• Spaza Shop Challenge

    Bonus COVID-19 Post: How to Help

    A thoughtful reader suggested I create a single post listing all the “Today’s Worthy Cause” suggestions I’ve been featuring in my Lockdown Journal posts. This is a great idea and I’m disappointed…

  • Traffic passing the Hillbrow Boxing Club

    A Visit to Hillbrow (Lockdown Day 99)

    I’ve been working out with George Khosi at the Hillbrow Boxing Club for many years. Up until the lockdown started I’d been going to Hillbrow about three times a week, every week,…

  • Girl collecting a food parcel in Melville

    3000 Food Parcels (Lockdown Day 98)

    It’s Day 98 of the South African lockdown, which I literally cannot believe. Earlier today I suddenly thought back to my Day 9 post, when I said it felt like Day 900…

  • Beetle

    Lockdown Day 97

    I’ve been thinking all day about what to name this post, or what kind of theme or subject to give it, or whatever. But today is Day 97 of the lockdown, which…

  • Trixie with a Basotho blanket

    I Have a Blanket Problem (Lockdown Day 96)

    Today, after a week or so of procrastination, I returned to the Aranda blanket factory in Randfontein. After my previous Basotho blanket post, a reader in America sent me a donation to…

  • Heather on koppies 2011

    Ten Years of 2Summers (Lockdown Day 92)

    Ten years ago today, I opened wordpress.com for the first time and started this blog. I published a short, not terribly interesting post about why I named the blog 2Summers and my…

  • Josaya Muianga the poet at the food parcel collection

    The Poet (Day 91)

    This morning I got up early and went to take photos at the Melville food parcel program, as I always do on Thursday mornings. I arrived at the church around 6:30. Due…

  • Heather's knitting

    Knitting (Lockdown Day 90)

    About six months ago, I decided to take up knitting. It was January, a time for new beginnings and all that. I had just gone through a breakup — number six of…

  • Trixie in the bottlebrush tree

    Trixie the Melville Kitten (Day 88)

    It’s Day 88 of the South African lockdown. Today, at long last, Trixie the Melville Kitten (who is actually not a kitten anymore) makes her blogging debut. From Trixie: Hello! Hi it’s…

  • Sunset on the koppies in December 2011

    Lockdown Level 3, Version 2.0 (Day 85)

    It’s Day 85 of the South African lockdown. Two nights ago, President Ramaphosa made a speech announcing upcoming changes to the Lockdown Level 3 regulations. During the first few weeks of lockdown,…

  • Man with a backpack food parcel

    Backpacks Full of Food (Lockdown Day 84)

    It’s Day 84 of the South African lockdown. Although after the president’s speech last night, I’m not sure how long we can continue to describe the state we’re living in as a…