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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 →

Number of Restaurants open for Sit-Down Service in Cape Town and Winelands grows to over 300!

 

On Monday 30 June restaurants were allowed to reopen for Sit-Down Service, after having only been allowed to offer a Food Delivery service from May, and a Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection Service from June onwards.

Last week I posted a List of Restaurants offering a Sit-Down Service, in addition to the Facebook Group which I created of Restaurants offering Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection. The List I posted had over 100 restaurants. I have been updating the List, and am posting an update today, with 315 restaurants on the updated List.

The majority of restaurants offering a Sit-Down service will continue offering a Food and Alcohol Delivery and/or Collection Service. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 36 of Level 3, 6 July 2020.

 

Monday 6 July 2020, Day 36 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 😷

#Grateful for another beautiful day of mixed seasons, fog this morning, sunny this afternoon, and grey and overcast now; for no toothache all day, going to see my dentist on Wednesday to make sure all is in order; for Henry’s surprise at how our vegetable garden progressed with Joel’s work this weekend, we finishing it off tomorrow before the big winter storm hits us from Thursday; for being surprised at how lovely Cape Town is in winter, I having run overseas for the past four years to avoid it; for two Camps Bay walks today, bumping into Craig and Howard, my walking friends, on my second walk; for a productive work day; for a lovely sunset; for the fun I had in opening an Instagram account for @MinskyMaus 🐱, please do follow her, she would be so grateful 😻; for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Restaurant industry most discriminated against during Covid-19 Lockdown, Court plea to the Government to allow restaurants to serve alcohol on-site with meals!

 

Yesterday I was requested as a restaurant writer to prepare a submission for an urgent court proceeding to be brought against Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel, should he not meet the demand by today 6 July of restaurateurs that restaurants be allowed to serve alcohol with meals served, and to allow the distance rule for persons sitting at the same table to be reduced from 1,5 meters. The matter is being handled by Advocate Theo Nel, with support if the Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale, and Chef Liam Tomlin’s six restaurants, including three Chefs Warehouses.

In preparing my document, I came to the conclusion that the restaurant industry in our country has been the one most severely discriminated against, given the number of hoops and hurdles it has had to deal with in terms of do’s and dont’s in the period just before Lockdown commenced, and the 102 days since it commenced! Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 5 of Level 3, 5 July 2020.

 

Sunday 5 July 2020, Day 35 of Level 3 after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a typical Cape Town day, at least two seasons in one day, with light rain most of this morning and lovely sunshine late this afternoon; for it being pleasant to go for a walk at lunchtime, combining Camps Bay with a Bakoven walk in one go; for the support I received about the cribbing of my Restaurant Sit-Down list; for the invitation by Juandre to enjoy a Jasmine tea at Bootlegger Bakoven; for a day without any toothache or any other pain, almost 24 hours without a painkiller ❤️❤️❤️; for feeling on top of the world after 9,5 hours sleep, a record for me, clearly what I needed; for visiting DARG in Hout Bay, from which I adopted Minsky, to fetch a tablet for her; for an hour spent at my ‘third home’ La Parada, my home of dancing, but there was none of that today; for shopping at Woolworths in Hout Bay, buying ingredients for a soup; for not being stopped at a massive roadblock in Hout Bay, passing through it in both directions 🙏; for a lovely sunset; for loving the Beethoven and Mozart played by flautists Sir James and Lady Galway in Zürich with Daniel Hope at Hope @ Home on Tour, lovely happy lively music which reflects how I feel today compared to yesterday, and enjoying it with my cousin Ulrike in two different countries and hemispheres; for being requested by two restaurant owners to assist them in two issues affecting our local restaurant industry; and for being happy and healthy 🙏💙

On my walk I saw Sunset Sessions having put out tables and chairs, to create sit-down opportunities. I almost literally bumped into Howard in Bakoven, coming around the same corner on Beta Road from different directions. Juandre from Bootlegger not only invited me to tea but also helped me to look at the Cape Town Eats Facebook Group now that I have been deleted from it…. the Group owner having cribbed from my Sit-Down Restaurant list on my Blog without permission.

What a transformation at La Parada for a Sunday afternoon, few cars outside, all tables set up on ‘our’ dance floor of days gone by but no dancing allowed, and DJ Rene Tanguy playing there, seemingly still angry with me about the honesty of my feedback about the music he plays these days, not making eye contact or acknowledgimg my presence there at all. What was weird was that he turned his back on his ‘audience’, the diners! But the staff was lovely, and having an appetite for the first time in two days, I ordered fried calamari. Mmmmmm 💙

I have some writing to do for one of the restaurant owners this evening, he going to court tomorrow on behalf of the restaurant industry.

I’m very happy with my pot of home-made vegetable soup.

So much 💙💙💙💙 in the sky over Camps Bay today.

SA Corona Status : 196750 cases 3199 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 12000 steps 9 km 👣

Lovemylife ❤️

 

I posted a separate post about plagiarism from parts of my Blogposts on Facebook without permission or credit, this having happened twice in the past month, which created a lively discussion. The latest perpetrator is Pamela McOnie of Cape Town Eats, cribbing the Atlantic Seaboard section of my list of Sit-Down restaurants that have reopened:

‘Dear Friends

It’s the second time in a month that a section of one of two of my Blogposts, being lists of Restaurant closures and Reopened Restaurants, has been cribbed and shared without permission or credit to the source.

Even worse is that the Admin of the Sea Point Community Group gave permission to one of the offenders to do so. When I questioned him on this, this was his reply:

Chris Von Ulmenstein when something gets posted on this group, it becomes public information. Admin has the right to allow any member to copy, paste and share if they deem fit to do so. Since when do you own the sole rights to publish which Restaurants are open for business in Cape Town, and specifically the Sea Point and Atlantic Seaboard area?’

Surely a Facebook Group Admin does not own my content and cannot give a third party permission to commit what is outright plagiarism? 😱😢😡‘

 

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 34 of Level 3, 4 July 2020.

 

Saturday 4 July 2020, Day 34 at Level 4, after 66 days at levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for reaching the 100th day of Lockdown, having enjoyed this process and learning so far, sadly feeling at my lowest today in all the past 100 days, yet so happy to celebrate with the most beautiful music performed by Daniel Hope with Hope @ Home on Tour, from Zürich with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra, largely dedicated to the celebration of American Independence Day; for having Joel come to work today, not cleaning up Camps Bay for a change but transforming our apartment garden; for an energetic walk to Clifton Fourth Beach and back in sunny mild weather before rain comes along tomorrow; for a complimentary taste of Unframed ice cream, now available at Sunset Sessions 🙏; for a shop at Pick n Pay; for a shorter walk to Bakoven; finding horrid litter in the driveway of a house, mainly with beer bottles; for all the love in the sky today, so many 💙 clouds; and for a very early night in bed, to get over this pain. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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 →

Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town; Sour Service Award goes to LandsCape Art Garden Centre !

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town, for redoing the streetlines in the suburb,  the pedestrian crossings being especially visible now on Victoria Road in Camps Bay. The City also redid the street lines at the top of Kloofnek Road and Camps Bay Drive, which had become very faded over time, and very hard to see when driving in the rain. 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

 

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

 

On Monday restaurants were allowed to reopen for Sit-Down Service, after having only been allowed to offer a Food Delivery service from May, and a Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection Service from June onwards.

I have been requested to prepare a list of Restaurants offering a Sit-Down Service, in addition to the Facebook Group which I created of Restaurants offering Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection. The majority of restaurants offering a Sit-Down service will continue offering a Food and Alcohol Delivery and/or Collection Service.  Continue reading →