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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 4 of Level 2, 16 September 2021


Thursday 16 September 2021, Day 4 of Level 2 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a very quiet industrious day, as one of my clients asked to postpone the status meetings to tomorrow, making tomorrow an action packed day; being able to catch up on writing work; for a call from Stuart Bailey, such a shock to hear about his health problems but he sounds like he is on the mend again; for a challenging walk up my favorite little Bakoven lanes, a route I haven’t done in ages, and seeing such beautiful flowers on the way; and for being happy, healthy and happy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 22 of Level 4, 19 July 2021


Monday 19 July 2021, Day 22 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a sunny start and ending in a rainy afternoon; for a peaceful sleep in total silence 🙏; for an up and down morning, doing a Bakoven walk before the rain arrived; for a demo by Nick Taylor of Nox Rentals of the Swedish Minut Noise monitor, installed for me to measure the noise level from the other apartments in the building, also measuring the number of persons in an apartment; for a Camps Bay walk, just missing the next rain; for taking action against what is happening illegally in the apartment building; and for being healthy and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 79 of Level 1, 8 December 2020.


Tuesday 8 December 2020, Day 79 of Level 1, Day 258 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a rainy start and end to the day, it clearing during the day, a pleasant 21C; for my housekeeper Portia coming to do a thorough Christmas clean of my home with me, long not done 😱, and always loving getting into a freshly-made bed; for Minsky and I grateful for Portia’s company, as Henry was off ill today, Minsky sticking closer to home today and not making any sounds and seeming to need a sleep catch-up after her exciting day yesterday; for receiving the Festive Season operating hours for Pick n Pay and Woolworths in Camps Bay; for a relaxed walk in Camps Bay, the Beachfront area being very quiet; for dancing to Dansdag on Kfm; for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 60 of Level 3, 30 July 2020.


Thursday 30 July 2020, Day 60 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful day, also 18C, but it felt warmer than yesterday; for a lazy morning, yesterday’s Quentin’s Restaurant Review rolling into today, leading me to go on a mid-morning walk to check out a police roadblock I heard about, but it had already finished, so I went shopping at Woolies instead; for the good news that my official Tourist Guide card is ready, and that I can fetch it on Tuesday – the department only opens twice a week, even though Tourist Guides have officially been allowed back in business since the beginning of June ; for listening to a National Tourist Guides Association webinar about claiming for the Tourist Guide Relief Fund, it finding one and one not having to fill in any forms – the question is if I am on the provincial list already, as it took them two months to register us!; for the surprise of our Tourism Minister making an announcement about the Curfew being pushed back by an hour, to give some relief to the Restaurant industry, unexpected that a national regulation is changed for the sake of Restaurants and diners; for another walk to Camps Bay, and more shopping at Woolies, bringing a shopping bag this time, and spending time at the Tidal Pool, savouring the reflections in it; for receiving delivery of a special top from Out of the Blue, a bargain I saw on their Instagram account, and fitting perfectly; for a good dose of Vit D on the terrace; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corina Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 59 of Level 3, 29 July 2020.;


Wednesday 29 July 2020, Day 59 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a warmer 18 C day today, lifting my spirits compared to yesterday, and having far more energy as a result; for two Discovery Gameboard plays and gaining over 300 Miles, buying me a voucher and with Miles left over; for a lovely Discovery Health Vitality Check over the phone with Diago, gaining me 2500 points; for being surprised about how much I know about Discovery Vitality, attending their webinar this evening; for a peaceful day; for a walk to Clifton, boosting my heart rate and giving me good Discovery points; for another walk, through Bakoven; for dancing to Kfm; for speaking to my Alex ❤️, wishing we were nearer today; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: New Exhibit A Fine-dining restaurant serves fine fun food, but service does not match cuisine quality!

I have experienced the cuisine creativity and presentation of Chefs Rikku O’Donnchü and Warwick King three times at Gåte when they opened at Quoin Rock wine estate outside Stellenbosch a year ago, and three times since they established their own SŸN Group since leaving Gåte, first as a SŸN Pop-up, and then as their brand new Exhibit A, in the past year, In this period I have seen the growth in this creative chef team, challenging itself continuously to do things differently and to break their own boundaries. Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Le Petit Manoir Restaurant just does not gel, despite Chefs’ experience In a Michelin star restaurant!

Last week I invited my friends Clint and Llewellyn Lambert (GM of the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel, and influential blogger at Hospitality Hedonist) to join me for dinner at Le Petit Manoir in Franschhoek, which opened in July. Having had more than enough time to settle in, it was a severely (and costly) experience, of a completely dysfunctional restaurant. I apologise for the longer than average Review, summarizing my experiences with Chef Kevin Grobler’s cooking since 2015.  Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Bootlegger Café and Grill in Constantia offers good quality menu with variety and excellent coffee!

The Bootlegger Coffee Company has grown by leaps and bounds, opening branches not only locally but internationally too. It was a surprise therefore to read that the company had partnered with serious fine-dining Chef Eric Bulpitt of Faber at Avondale in creating Bootlegger Café and Grill in High Constantia, the home of the former very popular Greens. Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: La Parada Del Mar sizzles in Camps Bay!

imageLast week Elize Skriker and I went to the brand new La Parada Del Mar in Camps Bay, the 25th restaurant in the Harbour House Group we were told by Group founder Michael Townsend. We found a restaurant sizzling with good food, a fantastic view, and good service from friendly staff. Continue reading →