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What does it look like this new world post covid-19 Lockdown, our new normal?

What lessons did we learn about where we live during the covid-19 Lock down? Is our new normal post covid-19 any different than our old normal?

Personally, I learned to fall back in love with my home and with Olinda. The lack of tourists and cyclists showcase the beauty of my small dirt road surrounded by greenery and blooming ‘spring flowers’.

I appreciate that my 5 km radius includes National Park, prime local shops such as Pellegrino’s, Organic Fanatic, the Mt Dandenong IGA, post office, Mt D Hotel and multiple cafes and restaurants providing take away.

Sassafras and Olinda are wonderfully quiet. All the time. The curfew means the suburban, weekend warriors with their souped up cars stay at their home not screaming up and down our major roads. The silence is delightful. 

Will the tourists  come back? Yes, of course they will. The Dandenong Ranges Botanical Park will again be inundated with cars, buses and people. Our restaurants will re fill and the weekend traffic will be back. Without question this is desperately needed by our shops and cafes particularly in Olinda and Sassafras. 

Why do I love living in Olinda

It’s the working week that makes the mountain and the Yarra Valley townships so blessed as a place to live. When the tourists and city folk are here but in low numbers and locals are plentiful. When the locals stop and chat (it always surprises me how interconnected locals are), when we go to our favourite cafe for a coffee and catch up. Heaven.

Our children attend small local kinders and primary schools before venturing slightly further afield to High School, gathering new friends and social lives. They know each other, they connect and interconnect. They meet someone from a different local primary school (and there are lots to choose from) at Tiny Tots, the Hart school of Dance program for pre and early primary students and meet again at basketball, netball or football, so interwoven if you don’t know someone or know someone that knows them it is genuinely a surprise.

The air is fresh, it’s cold in Winter and slightly less hot in Summer than in the burbs or Melbourne.

Our houses are  ALL different.

The streets are often dirt and narrow. We don’t have a lot of street lights.

We have local community groups that can raise up and keep a local hall, a swimming pool or lose a battle over the same. We are passionate about our space and very protective of it.

Working from home

Working from home is my norm. I choose to live here and travel to appointments around and about Melbourne. I add an extra 30 minutes onto my journey knowing that the first 15 minutes will be spent without traffic and traffic lights. Totally worth it to come home to fresh mountain air, peace and quiet.

It’s not all fun and games. It is real life after all. Sometimes our power goes out and the nbn doesn’t work because water has affected the pit out the front. We don’t have heaps of night life, although I hear that The Pig and Whistle, Kellys and the Mt Dandenong Hotel see some action. If you want more then Belgrave is not too far away.

We have loads of restaurants and places to eat or just drink coffee (or wine).

Pretty much it’s hard to find too many negatives that don’t happen off the mountain as well.

Post Covid-19 – new normal

Post covid? There probably won’t be quite as much travel in my day as we are now accustomed to online meetings.  However, I still prefer face to face (like real face to face not on a screen) even if we will be wearing masks. 

My new normal. I will be back looking at houses in the flesh rather than on video, and checking out the adjoining properties and the neighbourhood rather than google street view and satellite. I will be filling my petrol tank weekly rather than monthly. I will be dining in a restaurant and not my armchair at home. Breakfast meetings, lunch meetings and after office hour meetings, wine or coffee that I didn’t pour myself. These are a few of my favourite things.

I will still be a fan of where I live, a whole new appreciation of this stunning place, my mountain home. 

Your life post covid? I hope you are still loving your home as much as I love mine. If not, call me and we can discuss your possibilities together. 

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