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The lockdown leg (sedentary, errantry, on the jetty)

Well, that was a strange 17 days! After our first magical spell on the road, starting to stretch our touring legs and build our fitness, the state of Victoria went into lockdown again. Friends Jo and Tony kindly offered us their sweet shack in St Leonards so we could lay low.

The day before the lockdown was enforced we went in search of a local bikesmith to help us with a rear tyre issue. On the way we came across another simple example of neighbourly generosity.

Unaccustomed to visiting supermarkets we spent far too long wandering through the aisles to see if there was anything we could eat. One thing! Unpackaged organic bananas were cheaper than some of the conventionally grown ones! Our waste free, nutritious lunch cost $8 for the whole fam. We found some nearby shrubbery and buried the skins discreetly. We could have eaten them, as they are higher in antioxidants, fibre and potassium than the fruit, but felt the municipal garden bed needed this food more than us.

It’s been a creative time in the shack with all that is going on in the world. We wrote and published our first blog post of the pilgrimage, recorded one of our busking songs, wrote a new one to rehearse, and a satirical one that we published, which saw us censored by YouTube for a day. This song came out of a cry for help.

The headline in The Australian triggered many emotions, as Patrick states in introducing our latest video, Anthropogenic pandemic โ€“ how to trust ‘the science’. This is part of our explanation for why we made the video, Jab the kids.

In this video we compile a number of sources who speak on the growing evidence for the lab leak theory, including Clive Hamilton’s two articles that made it past the gatekeepers. Why does this matter?

The Australian science ethics professor makes the case that not only did the pandemic originate in a lab, the virus was engineered to be more virulent by scientists to obtain gain of function research with the express purpose of developing vaccines. Seemingly, to be ahead of the game for the next global pandemic.

“A Bayesian analysis concludes beyond a reasonable doubt that SARS-CoV-2 is not a natural zoonosis but instead is laboratory derived.” You can download that analysis here. In this pre-reviewed report, which has been sent to both Lancet and WHO scientists for peer review, it states that the “Wuhan Institute of Virology analysis of lavage specimens from ICU patients at Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital in December 2019 contain both SARS-CoV-2 and adenovirus vaccine sequences consistent with a vaccine challenge trial.” This effectively means that vaccine research created the pandemic. This is not a comfortable conclusion for science, and we are very concerned it will be covered up once again.

While in St Leonards we reflected on how different the previous lockdowns were for us. We ordinarily live in a home which is highly energetic in producing our own food, fuel and medicine resources, one in which a television has no place, and positive actions are our main focus. With all the hard news and views encircling us we got suckered in to the dominant screen in the little shack, and became sickened by it. Charles Eisenstein has warned activists that if you wallow in the shit of the old story too much (we are paraphrasing in our own language) you become the same sickness of that story. The jetty was a major salve.

Each day we fished,

reeled in nourishing gifts (Arripis trutta) from Wadawurrung mother country,

collected and salted our own bait,

got wet and put the little ones back,

witnessed the sublime and the prosaic riffing off each other,

looked for many opportunities to eat outside the lock and key of the industrial food bowl,

practiced our breathing routines and rested,

and watched the dawns and dusks come and go with the pelicans, seagulls, cormorants and wrasse (Labridae) communities. We caught Australian salmon, local wrasse, ling and a baby flathead. Needless to say, the undersized went back from where they came.

We went on bike rides and walking excursions around the town, coming across these delicious feral fruits (Opuntia),

harvested oldtimer warrigal greens (Tetragonia tetragonioides) where there was evidence of the absence of pesticides,

exchanged books at another friendly roadside library,

found places to swim and spearfish,

places to embrace the cold as part of our immune strengthening regime, and places to tell our censorship story from.

We fiddled with a dumpster dived-for jigsaw puzzle,

and when Blackwood asked who the people were in the image, we laughed and told him they were world renown op-shoppers.

Be it on the TV, by the jetty, around the streets or in the virus, colonisation exuded itself everywhere. We showed Blackwood the place where William Buckley was found by Batman and his Boy Wonders.

“Always was, always will be.” Just for the record, Buckley was never included in “European society.” Alan Garner’s novel Strandloper about Buckley is the best thing we’ve read on his life. It shows how close the Greenman cosmology of Cheshire-dispossessed peasant Buckley is with Wadawurrung peoples’ cosmology. An escaped convict, Buckley spent three decades living in Wadawurrung (Wathaurong) country, becoming a fully initiated member of the local clan.

Just over the drink to the northeast we looked out to the pandemic embattled city of Melbourne, where friends and family are coming up for air as this lockdown ends. So many nerves frayed in the spray.

We are filled to the brim with gratitude that we have had a cosy place to be locked down in, but we cannot wait to get back on our deadly treadlies. We are committed to re-establishing the intentions for this pilgrimage โ€“ to not get caught up in the world online, to background our egoic minds, and to fearlessly, sensitively and lovingly inhale and exhale the living of the world. We are making a pledge to ourselves, and to you Dear Reader, to return to these intentions as we continue on our journey.


  1. Stella-Maree Storey says:

    This was so beautifully written, you are all truly inspirational. If your journey sees you passing through Phillip Island, we would be happy to help in any way we can be it even just for a friendly chat ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Stella-Maree! We so appreciate your warm invitation.

  2. Annabella Bray says:

    So inspiring and reassuring to read your journey with all its detours! I am ‘on the road’ too, in a sense, as a housesitter, sans car. But due to Sydney lockdown and not wanting to go back to a house I was minding there but is all packed up ready for sale, I opted to stay with country relative’s in between sits. Unfortunately they are more than totally locked in to the dominant paradigm and the radio/tv news goes on 3 times a day accompanied by running commentary. I am coping by long walks on the farm and retreating to my room to meditate. There is no fresh food grown here either which feels so strange. Just hoping I’m ‘allowed out’ to the farmers markets tomorrow! Looking forward to getting some fresh air and sanity through your next stage posts, bon voyage and merci ๐Ÿ˜

    1. Thanks for your story Annabella, we hope you got some fresh produce. Just getting the simple things right can often be a big deal.

      1. Mairwen McQueen says:

        You are always welcome to stop in at our home in Yarra Glen if you pass by this way. Safe travels in this new world we call home ๐Ÿก

  3. Kathryn Pegiel says:

    Bon voyage. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. Hans Johansen says:

    Thank you for a breath of fresh air from the sea.
    The health of our society depends on expression of free minds not locked into pre-processed ‘fast-food’ in much of media etc. – with limited food for thought and time to digest!
    The bombardment of a narrow narrative makes you wonder to what extend most media and governments are representing the the well-being of the broader society.

    1. Thanks Hans, ha, โ€˜fast food mediaโ€™ that about sums it, we call it press-release journalism.

  5. Frith Moore says:

    Thankyou for sharing your journey so far.

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  7. Claire says:

    Will you be heading to South Australia? Would love to host you at our farm in the Adelaide Hills.

    1. Yes Claire, we are slowly moving towards SA. Thank you so much for your kind offer. Things are forever changing so not sure weโ€™ll get to cross the border but if we do it wld be great to meet you all.

      1. Helen says:

        We would also be very happy to host you in the Adelaide Hills- plenty of bush land and a little cabin. x

        1. Thanks so much Helen, sounds lovely. It’s touch and go if we’ll make it into SA but we’ll head that way and see how we go.

  8. Belinda says:

    Enjoying reading your blog so much – thank you ๐Ÿ™

  9. Mark says:

    By golly gosh if you plan to come to Warrnambool you mob are ngatanwar any and every day.

    1. Thanks Mark! We are heading your way for sure. It would be great to meet you and your mob.

  10. Hannah says:

    So refreshing to read. Beautiful photos

  11. Kate says:

    Once again thank you for being you and sharing with us so much . I look forward to teading about your adventures and your take on what’s really important. Thanks also for your wonderful video with realistic research. Blessings on your journey.

    1. Thanks Kate, imagine if we had a truly democratic press and there were no mechanisms for big business to infiltrate it. Can we imagine how beautiful that world would be? There certainly would be less deaths in this pandemic, with more doctors treating their patients early on with known drugs to mitigate serious disease, and reducing hospitalisations. Oh, the violence and death work of censorship! Oh the gold rush of Big Pharma.

  12. Louise CookTonkin says:

    Thanks for this, I am enjoying following your journey. I got that you were not anti-vax (which has interestingly become a pejorative moniker in Australia – since the days when my children were young and we could simply make a choice and declare our position and we chose to vaccinate later when they were older). I have been following our therapeutic goods administration information on the vaccine rollout. It does not make for an encouraging picture with 43,811 adverse reaction reports already. I think calm thinking is a good position to take.

  13. zic says:

    the puzzle! hahahaha, gold!

  14. Patrick Hockey says:

    Confounded by the reality of the coronavirus anti-vaxxers have predictably turned to the idea that it must have been created in a lab.

    What’s so ideologically difficult about comprehending that humans and indeed all species are looked in a perpetual battle with virus and bacteria. At times these organisms mutate in such a way as to be highly infectious and potentially fatal.

    This has been the story of humanity from the dawn of time and all too familiar to indigenous people and made worse by international travel.

    Citing what the sinophobe Clive Hamilton ‘now thinks’ is hardly compelling.

    Yours in kindness,

    1. Hello Patrick Hockey, thank you for your comment. Have you done a deep dive into the mounting evidence that this pandemic was accidentally leaked from the lab in Wuhan, where scientists were doing gain of function research, in part funded by the US based EcoHealth Alliance? They have been engineering viruses to make them more pathogenic in humans for the past several years, which is well documented. Have you followed the actions of key players like Peter Daszak and Tony Fauci, and read about the withdrawn Lancet propaganda piece that Daszak initiated? If you haven’t and don’t want to do a deep dive, you’ll just have to wait for the ABC 4 Corners story to break, and going by all the cover ups in the corporatised media that will be in about 15 years time. As for labelling Clive Hamilton a sinophobe, that’s just lazy politics, Mr Hockey.

  15. Hi Meg, Patrick and Woody,
    I like thinking of you all out there, under the beautiful skies. Saw this from the group who I did the work on Nek Chand with and thought you might be interested.

    1. Thanks so much Trudy, yes a full sky of stars and a sliver of a moon at Apollo Bay. We will check out the link now, ahead of a day of fishing on a pontoon shared by a sleepy seal.

  16. Lizzy House says:

    Just catching up on your journey and sending love from Utah!

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