Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 106 of Level 1, 14 January 2022



Friday 14 January 2022, Day 106 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for the lessons learnt in a fabulous morning and a terrible afternoon, ending off on a good note; for a fabulous weather day, at 31C or more, perfect, with no wind; for an early departure from home, to take my car for a service to Audi in the Waterfront with barely any traffic on the way, with a very efficient car check-in; for a wonderful breakfast and temporary office table at The Granary at The Silo Hotel in the Waterfront, whilst waiting for my car for three hours, having the most wonderful catch-up chat with Edward Morton, the newish Ambassador of the Royal Portfolio; for chatting to Silo Hotel Chef Veronica Hibbert; and catching up; for Brian Van Hansen coming to say hello and collecting his ID book which I discovered in my car yesterday when I took everything out for the car service; for my car being finished punctually at 12h00; for a shoot at Utopia for a new weekend afternoon Tapas Menu; for surviving what happened this afternoon x 2; for a lovely refreshing evening walk towards the Tidal Pool, with beautiful clouds and sunset; for a call from Rebecca Bourhill, wanting to do an interview with me for the SA Chef’s Association magazine; for speaking to caring Emma; for organizing the visit of my Alex arriving from London next Friday ❤️; for not limping today and having no hip ache; and for being happy again, healthy, and free. 🙏💙

The Sweet Service Award went to Camps Bay Hardware; the Sour Service Award went to Discovery Vitality!

Sweet Service Award goes to Camps Bay Hardware; Sour Service Award goes to Discovery!

I was super delighted by the Audi service of my car, and completed at the promised time, but couldn’t open my roof initially because of something that was changed in my car boot by the car cleaners, my KFm station was changed and the cubby box between the front seats was not cleaned. On my way home, through terrible one hour traffic on Kloofnek Road from Town, I saw a red warning light go on. I called Audi immediately when I arrived at home. The assistant who had been so efficient in every respect did not know what it meant. She promised to send Audi Assist, first to my home and then outside Utopia Cape Town, where I had to photograph a new Menu this afternoon. The diagnosis: the Coolant pipe was broken, was leaking Coolant, and my car was not safe to drive ‼️. I exploded. I had to be upstairs at Utopia, but now had to wait for a tow truck to take my car to Century City and wait for a replacement car, on condition I signed four pages…. 😡😡😡😡. I had to have a driving lesson with the Audi, very different to mine, which has a key but is not inserted anywhere at all. They struggled to find Kfm for me, and now I cannot find a volume button for it. A very nice Dylan at Audi promised me that he would look after my baby, and that I would not have to pay a cent, a huge relief. 🙏 Hennie Kriel was the amazing Service Manager there in the past, and nothing like this would have happened had he still been at Audi. 💙

When I was at home for the hour this afternoon I heard a noisy racket outside our building and saw three Security Guards escorting a fancy pants Porsche into our building. The new client is a VIP I’ve been told, staying directly above me in Magali Seguillon’s EbbTide apartment 202, with a car registration number 911 KING GP. Would love any detectives to investigate for me please. There are 4 Bodyguards outside our building,, standing on the opposite side of the Road. I was petrified this afternoon 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

Tonight I deserved a drink…. almost in tears. 🍹

SA Corona Status:  3,552,043 cases 93117 deaths  28,874,068 vaccinations 

FitBit 8000 steps, 6 km 👣m

LovemylifeandloveGaryslife 💙❤️

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March 2020 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 2021, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, moved back to Adjusted Level 2 on 31 May, moved back to level 3 on 16 June, and moved back to Adjusted Level 4 on 28 June, extended by two weeks on 11 July,  returned to Level 3 on 26 July, returned to Level 2 on 13 September, returned to Level 1 on 1 October,  and the Curfew Curfew lifted on 30 December 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.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein, My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein @MyCapeTownGuide



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