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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 119 of Level 1, 27 January 2022


Thursday 27 January 2022, Day 119 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a busy and successful day; for posting for my clients this morning and preparing for two Status meetings; for Alex finally getting hold of BA via Twitter, all other phone call attempts failing, and costing R300 in holding on and on and on, or the calls unanswered, with the sad news that they cannot delay their flight by one day, so it’s back to the UK tomorrow 🥲; for getting my restrung pearls delivered to my home by Timeless Pearls ❤️; for collecting my post at Vlaeberg Post Office Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 10 of Level 1, 30 September 2020.


Wednesday 30 September 2020, Day 10 of Level 1, Day 188 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a mixed weather day, sunny this morning and drizzling now, with rain forecast throughout the night; for a non-writing morning, making up for it this afternoon when the International Travel regulations were announced; for a refreshing walk in Camps Bay, popping in at The 41 and at Tindlovu, and doing a shop at Woolies; for having my car cleaned and shined by Simbai, a mobile car washer, who came to my home 🙏; for a combined Bakoven and Camps Bay walk, loving the clouds this afternoon; for two Discovery Gameboard plays, buying a Pick n Pay shopping voucher, my first; for dancing to Kfm 💃; for chatting to Jenny Stephens and Rufus Scholtz; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 7 of Level 4, 7 May 2020!


Thursday 7 May 2020, Day 7 of Level 4 after 35 days at Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another beautiful day, even if it was slightly cooler at 20C; for being allowed to get out of the house for the luxury of exercising, and meeting and catching up with so many friendly locals and friends, today Mahmud for the first time, and Thomas and Haakon for the third time since Lockdown started; for seeing the kids on their little bikes loving riding inside the old children’s pool; for seeing a greater number of persons wearing their masks properly every day; for meeting staff of the City Parks Dept for the first time in 6 weeks, and being able to ask them to stop irrigating the lawn as the grass is very long and it was spraying the Exercisers on the pavements and walkways this morning ; for a spectacular sunset tonight; for receiving a gift of a box of Adhara olive oil from the Mayer Family via Janet Pillai, to be offered as a give-away on the Lockdown Food Delivery Facebook page, which now stands at over 300 restaurants today: for lovely long chats with Rufus Scholtz about the Facebook page, and with Tracey Blom, reconnecting with her for the first time in 15 years, having worked together in Franschhoek; for no longer feeling the urge to leave my home to shop walk given the morning exercise, yet still exceeding my daily Step goal; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙


The benches at Vida e Caffe were taped up this morning, to prevent the cyclist coffee drinkers from sitting down there. They now drink their coffee across the road.

This morning I wrote a story about Chef Luke Dale Roberts entering the Food Delivery market at the extreme high end, at prices which are out of reach to most.😱

Corona Virus Lockdown: Chef Luke Dale Roberts enters Food Delivery market, with very high-end up to R5000 Gourmet Hampers!

I wasn’t suitably dressed when a colleague of Janet arrived to deliver the olive oil, and had to blow dry my hair for the obligatory photograph. And then I realized that I didnt wear my mask inside my house…. whereas she did.

An aircon repair company came to check on the aircons of the upstairs neighbour, which have started leaking in front of my door. What they needed to fix the problem they did not bring along. The water is leaking onto the steps I use to go downstairs, making them very treacherous to use.

I called Discovery, to check why they hadn’t taken the payment for the Building Insurance I signed up with them on 30 April. It was too late to teach the bank for the May stop order, but all organized now. Weird that a Discovery staff member tried to call me at 8h15 this morning, during Exercise Time!

WebAfrica must have the worst Call Centre, I having to hold on for ages. They offered to call back ‘shortly’, and I am still waiting, four hours later. 🥵

I danced to Kfm in-between updating the Restaurant list, a never ending story. 💃🎶👣

SA Corona Status : 8232 cases 161 deaths 😷😥

FitBit 14000 steps 10 km 👣



The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, and lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, 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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Former Gåte chefs create SŸN Development Group, release first details of their new Cape Town restaurant!

On Friday I was lucky to bump into Chefs Rikku O’Donnchü and Warwick King in Camps Bay, the two rockstar chefs who masterminded and led Gäte Restaurant at Quoin Rock wine estate outside Stellenbosch until the end of March, and to spend time with them to obtain first details about what they have planned for their new restaurant. Continue reading →