#grateful for a beautiful day, feeling like summer at 17C, wearing shorts and a sleeveless top on my midday walk; for an uninterrupted sleep last night 🙏; for packing in a lot of writing and client work this morning, preparing for two Status meetings this afternoon; for my Dinkel poppyseed rolls being ready for me; for meeting a wonderful Facebook Friend Celia Mauerberger for the first time, who is so kind, supporting my Facebook Stories in the early hours of the day, at Frosted in Sea Point, where they make delicious cupcakes ❤️❤️❤️; for making myself the most cosy bed with a second duvet Continue reading →
In only two weeks Paris Cape Town has become such a hit that it was sold out of most of its breads when I arrived at the Boulangerie and Pâtisserie on Sunday. It is truly French, with French owner Laurent, and French baker Thierry, previously of Cassis.
I have been to Paris Cape Town three times, discovering a new treat each time.
#Gratitude for a day which started out with mist after the rain last night, and cleared this afternoon to lovely sunshine; for a busy working day; for a walk to Woolworths, getting some steps, bumping into Thomas and Haakon, the German swallows whom I haven’t seen in ages, catching up on our restaurant adventures; for a lovely dinner with Greg Loyd, whom I had not yet met, the co-owner of Villa Rosa Guest House in Sea Point, dining at Utopia, arriving as the moon moved over the city centre, a day before Full Moon; and for being happy, healthy, and free. Continue reading →
Monday 5 April 2021, Family Day, Day 36 of Level 1. 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a peaceful day; it being a little cooler, and with an extremely strong South Easter blowing this afternoon, dissuading picnickers from coming to Camps Bay today, hence barely any litter; for a lovely lunch with Tania Harrison at Lily’s, both of us having similar histories, driving the same car, and growing up in neighbouring towns, #thankyou 🌹; for being able to fetch my laundry in Sea Point even though they were technically closed; for a power walk on my secret Bakoven path, sadly with lots of litter at its start, and giving me some protection against the wind, earning 300 Discovery points; for feeling warmed up on my return, the wind feeling chilly when I started walking; for Utopia receiving two excellent reviews on the Cape Town Restaurants: The Good; Bad & Nasty Facebook Group in the past two days; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Sunday 21 March 2021, Human Rights Day, 21 st Day of Level 1, Day 361 of Lockdown 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a very relaxed day, sleeping late, and managing 8 hours of sleep in total; for Minsky coming back early this morning😻; for a busy Social Media morning; for an afternoon snooze; for a walk combining Bakoven and Camps Bay, buying burger rolls and lettuce at Woolies and the Daily Maverick 168 at Pick n Pay, the walk being at a pace that awarded me 300 Discovery points; for far fewer picnickers than is usual in Camps Bay on weekends, due to the wind blowing all day, hence barely any litter ; for a chat to Jenny Stephens; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Tuesday 23 February 2021, Day 60 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 335 of Lockdown. 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a lovely 22C day, with dark clouds when I went for a walk, as if rain was on its way, but they have almost blown away now; for a wow 500 Discovery points, not sure how that happened, as it’s the same distance to Clifton and back, but I’m not complaining, as it was a good walk; for a good writing morning, also writing for tomorrow already; for a terrace sun snooze; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
On 27 December 2020 Carte Blanche broadcast its program about the South African Butler Academy (SABA), featuring former student Lin Yang, who has taken on SABA to get her money refunded, and to prevent potential Butler students from being misled by SABA. I was interviewed too, having identified in 2013 already that the marketing of SABA is misleading its prospective students and their parents.
I summarised the interaction between SABA and myself, and between SABA and Lin Yang just after the Carte Blanche program was broadcast:
In an eagerly awaited speech by President Ramaphosa tonight, the country was delighted to hear that every resident in our country will be vaccinated, whether citizens or not. No one will be forced to be vaccinated.
Furthermore, alcohol may be sold again subject to certain conditions, beaches are opened, and the start to the Curfew will be from 23h00. Continue reading →
Friday 29 January 2021, Day 34 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 310 of Lockdown 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#grateful for a fabulous day; for 24C which felt warmer, and no wind ; for a visit by Melanie Davidow, helping her with Facebook and less so with an Instagram challenge, spoilt with a most beautiful heart and a chocolate slab from her ❤️; for getting my work done on time; for a good walk with Imtiaz to show him an open field and a stream to clean on Fullham Road, the steep uphill gaining me 500 Discovery points 😱 ; for a good meeting with my prospective luxury guest house client in Camps Bay, with the good news message when I arrived home that I have been appointed to handle its Communication, as of Monday 🍾🥂; for a stop at Carne on Kloof Street for a delicious Tiramisu, because next-door Manna Epicure was closed already; keeping it Italian, for another fun bubbly dinner with Nick and Charlotte Zachariou, tonight at Villa 47, with an excellent 2 course special at R265 and good service, being spoilt by them yet again; for a lovely sunset as I drove through Mouille Point, having to stop to take photographs; for having such a good day that I danced in my car whilst driving home; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
All of a sudden, the talking point aside from the Corona Virus, is the degree of privacy which more than 2 billion What’s App users have, given that the Communication App belongs to Facebook. A Facebook Terms & Conditions update due for February will apply to What’s App too. Scores of persons are running off to newer and similar platforms Telegram and Signal, the latter said to be the most secure of the three and is recommended by Elon Musk.
Not understanding what the huge furore is about, I Googled to find information about the three platforms. Few local publications have written about the topic, so I selected a detailed explanation I found on India Today: ‘What’sApp vs Signal vs Telegram: Which is more Secure’.Continue reading →