Joburg COVID-19 Lockdown Journal: Day 10

by | Apr 5, 2020 | COVID-19, Johannesburg | 10 comments

If you’re new to this blog series and don’t know what’s happening with South Africa’s 21-day lockdown, my first post  has all the details. Or read all my lockdown posts.

It’s Day 10, people. Double digits. We’re nearly halfway there (hopefully).

Praying mantis in the garden
Lockdown photo Day 10: I saw a praying mantis in the garden! Hanging out on a clothes pin (peg) when I went out to get my laundry. I love these little guys, and I’m grateful to this one for standing still long enough so I could get a nice closeup.

Today is so much better than yesterday.

The rain stopped and the sun came out. I walked two kilometers in circles around the house. I unrolled my yoga mat in a sunny spot and attempted abdominal exercises as the Melville Cat made every effort to thwart me by stretching out between my legs and arms. I didn’t mind at all.

I swept the pool, took pictures of pretty flowers, vacuumed, knitted, did laundry. I luxuriated in the knowledge that it’s Sunday, and even in normal times I would have very little of to do on a day like today.

Lockdown is immeasurably more tolerable — more normal, somehow — in pleasant weather.

Flower in the garden
Look at this insanely gorgeous flower that just bloomed in my garden.

Around lunchtime, the gate bell rang. “My name is Shamus,” said the man on the other side of the gate. “Do you have any food, water, or clothing?”

I assembled a few non-perishables — instant noodles, Salticrax, canned tuna — in a plastic Woolworth’s bag, and climbed onto the wall next to my driveway. “I’m going to throw it over, ” I called. “Be careful, there’s a can in there.”

“Okay,” said Shamus. I could hear the happiness in his voice. “I’m ready.” I tossed the bag over the wall, careful to clear the electric fence. I heard him catch the bag. I never saw his face.

“Good luck, man,” I called to Shamus. I hope he can find some hot water and a can opener.

I’ll buy more food for people like Shamus tomorrow. I imagine there will be many.

Today’s Worthy Cause

Today’s cause is the Witkoppen Clinic, a non-profit health clinic in Fourways recommended by reader Dagmar Kahn.

Witkoppen Clinic serves the health needs of the densely populated informal settlements around that area (there are several) and focuses on issues like HIV, TB, antenatal and postnatal care, etc. Imagine how these services are being impacted by COVID-19.

The clinic desperately needs help with protective gear and other equipment for its staff, and have set up a BackABuddy campaign to raise money. Please help them out if you are so inclined.

I hope you all enjoyed your lockdown Sunday. On to Day 11 — I will go back to my slightly longer and more informative posts during the week.


  1. Catrina

    I’m glad you feel better today!
    So kind of you to help Shamus.

  2. Graham Burgess

    Great post today, I really look forward to reading them.

    • 2summers

      Thanks a lot Graham.

  3. Lani

    Beautiful flower, bug, and gesture. Tomorrow I’m stopping by the house to ask if you have any money. 😛 Just toss it over, I’ll catch it, no problem. 😉

    • 2summers

      Hahahaaaaaa. I wish you could do that!

      • Lani

        Just for a laugh, right? And then, you could invite me in and we could talk and eat all day. xo

  4. Dieter Aab

    Thanks for my favorite read of the day. I am currently planning the party I am going to host for all my friends who can’t visit me now, when this is over!

    • 2summers

      That sounds like a great way to spend your lockdown ????


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