Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 38 of Level 3, 8 July 2020.



Wednesday 8 July 2020, Day 38 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a most wonderful day, all the way through, with much storytelling; for amazing weather at 21C, and even warmer at 23C as I drove home now from Hout Bay, with a strong Bergwind before tomorrow’s downpour; for a tightly scheduled morning, my writing followed by a quick walk through Camps Bay and the purchase of cat treats at Absolute Pets; for buying more plants and seeds at LandsCape Art Garden Centre, including carrots, peas, and radish, getting brave now; for meeting Jenny Stephens and her friend Linda French, taking a Waterfront Granger Bay walk with coffee/tea at The Grand on the Beach; a wonderful hour and a bit in the sun, laughing at each other’s stories and each of us learning from another; my visit to the dentist being a good thing, despite no more toothache, the X-ray showing a serious abscess, which had to be taken care off, and the tooth ultimately needing a crown; for a fabulous sunset; for a good Discovery Vitality Gameboard play; for the most enjoyable, fun, funny, mouthwatering dinner with my Danish friends and Melanie Davidow at Quentin at Oakhurst Barn in Hout Bay, my first visit here, leaving for home after midnight; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

I started my day with a motivating call to Janet Pillai, who always has time for a chat, and has been so helpful with her connections and honest advice about the Facebook Group. 🙏🙏🙏

I updated my Restaurant Sit-Down list, and transformed it into a new Blogpost, now at over 300 restaurants.

Number of Restaurants open for Sit-Down Service in Cape Town and Winelands grows to over 300!

I ran a competition on my Lockdown Food Delivery & Collection Facebook Group, with ADHARA extra virgin olive oil and Ultra Lime preservative-free lime juice.

I popped in at Woolies at the Waterfront to buy more of their fabulous dirt-cheap Shiraz house wine, before Jenny, Linda and I walked to the Grand on the Beach. What a surprise to see an Old Town Italy food and coffee truck in the parking area, an Umhlanga Deli Brand that is expected to open in Cape Town by Life & Brand, an absolute favorite of mine in KZN. My friends and I were surprised when I was welcomed by name by Mario, recognizing me from my dancing at La Parada Bree Street 💃💃💃. A lovely outing, with much laughter. ❤️

When I got home I quickly planted the pansies I’d bought, before the rain starts early tomorrow morning, changed, fed my 🐱baby, and drove off to Hout Bay, for a quick drink at the house of Soren, and then driving in convoy to Quentin at Oakhurst Barn. The Barn is a decor treat, the work of Chef Quentin himself. Chef Quentin is renowned for having been the private chef of the late Sol Kerzner when he was in town. I’ll write a separate post about our dinner tomorrow. My SwitchBitch books, reflecting my stages of transformation and experiences with men in the past three years, had everyone in shock and in stitches 😂 What an amazing evening. I sat next to Melanie, and got to know more about her and Quentin, having met them at and then danced with them regularly at Dizzy’s on Sunday evenings (after La Parada) about two years ago, and met their friend Jenny too.

What a fabulous day ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

SA Corona Status: 224665 cases 3602 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 13000 steps 9 km 👣

Lovemylife ❤️


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, and lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, 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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