Operation Oysterhood: Day Eighty-Five

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

— @HaggardHawks


Insomnia. It happens. Another long gap in the night. But Glinka was watching over me – with Salieri on standby, sleeping next to us.


I eventually fell asleep, but found it difficult to wake up in the morning and think straight for quite a while. The headache only went away after lunch.

Pharmacy, post office & William Simpson. Good news from the post office: they are resuming services, limited but moving in the right direction. Within the country, postal delivery is up and running, but with limited staff and expected delays. There is a list of about fifteen countries to which post can be delivered and from which we can also receive post. I heard of one person I know getting post from overseas today. All of this means that the latest issue of New Contrast can be posted early next week.

And my visit to the Fiat dealer was great. From the moment I entered their space, I felt that I was safe and that this company really cared about the welfare of their employees and clients. The entire process of interaction was well thought-through and executed. Topolino and I were impressed.

On my way home, I picked up the braai hamper from The Hoghouse for the weekend. Also well organised pick-up system, all safe and happy. You don’t even have to enter the premises. And their SOUP SHARE initiative is amazing. Now that I had some of the feast, I look forward to a weekend of delicious leftovers.

Until it was time to braai, the rest of the day passed at the computer, with one short Skype conversation with a friend who is in a tricky situation, having no certainty about whether they had or didn’t have Covid-19 and not knowing how to proceed from here. I hope accurate anti-body tests can be made easily available to people who need them for their peace of mind, especially if they are willing to pay for them from their own pocket.

Great news for Karavan Press authors: Sindiwe Magona’s biography of Thembi Mtshali-Jones, Theatre Road, is on this year’s EB Homebru list. And: Sue Brown’s moving collection of personal essays, Earth to Mom, will be ready for distribution next week. The printing process was much longer than usual (interrupted paper supply chains), but this beautiful book was worth waiting for.

I have everything that I need to stay at home for a long time now. Apart from the post office excursion, I have no reason to leave the property, unless I go for one of my walks or drive to somewhere nice to walk with a different view. Advanced Operation Oysterhood begins.

Today’s drawing:


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

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


P.S. Started reading Mick Herron’s This is What Happens, a stand alone novel by the author of one of my all-time favourite series, the Jackson Lamb spy thriller series. I am hooked, again!

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