June 2020, Nambucca Heads, NSW
Dinner at the RSL
At 6pm we are picked up out front by the RSL courtesy bus (just us) and ferried to the club. Our temperature is checked, our hands are sanitised and we are shown to our well distanced table. Being in a very large building they are allowed 250 patrons and yet it seems much quieter than it has in the past. Or should I say pre Covid. We have the local specialty Black Fish or Luderick in a macadamia crust followed by walnut crepes. I can’t remember the last time I had a dessert but it is delicious. Patrick the bus driver drops us off just as the rain starts falling. It is a novelty to be behaving almost normal again but we are impressed by how well the club is handling ‘the new normal’.
Back home, the army has been called in to help quash the latest Melbourne Covid outbreak.
Our RSL driver had recommended that we try the revamped Macksville Hotel for a meal. We aren’t disappointed, in fact we leave raving. The lunch menu has a Mexican flavour, Schnitz with nachos, Chipotle burger and the not so Mexican pork belly and Asian salad with 3 large pieces topped with crunchy crackling. We sit in a sunny glass in courtyard soaking up the warm sun.
We return to happy hour in a quiet camp kitchen but we are feeling like a bunch of refugees. Especially when the NSW premier announces on the TV “I urge you not to do business with Melburnians.”