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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 45 of Level 3, 15 July 2020.

 

Wednesday 15 July 2020, Day 45 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful sunshine day, with a nippy start, putting a lift into everyone’s step, and happy that we will have another 7 days of sunshine before the next rain arrives; for getting my writing done in good time; for being spoilt by a lunch invitation at Latitude Café in Sea Point, a lovely setting in the 9th floor on the Latitude ApartHotel, connecting with two acquaintances; for donating blood 🩸, Rita Rodrigues being the nicest staff member there, always a pleasure to give, for being offered tea and biscuits afterwards, and receiving a present; for the amazing generosity of Discovery Vitality today…. not often experienced; for picking up two desserts on the Pilcrow & Cleaver menu this week in town, and meeting owner Chef Judi Fourie, only having messaged each other up to now; for a walk through Camps Bay, no clearing up of storm debris done yet, so I’ve booked Joel for tomorrow so that we can start with clearing the pavements, so that locals can walk again; for a walk through Bakoven at sunset time; for missing out on Loadshedding today; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Delaire Graff Estate 14th Best 2020 Vineyard in the World, Best in Africa!

 

Whilst I was travelling in Argentina last year, I discovered that one of the Wine Estates that I visited in Mendoza, Zuccardi Piedra Infinita in the Uco Valley, was named the Number One Vineyard in the World, an inaugural ranking of the World’s 50 Best Vineyards, a similar ranking competition as the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and organised by the same publishing company William Reed in the UK. I am even more delighted to see that Zuccardi has been named the Number one Vineyard in the world yet again, in the 2020 ranking, and that Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch has been named the 14th Best Vineyard in the World, and the Best in Africa, as well as the Highest Climber, having been ranked at Number 39 last year.  Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 5 of Level 3, 5 June 2020.

 

Friday 5 June 2020, Day 5 of Level 3, after 66 days of levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a very good clean day; for the happy news that the Argentinian AirBnB clients left today, after 73 Days of being locked up/down in our block of flats together; for having Jameson’s left to celebrate with 🥃; for an exercise walk early this morning, getting up to the start of Clifton, despite my hip playing up today for the first time in months; for my back-up Health App in recording my steps the last three days, I never acknowledging it, as an alternative to FitBit, my walk this morning not recorded at all by FitBit; for having Leah here to do a spring clean deluxe, after almost 3 months of little cleaning; for fabulous service at Tiger Wheel & Tyre for the Discovery Insure vehicle inspection and receiving my garage card as well as device in my car to monitor my driving, a very painless process; for a lovely mild day, despite a chill in the air late morning; for the City Council staff repainting the red lines on Victoria Road, and learning what the zig zag lines stand for; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 14 of Level 4, 14 May 2020

 

Thursday 14 May 2020, 14 th Day of Level 4, after 35 days of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for such a special day, the highlight being to finally meet the very kind and generous Shuba in their lovely home in Camps Bay, the winner of the ADHARA extra virgin olive oil for her review of Masala Café in the Restaurant Food Delivery Group, and for being spoilt so in their home; for another beautiful 21 C day, with mist in the morning, and soft clouds in the day; for doing so well in coping with 7 weeks of Lockdown; for a good workout walk up to Fourth Beach in Exercise Time, earning 300 Discovery Vitality points after zero yesterday; for seeing a 50 year old birthday being celebrated on the Promenade, at the Thrones, with cake and all; for a lovely chat with Sherryl on the way home, she living close by, both of us living Solo and offering to look after each other when in need; for finishing my writing early today, having done most of it last night; for having a wonderful tan snooze on the terrace, not having slept much last night; for a good step count today, my highest since Lockdown; for a blood sugar reading of 5,1; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 9 of Level 4, 9 May 2020.

 

Saturday 9 May 2020, Day 9 of Level 4, after 35 days at Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another spectacular 24C day, how lucky we are, and how good for one’s soul and spirit; for going to exercise earlier, and therefore walking further, up to First Beach in Clifton, quickly getting to 10000 steps by the time I returned home; for having a relaxed day after the energetic start to the day; for spoiling myself with a pizza delivery from Col’Cacchio Camps Bay, superbly executed hygiene and ordering wise; loving the Vit D sun therapy on my terrace; for yet another lovely sunset; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 8 of Level 4, 8 May 2020

 

Friday 8 May 2020, Day 8 of Lockdown Level 4 after 35 days of Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a long and deep sleep last night; for another beautiful day, how easy it makes the Lockdown when one sees the sun; for being able to exercise so well that my Cardio was super high and I instantly received 300 Discovery Vitality points this morning, after receiving none the last few days, despite my step total every day ❤️, it being the first morning in a week that I didn’t stop for a chat, walking with Mahmud and then (not met before) Carien from Fresnaye for parts of the way; for having Camps Bay Hardware here and open for business, sharing how well he is supported by locals who prefer to buy from him rather than a big building supply store; for getting on top of updating the Restaurant Food Delivery List, allowing myself a first Vit D sun snooze in 10 days this afternoon; for good advice to grow and publicize the Food Delivery List from Janet Pillai; for the growing number of restaurants opening, after possibly initially not thinking of doing so, and at the upper end too; for feeling really free, no longer suffering claustrophobia in my home during Lockdown; for good dancing and fun on Kfm this afternoon, and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 2 Level 4, 2 May 2020.

 

Saturday 2 May 2020, Day 2 of Level 4 Lockdown, after 35 days of Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for starting the day with a 90 minute walk, up to Glen Beach, with far fewer walkers and joggers and more cyclists, and few Cliftoners; for long chats to Jan de Wet, Haakon and Thomas Bauerkämper, and Shelley on the way, just getting back home in time; for feeling more comfortable and less claustrophobic in wearing my masks, being grateful to not have to wear lipstick and for them hiding most of the wrinkles 😱 ; for the lovely mist this morning, making for unusual photographs compared to all my sunshine ones up to now; for having a little terrace garden, to which I could pay some attention before the rain comes; for being able to buy the last figs at The Olive Branch Deli at Lifestyle on Kloof, popping into Woolies, and getting a treatment at my podiatrist in Sea Point, only my third car trip in 37 days; for my favorite song ‘Burn’ by Mathew Gold making number one on Kfm’s Top 40 this morning, with six SA songs in the Top 10, and 13 SA songs in the Top 40. Bravo Kfm and Martin Myers, who are doing so much to promote local music, on radio in particular 👏👏👏; for 145 Restaurants on the Take-Away Food Delivery List, with over 1800 members; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 14, 9 April 2020.

 

Thursday 9 April 2020, 25 th day of SA Corona Virus, Day 14 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful that we are two-thirds through Round 1 of Lockdown, and that this week seems to have gone faster than the first week; that I managed to get fabulous baby spinach at Woolworths Camps Bay, after running around for it elsewhere yesterday; for another fabulous sunny day, but now the clouds are moving in, the temperature dropping for a partially wet Easter weekend to come; for being able to walk to the shops, and seeing a new family of Egyptian Geese chicks at ‘my’ stream at the Tidal Pool; for feeling peaceful; for dancing to lovely music on Kfm🎶; for my highest step count since Lockdown 👣; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Communication Circus in finding information about regulations for foreign Tourists not quarantining in South Africa!

 

I have tried to enquire about an Argentinian couple which could not return to its home country when our Lockdown was announced at short notice, living in the block of flats I live in, arriving as tourists two days before Lockdown (25 March). They did not go into quarantine as soon as they arrived in the building, but rather went Sightseeing and Shopping on the two days prior to the Lockdown. They also moved apartments inside our block during Lockdown. I contacted more than ten COVID-19 and other government-related agencies, and reached a dead-end, with no one knowing how to do deal with this couple. Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: My Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 8, 3 April 2020.

 

 

Friday 3 April 2020, Day 19 of SA Corona Virus, Day 8 of SA Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for an even hotter day today, at 29C, before the temperature reverse begins tomorrow; for having such a fabulous roof over my head, with an amazing view, changing daily; for speaking to long-time friend Donoven Hammond Gloy in Maritzburg; for being able to essentials-shop today; for the fabulous service at our local Woolworths; for sleeping late after posting my Blogposts; for being able to dance and walk to Kfm, and to hear that DJ Carl Wastie and Zoe Brown retain their 4 hour slot, whilst other Kfm DJs’ slots have been reduced during Lockdown; for such lovely warm evenings, being able to have dinner by candlelight on my terrace; and for being fit and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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