Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 4 of Level 1, 24 September 2020.



Thursday 24 September 2020, Heritage Day 🇿🇦, Day 4 of Level 1, Day 182 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely day to celebrate our country’s Heritage; for a smooth drive to Cape Town, after stops at Good Food & Co to drop off a bottle of ADHARA extra virgin olive oil to Joey Stiglingh, one of two sisters owning the Franschhoek Deli, and buying cheeses, eggs, and yoghurt at the Dalewood Fromage Farm Shop; for the fabulous restringing of my pearl bracelets and repair of a favorite brooch by Caroline Smith in Claremont; for the collection of my Heritage Day treat of Duck Spring Rolls at Pilcrow & Cleaver; for receiving the scoop from Chef Darren Badenhorst about all his restaurant ventures coming up, a story I wrote this morning before leaving Franschhoek; for the lovely breakfast spoil at Maison Montagne; for the love connection with my babies on my return, having missed each other 😻😻; for the Jerusalema Dance Challenge we did on the Tidal Pool Beach, and later on the Tidal Pool wall, guided in doing the dance by Brazilian Eloah who lives in Camps Bay too, whose idea it was, it being hard to dance in the sand; for a wonderful sun relax on my terrace on this third great weather day,at 24C, in a row; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Venishree Mayer

I wanted to write a post about all the restaurant openings and closures in Franschhoek, but the story on the restaurant news of Chef Darren Badenhorst was so long, that I decided to split the story into two parts, and will do the other restaurant news story next week.

Franschhoek is alive and well, exciting new restaurant plans announced by Chef Darren Badenhorst!

I love Dalewood Fromage Camembert and Brie, so I can never resist stopping at their Farm Shop. They now sell milk, cream and yogurt, fresh from the farm. The service is always special. 🙏

Brian Van Hansen is an excellent photographer and videographer, only using his cellphone, and at short notice I asked him last night if he could film and photograph our Jerusalema Challenge Dance on the Camps Bay Tidal Pool beach this afternoon. He said yes without hesitation and was filming from all sorts of angles. He did some shots on my phone, and I am still waiting for his videos. (See separate shared post)

On Kfm the stand-in presenter EB was talking about the Jerusalema Challenge by President Ramaphosa when he spoke last week, so I shared ours by video and voice note, which he read out, with a host of others which were shared with him too.

It was my first time since Lockdown started that I needed to fill up a full tank of fuel, given my trips this month to Darling and Franschhoek.  Good service at BP Franschhoek.

I feel so relaxed and in holiday mode that I’m drinking a Heineken to celebrate the extra long weekend. ❤️

SA Corona Status: 667049 cases 16283 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 12000 steps 8,5 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, 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.

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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