Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 60 of Level 1, 19 November 2020



Thursday 19 November 2020, Day 60 of Level 1, Day 239 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a fabulous day; for it being warm and sunny, at 22C, and not too windy; for preparing for my client meeting this morning, and writing a Blogpost; for walking to Camps Bay to hear George Sax DJ and present his Thursday 3 hour Radio Show from Beach House, the renamed cocktail bar previously called Sunset Sessions, and back under the control of the Bay Hotel, dancing 💃 to his fabulous music 🎵; for a very good client meeting, happy for what I have achieved so far in the first 19 days of working with them, and grateful to Jenny Stephens for giving me a pep talk yesterday evening; for a very liquid tasting of Musgrave Spirits’ Copper Vanilla and Black Honey brandies, tasting at least 8 cocktails that were prepared for us by Mixologist Owen O’Reilly; for getting home safely despite the volume of tastings 😱; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

My Blogpost today was about the telephone conversation between President Ramaphosa and President-Elect Biden two days ago. Biden visited our country in the ‘Seventies.

South Africa and America to develop a strong partnership under President-Elect Biden!

I had not been to the Head Office of Musgrave Spirits in Salt River before. It does not distill its own Gins (done by Hope Distillery) or Brandies (received from Van Ryn in Stellenbosch). Simone Musgrave shared with us 10 media guests that she creates the brand ideas, and then packages and markets them. We all know their Gin and especially its Pink Gin. During Lockdown the idea for Musgrave Copper Vanilla and Black Honey brandies was born. We drank the brandies as cocktails, paired with Canapés, as well as spunky Don Pedro’s, including a Mango Chia, an Orange, and a Hazelnut Chocolate, all delicious. I will write a story about the brandies and the cocktails which we tasted.

The wind is still blowing, and a fire which broke out above Camps Bay Drive was quickly extinguished this evening. 🙏

SA Corona Status: 759658 cases 20671 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 8000 steps 6 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.

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