Operation Oysterhood: 17 March

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

— @HaggardHawks

One of those wonderful mornings when, even though there was a lot of computer work to be done, it could be done in bed, Salieri catsissting :) We got up only at lunchtime. Then the afternoon became less relaxed, but richly rewarding: meetings, deliveries, last-minute arrangements for a trip, a visit at Digital Action to pick up the printer’s proof of The Other Me by Joy Watson, and the highlight of the afternoon: showing it to Joy – she was so clearly moved, my heart burst into double delight. This moment never loses its wonder, no matter in what part of the publishing process you are involved. You work and work and work on something quite ungraspable, and then, one day, you are holding it in your hands, and it is a book. A real art object in the world. And when it has your name on the cover, it is pure magic.

I stopped running a few minutes after six and then could just sit quietly for a little while before my love returned from work and we went out to dinner. Our friends prepared a feast of note in their beautiful home, where two felines rule the house and they all have the most remarkable view of the city. I wish I could have recorded the conversation and the laughter to save for a rainy day, because I haven’t laughed so much in a long time. It was wonderful. And I had seconds and thirds and … then I lost count. The food was so delicious.

The day ended with a trip to the airport to pick up my lovely houseguest who abandoned us for a few days in favour of Joburg. I still planned to watch the Nadal / Kyrgios match, but did not last even ten minutes … Rafa won, though, so all is good. I wish I could watch his next encounter – with the super-exciting newcomer Carlos Alcaraz Garfia – but that will also not be possible, because …

… it is my love’s birthday weekend and we are heading to Oudrif. Oudrif. Oudrif! :)

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local. Get vaccinated, please. Live.

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

— NICD

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