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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 84 of Level 1, 13 December 2020.

 

Sunday 13 December 2020, Day 84 of Level 1, Day 263 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a busy weekend, now being able to catch my breath again, and grateful that the President’s Speech has been postponed to tomorrow; for a warm day at about 22C, with glorious sunshine; for a walk through Camps Bay this morning, surprised about the protection I received from managers of businesses across the road as well as our security company, when a drunk/tikked homeless woman threatened to hit me with a brick 😱; for having been invited by owner Judi Fourie to attend the opening of her wow Fideli’s Deli, next door to her Pilcrow & Cleaver on Parliament Street, formerly a branch of Kleinsky’s; becoming the new outlet’s first customer, buying an Argentinian mini cake to bring as a gift to my lunch hostess; for a lovely lunch out in Durbanville at the home of Lorraine Adam, whom I met in our Tourist Guiding class in January, meeting some of her friends; for another Camps Bay walk on my return home, shocked at the volume of litter; for a lovely online Hope @ Home concert from Berlin by Daniel Hope; for the launch of a beach clean initiative by okja, offering a free coffee for every bucket of litter picked up on Camps Bay Beach, to be launched tomorrow 👏; and for being happy and healthy but tired. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 45 of Level 1, 4 November 2020.

 

Wednesday 4 November 2020, Day 45 of level 1, Day 223 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful day, at about 23C, still good before a weekend of rain awaits us 😱; for two Discovery Gameboard plays, probably my last double play as I am receiving no points, seeming to have reached my exercise points limits; for a morning of writing; for a Camps Bay walk, stopping at okja (ex Maison J) to take photographs – the staff seem sad that everything has changed so; for a Vit D boost on the terrace; for a walk through Bakoven; for the City of Cape Town Parks staff coming to mow the grass alongside the Bali Bay fence, after many weeks of begging, sadly now seeing all the litter that was hidden beneath it; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Maison J closes down, as plant-based okja opens in Camps Bay!

 

After just more than two years of opening in Camps Bay alongside Pick n Pay, with a plan to open a number of Maison J outlets inside or alongside the retailer, the owners have closed down the coffee, croissant, and bagel outlet, and reopened on 1 November a completely plant-based food and beverage outlet called okja, in the same space, still selling its coffee and bagels. The French-themed music and turquoise branding and packaging has been replaced with dark blue packaging, and what sounds like Rock music. Luckily the lovely staff remains the same. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 68 of Level 3, 7 August 2020.

Friday 7 August 2020, Day 68 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the most fabulous day, starting with the perfect sunny day, forecast at 17C but in the 20sC for sure, a taste of summer again; for a busy morning, not having slept as much as I should but being very happy today just from the sunshine plus more; for meeting Vivian Warby for tea and a croissant 🥐 at Maison J, not having seen each other since Lockdown, so much catching up to do; for having a crown made, made in the dentist rooms with a 3D laser, taking 12 minutes, technically unbelievable; for finding a pair of walking shorts I was looking for at Sportsman’s Warehouse, with less good service than I usually receive at The Point Branch; for picking up some more poppy seed bagels at Kleinsky’s; for meeting Bryce Shapiro at Latitude Café to tackle my Amazon problem, but we needed to contact an Apple Wizz friend of his, to understand the Browser problem we are experiencing in the application process, my phone software and Browsers all being up to date; for selling my house in Hermanus Yipee Yay ❤️; for meeting with Lisa Hayden, coming to fetch a slice of the cheese cake which I kept for her; for a cat food bulk pack pet food shop at Pick n Pay; for dancing to Kfm 💃; for bumping into Tidal Pool swimmer Dave Talbot at the Pool on my walk, his first swim in more than 4 months, what a fabulous hug 💙; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

My Blogpost today was the Sweet & Sour Service Awards, which went to Maison J and Telkom, respectively.

Sweet Service Award goes to Maison J; Sour Service Award goes to Telkom!

Vivian and I went to Caprice for tea, but the service was so slack that we left and went to Maison J.

It’s hard to summarize the drama of the five-year journey of getting my former Hermanus guest house sold. It was sold on an auction to a person who turned out to live in my house without paying occupational rent, who used my property to store furniture and other belongings from another house, stole the geysers, aircons, safes etc so that he could reduce the purchase price, didn’t once provide guarantees for the balance of the payment due, took us to court when we tried to sell the company owning the property to another person, and had himself registered as the only person allowed to buy the property, but never paying for it in the five years, finally buying a house elsewhere, and out of some bizarre spite still hung on to my sale until we threatened him with court action. A horrid notorious Hermanus man. 🥵🥵🥵🥵

And then by luck or was it meant to be, I didn’t just gain a Tourist Guide qualification as a result of the course I took, but I also met the lovely and kind Johan Prins, who heard my Hermanus tragedy, connected me to a property developer there, and the rest is history! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Today was the three year anniversary of starting a dental journey with my dentist Dr Wim de Beer in the Waterfront, having implants done, and recently the crown after a root canal. I also had to have a tooth extracted today, a tough job to get the molar out with all sorts of ‘pliers’, but finally it was out. I needed to take a pain killer when I got home and buy a course of antibiotics. Kfm, Dave Talbot, Tidal Pool, camps bay, sea Point, There were some service issues with the receptionist which I fed back to the dentist, and he promised that he is addressing them. So I gained a brand new tooth today, and lost an old unnecessary one.

The Red Bus started operating again today, only doing so on weekends initially. So sad to see a Bo-Kaap landmark Batavia Café announce its closure on Instagram.

Loved my long chat with Jenny Stephens this evening ❤️❤️❤️.

SA Corona Status: 545476cases 9909 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 15000 steps 11 km 👣

Lovemylife❤️

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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