This photo was my first thought when I saw the theme of afloat for #SundayStills this week – a boat bobbing around on blue water.
But then I got to thinking – the word afloat has several different meanings:
- not sinking – as in floating or treading water
- business/financial – having enough money to get by and continue operating
At the moment here in Australia, and my little town in particular, many of us are still in lockdown of some sort, due to the global pandemic.
I live in Tumbarumba, a small rural town in regional NSW Australia and thankfully we have no cases or exposure sites in our area, but we are still included in a whole state lockdown due to the rapid spread of Covid throughout the state.
The main street, called The Parade, yes we really only have one street of shops, is usually a bustling busy place with lots of chatting and catching up going on, but not at the moment. Everyone has their masks on and they are in and out of the shops very quickly, after completing the QR code sign in of course.
We can only leave home for a number of essential reasons and not mix with others. I completely understand the stay at home orders and am compliant. I am also fully vaccinated now as is most of my family. This isn’t our first lockdown and we have been lucky in many ways to live where we live. We have lots of open spaces around us and fresh country air to breathe.
I know other places have been through far worse and for much longer, so please don’t think I’m complaining or whinging! This is a way for me to document what’s happening now, in my little town, and share my thoughts, so I can look back on them in years to come.
Local businesses staying afloat
All local shops are closed apart from those given ‘essential’ status.
I feel for the local businesses in town that aren’t designated ‘essential’. But to their credit they are doing the best they can to be innovative and stay afloat.
We are trying to support as many of these businesses as we can by sharing our $ around. We have enjoyed takeaway meals, hot chocolates and treats from a variety of local shops.
The local bakery offer cold pies, sausage rolls for heating up later at home; family pies and delicious cakes and bread daily. They are deemed to be essential so are doing OK with the locals and tradies in town.
The pubs can’t have patrons onsite, so they have gone to offering takeaway meals with either delivery or pickup available.
Cafes have also made a change to offering pre-prepared meals for takeaway with great results, and coffees/hot chocolates are all available for takeaway.
The local artist cooperative have had to close their doors but have a window display of craft items and offer a phone ordering system for any stock they have on hand.
Most shops have moved to a click and collect system but some have simply shut their doors until the lockdown is over. That date is a moveable feast and has already been extended several times.
The local library is shut but publicise on their facebook page how members can access ebooks at their fingertips, all for free.
Florists and Gift shops which usually rely on tourists for much of their business, have gone online providing hampers, complete with free delivery.
And everyone is grateful!
Staying afloat with a Pink Flamingo
In my opinion this is a much better way of staying afloat and brings back happy memories of holidaying with my family.
How are you staying afloat these days?
What’s going on in your neck of the woods, are you in lockdown too? I wish everyone well as it really isn’t an easy time for many.
These are just my random thoughts for this week’s #SundayStills, thanks for stopping by!
Terri is having a break from #SundayStills this week, and Natalie has kindly taken over hosting duties. Make sure you visit Natalie to see her post and her wonderful photos. It’s always interesting to see what others are posting for the prompts too.
Next week Sunday Stills is Colourful Murals, again hosted by Natalie the Explorer while Terri is away.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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