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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 67 of Level 1, 6 May 2021


Thursday 6 May 2021, Day 67 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a successful day; for getting up early to finish all my work so that I could squeeze in a power walk up 100 Houghton Steps, and coming down my secret Bakoven lanes with a total of 100 steps, being protected against the very strong Southeaster, receiving 300 Discovery points; for my Dinkel poppyseed rolls being ready for me; for an interesting meeting at Origin Roasting, drinking a lovely Nigiro Earl Grey Bloom tea; for a good Utopia Status meeting with Dilmah Earl Grey tea, crowned by a rainbow; for a quick pop in at Grand Pavilion, but the owner wasn’t there; for a cosy soup-in-bed evening; for Kfm playing great music to finish my steps for today; and for being happy, healthy and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to BP President; Sour Service Award goes to Pick n Pay Camps Bay!


The Sweet Service Award goes to BP President petrol station in Sea Point, and its attendant Michael. Since switching to Discovery Insure last year, I have been filling up at this petrol station, and had the luck to be served by Michael on that day. Since then I have always requested him. Yesterday I went to do my monthly fuel up, and he proactively checked the oil and water, washed all four windows plus the windscreen, checked the tyres, and even found a little top for one of the tyres which an attendant at a Camps Bay garage had forgotten to put back on.  What a pleasure to see and tip him each time. Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Grand Pavilion is grand in its Food and Decor, yet affordable, Website and Service needs attention


I have great admiration for what Restaurateur Michael Townsend has achieved in more than twenty years of restauranting in Cape Town, always creative in the restaurant concepts.

At a time when most restaurant owners would not dream of opening a restaurant, Michael has boldly opened the grand Grand Pavilion on Beach Road in Sea Point, opposite the landmark Pavilion, two Sea Point icons now facing each other. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 43 of Level 1, 12 April 2021


Monday 12 April 2021, Day 43 of Level 1. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for one of the best Mondays in a long time, a day of leisure and dining indulgence; for getting my writing completed in time; for the treat of the company of Gary Peterson for 5 1/2 hours at the new Grand Pavilion Restaurant on Beach Road in Sea Point, and for getting such a fabulous table nearest the pavement, with the view onto the palm tree-lined Beach Road Boulevard; for a guided tour of Harry’s Bar by owner Michael Townsend; for meeting FaceBook Friend Johnny Snyman who was there too; for chatting to Brian Van Hansen who cycled past our table and came to chat; for lovely food, especially Gary’s rack of lamb and my Chocolate Torte dessert; for being spoilt with a cocktail/mocktail with the compliments of Michael; for just indulging in the lovely lounge seating area; for fabulous service from Charlene Shapiro of CNC Products, who dropped off an order of mixed nuts and cake mix at the restaurant, knowing that I was there; for a walk with Vivian Warby almost immediately after coming home, indulging in the most amazing sunset at Bakoven, sitting on the steps of a bungalow of a most kind owner; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 41 of Level 1, 10 April 2021


Saturday 10 April 2021, Day 41 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Gratitude for a cooler cloudy day; for a busy day, starting with a leg wax at the Skin Studio, for the exceptional service from Nicholas at the iStore in the Waterfront, in transferring my photographs and files from the old to the new iPad, for a German shop at Hartlief in Gardens, and fetching figs at Peppertree Café; for a power walk on my secret Bakoven path, with the 300 points earned finally getting me to reach my goal of exceeding the Discovery Points halfway mark of 25000, now reaching Silver ; and for being happy and healthy 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 25 of Level 1, 25 March 2021


Thursday 25 March 2021, Day 25 of Level 1, Day 364 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another beautiful summer day, again close to 30 C in the city; for surviving the day on 3,5 hours of sleep; for getting my work done in time this morning; for an entertaining hour with Garth Angus of Wagyu Direct, giving him a crash course in Social Media; for collecting my poppyseed rolls at Dinkel; for a good Status meeting at Utopia; for the luck of getting great coverage in Cape Town Etc for Anatoli; for a shopping spree at the Waterfront, wishing I hadn’t; for a less energetic stroll to the Camps Bay Pick n Pay, getting some groceries I had intended to get in the Waterfront; and for being healthy but tired. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 24 of Level 1, 24 March 2021


Wednesday 24 March 2021, Day 24 of Level 1, Day 363 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another beautiful summer day at 29C, with no wind; for getting my work done this morning, in such good time that I could spoil myself with an apple tart at Labotessa in Parliament Street; for a good Status meeting with Anatoli, Chef Jacques preparing three starters for me to photograph in preparation of Restaurant Week, which starts next week; for popping in at Mr Price Home but not finding what I wanted; for picking up paint sample cards at Laughton’s; for a walk through the Artem Centre, spoiling myself with the most expensive ice cream I’ve ever bought, at Coco Safar; for an uplifting and energizing walk between Bakoven and Camps Bay, at sunset, taking some good photographs, and getting a good Cardio boost and 300 Discovery points; for two Discovery Gameboard plays; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

My Blogpost today was the good news of yesterday that the British & Irish Lions will play in SA in July and early August, two matches out of 8 being in Cape Town. Let’s hope that some spectators are allowed. 🙏

British & Irish Lions Rugby Tour to South Africa to go ahead in July 2021!

I was shocked, while walking through SANS, that two chaps chatted to each other in the organic food shop in the Centre, both not wearing masks. One gave me a mouthful when I asked them to wear a mask, saying that the mask-wearing law had been contested and reversed in court. Such BS. I then called a manager and asked him if he could deal with them. Proudly the cheeky one told me that he is the owner of SANS, Lebanese JP Bolus😡😡😡! He remembered that I had interviewed him three years ago and that he was proud of it. He owns SANS, Loading Bay, and Pauline’s. Wont be going back there again! 🥵🥵🥵🥵

SA Corona Status 1 540 009 cases 52372 deaths 😷🥲 207808 vaccinations

FitBit 9000 steps 7 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, lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, lowered to Level 2 from 18 August, lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, and moved back to Adjusted Level 3 from 29 December,  extended to 15 February on 11 January, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, 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 4 of Level 1, 4 March 2021.


Thursday 4 March 2021, Day 4 of Level 1, Day 344 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful and cooler day; for getting my writing and meeting preparation done this morning; for a good Status meeting with my client; for a shop at Woolworths at St John’s, bumping into soon-to-be birthday boy John French and Alan Hoffman, so kind with all their compliments, and inviting me to a pre-celebration tea with them 💙; for my own celebratory ice cream at The Dairy Den, being spoilt with a huge portion; for an energizing brisk walk to Camps Bay and back, it being chilly with the wind having picked up and the sun having set just after 19h00, earning 300 steps; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 49 of Level 3 Adjusted, 13 February 2021


Saturday 13 February 2021, Day 49 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 344 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for an amazing day with many surprises; for Imtiaz coming to work; for a leg wax at the Skin Studio in Sea Point, Stephanie always being gentle 💙; for a lovely hair cut and colour by Isabella Page Morgan 💙; for getting to my lunch date with Gary Peterson at the new Noah Café almost on time, spending a most wonderful lunch and afternoon there 💙; for collecting the last three boxes of figs from Peppertree Café 💙; for a quick clean up walk with Imtiaz, but we were far too early as the picnickers were still in Camps Bay in full force, so I’ll go and do the rest tomorrow after the rain; for a fabulous evening at Utopia, lovely to see that it was so full that reservations were closed for this evening; for a surprise gift pack of wines and a gin standing outside my door from the lovely UK clients staying in one of the apartments in our building, with whom I had such a lovely restaurant chat two days ago, who had to return to the UK today due to a serious illness of his brother-in-law; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 47 of Level 3, 11 February 2021


Thursday 11 February 2021, Day 47 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 342 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a fabulous day, peaceful, calm, with beautiful weather and no wind, and super organized; for having the chutzpah to address an email to the Sandak-Lewin MD very early this morning and receiving the most surprising reply almost immediately 👏; for an easy-flowing Blogpost; for collecting my poppy seed rolls at Dinkel Bakery; for buying some German treats at Hartlief, for paying my Rates & Taxes at Pick n Pay, and some other groceries at Woolies, paying my last Vodacom account ever, all at the Garden’s Centre, for no Loadshedding when we were meant to have it from 8h00; for a lovely Client status meeting at Utopia, getting excited for a very busy weekend lying ahead for the restaurant; for a Camps Bay walk, asking a bride if I may photograph her, she knowing me from my Straatwerker cleaning more than a year ago, her name being Sarah from Seeff Atlantic Seaboard; for reaching 10200 Discovery points for this year to date, only needing another 40000 points to get to Diamond status; for only paying R5 for a 2 kg bag of Royal Canin kitten food with free delivery by Pet Heaven expected on Monday, thanks to Elize Skriker; for an ice cream treat and dancing at The Dairy Den; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →