Flu season...

I have had a sick boy at home with me for the last couple of days. The flu season is well and truly in full swing here in Australia and it's really hitting people hard.

Apparently we are in the grips of one of the worst flu seasons in recent years with the number of people suffering from the flu increasing by 50 per cent this year. This is hardly surprising  following our horrific summer full of natural disasters and a cooler than usual Autumn/Winter.

Big Al has had the usual aches and pains combined with a runny nose and cough. He has been a very good patient but he is really getting sick of being stuck at home. I never thought I would ever say this but I think I might be sick of Winter! Thank goodness Spring is just around the corner.

Oh well, the cold temps are perfect tea-drinking weather so I think I might make a nice hot chocolate for Big Al and a strong cup of Yorkshire tea for me....

after all...

Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary. 
Chinese Proverb

I guess it could be worse....I sure do hope that Mr Attorney's cold doesn't turn into the "Man Flu"....I couldn't handle two sick boys!

Best wishes until next time,
Natasha In Oz 


  1. Hi Natasha, how true! My daughter and I got 'it' 2 weeks ago (tomorrow). She missed a whole week of school and I'm just starting to feel like doing something. It has been the coldest winter I can ever remember in Brisbane. Temps very rarely got under 10 deg C and this winter the minimums have never got over 10! I can 'smell' spring in the air. Looking forward to those warm, balmy nights and the kids running around in singlets and shorts. (The winter washing is unbearable, isn't it? LOL)

    Anne @ Domesblissity (Bayside Brisbane)

  2. Thanks for your comment Anne! You know I usually love Winter, especially here in Brisbane, but this year I am getting quite sick (literally and figuratively!) of it. I agree with you, bring on those hot summer days by the pool!

    Take care and best wishes,

  3. I hope your family is well soon. Flus are so terrible. I have heard that flus cycle back and forth between Australia and America with the alternating seasons. Take care of you too.

  4. So sorry to hear that the flu has visited your home. I hope it dosen't get too bad or stay around too long.

    I wonder if the flu season in Australia is any indication of how it will be here in the States?

    Or is it visa versa?

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  5. Please take care of yourself--that flu can spread so fast! Wishing you hints of spring just around the corner.

  6. I hope that you and your family are all well soon! Last winter was very bad for us also, but now that summer is here, we are breaking all kind of heat records and are in the midst of a drought. So I guess you have to be careful what you wish for!!

  7. Oh, no. Hope he is well soon Natasha!

  8. O no !!...i hope you all feeling better soon......love Ria....xxx...

  9. It is lovely nursing one little sick lad but two!!! Fingers crossed it will be okay.

  10. Hi Natasha. Sorry to hear your lad has got the flu bug! Just hope that you don't come down with it my friend :( Take care and keep drinking that tea!

  11. Hope everyone feels better soon:@)

  12. awwwwww .. I hope that you all feel better soon!

    I promise not to complain about the heat here in Baltimore. : )

    Have a nice Healthy weekend

  13. I sure hope you don't get it too. The mom always has to take care of everyone.

  14. I'm so sorry to hear of your boy's illness and hope he is on the road to recovery soon.

    Take care of yourself in the midst of caring for everyone else. It seems moms must stay healthy of the whole ship goes under!

    We're in the middle of a hot, humid summer here so it's odd to think about winter. Ah well, when we're sweating, you're shivering and soon enough the roles will be reversed.

    Take care and enjoy your tea!

  15. Good luck! Men definitely do not do well with being sick!
    Hope everyone gets better quickly.
    Here, it would be lots of chicken noodle soup or chicken broth, and lots of orange juice or vitamin C.

  16. So sorry the flu bug hit your house. My daughter has it at her house. Her husband and 3 of her 4 children all have the stomach flu. Then she got it. As much as I'd love to be there to help her, I don't think I want to go pick up that bug!

    Hope everyone gets and stays healthy.

  17. Oh dear, I hate the thought that we have all this ahead of us as you think happy Spring thoughts!

  18. Hi Natasha,
    oh my, that is a pitty. Poor boy (an poor Mom), I hope he will recover soon.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  19. Dear Natasha, I hope that everyone will be feeling "good as new" in a jiff. Keep yourself well by eating lots of good food. Blessings, Catherine xo

  20. Influenza can be very bad. I hope he recovers soon. I just had to teach my 19 year old college girl that it is winter where you are. She is terrible at geography. hugs♥O

  21. Natasha,
    Hate the flu....hate when the kids have the flu...really dislike it when the "Man Flu" hits!! Will pray for speedy recovery and no sharing of germs :)

  22. Hello Natasha

    I hope you are well for the least anyway x

    God - steer clear of man flu as it is the worst kind, didn't you know!

    I wish you peace and wellness in your house very soon - and no more sneezing.

    There has been a terrible fever virus doing the rounds in Brisbane - so I hope that doesn't travel to your neck of the woods.

    Happy weekend to you anyway


  23. I've been real good about getting my flu shot in the fall and have not had any symptoms for a couple of years. I do hope it gets better at your house soon. You be sure to take care of yourself girl.

  24. Hi Natasha,
    Oh, best wishes to you and your family and sure hope everyone will be okay...Sending ((hugs)) your way,

  25. Oh your poor little guy. I hope he gets better soon. I love your teacup- very pretty:)

  26. I hate flu season! No fail both my husband and two sons get sick at the same time and drive me crazy :) I hope your son feels better, it's no fun being sick.

  27. That cup of tea looks delish! (He looks so cute, though! Must break Momma's heart!)

    Hope your Son is better soon and everyone else stays healthy!!!

    Best Wishes -
    beachside cottage

  28. enjoyed looking at your lovely site
    hope you guys feel better



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