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Misfits a mix of restaurant, Gin Academy, wine shop, coffee bar, event venue, and work space!


I was recently contacted by Ideas Cartel owner Schuyler Vorster, and invited to experience it. We have never met. I had to Google the directions to find the venue, and was surprised to see that it was the former Beluga, which closed down during Lockdown.

Subsequently I returned to the restaurant twice, for a dinner invitation, and then for an ice cream and gin pairing.

Misfits is a restaurant, entertainment venue, event venue, Inverroche Gin Academy, work space, coffee bar, wine shop, and indoor golf putting area.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 40 of Level 1, 30 October 2020.;


Friday 30 October 2020, Day 40 of Level 1, Day 218 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a record unbroken sleep of 8 hours 🙏; for another day of abundance; for a sunny day, slightly warmer than yesterday, but chilly now as the South Easter picks up; for a promising response to a Camps Bay Beach Clean tomorrow; for being able to get a website glitch of my new client fixed today; for tea with the always entertaining George Sax at Firefly Café; for a challenging walk, uphill to Camps Bay Drive via Geneva Drive, the 300 Discovery points well worth the huffing and puffing; for achieving 1300 points in the past week, the most in a week ever, with only 8000 points still needed to get to Diamond; for an efficient Commissioner of Oaths stamp by the Camps Bay police station; for the delivery of a new Boston Distillery Gin with Hops gift 🙏; for dancing to Kfm; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

The Sweet Service Award went to Woolworths, and the Sour Service Award to Pick n Pay Camps Bay.

Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths; the Sour Service Award goes to Pick n Pay!

The new Boston Distillery Gin with Hops is small-batch artisanally handcrafted in Cape Town with Amarillo Hops. The gin contains five botanicals: coriander, orris root, liquorice, cardamom, and Angelica, with the zest of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. 🙏

I’ve now learnt that while I must reach the minimum number of steps to gain any Discovery points, exerting myself for one hour per day, instead of two half hours spread out over the day, earns me a minimum of 200 points, and if it is an uphill walk it goes up to 300 points. It’s taken me a long time to work out 😱👣.

My Apple phone required a software update to version 14.1. Oh my goodness, a whole new phone. Many of the Apps have disappeared from their usual location, and are now in an ‘App Library’, all on one page. Why do they need to change things that work and don’t need to change?

Early to bed to watch TrumpFlix …. 😱😂😂😂

SA Corona Status : 723682 cases 19230 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 14000 steps 14 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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Creating a gem of a new handcrafted pink Gem Gin at Distillers & Union!



I was invited by Martyn Mills to participate in a tasting of the brand new handcrafted pink Gem Gin, designed to appeal to women in particular, being feminine and elegant in its brand personality. The Tasting was hosted at Distillers & Union in Woodstock. It was a form of market research in which I have not previously participated. Continue reading →

The Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival celebrates craft food and beverages from the New Forest: 1 June 2019!

This past weekend the Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival was held, the emphasis being on the Food, with Beverages, and gins in particular, of the New Forest area. Highcliffe is a small town down the road from Chewton Glen, the hotel at which my son works in the New Forest in southern England, an area well-known for its heathland, forest trails, and native ponies. And it surprised me at the variety of craft beverages and craft foods that were on offer to buy, in full size or as a tasting portion.  Continue reading →