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Helen BS: NSW, Oz - lockdown ends 11 Oct 2021 (39) RE: BS: NSW, Oz - lockdown ends 11 Oct 2021 10 Oct 21

Thanks for the links, Sandra. The article "October 11th isn't 'Freedom Day'..." says most of what we are probably all feeling.

In September here in Newcastle - I'm not sure if it was the same in Sydney - we could gather outdoors in a group of 5 fully vaccinated people with restrictions on areas we were allowed to travel within, so our music session started up again. It has been my job to organise the gatherings by email to make sure that we worked within the guidelines, and that everyone in our session group had a chance to come to at least one session - except for one of our members who lives in a neighbouring local government area (LGA) but too far away from the border with Newcastle LGA. Complicated. We compensated for the restrictions by holding a session every week instead of just twice a month.

Suddenly my sense of mental balance started coming back into a normal range. Playing music with my friends has been a mainstay of my life for most of the last 40 years. Life without that was unimaginable, and I never even contemplated that there would be a reason not to be able to do it as and when we chose.

Today is the first day that we will be gathering with no limits on numbers or distances travelled as long as we are all fully vaccinated. I'm fairly sure the rain will clear - mostly - by lunchtime but I don't think rain will stop us. As I said a couple of years ago at the wedding of one of our music friends, if it rains on your wedding day during a severe drought it is a blessing not a curse so I think that that applies to gatherings of friends as well on Freedom Day.

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