Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 79 of Level 1, 18 May 2021.



Tuesday 18 May 2021, Day 79 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely day, sunny and warm at 21C, and for feeling far more relaxed and less anxious; for a fabulous 6,5 hour continuous sleep; for being ahead of my schedule in getting my work done this morning, so much so that Stuart Bailey came to pop in, so that I could bounce the Maintenance quotation off him; for giving Sandak-Lewin stick about their inefficiency and unprofessionalism; for a meeting postponed to tomorrow giving me an hour tea time at Peppertree Café, catching up on calls and messages; for a productive meeting with my lawyer about the Maintenance quote, feeling much less stressed now; for a Camps Bay walk to Woolies at lunchtime, and a sunset one to Bakoven, with the most wonderful sunset colours; for welcoming Nicola Jowell to Camps Bay for a Mobile Office meet up with local residents at Firefly Café; for having last messaged Martin Koch on Friday, the last time we would chat, before dying of a heart attack on a squash court yesterday; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙

My Blogpost today was the review of the Birthday Breakfast at Hemelhuijs on Saturday.

Restaurant Review: Hemelhuijs still as heavenly as when it opened!

It was a shock to wake up to the news of Martin’s sudden death this morning. He was a fellow student on our Tour Guiding course last year, and he and I did the First Aid course together too. I had asked him to collect my certificate from our lecturer when he collects his. He never got there…. . He was a laugh a minute, ran our class Whats App group with hilarious videos and posts, and lived his life to the max. His mother was Adrienne Koch, a powerful mover in the Boland, as Mayor of Paarl, and a Nat MP. He was surprised that I knew about her, from the Paarl Post, having grown up in Wellington. My heart broke when I remembered that he wrote that they would be celebrating his daughter’s 21st birthday today 🥲🥲🥲 RIP Martin.

I realized today that I get a total kick out of hearing about new restaurants opening. Oh my goodness, a biggie is opening in four weeks, and I loved speaking to the excited chef about his new baby, and to be invited to its opening 💙👏💙.

SA Corona Status:  1 617 840 cases 55340 deaths 😷🥲 519 319 vaccinations

FitBit 9000 steps 6,5 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, lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, and moved back to Adjusted Level 3 from 29 December,  extended to 15 February on 11 January, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, 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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