Freedom Day Lockdown
Let your mind and spirit roam
Because your feet can’t!
It is Freedom Day here in South Africa and Lockdown Day 32. It does not compute!
As you probably know, we are under a strict Lockdown, which is now designated Level 5. We are only allowed out for essentials such as meds or food. The white-haired woman queuing in front of me outside the shop last week had been stopped by police on the way there, demanding to know where she was going.
So how’s my Lockdown so far? Here’s a run-down for you.
Lockdown Day 32
Emergency Chocolate supply
I have no idea how this happened, but I guess every week I went shopping I thought I’d better stock up on chocolate – just in case. When I finally looked through my supplies I was (pleasantly) surprised to find so much!
I am scouring our bookshelves for anything I haven’t read too recently.
Kitchen Shelves Cleaned Out
Three drawers cleaned and re-lined and one large shelf.
An army of teeny sugar ants has decided to brighten up our Lockdown by invading the kitchen. No sooner do we spray everywhere and block them off, than they find another way in.
And one small Golden Mole in the garden, who has made it his life’s work to dig as many soil mounds as possible, in the shortest amount of time.
I knit simple squares while watching movies (see below). Then I sew the squares up into blankets and donate to charity. I was actually elated to find wool was still on sale at our local shops, as I doubt it is essential. I found a small supply hidden away by a checkout counter and asked a passing shop assistant if I could buy it. I was really happy when she said Yes!
Far more than is good for me! This can be seen by the large amounts of knitted squares – see above!
It only takes a few hours and I don’t have many that I haven’t done recently, so I have to pace myself!
Since we are not allowed to walk outside, I walk round and round my garden most days.
Number of circuits round the garden during Lockdown: 277
Kilometres walked: 42
I am wearing a path in the grass. By the end of Lockdown I shall be walking in a trench a metre deep!
About half a bottle. I was incredibly lucky that I had just restocked my vodka supply before Corona came to SA. Alcohol is not on sale during Level 5 Lockdown.
SA Corona Stats
As of today, SA has 4546 confirmed cases of Corona, 1473 recoveries and 87 deaths.
This is considerably less than most countries. Who knows exactly why, but the severe Lockdown must be helping. (Other possible reasons: the warmer weather; the comprehensive TB vaccinations of all SA school kids.)
However, on Friday 1st May we are downgrading to Level 4. Hooray! It is uncertain yet exactly what this will entail. A few more businesses will be allowed to open; cigarettes will be on sale, but alcohol sales or walks may still not be allowed.
So how’s your Lockdown going?