Operation Oysterhood: 19 December

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

— @HaggardHawks

I have been promising to visit The Book Shed in Noordhoek for a few months now, but it has been such a crazy time that, even when I did manage to get to Noordhoek on a few occasions, I just never had the headspace to indulge. I finally made it today. What a wonderful discovery it has been. It is one of the cosiest book spaces on the peninsula and the beautifully curated second-hand collection it holds is a real treasure. I got two new Harry Bosch novels and an early, out-of-print Duncan Brown. Megan, the owner, is lovely and I also got to meet the resident cat, Finnegan.

If only we could have a small launch or poetry reading in this lovely space … but it is too small to consider during a pandemic. Luckily, it is perfect for visiting on one’s own and I can recommend it wholeheartedly.

After the bookish visit, I went to see my dear Friend, Dr M. We had coffee and chatted for a while. Always balm for the soul.

Then it was time for a wine tasting with oysters at the Cape Point Vineyards during which I met a knowledgeable, passionate wine writer and a fabulous chef whose food I had had the privilege to enjoy a few years ago and it was wonderful to meet her in person. I also met a talented little boy who gave me one of his drawings with a fantastic duck included. He also drew one for my love. So cute!

The afternoon turned into evening and more wines were opened and tasted and delighted it. I returned home late and am quite tired now, but tired in a good way. It was a day full of light and contentment.

May the night be just as satisfying.

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local.

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


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