• Amanda Radovic

Day 25 Living the Lockdown Life - 17th April, 2020

Today I did a product food shoot for The Gut Tribe Kitchen and Fretzy Cookie. It was a big 5 hour shoot but it was bloody awesome. Emily came and styled it with me, which was fabulous because she is building their website and knows exactly what she wants. We had a great thing going, Maz and Audrey cooking, Emily running the food and styling with me, me shooting. End result is awesome and I can't wait to see the images up on the websites. I brought my lighting as although they have a great space out the back with diffused light, the sun was in and out all day so having lights made sure it was completely consistent. Edited and done in about 45 mins (I love that about studio lights lol). Today the roads were really busy, really busy. I left Fretzy Cookie and 4.20pm and it was like early peak hour coming home. Not good really under the circumstances.


I love this, it was actually written 4 days ago, but it's a good description of what's going on right now.


Just so I never forget... Easter Monday 13th April 2020 Scott Morrison is the Prime Minister. Daniel Andrews is the Premier of Victoria. Australia has closed its borders to the world. W.A., S.A., N T. and QLD have closed their borders to the rest of Australia. For almost three weeks, pubs, cinemas, restaurants, indoor sports have been closed. Concerts, festivals, sports, weddings have been cancelled. Churches are closed. Only 10 people can attend funerals. Petrol price is less than $1 per litre. Panic buying means there’s no toilet paper, disinfecting supplies or hand sanitiser on the shelves. Pasta, rice, flour, eggs, mince, canned tomatoes have been in limited supply. Supermarkets have restricted some products to one or two per shopper. Tape on the floors at shops to help distance shoppers (1.5m) from each other. Limited number of people inside shops, therefore lineups outside the doors. Non-essential shops and businesses starting to close. Office workers are working from home. Schools closed and children are to be schooled at home called remote learning. Easter holidays must be spent at home. All non-essential travel banned. Fines are established for breaking the rules. Police patrolling the streets and beaches. Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers. Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill. Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitiser and PPE. Arenas open up for the overflow of Covid-19 patients. Children's playgrounds are closed. We are to distance from each other. Press conferences daily from the government. The government throws money at businesses to try to keep the economy from imploding. Grants and loans. Some governments to pay 80% of employees wages where businesses cannot continue to do so. Daily updates on new cases and deaths. Barely anyone on the roads. People wearing masks and gloves outside. Essential key workers are terrified to go to work. Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families. There are only 4 reasons you can leave your house, essential supplies, work or education, exercise for self and pets (only walking, running or bike riding allowed), caring responsibilities. Only two people from different residential houses can be together at one time and must be 1.5 metres apart. There is no visiting friends or family. Birthdays and celebrations are via virtual connection, snap chat, zoom, instagram, house party. Holidays, eisteddfods and family celebrations have all been cancelled. People are dying. Anyone can carry the virus and have no symptoms. We are staying home to save our communities and loved ones. This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, declared March 11th, 2020. In Victoria a State of Emergency was declared a few weeks ago and was due to expire on 13th April. This morning the Premier has announced the State of Emergency will be extended until at least midnight on 11 May, 2020. Why, you ask, did I write this status? One day in the future, we will read this blog entry, and it'll be a reminder that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted. We have so much! Be thankful. Be grateful. Be kind to each other - love one another - support everyone. Anyhow, that's it for today. Over and out.





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