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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 22 of Level 3, 22 June 2020.:


Monday 22 June 2020, Day 22 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another fabulous day, so misty this morning that it looked as if it would rain, but it cleared this afternoon; for a good challenging Blogpost written today, which just flowed; for getting more Body Corporate AGM work done; for a good walk to 4th Beach in Clifton, with minimal litter 🙏 ; for a quick small shop at Pick n Pay; for getting a waxing appointment at Sorbet when they open tomorrow 👏👏👏; for Minsky climbing her first tree, and getting down it again, a challenge initially 🐱; for being calm and peaceful; for fabulous sunsets tonight; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Government described as ‘irresponsible’ for not allowing Restaurant Sit-Down Service at Lockdown Level 3!


Despite being on the mailing list of the Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA), I did not receive the media statement which formed the basis of a Saturday Star story this past weekend about the Restaurant industry, and how it is suffering. Usually polite about the Government in its communication, this report presents a more critical RASA, describing the Government as ‘irresponsible’ in not allowing restaurants to open for a sit-down Service. Currently Restaurants are allowed to offer a Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection Service in Lockdown Level 3. Continue reading →

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


Sunday 14 June 2020, Day 14 of Level 3, after 66 days at Lockdown Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the lovely rain falling now, as well as early this afternoon, it can never rain enough ☔️; for a sun break this afternoon so that I could do a Camps Bay walk and pop in at Pick n Pay, its Service having improved vastly since Lockdown, now stocking local butter again after only selling imported brands, when I requested this of the manager 🙏; for a spoil morning in bed, becoming a bad habit, when I felt cold; for loving wearing my shorts when I walk, not feeling the cold then, asked by a local on the walk if I’m a foreigner in wearing the shorts …. ; for the privilege of listening to a Solo piano concert by Nina Schumann, playing virtually for the first time from Casa Labia in Muizenberg, by invite from Louise Howlett 💙🙏🎶; for a special concert coming by Daniel Hope in Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps, tonight indoors; for dancing to my fabulous playlist, a mix of pop and classic, both danceable 💃💃💃; for a long phone chat with Jenny Stephens; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 10 of Level 3, 10 June 2020.

Wednesday 10 June 2020, Day 10 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for all the wonderful rain that has been falling since midnight, with more to come, it not yet being very cold, but that is likely to come tomorrow; for a two-hour window of sunshine over lunchtime, which gave me a sunny walk in my shorts and short sleeve top; for a quick visit to Pick n Pay on my way home; for being so up to date with my work that I could allow myself a cosy afternoon watching my favorite ZDF Traumschiff series, the episode being about the UAE; for exceeding 600 Restaurants in the Food and Alcohol Delivery & Collection Facebook Group, with more than 4600 members; for a Bakoven walk with a short sunshine gap but then splashed with rain… ☔️; for dancing the rest of my steps to Kfm; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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


Sunday 7 June 2020, Day 7 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 4 and 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another glorious sunny day 🌞; for doing a walk with Jenny Stephens to First Beach Clifton and back this morning, spending three hours of chatting time together, including a coffee and croissant 🥐 stop at Maison J; for being so calm and peaceful; for getting over another admin hurdle, compiling all the certificates that need to be sent to the Western Cape Tourism Department with a detailed form to be completed that I had to search information for, so that I can receive my Tourist Guide Badge; for a lovely peaceful walk through Bakoven; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Pick n Pay; Sour Service Award goes to Discovery Insure!


The Sweet Service Award goes to Pick n Pay Camps Bay, and its Manager Thando, for organising a special collection of a multipack of Smarties, which the store has not had in stock for the past month. Thando requested a colleague to collect the Smarties from another branch, and called me when they were available in the store. The service at this branch has improved markedly since Lockdown.  Continue reading →

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


Wednesday 3 June 2020, Day 3 of Level 3, after 66 days of Level 4 and 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a surprisingly warm start to the day, despite it being very misty, when I left home to exercise at 7h30, the cyclists having their lights on, getting up to Clifton First Beach; with fewer bags on the pavements and fortunately none torn open; for the rain falling overnight; for the generosity of Margit and Chris Roberts, residents of Camps Bay, for making a further contribution to Camps Bay Clean, which I collected from their home after the walk; for the Pick n Pay Manager finding me a box of Smarties at another store and having it collected, so that I can collect it from them tomorrow (stockpiling Gary Peterson… 😂); for not having writing pressure this morning as I had written the story about the Court finding the Level 3 and Level 4 regulations to be ‘unconstitutional and invalid’ last night already, for revisiting Dinkel Bakery and Peppertree Café, each sending me a message today that their free-range eggs and lemon chiffon cake, respectively, had arrived; for experiencing the professional Covid service of a security officer at a building of law firms on Keerom Street, having my temperature taken, at 35C, when I went to collect a file; for getting to my laundry service with my laundry of 66 days, and being able to receive it back tomorrow; for an ice cream treat at The Dairy Den in Sea Point, it having been on top of my list of places to go when it reopened; for having a spoil dinner of Lamb curry with yellow rice and sambals as well as Malva Tart delivered to my home by Café Charles in De Waterkant 🙏; and for being fit and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus Lockdown: Day 1 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 4 and 5, 1 June 2020.


Monday 1 June 2020, Day 1 of Level 3, after 66 days of Lockdown Levels 4 and 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a day of ❤️, happiness, and beautiful weather; I went to exercise at my now-normal time, loving the early morning freshness and sunrise to photograph, getting as far as Glen Beach, there being lots of litter to pick up due to overflowing bins, with lots of disposable coffee cups from the weekend; to have our Building Manager Henry back at work, working with him in applying the Covid Compliance Code, setting up a Sanitation Station; for meeting Stephané Schoeman and her husband Anton Velleman, owners of the Vida e Caffe in Camps Bay, who invited me for a tea to chat about my post about Camps Bay yesterday, Stephané getting a garbage bag to clear out the green bin across the road from their outlet, overflowing this morning, so I squashed its contents down to make space for more cups whilst I was on my first walk 👏; for a little shopping trip to Tamboerskloof, getting my favorite poppy seed rolls at Dinkel Bakery, lusting for them for 67 days, and at Peppertree Café on Kloof Street, both reopening as Deli’s today; for another walk to Bakoven; for a fun call with Stuart Bailey; for a tremendous feeling of freedom today, being allowed to be outside when we want to; for dancing 💃 to Kfm; for updating the Facebook Restaurant Delivery and Collection Group pages; for hearing from my dearest friend Llewellyn Lambert, missing him so much, a message out of the blue 🍎🍎🍎; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙


At the end of Exercise Time I checked the store opening and closing times at Pick n Pay and Woolworths, hearing at the latter that they have roast chicken in stock again. This became my most reacted to photograph of the day. 😱

I had to cut my exercise time short as I had to be back at 8h30 to let Henry inside, having kept his keys during Lockdown. We are going to start composting my Veg and fruit offcuts, my tomato plants growing very well already without having planted any.

It felt like a new week, a new month, a new year, excitement in the air, so I put fresh bedding on my bed and got my laundry ready to take to the Laundrette when things quieten down.

After visiting Vida I popped in at Cafe Caprice, which reopened today, chatting to owner David Raad, he reassuring me that the restaurant alcohol prices will be very reasonable. I also popped in at Tiger’s Milk, having heard that they had reopened too, but they will only operate from tomorrow. I loved their Sanitation Station ……. in Corona boxes. 😱. Funniest was a foot bath in which to disinfect one’s feet….. 😷😂 . Next I said hello at Rainbow, which has been open since May, but not during Exercise Time. I succumbed to a mask with red hearts – how could I not buy it…. ? ❤️

A walk through the Promenade was scary, every second Shop closed down: Daluca gift shop, the hair boutique, two pop-up boutiques, Jessy’s Waffles, Out of this World, and The Butcher. 😢

I compiled a first list of the more than 20 restaurants which have closed down in Cape Town and the Winelands since Lockdown. And there are more, I heard this afternoon.

Restaurants in Lockdown: some have closed down, others have moved towards Food Delivery & Collection, and Alcohol Sales, as Restaurant Sit-Down remains prohibited, June 2020.

But I’m delighted for the Restaurants that are open, offering Food Delivery & Collection, and if licensed, also selling alcohol from their restaurants from today onwards. Some crazy pics of bottle store queues today, who would want to stand in one?

For the first time in about 30 years alcohol may be sold off-consumption in Camps Bay from today – history in the making … 🍷🥃🥂

A lovely day all in all, feeling so ‘normal’ again, yet still strange. 😷😷😷

SA Corona Status: 17291 steps 705 deaths 😷😥

FitBit 18000 steps 13 km 👣

Lovemylife ❤️


The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week 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.


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 27 of Level 4, 27 May 2020.

Wednesday 27 May 2020, Day 27 of Level 4, after 35 days of Level 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for being able to walk this morning, with a light drizzle and then it stopping at 8h00, giving me an hour to get as far as Glen Beach, earning 300 Vitality points for the Cardio workout despite it being my shortest walk since Level 4 started; for bumping into Haakon and Thomas Bauerkämper, who walked back with me as far as my home; for a story I enjoyed writing today; for KitKat and Minsky lying on my bed together for the first time; for enjoying staying home, it being very chilly today, needing a brandy warm-up with dancing 💃💃💃; for finally receiving my Western Cape & PE Cultural Tourist Guiding and Wine Guiding certificates today; for receiving a Discovery Vitality Gameboard play, and exceeding 1000 points, allowing me to buy another pack of raw nuts at DisChem; and for being healthy and fit 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 26 of Level 4, 26 May 2020.


Tuesday 26 May 2020, Day 26 of Level 4 after 35 days at Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for having the energy and determination to get out of bed to exercise, walking as far as the start of Clifton from our side, when the few of us venturing out were gifted with a most fabulous rainbow 🌈; for more fabulous service from Bukeka at Absolute Pets, to have an ID disk made for Minsky, as she has never been outside a building before; for treating myself to a Maison J croissant 🥐 for breakfast; for a good working day; for doing a shopping walk, and trading some cold drinks for getting the stream filled with litter cleaned up by some Homeless guys nearby; for having the Pick n Pay staff and managers back, having been in quarantine for a week; for more fabulous rain today, with a bit of a bite from snow in Ceres; for chatting to Linda-Louise Roosenschoon; for dancing to Kfm Dansdag; and for being healthy and happy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →