In recent weeks, you could almost say that the weather is following a "normal" autumn/winter pattern.
Some timely rain and a fair share of the weather presenter's spoonerism .... "frost" and "frogs", have been the morning greeting.
Living where we do, in Quantong, west of Horsham, on a cold foggy morning, there a scary driving manoeuvre to be undertaken on the way to work.
The process of making a right-hand turn onto the Wimmera Highway.
Pulling up to the give way sign and, right and left, can be a sea of fog.
I need to trust that the drivers travelling the highway are "doing the right thing" by slowing down and driving with their headlights on.
My process, driving the van with a slower pick-up, is to stop, wind down the window, and listen.
This method was rewarded last week when a large, loaded semi-trailer appeared out of the fog, only with only parking lights on.
When it's safe to do so, out we go.
Once on the highway, now it is up to me to "do the right thing" by travelling according to the visibility and be "seen to be safe".
For all of us "normal" is a bus parked back in February.
The fog of COVID-19 has descended and the challenges are on-going. Medical authorities continue to implore us to "do the right thing" by staying home if we are unwell, and get tested for Coronavirus.
A scan of the figures from around the world still paints a scary story about the contagion and its toll.
Last week it was a privilege to have the Director of Bio-security at CSRIO address the Regional Cities Victoria group with a focus on the world-wide efforts to develop a vaccine.
Dr Rob, formally of Horsham, painted a sobering story of similar pandemics around the world in the last 100 years, and the lessons to be learnt.
In Australia, the fog is slowly starting to lift and in our patch, once again it has been inspiring to see the response by families and businesses to adapt to the prescribed changes.
Experience teaches us that a cold frosty morning can cause some damage, but the reward, in the end is a fine sunny day.
I encourage all of our community to continue to be careful, considerate, patient ... and support our local businesses.
- Mark Radford, mayor, Horsham Rural City CouncilCoronavirus in Victoria: 21 new cases confirmed, but 15 are returned travellers