Category Archives: Beaches

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 33 of Level 2, 19 September 2020.;

 

Saturday 19 September 2020, Day 33 of Level 2, Day 175 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a super sunny day, not a cloud, and a warm 19C in the sun, but chilly now as the wind has turned North-West, bringing us rain tomorrow; for a successful Camps Bay Clean this morning, with a lovely community spirit; for a two-hour Vit D sizzle in the sun on my terrace; for another Camps Bay walk this afternoon, to shop at Pick n Pay, disappointed that there was so much litter after we had cleaned it up so nicely this morning 😱😢; for a catch up chat with Jenny Stephens this morning, not having seen her in a week, she being very busy; for dancing to Kfm 💃; and for being happy and healthy. 💙🙏 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 26 of Level 2, 12 September 2020.

 

Saturday 12 September 2020, Day 26 of Level 2, Day 170 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a day of 🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞, warmer today than yesterday despite a lower temperature forecast; for a late movie night last night, with the luxury for not having to get up early this morning; for Joel my homeless cleaner coming back to work after a month’s absence, with all sorts of dramas where they live at Safe Space, mainly having their possessions stolen; for doing a deep clean at Glen Beach, at the Maiden’s Cove parking area, and really bad below the High School; for organizing a Beach Clean up for next Saturday, in honour of International Coastal Clean Up Day, together with Pick It Up run by Tracy Jackson and Rick Jackson; for a fabulous VitD snooze on the terrace all afternoon, getting a tan too; for another walk, through Bakoven, where I saw groups of youngsters walking towards Camps Bay without wearing masks 😷😱; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Western Cape Province and Wesgro invite locals to visit the Cape with #WeAreOpen campaign!

 

September has traditionally become Tourism Month, starting with Spring Day on 1 September. While the weather is not playing along for visitors at the moment, it is heartening to see the Western Cape Province and Wesgro working together to invite South Africans to visit the Cape, launching its #WeAreOpen’ marketing campaign today.

Coinciding with the start of Tourism Month is the reopening of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, as well as the Two Oceans Aquarium. A host of museums throughout the province have opened too.  Continue reading →

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Sweet Service Award goes to Camps Bay Law Enforcement; Sour Service Award goes to Sandak-Lewin

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to Camps Bay Law Enforcement and its acting head Officer Ivor Ramsay, a breath of fresh air who landed in our suburb during the start of Lockdown. The office has been very poorly manned in the two years since I returned to live in Camps Bay, and one rarely sees any officers walking the Promenade, which means that illegal trading, begging, unlicensed vehicles, alcohol consumption on the beaches, and littering go unchecked. A homeless person Michael Shange, who has been aggressively begging locals for contributions to his ‘Beach cleaning’ activity in Camps Bay in the past two months, but just taking the money and not cleaning, and has been seen walking along Camps Bay intoxicated, is being dealt with by the office, following a number of harassment complaints it has received from locals. Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 5 of Level 2, 22 August 2020.

 

Saturday 22 August 2020, Day 5 of Level 2, Day 149 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a summer day today, even warmer than yesterday, at 22 C, one seeing it everywhere: the Hop On Hop Off bus driving through Camps Bay, well filled, the beaches being popular, with beach volleyball and umbrellas to be seen, hordes of picnickers, and a traffic jam snaking through Camps Bay; for the exciting first-time meeting with Venishree and Jürgen Mayer Family, coming to me for lunch all the way from their Fraaigelegen Farm in Tulbagh, where they produce their award-winning ADHARA extra virgin olive oil, the name of a Star ⭐️, one of few seen in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, symbolizing their German and South African roots; for the generous delivery of more ADHARA olive oil, to hand out to our women restaurateurs; for a walk through Camps Bay this morning, and Bakoven this afternoon; for speaking to my Alex this morning, sounding happy and doing very well work-wise; for dancing to the Kfm Blok Party this evening; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Regulations for Lockdown Alert Level 2 gazetted: No mention of lifting cigarette ban in regulations!

 

I was fortunate to receive a copy of the gazetted Lockdown Level 2 regulations prior to the presentation by Minister Dlamini-Zuma at a Media Livestream just after lunch time today.

 

The Regulations are as follows:

1. The Curfew remains in place, from 22h00 – 4h00

2. A mask must be worn at all times when leaving one’s home, including in public transport

3. No more than 50 persons may attend a funeral

4.  No evictions from own accommodation is allowed.

5.  Any disputes regarding rented accommodation must be heard by the Rental Housing Tribunal

6.  Gatherings are not allowed except for a funeral, a religious gathering, the workplace, conferences and meetings, cinemas (maximum of 50 persons), theatres, concerts, and live performances of up to 50 persons. casinos, auctions, sporting activities, weddings (limited to 50 persons), social events at one’s home with a maximum of 10 persons, fitness centres and gyms (maximum of 50 persons), sports fields, swimming pools (maximum of 50 persons), beaches, public parks, museums, galleries, libraries, Personal Care services, restaurants, bars (maximum of 50 persons), Taverns (maximum of 50 persons), Shebeens (maximum of 50 persons), tour operators, and all accommodation establishments including AirBnB (maximum of 50% of floor space).

7.  Night clubs are not allowed to open.

8.  The country’s borders remain closed except for ports (but cruise ship stops are still banned), and for approved flights for persons requiring international medical care, and for incoming and outgoing repatriation travel.

9.  Transport regulations: buses and taxis may not carry more than 70% for long distance travel, and 100% for any other travel; all passengers must wear a mask.

10.  Licensed on-consumption establishments may sell alcohol (no timing restrictions) , while licensed off-consumption outlets may sell alcohol on Mondays – Thursdays, from 9h00 – 17h00.

A shock is that the ban on cigarette sales, which the President announced would be lifted, is not mentioned in the gazetted Level 2 regulations at all. A news report by News24 states: ‘Level two has no provisions on tobacco, which means no restrictions or limits in the sale of cigarettes, vaping liquid, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, or anything associated with these products’.  In her speech, the Minister mentioned that cigarettes should be smoked responsibly, and should not be shared!

 

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 63 of Level 3, 2 August 2020.

 

Sunday 2 August 2020, Day 63 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another beautiful 23C day, another sunny beach day in Camps Bay, the traffic snaking through from the Hout Bay side; for a morning coffee/tea and croissant meet with Lynne Gordon at Maison J, sitting in the sun across the road, and for meeting her friend Tourist Guide and Uber driver Brandon Platt, whom I had wanted to meet, only knowing him from Facebook; for two further Camps Bay walks, one a shopping one, mainly for cat food, and because I forgot the packet at Absolute Pets from talking too much, I had to go back again to fetch it, an easy way to gain more steps; for a peaceful rest at my favorite Bench at the Tidal Pool; for the Beethoven concert from Beethoven House in Bonn by Daniel Hope of Hope@Home on Tour, his very last one of 70 he has done during Lockdown, an amazing treat; for my Alex helping me to get my CV finalized, the first I’ve written in 30 years 😱; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 57 of Level 3, 27 July 2020, Day 123 (4 months) of Lockdown

 

Monday 27 July 2020, Day 57 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4, Day 123 (4 months) of Lockdown.😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful #grateful #grateful for how far I have come during the Corona Virus Lockdown in the past four months, writing a post on Facebook and my Blog about everything I’m grateful for; for a calm peaceful day; for a walk through Camps Bay and then Bakoven, seeing lots of bins standing outside on the pavements, residents not getting the message that the garbage service was cancelled today; for not being affected by the protests in Cape Town today; for the weather turning into a beautiful day, warm at 18C, and very cosy in the sun on the terrace; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Gratitude for 123 days (4 months) of Corona Virus Lockdown, a new way of living and being!

 

Today 4 months ago, on 27 March, we started a new way of living, in Corona Lockdown. As I wrote a post of Gratitude on Facebook this morning, I realised how significant my Gratitude List is to me, and how I value how I have grown in this short period of time, and therefore I want to document it on my Blog too.

Ultimately, special friendships are highest up on this list. So too is realising how unimportant material possessions are, and that it is the simple things in life that count. Very special is adopting my Minsky cat, a win-win for both of us, and creating a vegetable garden using our own compost. I’m grateful that I could qualify and be registered as a Tourist Guide in this time. And that I have never been lonely with the company of Facebook, my playlist, Kfm, and my German TV stations ZDF and ARD.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 55 of Level 3, 25 July 2020.

 

Saturday 25 July 2020, Day 55 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a sunny day, cooler at 18C, getting ready for rain tonight, with clouds moving in now; for having Joel to help me clean up Camps Bay, the two of us doing a deep clean; for bumping into David Smith twice in 24 hours, he teaching a German to SUP on the Tidal Pool, not having seen each other in about 10 years, last in my Camps Bay guest house days; for bumping into Lynne Gordon and Linda Gawronsky at the Tidal Pool again, and taking a pic of them with the SUPers in the background; for a short sun snooze on the terrace; for a trip back to town, putting in petrol proactively and fetching a slice of the Peppertree Café Lemon Chiffon cake, they not having it yesterday, and baking it especially, because I love it so much 🙏,; for enjoying a bottle of Durban Poison beer, just having a sudden craving for a beer, not drinking it often; for listening to Hope@Home on Tour, with beautiful baroque music by Concerto Melante from Potsdam; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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