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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 45 of Level 3, 15 July 2020.


Wednesday 15 July 2020, Day 45 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful sunshine day, with a nippy start, putting a lift into everyone’s step, and happy that we will have another 7 days of sunshine before the next rain arrives; for getting my writing done in good time; for being spoilt by a lunch invitation at Latitude Café in Sea Point, a lovely setting in the 9th floor on the Latitude ApartHotel, connecting with two acquaintances; for donating blood 🩸, Rita Rodrigues being the nicest staff member there, always a pleasure to give, for being offered tea and biscuits afterwards, and receiving a present; for the amazing generosity of Discovery Vitality today…. not often experienced; for picking up two desserts on the Pilcrow & Cleaver menu this week in town, and meeting owner Chef Judi Fourie, only having messaged each other up to now; for a walk through Camps Bay, no clearing up of storm debris done yet, so I’ve booked Joel for tomorrow so that we can start with clearing the pavements, so that locals can walk again; for a walk through Bakoven at sunset time; for missing out on Loadshedding today; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Divas Unite celebrates Women’s Day 2015, benefits women’s cancer charity!

imageWomen’s Day is a unique public holiday, celebrated only in South Africa. Yesterday our country’s women were celebrated with an almost all-women cast of musical performers at Divas Unite, held at the City Hall in Cape Town.

The event was organized expertly by Opulent Living’s Barbara Lenhard, overcoming severe obstacles in making the event happen so smoothly. When we arrived, Frey chocolates greeted us with bowls of their chocolate balls, while main sponsor Infiniti offered imageguests packets of jelly beans. My friend Jenny Stephens and I were extremely grateful to have been allocated such fabulous Continue reading →

Grand Café & Beach Dinner & Show celebrates ‘all things grand’ and Mother’s Day!

I have met lovely Kim Kallie and her husband Iain and daughter Sarah Page Banner twice in the past two weeks. Last week it was at The Grand Café & Beach, at a function to publicise the new show ‘Mom and Me‘ that will be performed by mother and daughter duo Judy Page and Kim Kallie from 10 – 12 May, to celebrate ‘all things grand’, Mother’s Day, and the special relationship between mothers and their daughters.

Judy Page is a well-known singer who has lived in Johannesburg for most of her life, a grande dame of theatre, who has had lead roles in the major Broadway and West End musicals.  She told me that she has won three Naledi Theatre Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award recently. She loved performing with orchestra leader Gerry Bosman. She is a performance coach now for her agent, training up ‘seedlings’, she said.

Kim Kallie, using her mother’s maiden name as her stage name, was our country’s biggest recording artist in the mid-Eighties, and performed Madonna’s music under her second star name ‘Margino’, when Madonna prohibited her music from being played in our country.  She had lead roles in ‘Evita’ and ‘Tell me on a Sunday‘, and achieved double gold, before moving to London for ten years.  She and her family moved to Cape Town recently.

Judy Page and Kim Kallie will perform under the direction of Johan Laas, who will accompany them on piano. He was the Musical Director of ‘Idols’ for ten years.  The programme includes classics such as ‘Moondance’, ‘Desperado‘, and ‘Feeling Good’, Lloyd Webber hits, as well as a musical journey around the world to ‘Amsterdam‘, ‘Spain’, ‘Paris in Springtime‘, and ‘Barcelona’.  The show will include theatre too.

While we did not hear Judy and Kim perform, we did get a taste of Grand on the Beach Chef Greg Beaverstock’s new winter menu, and received a printed copy of the menu for the show evenings.  Chef Greg was previously at the Five Flies, and will be serving a three course meal, with starters of fish cakes, a winter salad, and carrot and red lentil soup; mains of braised beef ‘pot au feu‘ or line fish with a wild fennel and ginger sauce; and a dessert of lime-chocolate tart with almond ice cream, which was one of our lunch dishes.

Having met both Judy Page and Kim Kallie, and given the calibre of their talent, ‘Mom and Me’ is sure to be a very special evening out with the girls and their moms. I enjoyed meeting Jane Lello, who handles the marketing for Grand Africa, the holding company for all the Grand properties in Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay.

Grand Café and Beach, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.  ‘Mom and Me’, 10, 11 and 12 May at 19h00.  Tel 072 586 2052. www.grandafrica.com Twitter: @GrandAfrica   Tickets www.webtickets.co.za R 450 includes Dinner and Show.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage