Before I impounded myself, and banned the hordes who normally come knocking on my door, I took a trip to the eastern side of our wide brown land. Senior management had a school reunion to attend, and I provided some usefulness by offering to carry her luggage and attend to other necessary civic duties. That was more than a month ago, well before the current circumstances we all find ourselves in. It was a time when I didn’t question whether I should or shouldn’t go for a walk. Walking, as some you may know who regularly get Out Of The Woods with me, is one of my favourite activities. At this point in this week’s column, I must tell you I’m sincerely hoping the good folk at The Geraldton Guardian have the capacity to incorporate my photographic skills with this story. I have attached a photo of what I think is a very rare object: an old fashioned water bubbler. I found it in a park in inner suburban Sydney. There was a time when variations of the water bubbler were to be found in many of our local parks and gardens, but for a range of reasons they seem to have become scarce in more recent decades. Is it because of the popularity of bottled water? Or is it about public health? Or is it simply that the cost of supplying and maintaining old or new-fashioned bubblers is just too much? I don’t know. But I bet for the vast majority of you, it is a long time since you’ve bent your head to have a drink from one. I know a lot of our schools still have them, but apart from that they are few and far between. Having said that, not long after my return from the Eastern States, I chanced upon a modern bubbler in the Eighth Street, Wonthella sporting precinct. It appeared somewhat lonely, sitting as it does between the soccer and hockey fields, but it was a bubbler nonetheless. I gave it a test and the water spat at me. I was never much good at drinking from them. I’d be interested to know if there are any new or old water bubblers in Geraldton. These times of necessary social isolation provide us with an opportunity to think about our world in a totally different way.