Tag Archives: Caprice

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 143 of Level 1, 20 February 2022


Sunday 20 February 2022, Day 143 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a lovely day, sunny at first and ending cloudy and humid; for writing two blogposts; for a looooong phone chat to a client; for a peaceful day, doing a shoe cupboard tidy up ; for a walk to buzzy Camps Bay, one restaurant DJ trying to outdo the other, especially Hard Rock vs Beach House, in volume and type of music, trying to give Caprice some competition; for an end-of-week ice cream from Gibson’s; for a beautiful sunset; and for being happy, healthy and free 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 73 of Level 1, 12 May 2021


Wednesday 12 May 2021, Day 73 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another special day, taught today that one needs to take chances, and that the payback can be so special; for being organized in my work this morning, preparing for my meeting this afternoon; for having tea with birthday girl Vivian Warby at Caprice, loving sitting in the sun on this beautiful day; for meeting the new next door ‘neighbour’, who has bought the erf next to us plus two behind us, planning to build three apartment blocks the size of ours 😱, by coincidence one of them in Houghton Road having the huge amount of litter which we picked up on Sunday afternoon; for a successful client status meeting at Anatoli Turkish Restaurant; for a fabulous treat and spoil Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 46 of Level 1, 15 April 2021


Thursday 15 April 2021, Day 46 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#gratitude for a beautiful day, cooler at 24C, and quite windy, but a rare South Wester for a change; for a good working morning, getting everything ready for my Utopia meeting this afternoon; for a surprise Discovery Healthy Food Cashback and Camps Bay Clean donation in my bank account 🙏; for picking up my rolls at Dinkel and getting German mustard at the shop above it; for a good client meeting; for a mini meeting with Councillor Nicola Jowell at Caprice; for a power walk to the end of Bakoven, and then up to the Tidal pool in Camps Bay, scoring on more beautiful sunsets and 300 Discovery points ; for making progress with the Anatoli website redesign, the temporary site going live this afternoon; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 42 of Level 1, 11 April 2021


Sunday 11 April 2021, Day 42 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a very relaxed and calm day; for getting work finished, addressing a feedback email which needed diplomacy; for having my cats sharing my bed when I write in it, Minsky being lights out after another late night of gallivanting; for a sleep catch up; for a snooze on the terrace on a lovely sunny 23 C day; for a power walk that I didn’t think I’d have the energy for, tackling the 100 steps of Houghton steps, and incorporating the Camps Bay Promenade, very busy, DJs at Mynt, Caprice, The 41 and Tigers Milk trying to compete for the loudest and best music 😱; for earning 300 Discovery points; for a beautiful sunset; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 30 of Level 3 Adjusted, 26 January 2021.


Tuesday 26 January 2021, Day 30 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 307 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely relaxed day, at 24C, the South Easter blowing now; for a productive working morning; for a surprise call from a former Camps Bay guest house neighbour in Camps Bay, needing a Social Media Manager, giving my day a pep; for a late afternoon walk to Clifton Fourth Beach and back, and for little litter along the way; for a power nap; for a beautiful sunset; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Camps Bay Restaurants operating over the Festive Season, many are open right through!


With beaches now allowed to be open until 19h00,  Camps Bay Restaurants are likely to be busy for the next two weeks.

Not all restaurants will be open on Christmas Day or on 1 January, so I have compiled a list of the Camps Bay restaurants, with their trading days.

We wish you and your family safe travelling and beach enjoyment.



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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 19 of Level 1, 9 October 2020.


Friday 9 October 2020, day 19 of Level 1, Day 197 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the final step of the Hermanus House Headache having been reached, with the transfer taking place today, ending a 5 1/2 year nightmare, once again with thanks to Johan Prins; for the rain that came down as if in cloudbursts this morning and this afternoon, getting poor KitKat sopping wet both times, but sunny for the rest of the day; for a relaxed stress-free day; for a lovely cup of tea and chat with Emma at The 41; for meeting our brand new team of Camps Bay Car Guards, neatly dressed in blue jackets, distanced a few meters apart on Victoria Road; for writing and sending a proposal which I had been procrastinating about; for seeing the newly renovated Café Caprice; for seeing that the City of Cape Town has removed the tree stump outside Mynt; for a lovely looong catch up call with my Alex ❤️; and for being very happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 20 of Level 2, 6 September 2020.


Sunday 6 September 2020, Day 20 of Level 2, Day 164 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the arrival of Spring, finally, what a beauty of a day at 21C 🌞; for a glorious day; for meeting Johnny Nortje and walking to Camps Bay, dropping off a sample pack of Dilmah Teas at Firefly Café, to try out and to use until they get their tea order delivered; for a fabulous lunch with Johnny at Tindlovu Restaurant in the Camps Bay Promenade, meeting up with Chef Chris Papayannes (whom I’d last seen at the Newton Johnson Restaurant about 6 years ago), and now Group GM of the 10 Tindlovu restaurants around the country; for a drive with Johnny to Blouberg, walking along the Beachfront; for a second Camps Bay walk, walking with Lisa Hayden whom I bumped into when I was actually heading for Bakoven; for the City of Cape Town having spare electricity, which prevented us from being Loadshed at 18h00, coming off scot-free today; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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 →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 68 of Level 3, 7 August 2020.

Friday 7 August 2020, Day 68 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the most fabulous day, starting with the perfect sunny day, forecast at 17C but in the 20sC for sure, a taste of summer again; for a busy morning, not having slept as much as I should but being very happy today just from the sunshine plus more; for meeting Vivian Warby for tea and a croissant 🥐 at Maison J, not having seen each other since Lockdown, so much catching up to do; for having a crown made, made in the dentist rooms with a 3D laser, taking 12 minutes, technically unbelievable; for finding a pair of walking shorts I was looking for at Sportsman’s Warehouse, with less good service than I usually receive at The Point Branch; for picking up some more poppy seed bagels at Kleinsky’s; for meeting Bryce Shapiro at Latitude Café to tackle my Amazon problem, but we needed to contact an Apple Wizz friend of his, to understand the Browser problem we are experiencing in the application process, my phone software and Browsers all being up to date; for selling my house in Hermanus Yipee Yay ❤️; for meeting with Lisa Hayden, coming to fetch a slice of the cheese cake which I kept for her; for a cat food bulk pack pet food shop at Pick n Pay; for dancing to Kfm 💃; for bumping into Tidal Pool swimmer Dave Talbot at the Pool on my walk, his first swim in more than 4 months, what a fabulous hug 💙; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

My Blogpost today was the Sweet & Sour Service Awards, which went to Maison J and Telkom, respectively.

Sweet Service Award goes to Maison J; Sour Service Award goes to Telkom!

Vivian and I went to Caprice for tea, but the service was so slack that we left and went to Maison J.

It’s hard to summarize the drama of the five-year journey of getting my former Hermanus guest house sold. It was sold on an auction to a person who turned out to live in my house without paying occupational rent, who used my property to store furniture and other belongings from another house, stole the geysers, aircons, safes etc so that he could reduce the purchase price, didn’t once provide guarantees for the balance of the payment due, took us to court when we tried to sell the company owning the property to another person, and had himself registered as the only person allowed to buy the property, but never paying for it in the five years, finally buying a house elsewhere, and out of some bizarre spite still hung on to my sale until we threatened him with court action. A horrid notorious Hermanus man. 🥵🥵🥵🥵

And then by luck or was it meant to be, I didn’t just gain a Tourist Guide qualification as a result of the course I took, but I also met the lovely and kind Johan Prins, who heard my Hermanus tragedy, connected me to a property developer there, and the rest is history! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Today was the three year anniversary of starting a dental journey with my dentist Dr Wim de Beer in the Waterfront, having implants done, and recently the crown after a root canal. I also had to have a tooth extracted today, a tough job to get the molar out with all sorts of ‘pliers’, but finally it was out. I needed to take a pain killer when I got home and buy a course of antibiotics. Kfm, Dave Talbot, Tidal Pool, camps bay, sea Point, There were some service issues with the receptionist which I fed back to the dentist, and he promised that he is addressing them. So I gained a brand new tooth today, and lost an old unnecessary one.

The Red Bus started operating again today, only doing so on weekends initially. So sad to see a Bo-Kaap landmark Batavia Café announce its closure on Instagram.

Loved my long chat with Jenny Stephens this evening ❤️❤️❤️.

SA Corona Status: 545476cases 9909 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 15000 steps 11 km 👣


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.

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