Operation Oysterhood: Day Eighty-Two

OYSTERHOOD is reclusiveness or solitude, or an overwhelming desire to stay at home.

— @HaggardHawks


When life gives you lemons…

I might or I might not have broken the law. No matter; it’s done. I went to a farm stall on a wine farm that is located not exactly a few minutes away from where I live. Everything I bought there is classified as essential, and I got the most essential items for free: lemons. If you read about previous pandemics, every survivor will tell you about the importance of lemons in a pandemic. I now have many. And! I saw snow on the mountain peaks in the distance.

Before I embarked on this wonderful trip – not having left the vicinity of my home for three months, this felt like an expedition to the moon – I worked. I woke up before the alarm and was told by the catssistants that I would not be able to get up before a substantial amount of work had been done, notwithstanding the public holiday. Salieri even held me and the mouse hostage to make sure that our deadlines were met today.

16 June, forty-four years later. I wasn’t even born yet, but I have read and listened to the stories of this seismic event in South African history when the young people of this country decided that enough was enough. All day long, I thought of the way Thembi Mtshali-Jones remembered and Sindiwe Magona captured this day in their Theatre Road. I will never be able to thank them enough for bringing this inspiring and empowering biography to Karavan Press.

Theatre Road

Thank you to two of South Africa’s living legends for this book! It has been such an honour to work with you.

In the afternoon, after my possibly ‘illicit’ trip, Mozart and Glinka took over the catssistant duties, and together we managed to complete the task set for today. The balmy weather allowed us to work on the stoep before it was time for a sundowner. What a gorgeous day this has been. Not exactly free from work, but relaxing nevertheless. And inspiring, as always. Forty-four years ago the youth of South Africa showed us all the way and the world has never been the same again – thank goodness.


When life gives you lemons, drink gin & tonic!

Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. Stay at home.

“Physical distancing remains one of the key strategies to curb this pandemic.”


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