Category Archives: Tourist Guiding

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 32 of Level 2, 18 September 2020.

 

Friday 18 September 2020, Day 32 of Level 2, Day 176 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a fabulous day, my horoscope about financial abundance for today being spot on, having the confirmation of my house sale money being paid into the Trust Account and receiving news of another windfall 🙏🙏🙏; for a mild day with the slightest drizzle at times; for a morning walk to Camps Bay, having tea with Emma Farquharson at The 41 to discuss tomorrow’s Beach Clean; for having another pot of Dilmah tea with a delish croissant 🥐 at Firefly Café as the waxing next door ran a little late; for a delightful leg wax with Angelique, done with love and care, not hurting at all; for a trip to Sea Point to exchange black slacks at PnP Clothing, and a top up of my Smarties stock, unbelievable how the price of sweets and chocolates is increasing month by month; for the purchase of cat food and treats at Absolute Pets, so that the cats can share in my good luck too; for a meeting with Rick Jackson and Tracy Jackson to discuss tomorrow’s Beach Clean Up; for spoiling myself to a very light supper at Tindlovu; and for being very happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 31 of Level 2, 17 September 2020.

 

Thursday 17 September 2020, Day 31 of Level 2, Day 175 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for sun, sun, sun, after a misty morning, with a slight chill in the 17C day; for a late sleep in, having written today’s Blogpost last night; for a walk in Camps Bay, making a leg waxing appointment for tomorrow, shopping at Woolies, and collecting discount vouchers from Tindlovu; for learning more about the cost of electricity in our apartment block, after the Power Audit was done; for having the patience in filling in more forms to be registered with CATHSSETA as a Tourist Guide, a challenging career when it comes to all the governmental paperwork prescriptions; for dropping off the forms at the lecturer’s house in Rondebosch, combining it with a number of other stops in the city, including buying my first alcohol in almost six months of Lockdown, having run out of Jameson; for more fantastic service from PnP Clothing in The Point in Sea Point; for a slice of carrot cake and tea and company from the lovely staff member at Bokeh Creative Space, looking forward to dancing there soon Adrian Lazarus; for popping in at Oxalis Eatery to drop off a bottle of ADHARA extra virgin olive oil, with four female owners of the restaurant, which opened in late August; for a half an hour stop at Pilcrow & Cleaver, having a glass of Valley Pinot Noir and a Scallop Ceviche with Orange segments, pine nuts and sultanas, oh wow…; for ending off the day with a first visit to the home of Stuart Bailey, loving my Jameson 🥃; for a Discovery Insure Fuel Cashback; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Western Cape Tourist Guiding registration goes online, will it speed up the process?

 

Having been through a two-month process of obtaining my Tourist Guiding badge, using the Western Cape Department of Economic Affairs and Tourism manual procedure to do so by submitting numerous pages via email, it was interesting to read that the Province is now offering an online Tourist Guide registration and renewal procedure.

It appears that the issuing of tourist registration cards (mine took two months) and tourist badges (still not received after three and a half months) may delay the online registration process, in that a number of departmental processes and procedures may still hold up the registration process, and may not make the Tourist Guide registration process any faster. Trying to register within the Covid Lockdown has added to the delay in the registration process.  I had to request Western Cape Premier Alan Winde for support, with a follow up, and have been impressed with the interaction with Ilse van Schalkwyk, the Chief Director of Economic Sector Support.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 17 of Level 2, 3 September 2020.

 

Thursday 3 September 2020, Day 17 of Level 2, Day 161 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful day of sunshine 🌞🌞🌞, feeling so much more cheerful; for getting my work done this morning before Loadshedding hit us the first time at midday, an opportunity to go for a Camps Bay walk; for receiving more financial Information from a Sandak-Lewin Accounts person super efficiently today 🙏; for a quick break, sitting at a table in the sun, to enjoy a slice of the super moist Carrot Cake at Manna Epicure, seeing owner Agnes Renault briefly; for friendly service from the German Butcher across the road; for meeting Jenny Stephens for tea at the recently reopened Woolworths WCafé in the Waterfront, seeing the team of René, Tracy and their male colleague, not having seen any of them in the past five months; for some walking steps on the way to Jenny’s car; for a one-hour wonder of having a chipped tooth fixed and topped with a crown 😊; for being able to dance 💃💃💃 again, first with the lovely DJ Candice Heyns, and then at La Parada Bree Street; for bumping into Gary Peterson and Thomas at Chefs Warehouse & Canteen; for getting home just in time to eat something quickly before our next load of Loadshedding at 20h00; and for being happy and healthy, a fabulous day. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: My Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 16 of Level 2, 2 September 2020.

 

Wednesday 2 September 2020, Day 16 of Level 2, Day 160 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for lots of rain ☔️, not one break in the rain all day, and more to come overnight, luckily not as cold as earlier this week; for two Discovery Vitality Gameboard plays, giving me 360 Miles; for working in my warm bed this morning; for walking half my steps in the garage, as there was no break for a walk; for an adrenaline-charged day, communicating with Premier Alan Winde, the surprisingly efficient Accounts Department of Sandak-Lewin, and with Nu-Line lift company; for dancing the rest of my steps to Kfm; 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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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 1 of Level 2, 18 August 2020.

 

Tuesday 18 August 2020, Day 1 of Level 2. The 145th Day of Lockdown. 😷.

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for an interesting day of surprises; for more sun to warm up the winter day, but the clouds still made it a chilly day, not quite as cold as yesterday; for having no writing to do, having written today’s story yesterday afternoon; for tackling Sandak-Lewin in more ways than one, not wanting to divulge too much right now; for organizing the rest of what is to become a very sociable spoiling week; for warming Camps Bay and Bakoven walks, happy to see Telkom workers fixing a badly damaged manhole and surrounding pavement; for the privilege of being able to call Councillor Nicola Jowell twice today; for our transplanted carrots growing beautifully after all the rain; for the invitation from Woolies Camps Bay to feature in a video tomorrow; for dancing to Dansdag ón Kfm; for getting an early night, as at 20h00, with the compliments of ESKOM Loadshedding 😱🥵; for the generosity of Martin Koch for fetching our Tourist Guiding Badges, and bringing mine to me this afternoon; for a cat chat with Michele Antelme; and for being happy and healthy 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 76 of Level 3, 15 August 2020.

 

Saturday 15 August 2020, Day 76 of Level 3, after 66 Days at Level 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the rain we had overnight and this morning, the drizzle this afternoon, and more to fall tonight; not as cold at 13C max as I expected, especially when I went out to walk; for the City Council, requested by Councillor Nicola Jowell, repairing the stand of one of the Camps Bay Battery cannons dating back to 1782, located below the Camps Bay High School, all getting a make-over 👏; for seeing Law Enforcement on Victoria Road, after months of no visibility, reporting a traffic problem at Caprice; for a very good shopping experience at Pick n Pay; for a late lie-in this morning with KitKat, huddling in bed together; for a very laid-back day today; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 75 of Level 3, 14 August 2020.

 

Friday 14 August 2020, Day 75 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a fabulous day full of surprises and good news; for a warm sunny day, but changing late this afternoon, the rain clouds moving in fast and rain falling now ☔️; for a short writing day; for a cat requirement shopping at Pick n Pay; for a shopping trip to the Garden’s Centre, all smooth shopping at Hartlief, Pick n Pay, and Woolies; for a visit from Acting Judge Johnny Nortje and his friend Jacques, joined by German law students Kilian and Mareike, who chose to stay in Cape Town over Lockdown, bringing Linton too, feeling like a Tourist Guide when I showed them around Bakoven; for a great after-tour relax on the terrace with a bottle of Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc and Woolies Shiraz wines, even dancing on my terrace 💃🕺, oh what fun, not experienced in a long time; for good Hermanus news; for Henry managing to get my pool full-up with the rim-flow water, which was starting to overflow; for the veg garden now having carrots added; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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