Operation Oysterhood: 6 March

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

— @HaggardHawks

I got up at seven and worked half a day before my love whisked me off to Franschhoek for all kinds of treats. Before we got to the pampering bit, we first had the Rotisserie Lunch at Leopard’s Leap Vineyards. It was simple and delicious – like Ouma had made it.

Leopard’s Leap and the local literary scene go way back (at least before the pandemic), and they sponsored the Open Book Festival’s Take a Moment Competition in 2019 (among many, many other literary causes). I was one of the judges and received a case of wine and a voucher for their restaurant. The wine disappeared quickly, but I did not manage to redeem the voucher before lockdown and there haven’t been too many opportunities since then. Finally, today was the day.

The stunning Franschhoek Valley – home of the Franschhoek Literary Festival (also in the future, I hope).

Then it was time for some pampering. According to Haggard Hawks, “To LUSK is to lie around or laze idly.” We lusked around all day long, and in the evening, we had a lovely dinner and gazed at the star-filled sky. There are worse ways to spend a Saturday.

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local.

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


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