Friday 17 July 2020, Day 47 at Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for the Blessing of this beautiful 24C ‘summer’ day, with a light breeze, being able to wear a summer dress; for our flat calm ocean after it being so wild and angry earlier this week; for meeting dear friend Jenny Stephens here for a walk and then spoilt with a coffee/tea and a croissant 🥐 at Maison J; for a flood of amazing messages received on Facebook about the Camps Bay clean-up yesterday, very humbling how it is appreciated; for meeting Facebook Friend Lynne Gordon near the Tidal Pool, singing my photography praises to her friend Linda Gawronsky, asking me to photograph them in the Tidal Pool, and promising a meet up, she saying that we are both optimists; for heaps of praise from a fellow walker, who said she knew it was I who created the transformation in Camps Bay yesterday after the storm; for having so much to be grateful for, with the company of my gorgeous Minsky, so at home here, and to be able to live in this fabulous Camps Bay; for bumping into a German family on my walk which I used to see at classical music concerts, what an amazing reunion ❤️, the cherry on my day; for an efficient and friendly shop at our Woolies; for Loadshedding having disappeared as quickly as it arrived; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙
Fridays are Sweet & Sour Service Awards day, I having survived the verbal assault about last week’s Sour Service award going to McQueens. Today the winners were Discovery, usually in my dogbox, and DisChem, respectively.
The messages of gratitude for the clean up we did yesterday were extremely moving, especially when a man wrote that it took a woman of the community to do what the City of Cape Town has not managed to do. I even received the title of Mayor of Camps Bay from Kathy Collins 😱💙, too cuuuute.
For the second day running the City of Cape Town picked up the kelp at the Tidal Pool, and then removed one of our three piles near the Lifesaving building. Sum total of progress in two days! 🥵🥵🥵
When I did a Camps Bay walk with Jenny, I saw to my embarrassment that we had not swept one section of the beachfront walkway near the two thrones, so I went back there, borrowed the broom from Vida e Caffe again, found my excellent sweeper Charlotte from yesterday, and she cleaned up the missing piece of the walkway for me.
The German family has three adopted daughters, speaking perfect German. The father of the children comes from the town in which I was born, Bad Salzuflen, and he knows the neighboring town Schötmar in which my grandmother and mother and I for the first three months of my life lived like the back of his hand. A very special reunion today. ❤️❤️❤️
Andres is the Sommelier at the 35th Best Restaurant in the World, Don Julio in Buenos Aires, and we spoke via Instagram today. This is how he described the COVID situation in Argentina, doesn’t make ours look so bad:
We are still in lockdown, the longest in the world, At Don Julio we are selling wines and meat (as a wineshop & butcher).
How about SA? Here, restaurants are for delivery and take away only, u can’t stay in, and probably will resume service in sept – oct not sure, I’m selling wine online right now to get some extra cash, as I’m not getting the money I use to, I mean because of the tips and got a pay cut due to the situation which I understand, borders are also closed, no tourist 😔‘
ADT will be a definite recipient for a Sour Award next week, not having sent me the copy of the contract I requested a week ago. 🥵🥵🥵 I spoke to Stephanie this afternoon, and very efficiently she sent it through. While I was kept on hold waiting to speak to Roxanne, via two other persons, I heard all the messages about how fantastic the service of this company is….. 😱🥵😂
A new tenant has moved into our apartment building for a long-term stay, so far so good….
SA Corona Status: 337594 cases 4804 deaths 😷😢
FitBit 13000 steps 9 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, 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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