Category Archives: South Africa

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 40 of Level 3, 10 July 2020.

 


Friday 10 July 2020, Day 40 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the wonderful rain since yesterday, my pool water level climbing beautifully, and our new plants being very happy for all the water; for the breaks in the rain today, so that I could do a walk through Camps Bay, and twice through Bakoven, not getting wet at all; for the good timing of our Loadshedding, from 16h00; for a morning call with Janet Pillai, and a looong evening one with Jenny Stephens; for a little nap during Loadshedding; for dancing 💃 to Kfm; and for being happy and healthy 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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 37 of Level 3, 7 July 2020.

 

Tuesday 7 July 2020, Day 37 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4.😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a perfect day, organized and calm, with no stress, as reflected in a three point drop in my resting heart rate since yesterday, to 58 beats per minute; for a productive writing morning; for the plant shopping at Landscape Art Garden Centre as well as Sunset Sessions in Camps Bay, ahead of the big cold front arriving on Thursday; for two walks to Camps Bay, finally seeing Law Enforcement Officer Ivor Ramsay again, who I last saw at the beginning of Lockdown, inviting me into his office for a chat, sharing with him what I see in Camps Bay on my walks – what a lovely man; for bumping into Paul Kovensky, also going for a walk, updating me about the delayed opening of some of his Kove Collection restaurants to after the six-day winter storm from Thursday; for a Pick n Pay shop for my hungry cat family; for lovely weather, sunny and warm, even at 16C today; for a quick chat with my Danish friend Soren, stopping quickly while I was pushing a rescued Pick n Pay trolley back to the store, seeing him for an exciting evening tomorrow 🍷; for dancing to Dansdag on Kfm 💃; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

I did a 6 hour sleep in one stretch without painkillers last night, feeling refreshed when I woke up. I had been very busy last night, writing up my notes of the aspects I discussed at the AGM last week, to make sure that the Minutes will be far more comprehensive and correct than they were last year. Getting this off my chest must have brought my heart rate down.

My Blogpost focused on the unprofessional copying of my Restaurant lists out of two Blogposts I posted in the past month, without permission or credit. Good to get that off my chest too.

Cribbing Restaurant lists is not cool, is plagiarism, and is unprofessional!

Henry and I are so excited about our expanding vegetable and herb garden, I buying beetroot, lettuce, rosemary, lavender, thyme, origanum, parsley, cauliflower, and garlic to keep the snakes from next door away 😱. Henry has green fingers, so I bought more agapanthus, and he split some existing ones too. He replanted some other existing plants too. We have started making compost, and used the first batch of it to prepare the beds for the new plants. ☘️🍃🌿

The service at Landscape Art was fabulous, Luke knowing his plants, and my maturity-discount made it even more of a pleasure to shop there. They have a new coffee shop inside the Garden Centre too. I bought rosemary and some lillies at even more amazing prices at Sunset Sessions in Camps Bay. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

I have just been spoilt with a most delicious Roast Duck delivery by Chef Kuan Geo Lai mmmmm ❤️❤️❤️.  Thank you Chef Kuan Geo Lai for the very kind compliments you paid me about the Facebook Restaurant Delivery & Collection Group, and about my passion for the Restaurant industry. ❤️❤️ We have never met, but we did connect on the phone briefly today, Chef Kuan wanting me to try his Roast Duck, nothing I like eating more, a love I shared with my late dad. Chef Kuan offers a Delivery service, as well as Kuan Kitchen Club Cooking classes via YouTube. He also has a Deli service, sending me some kimchi too. Chef Kuan was previously at Kitima in Hout Bay, renowned for its cuisine. https://kuankitchenclub.com/shop/

#Thankyou for the spoil Chef Kuan. 🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏💙💙💙

SA Corona Status : 215855 cases 3502 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 14000 steps 10 km

Lovemylife ❤️

 

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier 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.

About Chris von Ulmenstein

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein

 

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 33 of Level 3, 3 July 2020.

 

Friday 3 July 2020, Day 33 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 (99th day of Lockdown) 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a very up and down day, learning that one needs the bad to appreciate the good even more; for catching up on sleep during the early morning and afternoon after a very restless night, having terrible toothache, needing to take painkillers; for a good writing morning, getting back into my rhythm again; for a lovely walk in Camps Bay, initially feeling sorry for myself, but once the painkiller kicked in I was right as rain, meeting Chris Robson, a newish Facebook friend from Sea Point, he recognizing me 😱, and we will meet next week for a chat, as he is in the hospitality industry too, chatting to Juanita Sweeney from Rainbow, and Jameela and her husband, the couple I met yesterday about the shop they want to open, loving her confidence and negotiating power with the landlord, all three full of compliments, making me feel much better; for what was meant to be a quick terrace snooze in the sun becoming an hour long sleep, Minsky lying on the second lounger, just like her mom…. 🐱❤️; for the highlight of the day being a visit to Bidvest Bank in Sea Point , to cash in the few $€£ still sitting in a travel card from last year, with the most amazing service; for celebrating with an ice cream at The Dairy Den, even though the (cracked) cone broke and fell into my lap…. 😱; for a lovely visit to Café Charles in De Waterkant to meet Justine Bee and to hand her the bottle of ADHARA extra virgin olive oil which she won for the presentation of her delicious Lamb Curry and information provided with the Food Delivery; and for feeling happy and healthy 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus : Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 32 of Level 3, 2 July 2020.

 

Thursday 2 July 2020, Day 32 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely day, cold initially, leading to light rain in the early afternoon, and then a sunny end of the day; for enjoying preparing today’s Blogpost; for a lovely stop at Bootlegger, and impressed with the kindness of its manager Jeandre, when I did a first short walk through Bakoven, getting home just before it started raining; for being able to award a bottle of ADHARA extra virgin Olive Oil to Café Charles in De Waterkant for its professional information and visual presentation of their delivery of a Lamb curry dinner last month; for a second longer walk, through Camps Bay, meeting new business persons setting up a business in Camps Bay; for a drink and light supper with my dearest friend Stuart Bailey, a surprise that he is such a cat lover too; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙

 

It was requested of me to compile a list of Restaurants offering a Sit-Down service, a challenge to compile it without a base to start with. But I persevered, and got to a list of about 150 restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands. I was very grateful to Christopher Mark V Lowe for allowing me to post my Blogpost on his Restaurant Facebook page. 🙏

Restaurants offering Sit-Down service in Cape Town and Winelands in Lockdown Level 3: a First List!

Jeandre of Bootlegger Bakoven was very complimentary about the Lockdown Facebook Group, without us ever having met before. We started chatting when I saw two ladies chatting over coffees there, as Sit-Down, it being the first Sit-Down customers I’ve seen since restaurants reopened on Monday. I asked permission to photograph them. I do not know them or their names.

The rain was very light, but every bit helps, and the garden is always happy. ☔️

I met a couple from up north, who found me on Facebook, and called me to ask advice about renting a store in Camps Bay for their product, hardly my forte. I was walking in Camps Bsy when they called, so met with them spontaneously, and I could give them an honest assessment of the best location to go for, and the shopping patterns of locals and tourists. I did feel very sorry for them, as they have signed already.

Stuart Bailey brought a bottle of wine, and I threw some snacks together, we sharing this on the terrace, until we had to go inside when it started drizzling again. He loved playing with Minsky, and declared her to be totally at home here🐱❤️, having had cats when he was younger. I always love our chats and his honesty, being a Sag too. ❤️

SA Corona Status : 168061 cases 2844 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 10000 steps 7 km 👣

Lovemylife❤️

 

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier 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.

About Chris von Ulmenstein

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein

 

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 →

Restaurants allowed to reopen for Sit-Down Service from today, but do they really want to? Many will wait for Alcohol Sales to be allowed and/or for Summer!

 

Today is a day of excitement as well as disappointment for restaurateurs, who have so looked forward to reopening their doors for a Sit-Down Service. The official reopening date is today, but sadly it appears that many restaurant doors will remain closed, restaurateurs citing the prohibition of serving alcohol with a meal, and this being the quietest time of the year for restaurants as the reasons why they will not reopen now, continuing with their Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection Service. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 28 of Level 3, 28 June 2020.

 

Sunday 28 June 2020, 28th Day of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for all the rain overnight and this morning, the day clearing to a mostly sunny afternoon, perfect for going for a walk as far as Clifton 4th Beach, as well as a late afternoon one through Bakoven, bumping into Haakon and Thomas Bauerkämper, the most often seen exercisers since Lockdown began over 3 months ago, I wearing a short-sleeved top, it was so nice and warm; for being a busy 🐝 this morning, having a deadline by which the Body Corporate AGM queries had to be sent to Sandak-Lewin 48 hours in advance, despite their Portfolio Manager still not having answered all my AGM questions sent to him a week ago, earning him a big fat Sour Service Award 😡; for a long cat cuddle in bed this morning 🐱; for a long chat with my MasterChick Jenny Stephens; for dancing to my playlist and to Kfm; for my stress level dropping, measured by my Resting Heart Rate; for receiving a call from the lovely Law Enforcement Officer Ivor Ramsay, who is back to look after Camps Bay, even if just for a few more days; for another concert by Daniel Hope with his Hope @ Home on Tour, performed at the Monopol, formerly a Distillery in Berlin; and for being 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 26 of Level 3, 26 June 2020.

 

Friday 26 June 2020, Day 26 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 4 and 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a most fabulous day, everything just falling into place; for being so happy with my 🐱 family; for the rain and clouds clearing after rain overnight; for a busy work morning; for the most stunning rainbow 🌈 I saw on my way home, when it started raining, but the end result pic of it was so amazing that it did not matter at all that I got wet; for a good walk to Clifton Fourth Beach; for tea with Debbie, the owner of Sorbet Camps Bay, who showed me the new protocols in her shop; for having the most amazing luck with my photographs, the sunset ones earlier this week, and the Rainbow one today, posting them in Facebook Groups which are just about pretty pictures, not having known about them before, having massively high member numbers (in the 30000s) so it is not hard to get over 1000 likes for a photograph (In my next life I’m coming back as a photographer 😱); for boldly and professionally writing to Sandak-Lewin, our apartment block managing agents, documenting all the issues we have with our Portfolio Manager, a huge relief when I got this off my chest; for dancing 💃 to Kfm out of happiness this afternoon; for a lovely honest chat with Stuart Bailey; and for being very happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →