Feel the fire

Spring is almost here and not a moment too soon. The wattle is well and truly out and it was interesting to read more about their aesthetic appeal extending beyond their flowers. While we may be locked down into September, Olivia’s Walk for Wellness celebrating Dame Olivia Newton-John’s 73rd birthday is being held on Sunday 26 September. It’s hard to believe now that I did this walk with my ex-La Trobe colleagues in the Alexandra Gardens two years ago – it does feel like a dream in many ways.

Speaking of wellness, I took a day’s leave last week to re-group and feel much better for it, and I know a number of workplaces have given staff a Wellbeing day off work. I also had a full medical check up and it’s important to keep up these appointments given many people delayed last year with negative consequences. I’ve needed some time to recalibrate and focus on getting through the next couple of months – to keep on keeping on like all of us are being asked to do.

With lockdown being extended today (no surprises there given the number of cases here in Melbourne) – I am hopeful that the last three months of this year may look different from now and I’m focussing on the daily vaccination numbers and the fact that 12 – 15 year olds can soon get the jab. I do feel for Mr Rosanna who has waited a lifetime to see the Melbourne Football Club win a premiership, which may happen this year but ironically may not be played at the MCG here in Melbourne.

I’ve actually started Christmas shopping given sales are on and retailers have warned there will be product shortages with shipping delays due to the pandemic if you wait until the end of the year. I think once Grand Final comes around in late September and definitely by Melbourne Cup in November, we will be in the home straight until Christmas and the end of 2021 – which was always going to be the sequel to 2020 (and you can let me know if it was better or worse than the original!).

If you’re looking for some inspiration, you can view Australian photographer Bill Henson’s online exhibition at Tolarno Galleries. And I enjoyed having a look at the Houses Awards 2021 winners especially the House in a Heritage Context winner SRG House by Fox Johnston – a 1970s heritage-listed Roy Grounds modernist house – wow!

Ugo cafe at Cannoleria HQ in Heidelberg West

Interesting too to reading about the Brunetti cafe chain being split into two businesses Brunetti Classico and Brunetti Oro by owner brothers Fabio and Yuri Angele with the former including the traditional Carlton and airport cafes and the latter including the Flinders Lane and Singapore outposts with a focus on the new. And while we’re on the topic of food and with Father’s Day next Sunday – it’s good to know some northside businesses are offering home delivery including the Public Wine Shop, Va Penne and Cannoleria by That’s Amore because which Dad wouldn’t enjoy half a dozen fresh filled cannoli?

And finally today’s post title comes courtesy of NZ rockers Shihad (and a special kia ora to my NZ colleagues) and their most recent release Feel the fire – their lockdown anthem with a surprise ending if you watch the whole music video – it might give you some hope that this too shall pass.

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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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