Written 12 May, 2020
No new cases in NSW. In Brazil, 10, 600 deaths and when it was reported to the President, he said, “So what?” And he’s a leader.
We have no hot water. I test the gas to see if the bottle’s empty, and the gas leaps on, and I switch it off a second later. I should’ve tested it for longer. GG spends the morning checking the electrics of the hot water machine, which we bought 10 years ago and still celebrate for before it arrived, the bendiest one, me, had to creep under the house to with a candle to persuade a reluctant pilot flame to light, always, it seemed, in the dead of night,though that can’t have been true. I must’ve lit it sometimes in daylight.
Only two hours later, do we realise that the hot water system is fine, it was only an empty gas bottle. I cry at the precariousness of things and fall asleep on the sofa.
I walk along the track in the opposite direction to usual, and stop to chat to A,8 houses away, the only grand house here. We talk for an hour about our bay. We’re both in love with it. I run home in the dusk to fry fish (we didn’t catch it), make a garden salad and steam rice. It’s so much easier, now we don’t have to live off the land. Four fish in 6 weeks, and one of them poisonous. And the seedlings still babies, refusing to grow up.
Meanwhile, the video uploads…slowly….slowly. After 26 hours, it’s 46%.