Tuesday 8 September 2020, Day 22 of Level 2, Day 166 of Lockdown 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a beautiful day; ￼for a quick walk this morning to get some steps, energizing me to write my Blogpost when I got back home; for being well organized in leaving for a Roadtrip, with my school friend Jenny Stephens ; for meeting Chef and Restaurateur Prim Reddy Chapter at her new Indian Chapter in Blouberg for the first time; for a lovely drive to Darling, visiting Evita se Perron, Darling Brew, and had tea and scones at The Marmalade Cat; for staying over at Waylands Guesthouse on the Waylands Farm, seeing flowers on the way already; for walking the last steps of the day on the Farm; for ending a lovely day with a Braai; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙
There was a lot of litter to pick up on my walk this morning. It was wonderful to walk with a short sleeve top and shorts so early in the morning already, being warm enough.
I wrote a Blogpost about the new ‘Passion for Pairing’ Book by Sommelier Jean-Vincent Ridon, with a range of about 100 dishes paired with 100 different beverages, mainly wines.
I fetched Jenny and we headed to Blouberg to meet Prim, gifting her a bottle of ADHARA EVOO olive oil, in recognition of being a top Women Restaurateur. She has recently moved to smaller premises across the road from where she operated previously. She spoilt us with a range of Indian dishes to try, made in her Tandoor oven, including coconut and cashew Naan, butter chicken, lamb masala, and chicken and fish tikka.
Our drive along the West Coast took us along the ocean, with patches of mist, until we reached ￼Darling. We found Evita se Perron, the restaurant now run by the owners of Darling Sweets. Generally the property looked a bit neglected. No one was interested in us at Darling Brewery, where one can eat and taste their extensive range of craft beers. We had tea at The Marmalade Cat, the owner telling us that they are run off their feet, being so busy in the last three months of Lockdown.
Waylands Guest House is in a building built in 1892. It has five en-suite bedrooms. The owner is Jeanette Duckitt, who went to school in Wellington with Jenny and I. Tomorrow more classmates are joining us for lunch. Dinner was a lovely Braai. We would have had our 50-year Matric Reunion this month, but it had to be postponed to next year due to Covid. So our English class is getting together tomorrow to see the wild flowers at Waylands.
S A Corona Status: 640441 cases 15086 deaths 😷😥
FitBit 10000 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, and lowered to Level 2 from 18 August, 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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