World, interrupted

It definitely feels like that right now, and indeed this whole year. It’s been hard not to feel a bit disheartened and dispirited in Melbourne this week given the daily numbers. All I can say is that next weekend we’re into the last month of Winter and the countdown to Spring when we will (hopefully) be out of lockdown. It has felt quite dystopian seeing pictures of an eerily quiet CBD and people wearing masks in my neighbouring streets and Rosanna parklands.

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I’ve been lucky to have resourceful extended family members make masks for our family to wear this week. If you are wanting something a bit more stylish, Flat Iron in Kew is making masks to order in three different colourways and selling three for $60 or one for $24. While it felt a bit weird wearing a mask outside the first time, I think it will start to be the new normal in time just like it has been with Zoom meetings and work. While I’ve  tried to wear a mask while running, I have found it too hard to breathe but have kept one on my wrist to wear once I stop to warm down and taken alternative paths to walkers.

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I’ve been ordering my groceries online through Biviano and Sons if you’re wanting to avoid going to the supermarket and I have also seen ads for Lower Plenty Fresh. Conga Foods is moving from Bell Streeet to a new location mid-September at 60 Dougharty Road in Heidelberg West and renaming itself as the Fine Food Depot. My friends at Banyule Council are looking at innovative ways to help small business with their ‘Rediscover Local’ campaign launching next month. If you own a business in Banyule and want more exposure to customers, it’s free for you to participate. Just fill out the form from the link in their bio.

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Open House Melbourne 2020 launched earlier this month if you’re wanting an explore some of the best architecture our city has to offer online. La Trobe University is holding its virtual Open Day next Sunday 2 August and enrolments for both undergraduate and post-graduate courses have exceeded target so there are many people looking to up-skill and ride out the pandemic in a meaningful way. MOMA in New York is also offering free online creative courses and I read with interest this article on the 5 types of creativity and Everyday Creative book written by Mykel Dixon. You may recognise yourself in one of the the types whether you think you’re creative or not given creativity manifests itself in many different ways. It is something I hope to instil in my children who are already showing great creative promise in terms of their musicality and art.

Finally, how lovely was it to see wedding photos of Princess Beatrice wearing her grandmother’s vintage Norman Hartnell dress and tiara and re-wearing her Valentino shoes underneath the rose-covered archway with her new husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Whether you are a royalist or not, it was beautiful and inspiring at a time when we need to see more beauty and wonder in the world.

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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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