Land ahoy, or the end of Lockdown.

The figures are dazzling


The figures on new infections,  number of deaths, those in hospital and those in Intensive Care  Units with a finale of those under ventilators followed by a dazzling display of high tech visuals giving stretched-out a moving image of green lines across a blackboard backdrop of both single and double vaccinations are given in daily front line news. There is no escape and we are locked-downed into this while wearing masks and staying the distance between humans that still move on legs.  

There was a moment whereby the news would shift away from all those numbers and graphs when the Taliban (Afghan people) took control of Taliban Country ( Afghanistan). Alas it did not take long for the news to revert again to the previous diet of pandemics presented by sweaty newsreaders and beady eyed politicians. Not a sliver of positivity was allowed to enter the news and even the Paralympics did not really cut through the thickness of Covid and stretched out patients with blaring ambulance’s sirens. Still, the Afghanistan and Paralympic diversion was nice while it lasted

In the meantime the parks are full of people walking their dogs and children. The proliferation of tricycles and mopeds a noticeable addition to the usual tangle of dog leads and poop filled garbage containers which the councils had the foresight to enhance the public parks with. Our way of dealing with dog droppings would have to be the best in the world as well as our civic obedience in accepting lockdowns week in-week out, months in – months out. A remarkable example of the normally anti-authoritarian Aussi. Almost overnight dogshit has left our footpaths and public areas and no one bats an eyelid watching the melancholic task of a dog owner carefully wetting his fingers and opening the plastic bag, turning it inside out and then stoop down to deftly pick up the shit and reverse the procedure under the curious and watchful eye of the dog, and carry the filled bag to home or the nearest garbage bin. The dog must really be pleased how he managed to train the owner so well

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Anyway, the end of lockdowns will now happen when between 70 and 80 % of people including children above 12 years have been fully vaccinated, which is projected to be around the middle of November. In the meantime my strategy is to continue walking and walking, talking with my friends at the local Bradman Cricket oval. A world famous oval as shown by the busloads of Pakistanis , Indians Afghanis and many other cricket loving tourists that came here by the thousands during the pre Covid era.

I wonder if there will be any sort of  post Lockdown effect or hangover. Will some people need counselling to get used being close to others again, able to converse and use speech and gestures needed to renew social intercourse. Have some of us become addicted to ‘keeping space and away from each other’? We are told that masks will probably stay. Oceans already are awash with plastic and no doubt those blue mouth masks being discarded in our sewage and on the streets will find themselves being entangled in turtles and fish, mammals and wash up on our shores. How long does it take for those masks to disintegrate?

Covid has a lot to answer for but the end is nigh.

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16 Responses to “Land ahoy, or the end of Lockdown.”

  1. leggypeggy Says:

    You remind me that I need to walk the dog.

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  2. catterel Says:

    I think counselling will be – and in some cases already is – necessary for people who have been affected by social distancing. German has the evocative word “menschenscheu” – shy of people – and I see this intensifying by the week.
    Glad you have a dog to walk and hope you are also perfectly trained!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Menschenscheu will be rampant here more than anywhere because of our strict lockdown laws with soldiers backing the police force.

      You can imagine those from ethnic and often war ravaged communities reacting to see soldiers approaching to see if compliance to those strict laws are being adhered to. People are fined severely for being seen outdoors after curfew hours not wearing masks in public without good reasons.

      Help phone lines for those in desperate emotional plight are overrun and has trebled

      Many might well feel emotionally being beaten to a pulp and need their confidence and self awareness build up again.

      Yes, and not everyone has the security and stability that dogs can give either.

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  3. auntyuta Says:

    “The dog must really be pleased how he managed to train the owner so well.”
    I bet! :-

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    • auntyuta Says:

      I think, so far I am not “menschenscheu” at all. It seems, over the last two months I talked to the neighbours more than at any other time since I lived in this complex of ten villas. We have plenty of outside space, to communicate in. We keep ‘social distancing’ and refrain from entering each other’s houses. 🙂

      In the park, just a few steps away, When I go out early, I am in the morning sun very often for quite a while the only person walking along with my rollator. Anyhow, I always have a mask with me (and bot a plastic one!) I like to take frequent rests, just stretching myself a bit or sitting on the seat of my rollator. With nobody around, I might be hugging one of my favorite trees in the park! 🙂

      When another person overtakes me on the footpath, it is good to exchange some greetings, and we might perhaps say something about how we like this great sunny morning. 🙂

      Every so often I do remember to put a disposal bag into the box under my rollator seat. Then, when I come across some plastic in the park, I carefully pick it up with gloves to dispose it in my garbage bin at home. Sadly so far the council has not provided any bins in this particular park area. 😦

      People with dogs like to walk through the park. Here and there, I can even make a bit of a conversation with a dog owner. Dog poo does not seem to be a problem, even though there is no bin anywhere at all. 🙂

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Yes, I am not sure if I will suffer from menschenscheu either. I do have my café friends, even so, the afternoons and evenings can be difficult and I am not much of a TV watcher either.
        Sure, I have my knitting needles and wandering mind lazing about, but the sound of voices or the tinkling of cups, tea spoons and domestic noises are missing.
        Thank goodness for Bentley, my latest dog and best friend. He understands and puts his head on my knees and makes up for a lot.
        I can also seek counsel from my best friend and soft woman in Sydney. That is the worst part really. Not able to see her.

        Who would have thought? It is so North Korean.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, dear Uta. A dog’s best friend is a well-trained owner.

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  4. shoreacres Says:

    I heard on radio today that the Afghan cricket team is heading for some sort of tournament in Australia. Unfortunately, the Taliban has decreed that women no longer can participate in sports; their cricket team won’t even be playing at home, let alone traveling.

    Are you seeing signs of spring yet? I suspect it must be pleasant there now; I’ve seen some photos of New Zealand daffodils. This morning the humidity was down here, and it was relatively pleasant the first couple of hours of the day. I’ll be glad when it stays. Are those white tulips in your top photo? In your neighborhood? They’re so pretty — you know me and my white flowers!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, that is a great pity, even so, I hold hope for Afghanistan. Nothing would have been achieved for the west to stay on there. Perhaps the Afghani women will achieve what the West did and could not.

      Yes, spring is here, and in fact the daffodils are already drooping but now tulip time is forging ahead. You are right, they are white tulips not far from here. Tens of thousands of bulbs were planted in The local Bowral Tulip Park some weeks ago in anticipation of the tulip festival which because of Lockdowns has been canceled.

      Of course the tulips will be defiant and flower in protests and in their profusion. All to the delight of the locals. I am sure that the contemplation of enough tulips by people will help overcome for many the Lockdown induced Menschenscheu.

      The above photo is of that Tulip Park. ( Corbett Gardens)

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  5. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Well there is lockdown and then there is a pandemic. We can either like it or lump it. I choose to like it and hope for better days if and when COVID is contained. I figure it will take a years- perhaps as long as 5 years to be able to go out in public and not fear for ones life.

    Dog excrement picked up is far better than stepping in it. I don’t need to walk my dogs and thank God for that or I’d be without a dog.

    Now I can’t remember if you got another dog after the first one failed.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Ye, I do have another dog. Milo went at 17 years of age. He had a happy life and gave me so much.
      Yes, we all overcame and almost overnight started picking up dog poop on footpaths and now it is ‘normal’ for people, not even blinking an eyelid picking up dog poo as if preparing the evening’s meal.
      At first there were little scoops and receptacles’ but the plastic bag is now favorite.
      My present dog is Bentley. A Tibetan spaniel. Lovely boy.

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      • petspeopleandlife Says:

        Aah yes. I could not recall the name of your new dog. I thought that I had read a post where you had to trade in the first replacement in for another dog but could not recall for sure. Tibetan Spaniels are wonderful little dogs. It is an expensive breed here in the states.

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  6. algernon1 Says:

    Our Kiki is well enough trained to know where the public bins are so that we can deposit the dog eggs in them. Doesn’t mean that we don’t deposit some in our own bins. The elder gets these corn starch bags that will break down naturally in the environment as well.

    With lockdown I’ve noticed far more dogs are getting walked than when we are not in lockdown. Still there are some out there that do no pick up after their dogs after they’ve laid their eggs.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the bins are a good invention. My new dog, Bentley, has the foresight to drop his poo always near one of those bins. He looks rather amused when he sees me bend down pick up his poo.

      Yes, the lockdowns has brought many people out escaping those strict restrictions. I watched an altercation in a bread shop this morning when a customer told another customer to don his mask. The man was in the process of lifting his mask over his nose before entering. People are on edge and so fed-up.

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