Category Archives: Discovery

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 38 of Level 3, 8 July 2020.


Wednesday 8 July 2020, Day 38 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a most wonderful day, all the way through, with much storytelling; for amazing weather at 21C, and even warmer at 23C as I drove home now from Hout Bay, with a strong Bergwind before tomorrow’s downpour; for a tightly scheduled morning, my writing followed by a quick walk through Camps Bay and the purchase of cat treats at Absolute Pets; for buying more plants and seeds at LandsCape Art Garden Centre, including carrots, peas, and radish, getting brave now; for meeting Jenny Stephens and her friend Linda French, taking a Waterfront Granger Bay walk with coffee/tea at The Grand on the Beach; a wonderful hour and a bit in the sun, laughing at each other’s stories and each of us learning from another; my visit to the dentist being a good thing, despite no more toothache, the X-ray showing a serious abscess, which had to be taken care off, and the tooth ultimately needing a crown; for a fabulous sunset; for a good Discovery Vitality Gameboard play; for the most enjoyable, fun, funny, mouthwatering dinner with my Danish friends and Melanie Davidow at Quentin at Oakhurst Barn in Hout Bay, my first visit here, leaving for home after midnight; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 31 of Level 3, 1 July 2020.


Wednesday 1 July 2020, Day 31 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful summery Winter day, ahead of a weather change tomorrow; for a good working morning; for an energetic walk to Fourth Beach Clifton, with no torn garbage bags; for being excited to see the City Parks department coming to Camps Bay to mow the lawns, the area around the Stream looking superb now; for checking out which restaurants are open for Sit-Down in Camps Bay; for a shop at Woolworths, Manager Gary Arendse coming to greet me after we hadn’t seen each other there for a while; for a VitD snooze on the terrace; for our vegetable garden getting on fabulously; for my suggestion to our Portfolio Manager to connect Henry to the internet in a money-saving manner being accepted, a positive outcome from the AGM yesterday🙏; for getting a Discovery Gameboard play; for receiving R300 CashBack on the jacket which I bought at Sportsman’s Warehouse, and R340 for my healthy food purchases at Woolies, both done in June, a nice surprise from Discovery; for Minsky just returning from a long walk-about which made me very anxious🐱; and for being healthy and happy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 30 of Level 3, 30 June 2020.


Tuesday 30 June 2020, Day 30 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a most wonderful day today, that just started off amazingly, carrying on throughout the day; for getting my writing work done early this morning, having written most of it yesterday already; for the most amazing friendly service at BP when I put in petrol early this morning, to avoid the queue later in the day; for a fabulous fresh and refreshing walk through Camps Bay, bumping into Thomas and Haakon yet again; for popping in at Sunset Sessions to buy a treat for Henry; for sitting 2 hours before the Body Corporate AGM to do my last preparation, Henry helping me to log into Microsoft Teams for the online AGM; for a surprisingly pleasant AGM, all my upfront preparation work paying off; for a lovely celebratory walk after the meeting, enjoying taking pics at Glen Beach and the Camps Bay Tidal Pool; for a celebratory glass of Shiraz; for dancing 💃 to Kfm Dansdag; and for being very happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 27 of Level 3, 27 June 2020


Saturday 27 June 2020, Day 27 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the copious amounts of rain which have fallen overnight and during the day, with a cloudburst at one stage; for the treat of having my hair cut and coloured by Isabella Page Morgan, my hair stylist for the past four years, part of my Transformation, at The Hair Company in Sea Point; for shopping under one roof in the Garden Centre, at Hartlief, Cassis, and Woolworths,  ;  for a quick Pop-In at Peppertree Café; for a most wonderful winter day snooze this afternoon; for listening to another episode of Hope@Home from The Monopol of the People in Berlin, with Georgian pianist Dudana Mazmanishvili ; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 17 of Level 3, 17 June 2020.


Wednesday 17 June 2020, Day 17 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another beautiful day, in the mid-20C, sunny, warm, and a joy to be outside; for a walk in Camps Bay, popping in at Absolute Pets to say hello to Bubeka and sharing the Minsky cat escapades 🐱 with her, and buying a replacement alarm battery from Camps Bay Hardware, Jared always offering extra special service and resident prices; for a long Vit D dose on the terrace; for bumping into Linda Ransome and #eyecandy on my walk; for a second walk to Bakoven later this afternoon; for the nice photos which Danish Marlena sent me today, edited versions of those she took yesterday; for a Gameboard play on Discovery Vitality today; for darling Minsky coming back inside when I let her out this afternoon without giving me another heart attack as she did last night 🐱; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 16 of Level 3, 16 June 2020.


Tuesday 16 June 2020, Day 16 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4. 😷 (Day 82 of Lockdown)

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the most amazing Spring-like Public Holiday day today, forecast at 19C but definitely in the mid-20s C, a perfect shorts and short sleeve top day; for the energy to walk to First Beach, with not a single torn garbage bag, and minimal litter 🙏; for bumping into Haakon and Thomas Bauerkämper on the walk, not having seen each other in a while, so we needed a catch-up chat; for Maison J keeping me a croissant 🥐 until after my walk, as they sell out so quickly; for a photo shoot at my home with the Danish Marlena, helping me to rediscover what I have in my wardrobe and as yet unworn, when she looked for specific colour in the clothing I was to wear; for a one-hour tan on my terrace, I could have been on the beach, it felt so good; for Jenny Stephens coming to visit, for a Bakoven walk and a lovely spoil dinner from Pilcrow & Cleaver together, keeping me calm when Minsky went on a major adventure and we couldn’t find her, especially when it got dark, until she just walked back in as if nothing had happened…….. just happy that she returned safely ❤️🐱; for loving this day so much, and how happy everyone seemed; for cat advice from Michele Antelme 🙏; for bumping into KitKat’s dad Barry, both of whom I’ve not seen in three weeks 🐱😢; for receiving a third of my Discovery Insure premium back into my bank account for May, for minimal driving and for good driving behavior; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 10 of Level 3, 10 June 2020.

Wednesday 10 June 2020, Day 10 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for all the wonderful rain that has been falling since midnight, with more to come, it not yet being very cold, but that is likely to come tomorrow; for a two-hour window of sunshine over lunchtime, which gave me a sunny walk in my shorts and short sleeve top; for a quick visit to Pick n Pay on my way home; for being so up to date with my work that I could allow myself a cosy afternoon watching my favorite ZDF Traumschiff series, the episode being about the UAE; for exceeding 600 Restaurants in the Food and Alcohol Delivery & Collection Facebook Group, with more than 4600 members; for a Bakoven walk with a short sunshine gap but then splashed with rain… ☔️; for dancing the rest of my steps to Kfm; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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 →

Sweet Service Award goes to Pick n Pay; Sour Service Award goes to Discovery Insure!


The Sweet Service Award goes to Pick n Pay Camps Bay, and its Manager Thando, for organising a special collection of a multipack of Smarties, which the store has not had in stock for the past month. Thando requested a colleague to collect the Smarties from another branch, and called me when they were available in the store. The service at this branch has improved markedly since Lockdown.  Continue reading →

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. 🙏💙 Continue reading →