Scream inside your heart

While it’s hard to see the silver linings at the moment, this directive to Japanese rollercoaster riders made me laugh out loud this week. I think we all feel like screaming inside our hearts – it’s been frustrating to say the least being in lockdown 2.0 and Melbourne weather isn’t helping! We’re all riding the coronacoaster of highs and lows and we are going to have to be more like the Three Musketeers – all for one and one for all.

Face masks by Paper Wings

I’d noticed more people out in public wearing face masks and face shields when I took my dog to Petbarn for a bath on Friday but now that it’s been mandated from this Wednesday – there has been a scramble to buy some. You can get disposable surgical masks from Chemist Warehouse and other places but from an environmental perspective, it’s much better if you can make your own, use an existing bandana or scarf or buy re-usable masks even if they’re not medical grade. Something is better than nothing.

By Kinsmen face masks

For an online round up – Clear Collective is selling masks without valves and this was in response to our first bushfire crisis when smoke pollution was in the air. If you’re after something more fancy Banded Together and Papinelle are selling silk face masks while for something more basic, you can try Gorman or Bonds.

For fashion with a conscience, you can also buy masks from Social Studio, Second Stitch, Sister Works and Ford Millinery – all are social enterprises or donating a portion of their sales to charity. I had liked the By Kinsmen plain face masks in black or natural but given they’ve been sold out every time I’ve gone to order, in the end I asked my cousin Beck from Fabric Drawer to make some up (which she did and then promptly sold out online but there are more to come) and have managed to order some from Paper Wings. I also love the beautiful ones made by Australian designer Megan Park.

Workplaces are now the main culprits with the genie out of the bottle in terms of community transmission and spread. I am glad that casual workers are being offered financial support to not go to work while sick, especially for those who are struggling to put food on the table and have enough money to pay bills. Victorian businesses will need more support than the average Australian business so it will be interesting to see what is decided by the Federal Government this coming week.

It’s important to hang on to hope in these strangest of times. Keep going my friends, keep going.


Author: missrosannablog

I'm a marketer, writer, blogger and creative type interested in all things arts and culture in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ranging from inner city to outer suburbia and beyond.

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