Last week, I wrote about my lockdown essential items, and
promised to write about the – often less tangible – things I am grateful for.
When you consider that if lockdown had ended when it was originally supposed
to, it would have been over for a few days already, I can imagine that there
are some people really struggling out there, and as cheesy as it sounds,
reflecting on the things you have to be grateful for can help.
Last night, the president announced that the national lockdown would be extended for another two weeks. To be honest, I was expecting an extension to be announced at some point this week and I actually expected it to be for more than two weeks. I know there are some who are heaping criticism on Ramaphosa right now, because lockdown is most harsh on those who have the least and live in the worst conditions, but I think the reality we have to face is that those are the same people who would suffer the most if this virus really took hold in South Africa. I stay home for the people who don’t have access to decent sanitation and proper healthcare. He has the weight of a nation on his shoulders right now, and personally, I think our president has been doing a sterling job thus far.
Yesterday was the first time I’ve really felt quite sad
about not being able to go out. Friends and I were supposed to be going to the
stadium to watch the Sharks play the Lions, but obviously that couldn’t happen.
I watched an old game on TV instead, but still, it’s not quite the same.
It’s taken me a little longer than I planned to write
another post, not because nothing has been going on, but because too much has
been going on! All you people talking about being bored, or about how we should
all be doing fitness challenges, or learning a new skill, or baking up a storm,
or even reading more during lockdown, please know that some of us don’t have
more time on our hands, we have even less than usual!
So, starting just before 10am this morning, SuperSport 2 was
an absolute feast of World Cup rugby – the full 1995 and 2007 finals, followed by
the highlights of all the Springboks’ games in the 2019 RWC, and the full 2019
final is about to start. Let’s face it, even if I was allowed to leave the
house, I wouldn’t have. (It also means I sang the anthem a few times today…probably
a good thing that I live alone!)
I thought now would be a good time to dust off this poor old blog, and share some thoughts during South Africa’s national lockdown, due to COVID-19. I can’t promise to write something every day, since, let’s face it, there’s unlikely to be a whole lot going on, but I thought it might be nice to do an occasional check in.
As fairy lights twinkled in Casalinga’s beautiful restaurant last Saturday night, an expectant hush settled over the music lovers waiting to be treated to the latest chapter in the long and eventful tale of local rockers, WONDERboom. Continue reading
Things have been a little quiet on this site lately – I can’t really believe that over a year has passed since I last posted, but life has been a smidge chaotic. And this review, while not a year old, is a little overdue as well. The Mitford Murders, by Jessica Fellowes, was my first book of 2018, and it definitely got my reading year off to a good start. Continue reading
It’s taken me a couple of days to get my thoughts in order to write this review, because honestly, seeing the Pixies live at Rock on the Lawns was completely surreal for me. By the time I discovered and fell in love with the Pixies in the early 90s, they had pretty much broken up, so I really never expected to get to see them live – this made Saturday night’s gig even more special. Continue reading
It’s Heritage Day today, also known in more recent years (with mixed response) as National Braai Day. I love a braai as much as the next Saffa but I think I’ll stick with Heritage Day, thanks. It’s a day designed for celebrating the incredible diversity that the beautiful people of this land possess – the things that make us different and the things that bring us together. Technically, heritage refers to the practices and traditions that are passed on from parents to children, often in a particular community or culture. And every year, we see people going to work or functions, having been invited to wear their traditional dress or bring their traditional food to help celebrate their specific heritage. Sounds like fun…until you remember you’re an English girl from Durban. Continue reading