Operation Oysterhood: 31 October

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

— @HaggardHawks

A day of beauty: natural, artistic, culinary and vinous. My love opened an art exhibition by the incredibly young and super-talented Alice Toich at the Wildekrans Country Lodge. Her work is my cup of tea, and I found out that we are almost neighbours. One of her paintings on show depicted the view I see every time I walk around the Rondebosch Common. I loved it, and the rest of the exhibition. I could imagine every single one of the artworks on my walls … Something lovely to dream about in the future …

It was the Elgin Open Gardens weekend, so we went exploring and found some remarkable treasures. I have been in love with Elgin for quite a while, but every visit to the area strengthens my adoration for this place and its people. There is so much to discover there. We will be returning soon for the launch of Lester’s short story collection and I can’t wait.

But today, we continued to Franschhoek, where treasures of a different kind awaited: a special dinner, but first, a bubbly tasting at Colmant, where my favourite bubblymaker, Paul Gerber, is based now.

What can I say? Pink is my favourite bubbly colour.

And the day of my love spoiling me rotten ended with a Halloween dinner at Foliage.

The only work I did today was manuscript reading in the early morning. I am now well into one that is RIVETING. It is waiting for me on the bedside table …

Good night and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local.

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

— NICD

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