What are you reading?
Mawson by Peter Fitzsimons. I wanted a bit of adventure inspiration. Just finished The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton. I love anything Tim Winton writes and this was a page turner!
What are you watching?
Sadly I was one of those people who binged Tiger King (don't judge me), but also loving the new series of Mystery Road on ABC
What music are you listening to?
None really. I am more of a podcast fan - Regular podcasts on my playlist are ABC Conversations, Osher Gunsberg's Podcast and TED Radio Hour. Lots of great guests at the moment.
What are you cooking?
I have cooked bread from scratch (and the fact that it took three weeks to track down yeast suggests everyone else is too). Also had a go at some red lentil dahl and banana bread.
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- Your COVID-19 lockdown: what are you getting up to? Q & A with Lyn McKenzie
How are you staying fit, both physically and mentally?
Each day I go for at least a 30 minute walk around the estate I live in. We have a little wetlands track in the area so that gets me out and about for some fresh air when I take a lunch break. Also doing quite a bit of gardening.
What's the one thing keeping you sane?
Being safe in our home keeps me sane. I have always considered home to be my sanctuary so I find just staying put very calming at the moment.
What do you miss doing most?
I have 3 great friends who I regularly catch up with for coffee, lunch, whatever. I miss our weekend sessions and our 'Sunday in Nature' walks.
What is the first thing you hope to do when restrictions are eased?
See my friends for a coffee, go for a Sunday drive, get out my fishing rod and head for the nearest lake.
Are you working?
I work from home two days a week ordinarily so it's not too different. My home is in Ballarat and my office is in The Grampians so I certainly miss those big National Park vistas, but I have saved myself about 9 hours driving a week so that's something to be grateful for.
What's your advice for others to cope with the crisis?
Relax, enjoy the time with your family, or by yourself, while you can because things will return to normal soon enough and all of this will be behind us.
- Serena Eldridge is business manager for Grampians Tourism
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