Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 17, 12 April 2020.



Easter Sunday 12 April 2020 🐣🐰, Day 28 of S A Corona Virus, Day 17 of SA Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a wonderful and peaceful Easter; for waking up to a gloriously wet garden, after it rained heavily all night long; for being connected to so many friends today, one going back to last communicating 4 years ago; for so many happy memories of past Easters, and lovely Brunches on my terrace, which we would have had today to celebrate Easter, had we not been in Lockdown; for the joy in giving on a day like today ❤️ ; for loving listening to the Messiah by Handel at the start to my day, in bed, it being performed on Easter Sundays in the City Hall year after year, my absolute Easter highlight; for so many Easter wishes from around the world; for it being warm enough to wear a summer dress when the sun came out; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

It was a chilly start to the day, so I wore leggings and a shirt for my shopping outing. I took a bag full of Woolies chocolate eggs, and gave some to a homeless person who got up to put some rubbish in a green bin when I walked past him; to Saliem from Bay Response, parked opposite the shops, and remembering me from dancing at First Thursdays at La Parada Bree Street; and for the cashiers at Woolies and Pick n Pay. I was lucky to get the last two packets of Hot Cross Buns each at Woolies and at Pick n Pay, bringing them to Senior Officer Ivor Ramsay at Law Enforcement (very surprised by my delivery) and the police station (no reaction at all 😱).

The stream at the Tidal Pool turned into a raging river from the glorious rain. I saw a plastic bottle in the river, and asked the homeless person if he would please take it out. He did so immediately. 🙏

It had become so warm that I could change into a summer dress, and prepare my Solo Easter Breakfast of Hot Cross Buns with honey, tea, and orange juice. Too lovely, sitting out in the sun on the terrace, and enjoying my treat. And then I heard a cat 🐱, sitting on the wall dividing my and the neighbouring apartment. She has been crying all afternoon but does not want to jump down. I’ve put out milk for her, but my arms are not long enough to take her down. 🐱

I was sent this Facebook post about the April 2020 Vogue Italy magazine cover, white being the new black, written by Gus Silber:

This is the cover of the April 2020 edition of Vogue Italia. Gone is the original cover photograph, which showed a model wearing a blue-checked Louis Vuitton twinsuit, against a blue backdrop, her gaze earnest, with just a hint of defiance.
Gone is the coverline; gone is everything but the masthead of the magazine.
The design brings to mind the Beatles album that came to be known as The White Album, because the cover was a blizzard of white, with nothing but the name of the band embossed in small letters.
But here, the minimalism, and the moment it freezes, is enough to take your breath away.
At first glance, it projects an infinite sadness: the whiting-out of joy, an epitaph for frivolity.
Who can spare a thought for fashion at a time like this, all the more so in poor, beleaguered Italia, where beauty and art have been embedded into the national culture for millennia?
But look at it for longer, look through and beyond the emptiness, and a brave new meaning emerges.
“White is rebirth, the sum of all colours, the light after darkness,” reads a note from the editor. “White is the colour of the uniforms worn by those who put their own lives on the line to save ours. It represents space and time to think, as well as to stay silent.”
The origins of Vogue, one of the world’s greatest magazines and the undisputed icon of fashion, date back to New York in 1892.
In all that time, there have been pandemics, world wars, a Great Depression, acts of terror, and the building of walls to keep people apart from one another.
But also, in all that time, walls have fallen, wars have ended, humans have landed on the moon. This cover looks to the light that beckons beyond the terrible moment.
“Above all,” concludes the editor’s note, “white is not surrender, but a blank sheet waiting to be written, the title page of a new story that is about to begin.”

I’m looking forward to the Andrea Bocelli concert on his YouTube channel at 19h00 tonight. 🎶

SA Corona Status: 2173 cases 25 deaths

FitBit 14000 steps 10 km 👣



The Corona Virus Lockdown, announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, 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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