Yes, I said I wan't going to mention it again, but things change.
The Viking Orion has been sitting out in the bay since Tuesday after discharging passengers who if were from overseas, were taken straight the airport and exported to wherever they came from. I have sympathy for the crew who are stuck in the bay for days on hold. I expect it will be the best maintained ship in the world. A very big hi to the crew of Viking Orion.
The ship cruise we took this time last year and we were near Christchurch in New Zealand when the mosque massacre happened has returned from NZ this year. It took passengers a whole day to leave the ship as checks were made. Melbourne is its home port and while it was supposed to depart tonight, it is still moored at Station Pier. An unscheduled ship was berthed at Station Pier, bound for Fremantle in Western Australia. It did leave.
Australia and New Zealand have now closed their borders to anyone else but Australian citizens. Where we holidayed in Tasmania has closed its borders to all but essential travellers. Our state government is reopening closed hospitals, which makes me think this will get worse before it gets better.
Today, Thursday was Mother Day and we met a real estate agent at my mother's house. As agents do, she had the gift of the gab, nevertheless Mother has now signed with her to sell the family home. The agent is ahead of many with virtual reality and drone footage, rather than risking contracting the virus by visiting someone's home for inspection. The company does meticulous wipe downs of anything a house inspector might touch. Interesting to me, a private auction can be held within a secure portal if two people are keen. She talked us to exhaustion. Finally Mother went outside to smoke and the agent took her leave.
Hippie Niece must leave hospital tomorrow, Friday.She loves being in hospital with everything done for her, she is fed and she has lots of social interaction. Ex Sis in Law asked if we could stay for a week at their place and look after the twins and Hippie Niece while they take a five day break from the twins. R was non committal but it didn't take me long to work things out. We have given money to Ex Sis in Law and her husband. His mother has now died and he has some money. We waived what we gave them. The latest was just $200 just before settlement of his mother's house. There has been no offer to repay that small amount of money.
I don't do children until they can coherently speak. R is 71 years old and becomes exhausted just by daily life. We have selfish lives. We like our own things around us. It is not going to happen. But I will have call Ex Sis in Law and take pressure off R.