Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 66 of Lockdown, Day 31 of Level 4, 31 May 2020.


31 May 2020, Day 31 of Level 4, after 35 days of Level 4, 66 days of Lockdown to date. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful that we have survived 66 days of the Lockdown, that I am healthy and do not know anyone local who has contracted the disease 🙏; for a wonderful walk this morning, up to the start of Bantry Bay, starting at 7h15, with the street lights still on and cyclists having their lights switched on, it being warm enough for shorts and a sleeveless top; with a lovely pink and blue sky at sunrise; for being grateful to the City of Cape Town for repainting the street lines and pedestrian crossings on Victoria Road in Camps Bay 🙏; for friendly service from Woolworths, Maison J, and Absolute Pets when I popped in there to shop on my way home; for facing my major dislike of filing, and finally getting it done, after 66 days…. 😱; for the support of Gary Peterson, Eva Meklis Mazza, and Michele Antelme especially in a debate I lightheartedly sparked about wearing masks and Social Distancing in Camps Bay; for dancing and walking to my playlist; for the Solid Waste Department doing its best to clear our green bins in Camps Bay and Clifton, despite being short-staffed; for some Vit D therapy on the terrace; for a beautiful sunny day; for my FitBit behaving itself today; and for being fit and happy. 🙏💙

The walk this morning was refreshing, and I achieved a Cardio reading of over 2 hours, and 11000 steps this morning, earning me 300 Discovery points. I walked back with Howard, who lives in Tamboerskloof, but works with the NSRI in Bakoven. He had walked all the way to Mouille Point and back this morning, and told me how good he feels, having stopped smoking three weeks ago. And I bumped into the special locals Craig and Lisa at Woolies, making plans to walk at our new early time, so that we can keep seeing each other. 💙

What caused the upheaval was my Facebook post about it feeling like Level 1 in Camps Bay today, when we start Level 3 tomorrow. No fingers were pointed at Vida e Caffe, but the most coffee drinkers congregate there to buy the coffee without proper Social Distancing lines, and then go across the road to drink it and to chat, without masks and poor distancing. The same happened opposite Pick n Pay, the Maison J queue being orderly and spacing marked, but then a group of people gathered across the road, until long after 9h00. Victoria Road was fully parked as if it was a beach day, I not having seen this in 66 days. Bottom line, I was attacked for posting the pics, which will get us moved back to Level 4 or 5, then I was called a ‘Nazi police’ and told that it is against the law for me to exercise ‘at my age’ by Manuela Candido ….. boy, that sparked a discussion, race entering into the debate too, 😡😡😡😡, lightened brilliantly by author Eva from Stellenbosch. ❤️

Then I started getting attacked by the couple owning the Vida Branch (I assume ?) one each gunning for me on Messenger and on Instagram, very threatening, and crying that their 10 staff might lose their jobs due to my continuously negative photographs about their outlet…. oi vey. I told them that I only photograph what I see. This has been happening every weekend in May. I replied that they could have invited me for a coffee (a tea, ok) to talk to me, rather than attack me. I’m sure Manuela contacted them about my post. It is clear to me that there is animosity between Vida, Kauai directly next door, and Maison J, they feeling that I don’t criticise Maison J for its coffee congregating. Barely anyone buys coffee at Kauai. Wow, it felt like a Full Moon day! 😱😡

Minsky has been sleeping all day while I have been working 🐱

SA Corona Status: 32683 cases 683 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 18000 steps 13 km 👣



The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, and lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.


Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein


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