In March, 2020, two months after Anya and I arrived in Australia, I bought a pair of astronomical binoculars.
In other words: binoculars meant for stargazing.
Star gazing binoculars are heavy because their viewing lens – the lens at the end of the binoculars as it were – must have a wide diameter in order to let in enough light on nights when there is no moon and its only on moonless nights that serious star gazing is possible.
Because of their weight, star gazing binoculars are not the sort of thing to just pop into your rucksack – and until February that year, Anya and I had been living out of our rucksacks: crossing borders and experiencing different places and cultures.
Then came The Virus…….