Operation Oysterhood: 9 October

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

— @HaggardHawks

My first lockdown visit to the Norval Foundation. I have an annual membership and just love the place. Today was another crazy day full of work and stress, but in the afternoon I wanted to have a look at something at the museum and had a quick glance around the exhibitions and the garden – bliss! I will be back as soon as possible to enjoy every single piece again: Jackson Hlungwani and Zanele Muholi must be contemplated without time pressure.

My work day ended just before six, in time to see the tie-break that catapulted Rafa into his twenty-eighth grand slam final. My tennis-heart is full.

My love has been incredibly busy and is as tired as I am (if not more) after this intense week, but tonight we went on a dinner date to The Hoghouse – one of our favourite places. Throughout lockdown, we have been loving their delivery and takeaway options. It was wonderful to finally sit down at the Hoghouse Café. I am deliciously full as I type.

And happy. And tired. And ready for bed.

But I am not going anywhere before noting that the SSDA longlist for the theme of DISRUPTION (how absolutely fitting this year!) has been announced and it is as exciting as ever. Congratulations to all the writers and to Rachel Zadok, the founder of SSDA, who will be editing the next SSDA anthology! I LOVE being part of this project: literary joy of the purest kind.

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local.

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


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