It seemed appropriate for me this week to take a look back on the last 12 months and see how things have changed around here.
What a year it has been
Of course, we can’t start this without looking at the pandemic and how it has affected everyone. We have all been challenged by it in some way. Here in Melbourne, it feels like we have spent the last 10 or so months with lots of lockdowns and restrictions.
Thankfully, the last hard lockdown did what it was meant to do and I think Victoria has now gone 24 days with zero new cases and zero deaths. Every Victorian deserves a pat on the back really. We are looking at having a fairly normal Christmas. Well, I say that, but perhaps more a Covid normal one. We will see.
We also had the really bad bushfires or wildfires here last summer. They are telling us to expect a wet summer, so hopefully, that means there will be less chance of a repeat of those fires.
Around my house
This is probably where most of the changes have really happened for me. Around 12 months ago I made the decision to give up the photography business. I have not regretted that decision. In many ways, the timing was perfect for that too.
With Covid, I would not have been able to run any workshops or teach anyone anyway. It worked out for the best.
Of course, that has also meant that I haven’t really been able to get out to take photos either. Or I haven’t wanted to. It was a decision I made that I would try and stay home as much as possible and I have. For the last 6 or so months, the only reasons I’ve gone out have been to do grocery shopping pretty much.
Now that many of the restrictions have lifted, I might actually have to venture out to take some photos. I am kind of missing it.
Being a housewife
This is something that I have absolutely enjoyed. The house is looking so much better, as is the garden. I love being home and for the first time in many years, I can say I really love my house. We have cleaned out 25 years of crap from most of it. There are still a few places to do, but most of it has been tackled. I am so happy about that.
My kitchen is now a place I love to hang out in. Whereas before I used to hate it. I was always cleaning up after others, now, it is just me.
It has been set up to the way I like and so far it is working really well. Perhaps one change has been that I am not baking as much as I was. My husband complained he was putting on too much weight.
I do still bake all our bread. We haven’t purchased bread since about April. That is something I am really proud of. Now with restrictions being lifted, I can start trying baking more because I can give it away. Perhaps it is time to try croissants again.
The garden has been a massive surprise to me. If I think about it I can’t even really say when I made the decision to start growing vegetables. Previously I had been so adamant that I wouldn’t do it.
Last summer I grew some tomatoes and herbs, and so this summer I was going to do similar. Now there is a full veggie garden in the front and back of our house. I am a little surprised at that, but also so proud to see what I have achieved. We are slowly being able to eat things from it, but I can’t wait until most of the veggies we are eating come from it.
Working from home
Dave, my husband, has been working from home since March and it has been really good. I never thought I would like him being home all the time, however, I have actually enjoyed it and not sure I am looking forward to him going back.
Thankfully it won’t be for some time and many businesses, his included, have found that their workers are more productive. His workplace has told him that many of them can continue working from home after the pandemic, but they will still need to go into the office about two days a week. I think he can handle that.
One of the biggest things about him working from here is that we are saving so much money. Around $125 a week as he isn’t paying for public transport, buying his lunch each day or his daily coffee. I make the coffee and lunch now. Bonus.
So if we take a look back on the last 12 months
I’m not complaining. It has to be said I have felt happier within myself. My mental health has been really good. I think that is because a lot of the pressure I had put on myself to earn money is gone now.
Life is good now.
What you can expect
There is no way I am giving up photography. Though having said that, I do want to explore drawing and painting again. I feel there is leeway to try other things again.
So if you do like my photography that isn’t going to disappear and I will be getting out there again to do more. My husband is using my desk and monitor now, that has made it hard to do anything. We are getting another desk for another monitor, so I can set myself up there to do some.
If I’m being honest, there won’t be as much as there was before. I love being home too much now.
That’s a wrap on me as I take a look at the last 12 months. I hope you didn’t mind me taking a look back on it. It has been fun in some ways. Well, it has been good in my house, not so much outside it.
This blog has changed a lot too. I really enjoy sharing more of my life with you too. It is my hope that you have enjoyed that too and want to see more.