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Home and Friends 2022

The world is hoping for a less challenging new year. Increasing COVID cases, particularly Omicron, across Australia are causing much concern. State borders are open and both family reunions and summer holidays have meant more movement of people with less safety precautions. Most Australians are double vaccinated. The third booster vaccination is being rolled out rapidly. January ... a very hot summer; temperatures over 30 deg for days on end, with intermittent heavy rain storms, keeping gardens and countryside green and lush. February ... COVID cases begin to flatten but still many hospitalised, a cautious move to allow people to use a home Rapid Antigen Test and report findings leaves some doubt that contact tracing will be as effective. Schools return for the new year, masks mandatory for all indoor public places, increased booster roll out for younger children, unrelenting heat of temperatures over 30 deg, all state borders open and many reunions of families and loved ones. We take a 2 night country escape from crowds and heat to Healesville, Yarra valley, east of the city, and a day trip to Geelong, 1 hr from Melbourne. March ... summer heat & humidity continues; devastating floods in coastal Queensland & NSW with reports in media of destruction, loss & suffering; the world is horrified as Russia threatens and invades Ukraine. April ... still very warm weather, restrictions for COVID easing and Victoria, and the rest of Australia almost back to normal. Easter and school holidays, churches resume open services, chaos for travellers at Melbourne Airport due to staff shortages and efforts to get back to normal. May ... we sail again on The Spirit of Tasmania taking our own car for almost 2 weeks of sightseeing. One of our favourite places. Autumn colours there and at home in Victoria. June ... Winter, a short getaway to Bendigo (separate Gallery)north of Melbourne, to see the Elvis:Direct from Graceland exhibition a the Art Gallery, walks around our own parks. August ... a day in the country north of Melbourne, to The Garden of St Erth.

Wall Art, Bayside Melbourne
Wall Art, Bayside Melbourne
Melbourne's River Yarra
Melbourne's River Yarra
Melbourne's River Yarra
Melbourne's River Yarra
Melbourne's River Yarra
Melbourne's River Yarra
Jam making
Jam making
Plum Jam
Plum Jam
Two Australian Champions
Two Australian Champions
Wall Art, Melbourne, Dylan Alcott
Wall Art, Melbourne, Dylan Alcott
Wall Art, Melbourne, Ashleigh Barty
Wall Art, Melbourne, Ashleigh Barty
Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day
Day trip to Geelong, regional Victoria
Day trip to Geelong, regional Victoria
Day trip, Geelong view
Day trip, Geelong view
Day trip, Geelong Bollards
Day trip, Geelong Bollards
Day trip, Geelong Bollards
Day trip, Geelong Bollards
Day trip, Geelong Bollards
Day trip, Geelong Bollards
Day trip, Geelong Bollards
Day trip, Geelong Bollards
Day trip, Geelong Bollards
Day trip, Geelong Bollards
Day trip, Geelong, Victoria, Australia  {PG}
Day trip, Geelong, Victoria, Australia {PG}
Geelong Art Gallery
Geelong Art Gallery
Geelong Art Gallery - Archie 100
Geelong Art Gallery - Archie 100
Geelong Art Gallery - Archie 100
Geelong Art Gallery - Archie 100
Geelong Art Gallery - Archie 100
Geelong Art Gallery - Archie 100
Geelong Art Gallery - Archie 100
Geelong Art Gallery - Archie 100
Wattle Park, Melbourne
Wattle Park, Melbourne
Wattle Park, Melbourne
Wattle Park, Melbourne
Wattle Park, Melbourne
Wattle Park, Melbourne
Wattle Park, Melbourne
Wattle Park, Melbourne
Wattle Park, Melbourne
Wattle Park, Melbourne
Music at the Prahran Produce Market,
Music at the Prahran Produce Market,
Music at the Prahran Produce Market,
Music at the Prahran Produce Market,
Prahran Produce Market
Prahran Produce Market
Music at the Prahran Produce Market,
Music at the Prahran Produce Market,
Music at the Prahran Produce Market,
Music at the Prahran Produce Market,
Prahran Produce Market - wall art
Prahran Produce Market - wall art
Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach
Happy Easter
Happy Easter
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Country Farmers Market
Country Farmers Market
Country Farmers Market, stalls among the gum trees
Country Farmers Market, stalls among the gum trees
Country Farmers Market, fresh farm produce
Country Farmers Market, fresh farm produce
Country Farmers Market
Country Farmers Market
Country Farmers Market, local wines
Country Farmers Market, local wines
Country Farmers Market, novel way of displaying local boutique gins
Country Farmers Market, novel way of displaying local boutique gins
Mothers  Day
Mothers Day
Mothers Day flowers.
Mothers Day flowers.
The Australian Ballet
The Australian Ballet
The Australian Ballet
The Australian Ballet
Birthday
Birthday
Birthday
Birthday
Willow, dressed for winter walks.
Willow, dressed for winter walks.
Lemon Marmalade
Lemon Marmalade
Winter sun in the backyard.
Winter sun in the backyard.
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
Garden of St Erth, Blackwood Victoria
Garden of St Erth, Blackwood Victoria
Garden of St Erth, Blackwood Victoria
Garden of St Erth, Blackwood Victoria
Garden of St Erth, Blackwood Victoria
Garden of St Erth, Blackwood Victoria
Arts Centre Precinct, Melbourne
Arts Centre Precinct, Melbourne
Arts Centre Precinct, Melbourne
Arts Centre Precinct, Melbourne
Arts Centre Precinct, Melbourne
Arts Centre Precinct, Melbourne
Arts Centre Precinct, Melbourne
Arts Centre Precinct, Melbourne