This is a Non-Hobby Post so sorry to disappoint.
It’s more of a call out to all the followers of this blog, many of you I think of as mates. I haven’t met any of you but, through our mutual interests, I feel, we have connected more than just on-line bloggers. There’s not one of you I wouldn’t want to sit down with and have a pint or a cup of tea with. Maybe not TIM… haha jokes.
So what is this post all about?
I guess I just felt compelled to implore you to all stay safe in your corners of the world. The coronavirus is spreading far and wide now and taking more lives than I imagined it ever could. It’s all quite surreal actually.
If your governments are telling you to stay in lockdown please do so. If they’re saying to keep your distance from people, do that too. Fortunately/Unfortunately (depending on how you look at it) we have to trust our governments as much as we can. We voted them in so now we need to hope that they are doing all they can for us. If you’re anything like me you might find it hard to trust the government and media, completely, but alas what choice do we have?
Here in Australia social distancing is as common as what shaking someone’s hand used to be. We are not in lockdown, yet at least, but many have chosen to self isolate. Our infected tally is rising all the time but, thankfully, the death toll is still quite low compared to many other countries.
On a personal level both my wife and I are still working. I run my own small gardening business and didn’t see many clients before all this anyway because they’re at work etc. Now a lot of them are home but stay indoors and give me a friendly wave. Ironically, the most vulnerable people, elderly and people with underlying health issues, make up 80% of my customer base and they seem to be worried the least. One lady who is confined to a wheelchair said, if she can live with a disability she can do anything. Another bloke who is 91 said I’ve had a long and happy life so I’m not going to start worry about death now.
We are keeping our daughters home. No more swimming, school, sleepovers at friends places, cinemas or restaurants for the time being. Funnily enough we are all just getting on with it and having a laugh along the way.
My wife and I are very, very positive people and we raise our girls to be the same way. We don’t worry about what might happen but at the same time we are not naive and are taking all the appropriate measures to stay safe.
Luckily my, main, hobby is an inside hobby. Building and painting models and I have enough to last me two lifetimes haha. I’m sure you’re all in the same boat there.
So my friends, let’s keep on keeping on. Help each other if and when you can. Stay positive. Use your time creatively, productively or both. Keep laughing and tell the ones who matter most how much you love them.
Here’s a couple of snaps of me in my new work uniform.
Not sure if any of you follow my podcast but we will keep it alive during these dark times in an attempt to give people a little respite. Hopefully make people laugh. Big Waz (my co-host) and I are doing the show via pre-recorded segments and phone calls as of the last episode but other than that the SHOW MUST GO ON!
Heres a link to the Spotify –
IRO aka Luke 😉