Last night President Ramaphosa announced that the whole country will move down, or is it up, to Level 3 on 1 June 2020, one of the announced changes being that Restaurants may still not open for sit-down meals, but they may offer not only a Delivery Service, but a Food Collection Service from 1 June onwards too. The Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) had lobbied Government for this concession, and has expressed its gratitude for it being granted on behalf of the restaurant industry. Continue reading →
Sunday 24 May 2020, Day 24 of Level 4, after 35 days of Level 5 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for my energy this morning, after a fabulous night’s sleep, heading out at 7h15, my earliest Exercise Time so far, being determined to get to the other end of Clifton, 11000 steps 7,5 km, and high Cardio exertion, earning me 300 Discovery Vitality points; for the number of people I meet along the way, often with a little chat; for it not being so busy as the weekend days normally are; for the fabulous service from Absolute Pets, when I went to buy a cat harness, treats, and catnip for Minsky; for finding my cat kids safe and peaceful when I arrived back home; for bonding with Minsky while KitKat went out wandering; for eventually being able to bring both cats into the apartment space, having had to separate them last night; for going shopping in Sea Point; for a lovely relaxed afternoon, both cats at peace with each other now; for enjoying the last sun before winter strikes tomorrow; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
In a speech starting punctually at 19h00 this evening, President Ramaphosa announced that the country as a whole will step down to Level 3 from 1 June, with concessions made for unrestricted exercise, allowing the sale of alcohol for home consumption under strict conditions, lifting of the curfew, the collection as well as delivery of Restaurant meals, and the opening up of the economy. Tobacco Products remain banned for sale. Continue reading →
Saturday 23 May 2020, Day 23 of Level 4, after 35 days of Level 5 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a day that didn’t go as planned at all, but was filled with highlights; for our Building Manager Henry coming for the day, doing a fantastic job of cleaning up and doing gardening, so lovely to see him again after 8 weeks of him being at home 🙏; for a very short and sweet Exercise Time, my shortest since 1 May; for going shopping at the Oranjezicht City Farm Organic Market with Shubha Shukla; for meeting Farmer Ian at the Oranjezicht Farm and learning so much from him about the underwater springs and their ’architectural’ style of gardening there; of reaching the milestone of 4000 members in the Facebook Restaurant Food Delivery Group; for returning to my beautiful clean apartment block, after Henry’s hard work; for taking Henry back to Wynberg, giving me an opportunity to have a look at Four&Twenty Café, now purely a Deli during Lockdown; for Miss Minsky 🐱 being delivered to me just as I got home, both of us excited yet very nervous 😱; for dancing far less than usual, having to give love to both Minsky 🐱 and KitKat 🐱; for going to bed early after a busy day; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Friday 22 May 2020, Day 22 of Level 4, after 35 Days at Level 5 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for another beautiful day, at 20C, and the 12C when leaving home for Exercise Time didn’t even feel cold when I started walking; for getting as far as Clifton First Beach, with far less litter to pick up along the way, making 9000 steps and a good Cardio workout, bumping into Mahmud Fredericks on the way; for a peaceful day spent at home; for some Vit D therapy on the terrace; for reaching a total of 502 Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town, for its humane action toward a homeless person and his dog, during the Corona Virus Lockdown, received from Councillor Nicola Jowell:
RASTA & HIS DOG
Many of you will know of Rasta who lives on Tramways Road. Rasta is 67 old and has lived on the streets for 55 years. His dog (Sharni) has been his companion for many years and like any pet owner there is a deep bond between Rasta and Sharni.
Today when we were on Tramways Road we were there to offer transportation for Rasta to the bus to go to the emergency shelter. Everyone realised that this was a tricky situation as Rasta would not easily want to be separated from Sharni.
Cllr Dave Bryant and Marc Truss made arrangements for Sharni to go to the very kind and generous people at the @Fritz Dog Hotel. Although Rasta was extremely worried about this he understood that it was a necessity. Transport was arranged for Sharni to go and Rasta accompanied us to the bus pick-up point.
Unfortunately when Sharni got to @ Fritz Dog Hotel she bolted and ran away. She would not come to anyone who came near her. The information as circulated via the CIDs and community contacts.
We had to break the hard news to Rasta who was understandably upset about this. He was taken to the area to assist with looking but he was adamant that Sharni would find her way home to Sea Point so he wanted to go and wait for her there.
The search continued and the GP CID spotted Sharni on Kloof Road but she ran away. They kept an eye on her whilst Rasta was fetched from Sea Point. There was an immensely happy reunion between the two!
Our plan has been for Rasta to accompany us to @ Fritz tomorrow to settle her in and ensure that she does not run way. Continue reading →
Thursday 21 May 2020, Day 21 of Level 4, after 35 days of Level 5. 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for another beautiful day, it being dry during Exercise Time and warm enough to walk sleeveless, with far fewer exercisers than yesterday; for focusing on my Cardio today, putting myself first, and picking up litter on my walk back home, getting as far as Clifton First Beach; for chatting to Ashleigh Fleming and her Dirk on the way back; for a morning focused on updating the Restaurant Food Delivery Facebook Group list, and for so many members inviting their Friends to the Group that we exceeded 3800 today; for the generosity once again from Jared Stein of Camps Bay Hardware in gifting me a piece of board to catproof my terrace for Minsky, Jared even dropping it off at my door; for a little drizzle this afternoon ☔️; for being featured twice in the May newsletter of the Canadian Tour Operator for whom I do the German Walking Tours of our City; and for being happy and healthy 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Wednesday 20 May 2020, Day 20 of Level 4, after 35 days of Level 5. 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for such a lucky day all round, it being the 20th after all ; for the most exceptional weather, at 29 C, summer making a repeat visit before we face winter from tomorrow onwards; for Exercise Time shared with many others today, I luckily taking a different route, up Geneva Drive; for meeting Mahmud Fredericks along the way back home, and walking and chatting up to my apartment; for my apartment terrace furniture rearrangement, after two years, giving me space to put a small round table right up against my plants, on a raised section, sitting in the beautiful sun; for another good Restaurant Food Delivery Facebook Group day, with over 100 new members; for a wonderful accolade from the Camps Bay Community Action Network; for the fabulous news that I have been accepted as the new Foster and future Adoption mom of Minsky by DARG, with the delivery likely to be tomorrow ❤️❤️❤️; for the offer from Mykonos Taverna in Sea Point to deliver a Mezze platter of Greek treats for me to try, to which I invited my Hong Kong neighbour Kyle, my first dinner (still at 20C) by candlelight on the terrace with a dining partner in 7 weeks; for a walk to the shops to buy a litter tray and cat litter, with fabulous service from Absolute Pets and Pick n Pay, a heavy weight to carry back home; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Since the world went into Lockdown, restaurants that were allowed to offer Take-Away food delivery to customer homes have increasingly used Third Party Delivery companies. Uber Eats probably is the world’s largest Food Delivery Company, having added this service a few years ago to its standard driver service. In our country it competes alongside MrD, a company belonging to TakeaLot, masters in e-commerce home delivery. Yet, during Lockdown the tide is turning, one reading an increasing number of warnings against third party delivery services, restaurant patrons being encouraged to order food from restaurants which use their own staff to deliver, locally and internationally. What has caused this negative sentiment! Continue reading →
Tuesday 19 May 2020, Day 19 of Level 4, after 35 days at Level 5 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for another beautiful day, without any clouds to block the sun, feeling much warmer than the 20C forecast; for a very long sleep last night; for a warm Exercise Time, slightly busier, walking up to Clifton 2nd Beach, my heart exertion not being as good as on the previous days, as I had to keep picking up litter, there was so much of it en route today; for the luck of being gifted two Maison J croissants, it being their first day of selling them again; for the even greater luck of crossing the road from Maison J to almost bump into #eyecandy, then walking back home together, he living just down the road from me 😳🙃; for finally facing the last filing which I’ve been looking at and ignoring… until today, throwing away old notes and notebooks filled with restaurant reviews, and organizing financial files; for loving dancing to Kfm 💃; for the prospect of being able to first foster and than adopt a little girl kitty Minsky after Lockdown ends, if I am approved 🐱, with huge thanks to Michele Antelme for seeing this on a DARG post; for rearranging my terrace, a new beginning of sitting and writing outside; for an excellent weekly report by FitBit, with 126000 steps and 90 km, and a new Lockdown record of an average of 18000 steps and 13 km per day this past week; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →