Operation Oysterhood: 26 December

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

— @HaggardHawks

I made two socially distant visits to Family members in the Western Cape today. They are not blood family, nor related by marriage, but family in all other respects – at least those that matter. In both cases, in Somerset West and Kleinmond respectively, we sat outside, well apart, and just enjoyed being in the same garden space together – catching up and having coffee and eating sweet treats. Loved it.

On my way between the two stops, I passed the famous Peregrine Farm Stall and saw that Liberty Books was open today. The bookshop recently relocated to the new venue and I could not resist having a peek. I walk in and guess what!?

The first reader I spot has a copy of a Karavan Press title in her hands: Shadow Flicker by Melissa A. Volker. I must say, I was thrilled, especially because the visit was completely unplanned. Pure coincidence. Pure magic. The new venue is a dream. Christy Weyer, the owner, is a real reader. Her selection of second-hand and new books is simply stunning. You cannot walk into her bookshop and not find something you have been wanting to read! I was there for only a few minutes and I walked away with two books I have been lusting after. Can’t wait to return to explore the new space properly. If you are on the N2 in the area, this is a MUST STOP. There is no way you will be disappointed.

I returned home in the late afternoon to realise that there was an uncooked piece of beef in my fridge that needed to be taken care of. After all the sweet delights of the day, I decided to make a quick fire and braai a few pieces of the meat and had it with honey mustard and a fresh salad for dinner. I put the rest of the meat into a stew that will keep me fed and happy for the next two days.

The rest of the evening was spent on the couch in front of the TV with Salieri :) I guess it is time for bed now. Tomorrow is the last of the lazy days. Work awaits on Monday. Luckily, it is a project I am delighted about.

Good night.

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local.

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

— NICD

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