Freedom Day


Haiku 190

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!


Books Read

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.

Uninvited Guests

Oh Thousands!

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.

Knitted Squares and Wool

Knitted Squares

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!

Netflix Watched

Far more than is good for me! This can be seen by the large amounts of knitted squares – see above!


Jigsaws Completed


It only takes a few hours and I don’t have many that I haven’t done recently, so I have to pace myself!

Garden Circuits

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!

LM Vodka Day 1

Vodka Drunk

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?



41 thoughts on “Freedom Day

  1. A Curious Introvert

    Loved your poem and rose and smiled at many similarities on our lockdown lists!πŸ™‚ Walking outdoors regularly, without the restriction of staying in the yard, definitely stocked up on the wine and chocolate and books and Netflix consume my days. I’m not sure why and I’m not motivated enough to spend much time thinking about it, but I’ve found myself unable to begin or accomplish any projects. We now have over 43,000 cases and 4,000 deaths in our state and 7,500 cases in our county. Over the last week they’ve begun a small easing of restrictions that will increase throughout the month and if the cases do not increase, I would imagine beginning in June there will be a greater increase in easing restrictions. Take care and that vodka shot has always been one of my favorites!πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ˜€
      Many places are easing up on their lockdown now – as have we. Still no booze, but we can walk within 5 km of our homes, between 6 and 9 am!!! As it’s still dark here in CT till 7.30 am – it doesn’t leave us much time!
      I hope your stats improve and you get more freedom. We’ve hardly begun here and will probably be back to full lockdown again at some point!
      Thank you – I also like LM and the vodka πŸ˜€
      Keep Safe. πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you GH. πŸ˜€
      Yes I miss LM too, but she was such a character I have many good memories. πŸ™‚
      And Cheers! πŸ˜€


  2. Kevin J. Hotter

    Glad to hear you are safe and sound!! Wow! Your lock down is much stricter than here in the States. But, hey, whatever works for your nation in keeping people safe is a good idea. πŸ™‚ Here, in California, we are essentially only allowed out for food and meds too (alcohol runs are allowed, and some places even deliver booze!) But, we are also allowed to exercise outdoors, go for walks and hike on trails just as long as we maintain distance. But, police are not stopping people to question their motives. Us Americans (for good and bad) are a wild bunch and keeping us locked down for too long may not be a good idea. BUT, I want everyone to be safe and healthy, so as long as the science people are saying to chill at home – I am all for it! πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I think the problem with Corona is that no-one knows exactly how it will progress, and if people do acquire immunity, how long it will last.
      SA’s are not happy with the strict Lockdown – but it has just dropped to Level 4. Still no alcohol, but we are now allowed out between 6 am and 9 am as long as we wear masks, maintain social distancing and keep within 5 km of home! Sheesh! πŸ˜€
      Keep Safe. πŸ˜€


  3. Victoria Ray NB

    And your lockdown is crazy but I think it’s necessary… we don’t have any lockdown in Sweden. But Sweden is diff country (people/relations between ppl), doesn’t work for every country…

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  4. paulsprepping

    There’s a lockdown? Could have fooled me,
    Tourists are everywhere!
    Shops are getting tired with them having to control social distancing, and their stock in never enough.
    Want the good stuff now?
    [ ]
    Still there?

    Keep safe.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      The measures do seem rather lax in trying to control Corona in UK. We are not allowed to travel Anywhere at all here – so the thought of Tourists is mad!
      Hang in there and Keep Safe. πŸ™‚


      1. paulsprepping

        Very politely put Begonia.

        Madness is S.O.P. in the UK Gov.

        People should also bear in mind that we are still the world’s favored hub for onward transiting the infected.
        The UK Gov letting anyone in, out, and to transit through our nations international airports, ferries, and that damn channel tunnel.

        The Home office admitting it hasn’t got a clue about the number of people who arrived, left, or transited through the UK who were infected BECAUSE THEY DON’T TEST ANYONE unless they declare they are suffering the symptoms of Corvid-19.

        And who is going to do that!

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      2. paulsprepping

        Ah. I so see where you are coming from.

        What I see is the West still lives in the past and still drones on about when it ruled the world, never looks forward, and couldn’t organize a p’s up in a free brewery.

        Which is why developing countries that think in long term (BRICS and Asia in general) working in partnership (which I can see happening) will ultimately rule the world.

        Not that I’m politically biased in the slightest. (Giggle)

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much πŸ˜€
      Hopefully the UK will peak soon in Corona numbers.
      I feel we have barely even started here yet – and I am tired of being cooped up!
      Yes to the quiet though. πŸ™‚
      Keep Safe. πŸ™‚

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  5. C C Cedras

    Not gonna lie. I just made a run to the liquor store for more vodka because I’ve consumed more than your half bottle. Daily martinis give me something to look forward to at the end of the day. And I’ve added online jigsaws to my fill-the-boredom rotation. The copper is all polished, the laundry stays current, the house has rarely been so organized.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha Enjoy your Sun-downers – why not? πŸ˜€
      And yes, might as well do some chores while house-bound. πŸ™‚
      Keep Safe. πŸ™‚


  6. Murphy's Law

    Gotta have that stash of chocolate here too!! Jigsaw puzzles, 1000 pieces, are put together and dismantled almost like an assembly line. We have done these puzzles so many times we could probably do them with our eyes closed! Yours, Thomas Kinkaid I believe, is beautiful. And, of course, the inevitable crossword puzzles.

    I have really old garden gnomes that were given to me by a friend when she moved. None of them were in good condition. I was going to chuck them out but decided to give them a new paint job. Darned if they don’t look brand new! πŸ€— Now I’m glad I hung on to them.

    You’re on a stricter lockdown than we are, but that will work in your favor if you can keep those dreaded numbers down. I’m as anxious as everyone else to see our working population getting back to it, but I hope Governor Cuomo doesn’t ease restrictions too soon. I’m worried that too many people will be irresponsible and plunge us right back into this mess again.

    It’s so nice, and sad, to see LM again. This photo is a riot. Just look at that impish smile on LM’s face!

    I love your rose and Haiku. Your knitted squares are so colorful. What beautiful blankets they will make. How nice of you to do that for charity. You have a big heart!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much πŸ˜€
      My jigsaw does look like Thomas Kinkaid, which is why I bought it, but is a generic one at a tenth the price. πŸ˜€
      Excellent work on the Garden Gnomes. It’s lovely to revitalise something. πŸ™‚
      Yes it is a difficult path to tread with social isolation. Numbers will go up and down and we are told we will have various levels of Lockdown accordingly.

      Glad you liked the old photo of Little Monkey. I too love that little smile on her face. πŸ˜€

      Keep Safe Ginger! πŸ™‚


  7. Wellness Garden Design

    OMG there would be riots (more) in the streets here (US) if we couldn’t all pickup our fav vice πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜
    I’m not well/well. I’m against the elongated lock down. I was ok for a month, but 10 weeks now?!
    Our gov has admitted to counting C19 deaths of folks with days to live from another reason, if they even had symptoms of C19, not even a positive testing. πŸ˜’
    The protests to reopen are getting larger and more frequent. Hoping gov reconsiders waiting till 5/30 for my state.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Sigh – There is no quick solution to this, but the economy and mental health have to be taken into consideration too.
      We are looking at maybe September for easing of the Lockdown – and it will go up and down depending on the figures – so Level 4 could go back to Level 5 if they see fit!
      The “no alcohol” is annoying to most people!! So locals are trying to brew Pineapple beer! πŸ˜€
      Keep Safe πŸ™‚


  8. pensitivity101

    I wish I had more puzzles to do. We completed our 1000 piece in six days and it is now on a board under the settee until we can get somewhere to find a frame for it.
    Our figures in the UK are horrendous, and no details available for recoveries. It was 344 then this was removed and N/A put in its place. Still, we know of 2, our PM and Prince Charles.
    Keep safe. Beautiful rose.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, I understand about the jigsaws. πŸ™‚
      I have been doing very old ones again and then donating to charity. I have a 1000 piece one I’ll start on next – just saving it for a while. πŸ™‚

      The UK numbers are bad, but Corona does affect the old the most and UK has a large aged population. We have barely begun here, even though it’s been nearly 2 months since the first case.

      Keep Safe! πŸ™‚


  9. oldmainer

    I think I have it rough until I read about your lock down. Shutter to think what would happen if they tried to enforce it here. Already having protests to open things back up and others to keep them shut. I however am surviving. I found that if you wash your hands and then hold a glass of wine in each one, you cannot touch your face, and you certainly don’t want to get close to anyone else who may expect you to share. My work here is done:)

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