Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 72 of Level 1, 11 December 2021



Saturday 11 December 2021, Day 72 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a day that started off slowly and increased in energy level, catching up on work and posting for my clients; for some Vit D therapy on my terrace; for a long catch-up call from Chef Richard Carstens, not having seen or spoken in at least 2 years, with a promise to visit him in Franschhoek soon 💙; for meeting Gary Peterson in town, arriving early for the Baroque Christmas concert in the Evangelical Lutheran Church on Strand Street, the oldest church in Cape Town and SA, completed in 1780, 231 years old, which has plush new red velvet cushions, having had the most uncomfortable benches in the past, with lovely music, feeling very grown up in that it was my first classical music concert I attended in 2 years; we grabbed seats in the second row, and were so early that we went to Villa 47 around the corner, sharing steak tartare and octopus starters, with yummy breads and crisps, and good service from Thalita 💙; for popping in at Tania Olivier and her Red Party, she looking like the angel of her Christmas tree, spoiling us with the most delicious chocolate and cherry Pavlova, and fabulous LOUD MUSIC to which Tania and I danced, it feeling so goooood 💃💃; For lovely music on Kfm; for getting home safely; and for being happy, healthy and free. 🙏💙

I felt so sorry for the Symphony Choir of Cape Town, singing with their masks on throughout the concert. 😷😱 Lovely Soprano. The church was less than half full, with distanced seating, only 3 persons per pew. Despite being called ‘A Baroque Christmas’, there was no Christmas music. The concert included Monteverdi’s Cantate Domino, Vivaldi Magnifcat RV610, Vivaldi’s Gloria in D RV 589, and the Bach Ärgere dich, O Seele, nicht BWV186.

The new Conductor of the Choir is Levi Alexander, heading up the Music Department at SACS. Soloists were Soprano: Elsabe Richter, Alto: Vasti Zeeman-Knoesen, Tenor: Arthur Swan, Bass: Keaton Manwaring

I had to Google the symbolism of the Swans inside the church and at its entrance. They are associated with Martin Luther, a Lutheran Church in Den Haag having them too.

SA Corona Status 3,129,622 cases 90116 deaths  27,078,578 vaccinations 

FitBit 5500 steps 3,5 km 👣

LovemylifeandloveGaryslife 💙❤️

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March 2020 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, lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, and moved back to Adjusted Level 3 from 29 December,  extended to 15 February on 11 January 2021, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, moved back to Adjusted Level 2 on 31 May, moved back to level 3 on 16 June, and moved back to Adjusted Level 4 on 28 June, extended by two weeks on 11 July,  returned to Level 3 on 26 July, returned to Level 2 on 13 September, and returned to Level 1 on 1 October 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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