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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 70 of Level 3, Women’s Day, 9 August 2020.

 

Sunday 9 August 2020, Day 70 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4. 😷 Women’s Day

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for all the glorious rain that has fallen since last night, with a happy garden, and it not being too chilly; for two walking gaps in between the rain, allowing me a Camps Bay walk and a Woolies shop on the way at lunchtime, and an afternoon one in Bakoven with slight drizzle; for the amazing kindness of receiving a bunch of roses from Woolies Manager Gary Arendse for Women’s Day, so spoilt with this branch so close by; for being so inspired by all the stories of the women restaurant owners in the Cape, posted here as well as in the Facebook Group; for surviving a dreadful attack in a Camps Bay Facebook Group; for a rainy day afternoon snooze; for dancing the balance of my steps to Kfm; for a Discovery Cashback for my healthy Woolies food purchases; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 69 of Level 3, 8 August 2020.

 

Saturday 8 August 2020, Day 69 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a warm day caused by the pre-rain Berg wind, a winter week lying ahead of us from this evening; for Joel coming to help me clean up in Bakoven and Camps Bay; for seeing Eugene van Eck running past my home, doing a half marathon all the way from the Waterfront; for a relaxed afternoon; for a dinner spoil with Katie Friedman lying ahead; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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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 👣

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.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 67 of Level 3, 6 August 2020.

 

Thursday 6 August 2020, Day 67 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a slightly warmer day at 15C and it being sunny, although there was a very dark cloud overhead this afternoon, with a few drops of rain; for a busy morning, with a building consultant coming to check out our apartment building, and finding all sorts of waterproofing issues; for catching up on work; for getting an idea for a story for Women’s Day, profiling Women Restaurateurs, surprised at how few there are 😱; for meeting Facebook Friends John French and Alan Hoffman, recognizing me from Facebook, complimenting me on being the best-dressed Camps Bay Cleaning Lady, wearing pearls 😂; for Jenny Stephens coming to tea and a Chocolate Swirl cheese cake taste test…. mmmm ; for dancing to Kfm 💃; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 66 of Level 3, 5 August 2020.

 

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

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Gratitude for a sunny day today, despite it still being a chilly 14C as a result of a light South Easter, August looking like a wintry month all the way through; for the assistance I received from Ash Perremore Anthea Fletcher and Zoe Harbourne, who all tried to help me with my Amazon technical problem, not having lost hope yet to overcome it; for the amazing news today, that will bring an end to a five year trauma linked to my house in Hermanus, which should be confirmed tomorrow 🙏💙, Johan Prins having been sent to my Tourist Guide class with a purpose, and us becoming friends, another life lesson in the making, celebrating with a 🍷; for a walk through Camps Bay, very quiet again; for chats to Jenny Stephens, Stuart Bailey, and Johan x 2; for all the love in Camps Bay today, the sky having so many 💙-clouds 🙏💙; for a Discovery Gameboard play as well as a Cashback for low kilometers driven last month 💙; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 65 of Level 5, 4 August 2020.

 

Tuesday 4 August 2020, Day 65 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the rain which fell on and off today, lapped up by the vegetable and flower garden, catching me unawares when I did a quick walk to Maison J to get croissants 🥐, getting sopping wet but it was worth every drop in gifting Camps Bay with a beautiful rainbow 🌈 over Bali Bay; for Stuart Bailey coming to try to help me on his laptop with my Amazon job application; for the walk through the city centre, rediscovering it as a Tourist Guide, barely recognizing it, it being so quiet and so many business doors closed; for a indulgent Hot Chocolate at Honest Chocolate, nice and warm inside on this very cold 14C day; for collecting my tourist Guide card from the Western Cape Dept of Economic Affairs & Tourism on St George’s Mall, hardly recognizable without any stalls, looking like a European city pedestrian lane without any pedestrians 😱; for celebrating the two month battle of becoming officially registered as a Tourist Guide with an excellent lunch at Villa 47; for doing the Discovery Health Check at Clicks Glengariff Road 😱; for the assistance by Johan Prins and Bradley Moore to try to get the Amazon application completed; for getting into my warm bed already; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 64 of Level 3,:3 August 2020

 

Monday 3 August 2020, Day 64 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4, 130 days of Lockdown 😱😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a cooler but equally beautiful day, overcast, and now ending with rain, earlier than was forecast to start, the kitty cats getting drenched outside; for starting my day in a different manner, taking an early walk so that I could take photographs of Florence Poretti, taking an Aqua Class in the Tidal Pool, with such fabulous music such as ‘Rock around the Clock’, ‘Obladi Oblada’ and more, that I started dancing 💃 at the edge of the pool; for meeting a very friendly young man who used to jog past me in our early morning Exercise times in Level 4, turning out to be Brian Van Hansen, on whose photography website I’ve been posting some pics, what a small world; for the City of Cape Town having finally removed all the kelp we gathered into piles more than 2 weeks ago; for amazing assistance today from my Alex, Darren Combrink and his Robert Anderson, and Lindsey Killops Gibaud, in meeting the technical challenges of applying for two jobs, feeling a little like two steps forward and two backward today, with a Full Moon edge to it; for some good news about the sale of my Hermanus house, with great thanks to Johan Prins; for a Bakoven walk, seeing far too much litter; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 63 of Level 3, 2 August 2020.

 

Sunday 2 August 2020, Day 63 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another beautiful 23C day, another sunny beach day in Camps Bay, the traffic snaking through from the Hout Bay side; for a morning coffee/tea and croissant meet with Lynne Gordon at Maison J, sitting in the sun across the road, and for meeting her friend Tourist Guide and Uber driver Brandon Platt, whom I had wanted to meet, only knowing him from Facebook; for two further Camps Bay walks, one a shopping one, mainly for cat food, and because I forgot the packet at Absolute Pets from talking too much, I had to go back again to fetch it, an easy way to gain more steps; for a peaceful rest at my favorite Bench at the Tidal Pool; for the Beethoven concert from Beethoven House in Bonn by Daniel Hope of Hope@Home on Tour, his very last one of 70 he has done during Lockdown, an amazing treat; for my Alex helping me to get my CV finalized, the first I’ve written in 30 years 😱; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 62 of Level 3, 1 August 2020.

 

Saturday 1 August 2020, Day 62 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful 21C day, feeling like a sunny beach summer day, putting a spring into our steps; for surviving some tense hours as a cat mom, all ending well, with Michele Antelme assuring me that all would be good, and it was 😻; for breakfast with Jenny Stephens on top of Sea Point, enjoying sitting on the 9th floor terrace of Latitude Café; for buying the pair of Adidas shoes from Sportsman’s Warehouse that I had seen online, and for feeling like I’m floating on clouds, soooo comfortable; for spending my Discovery voucher on some Blood sugar test strips at DisChem; for popping into a busy Kleinsky’s to buy poppyseed bagels; for Jenny recommending that I buy a slice of apple tart at Baker Brothers in De Waterkant rather than at the nursery on Main Road in Sea Point, which led me to park outside Kong Grill & Bar, into which I was welcomed and spoilt like I was coming home, having danced there many an evening; for a walk through a very busy Camps Bay, some persons celebrating Eid here, I asking a lady if I could photograph her in her beautiful yellow dress; for rescuing a Woolworths trolley; for dancing to the Kfm Blok party; and for being happy and healthy 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 61 of Level 3, 31 July 2020.

 

Friday 31 July 2020, Day 61 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful 19C day, nice and sunny and warm; for a slow lazy morning but then I had to catch up over the rest of the day😱; for my mother drilling me in German, now having an opportunity to apply for two German-speaking jobs; for finding my Discovery DisChem voucher with the help of a Discovery assistant telephonically; for an energetic walk to 4th Beach in Clifton, seeing my friend Howard on the way; for Camps Bay looking busier today, with Tiger’s Milk and Caprice looking nice and busy, and the road outside my home being fully parked; for a nice weekend feel with a good weather forecast, before we dip back into winter next week; for dancing to Kfm as I write 💃; for the offer of financial assistance for my Camps Bay Clean litter work, awaiting confirmation 💙; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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