Having finally come out of over 3 months lock-down here in Sydney, my wife and I decided to celebrate with a breakfast at our local National Park cafe, which we had missed for so long. Sadly, it was raining, as it had been several days now, but we sat outside under cover in the cool breeze enjoying the moment and the peaceful view of the trees and river. We were the only ones there this early and the staff all wore masks and kept their distance according to the rule. It was just lovely to be there again. Photos courtesy of my wife’s phone, click to enlarge.

The Cockies and Miners had already been around inspecting to see if any left over food morsels remained on the outdoor tables, which staff are constantly driving away. But they were far too early. So we were not able to do our usual walk after breakie and drove home again immediately afterward driving through 10 sets of green traffic lights, a first and simply amazing !

Since then my wife and I have been plunged back into isolation not long after our first freedom outing. Thankfully, the weather remained wet, cold and windy for several more days, and we have not yet been able to go out again as we continue in isolation, so I have no new findings to report. Hopefully we will get a much needed break next month, providing our freedom rules do not change again. Only the Lord knows what next week will bring. However, one thing that I have been learning more from this is:

“So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” – 1 Timothy 6:8 (NLT)

“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.” – 1 Timothy 6:6

 I can do all this through Him [Christ] who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13


Borrowed from Charlie Brown comic

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  1. Hello Ash,
    I am finally starting to catch up on your beautiful articles, and while this is a few weeks late, I am so happy the lockdown was lifted and you were able to go outside and breathe some fresh air on this day.

    The National Park Cafe seems like a lovely place to enjoy a warm drink and enjoy some time with our avian friends. I am glad the Cockie decided to join you and provide you with some wonderful views. I love the expression on his face!

    We pray you are enjoying your holiday, and wish you continued safe travels.

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    • Thanks Takami, and sorry I did not reply earlier, as we were away and have now returned from our holiday. My phone does not do WordPress well. We do enjoy dining at the cafe and watching the birds fly in for a free feed, though staff are always trying to chase them off, sometimes with water pastels. Thanks for your kind wishes, we did enjoy our time away, especially having time with friends and family, and finally hugging my grandchildren after 2 years. Boy they have grown and are beautiful kind, intelligent children. I will be posting more photos eventually when I get organized, as I have been busy since I have been back.

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  2. I think one of life’s great pleasures is to sit under a canopy in the rain and enjoy a pot of tea and scone or perhaps a coffee.
    It gives the body and the mind a chance to take an unscheduled pit stop but still lets us enjoy the wonderful blessing that a good decent soaking can bring to the bush.
    Glad to hear you were able to make it out.

    We are right on the cusp of being able to travel locally again, and many restrictions come off. However now that the price of fuel has gone through the roof, not sure we’ll be putting in big kilometres anytime soon.

    There is something almost primordial about the smell of the bush after rain. A treat that many don’t grasp.

    Hope things improve for you in the area soon, and you are back out making the most of the bush and the birds

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  3. The view from your table was wonderful and beautiful. I hope the rain stops soon and you’re able to get out birding soon.

    Thankfully, the usual suspects came along to entertain you a little through breakfast. They’re beautiful! I can’t imagine seeing them in the wild! That would be amazing!!

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    • Thanks Deborah, it was enjoyable to be the only guests at the cafe and enjoy the peaceful serenity. Thankfully the weather has fined up and we were able to en a walk back in our favorite park there, after 4 months. The Cockies are always a laugh with their silly antics and raucous noisy showing off to one another. It is funny seeing this little face suddenly peering from over the roof at you. We took an extra long walk to make up for it and it was quite medicinal to hear the Spring birds with their nesting calls, especially the Whistlers.:-)

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