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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 5 of Level 3, 5 July 2020.


Sunday 5 July 2020, Day 35 of Level 3 after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a typical Cape Town day, at least two seasons in one day, with light rain most of this morning and lovely sunshine late this afternoon; for it being pleasant to go for a walk at lunchtime, combining Camps Bay with a Bakoven walk in one go; for the support I received about the cribbing of my Restaurant Sit-Down list; for the invitation by Juandre to enjoy a Jasmine tea at Bootlegger Bakoven; for a day without any toothache or any other pain, almost 24 hours without a painkiller ❤️❤️❤️; for feeling on top of the world after 9,5 hours sleep, a record for me, clearly what I needed; for visiting DARG in Hout Bay, from which I adopted Minsky, to fetch a tablet for her; for an hour spent at my ‘third home’ La Parada, my home of dancing, but there was none of that today; for shopping at Woolworths in Hout Bay, buying ingredients for a soup; for not being stopped at a massive roadblock in Hout Bay, passing through it in both directions 🙏; for a lovely sunset; for loving the Beethoven and Mozart played by flautists Sir James and Lady Galway in Zürich with Daniel Hope at Hope @ Home on Tour, lovely happy lively music which reflects how I feel today compared to yesterday, and enjoying it with my cousin Ulrike in two different countries and hemispheres; for being requested by two restaurant owners to assist them in two issues affecting our local restaurant industry; and for being happy and healthy 🙏💙

On my walk I saw Sunset Sessions having put out tables and chairs, to create sit-down opportunities. I almost literally bumped into Howard in Bakoven, coming around the same corner on Beta Road from different directions. Juandre from Bootlegger not only invited me to tea but also helped me to look at the Cape Town Eats Facebook Group now that I have been deleted from it…. the Group owner having cribbed from my Sit-Down Restaurant list on my Blog without permission.

What a transformation at La Parada for a Sunday afternoon, few cars outside, all tables set up on ‘our’ dance floor of days gone by but no dancing allowed, and DJ Rene Tanguy playing there, seemingly still angry with me about the honesty of my feedback about the music he plays these days, not making eye contact or acknowledgimg my presence there at all. What was weird was that he turned his back on his ‘audience’, the diners! But the staff was lovely, and having an appetite for the first time in two days, I ordered fried calamari. Mmmmmm 💙

I have some writing to do for one of the restaurant owners this evening, he going to court tomorrow on behalf of the restaurant industry.

I’m very happy with my pot of home-made vegetable soup.

So much 💙💙💙💙 in the sky over Camps Bay today.

SA Corona Status : 196750 cases 3199 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 12000 steps 9 km 👣

Lovemylife ❤️


I posted a separate post about plagiarism from parts of my Blogposts on Facebook without permission or credit, this having happened twice in the past month, which created a lively discussion. The latest perpetrator is Pamela McOnie of Cape Town Eats, cribbing the Atlantic Seaboard section of my list of Sit-Down restaurants that have reopened:

‘Dear Friends

It’s the second time in a month that a section of one of two of my Blogposts, being lists of Restaurant closures and Reopened Restaurants, has been cribbed and shared without permission or credit to the source.

Even worse is that the Admin of the Sea Point Community Group gave permission to one of the offenders to do so. When I questioned him on this, this was his reply:

Chris Von Ulmenstein when something gets posted on this group, it becomes public information. Admin has the right to allow any member to copy, paste and share if they deem fit to do so. Since when do you own the sole rights to publish which Restaurants are open for business in Cape Town, and specifically the Sea Point and Atlantic Seaboard area?’

Surely a Facebook Group Admin does not own my content and cannot give a third party permission to commit what is outright plagiarism? 😱😢😡‘


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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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 29 of Level 3, 29 June 2020.



Monday 29 June 2020, Day 29 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a day of grey and drizzle, not stepping outside at all in the short little break in the rain, soft and gentle rain, with good news of how the dam levels are rising after all the fabulous rain; for a hardworking writing morning; for getting all the Body Corporate AGM documents printed (what a waste of paper); for half of my step goal done as Garagerobics, the rest dancing to Couchrobics on Kfm; for cat cuddles throughout the day, Minsky just having a short little outside break; for starting to update the Food Delivery and Collection list with Restaurants opening from today, many of these also still doing Delivery and Collection; and for being happy and healthy! 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Restaurants allowed to reopen for Sit-Down Service from today, but do they really want to? Many will wait for Alcohol Sales to be allowed and/or for Summer!


Today is a day of excitement as well as disappointment for restaurateurs, who have so looked forward to reopening their doors for a Sit-Down Service. The official reopening date is today, but sadly it appears that many restaurant doors will remain closed, restaurateurs citing the prohibition of serving alcohol with a meal, and this being the quietest time of the year for restaurants as the reasons why they will not reopen now, continuing with their Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection Service. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 25 of Level 3, 25 June 2020.


Thursday 25 June 2020, Day 25 at Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 4 and 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a sunny morning, switching to clouds and rain from late afternoon; for an upside down morning which became a lovely day, feeling calm and peaceful; for my lawyer calming me down about the Body Corporate AGM; for a walk along Camps Bay, popping in at the new Sunset Sessions Deli, ‘bottle store’, and coffee bar; for receiving a box of cooking ingredients to make Beef Wellington, under the guidance of Chefs Luke Dale Roberts and Pete Goffe-Wood for Live Cook Channel; for a walk to Bakoven, as the rain made its way to us; for a surprise visit ❤️🐱; for the fabulous company and assistance of Jenny Stephens in preparing Beef Wellington for our dinner tonight, being very happy with our end result; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →