Thursday 5 November 2020, Day 46 of Level 1, Day 224 of Lockdown 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a warm windy day, ahead of a wet weekend; for an early start, joining Brian Van Hansen on a visit to The Beach House in Hout Bay for breakfast while Brian shot photographs for the guest house website; for meeting The Beach House owner Sylvie Wrankmore, proudly showing me her rooms, and her fabulous vegetable garden; for sitting with Brian to select the best pics of our shoot on Tuesday; for a quick walk to Bakoven; for a short and sweet client meeting; for fetching Jenny Stephens and driving to Wellington, where we left our car, and were fetched by Elaine Wegelin, school classmate and Tour Guide on our Wellington Wine Walk, with whom we have had anxious discussions about the forecast weekend ￼rain over the past few days; for our lovely accommodation at Cascade Manor outside Paarl, with an olive oil tasting, followed by dinner with other walkers in our group; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙
My Blogpost today was about the new 5-course Tasting Menu which Utopia is introducing, at R195 definitely the best value in town.
Jenny and I went for a walk through the Cascade Manor property, including their olive orchard, finding a special garden of consciousness ahead of the amazing waterfall, and beautifully carved wooden hearts, benches, and even an angel. The property once belonged to the Duke of Bedford, the building built in the style of Woburn Abbey in the UK.
Cascade owner Volker Götze is an olive oil fundi, and explained to us why our SA olive oils are so good. There is no need to buy imported olive oil, he said. His wife Maike was a receptionist in my Guest House in Camps Bay 20 years ago. They serve a generous dinner, and some lovely wines.
Two of our walking group members are from Joburg, and it was so sad to hear how they don’t worry about Covid, being more concerned about staying alive with the threat of hijacking and crime. We have a lot to be grateful for in living in Cape Town. 😱🙏
Early to bed tonight for an early start to a walking day, hopefully with not too much rain.
SA Corona Status 732414 cases 19677 deaths 😷😥
FitBit 8500 steps
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, and lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, 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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