reading Month #MARM makes November a quadrella of reading events. I look forward to seeing how your Venn diagram makes this work!
Until next time, stay safe, and happy reading!
- This post was written on the traditional land of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 clans of the Eora Nation within the Sydney basin.