Nature has decided to liven up my rides this past month. It may have been the same roads over and over in different combinations, but the autumn leaf show has more than made up for the mundane routes. It’s been truly spectacular this year. There have been some dandelions for Suzanne, too, whole fields of them, but never in the right spot for a photo. So the feature photo is the guys with some thigh-high dandelions.
Check out some pictures of all the leaf changes here: https://rambleoutyonder.org/2020/05/12/shifting-may-ride-1-on-fire/
Restrictions will ease here a teeny bit tomorrow. We will finally be able to visit friends and family in small numbers, as well as drive somewhere to recreate. No overnight trips allowed yet, but the weather for the coming weekend is looking good, so I’m already looking for some good rides a bit further from home. Petrol is cheap at the moment!
In my perpetual state of busyness, I have been reading a very harrowing book since around Christmas. But the good thing is that since the whole virus lockdowns started, and everybody started to despair about all the stuff they want to do but can’t, my perspective has been very well grounded by this book. Yes, I won’t get to see my parents this year at all – a significant thing when they are old. Yes, it is possible that I may never see them again – America is doing a horrible job with the virus – and if they were to die, I wouldn’t even be able to get home for their funeral(s). Yes, life is restricted and I am having to be very vigilant going out for groceries, etc, since I’m immno-compromised. BUT, nothing at all compares to what this author has been through. Not even close. It’s like my friend comparing current suffering to the horrors of World War II. I am sooo grateful for the life I have, even with the worry and the loss of ‘normal’.
I think the book should be required reading for all Australians, and for anyone with a country with questionable immigration policies. Check it out here: https://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781760555382/
And on that same theme of lockdown, here is a video that was produced by one of the members of Midnight Oil. Here is his description of the video:
I’m so proud of this man. Moz has been locked up indefinitely in the Mantra Hotel in Melbourne with 65 other refugees. If you think lockdown is bad, think of being locked up for 6 1/2 years on Manus Island and then here when there was no crime, and no sign of release due to the Australian Government’s inhumane policies. Moz displays incredible endurance to his, and his comrades’ desperate situation by responding with love for the people who are speaking out and coming to their aid.
We put together his song with his phone in the Mantra and some studio tinkering and mixing by me. The guitar was given to him by Jimmy and Jane Barnes and Moz plays it and sings on the record. Maryanne Slavich did backing vocals, Robert Hambling the film clip and Steve Smart at #studios301 mastering.
Please share this. It has to end now.