Highlanders Share Their Life In Lockdown With Us


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“This is where l Iove to sit in the back garden and have an evening aperitivo overlooking the changing leaves. The roses are from our front garden.”  Allison Ribas.


1 // How long have you lived in the Highlands for? 

We have been living in the Southern Highlands for three years. We live in Moss Vale overlooking the beautiful Bong Bong Common.


2 // What have you been doing to keep yourself busy (or not!) at home? 

In a word, cooking! I’ve really enjoyed having the time to try new dishes, create meals which incorporate ingredients grown in our vegetable garden as well as buy from local retailers in the Highlands.


3 // What Highlands shop, café, activity or facility do you miss the most? 

All of them! We love to eat out regularly. The Southern Highlands has such a great food and wine scene - so much to enjoy! We also love to sit and have morning coffee at one of our favourite cafes - when it comes to food and wine, we definitely like to ‘share the love!’


4 // What’s your silver lining in all this? 

To use the time I’ve had at home during isolation to do something new (baking!), attend to something I’ve been putting off (finish that book), or nothing at all. It’s an interesting exercise in creating your own day, however that may look. Usually my day is dictated to a certain extent by external influences (work and other commitments), however during this period it’s only mine.


5 // What changes would you like to see after this? 

I think people will be more aware and will incorporate methods of infection control as part of their daily lives to prevent and minimise any further risk, to hopefully prevent such extreme measures having to be implemented in the future. 

On a more micro level, I’m hoping our concern and support for our local community will continue strongly to ensure they are sustained through not only the challenging times but for the long term. I think we’re quite lucky in the Southern Highlands as there seems to be a great awareness and genuine concern to ensure all parts of the community survive and thrive.


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You can find Allison on Insta @alliiiiiicat. Follow along with us!


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