It’s Day 57 of the South African lockdown. I really don’t have much to say. Here’s a picture of a cat.

Trixie on blankets
Lockdown photo 57: Trixie the cat. I think it might soon be time for Trixie to write her own lockdown post.

I put a lot of energy into my posts from yesterday and the day before, and woke up today without much motivation left. Also I don’t think I can top yesterday’s experience. A boring lockdown day at home and my run-of-the-mill emotional angst seem like very trivial blog topics compared to a food program feeding hundreds of hungry South Africans.

Heather taking pictures
Thanks Ayoob Ballim for taking this photo of me making myself useful at the food distribution yesterday. It did feel good to get out and focus on something other than my own insufferable thoughts.

Fortunately it’s Friday and I’m going to continue my new habit of taking Saturdays and Sundays off from lockdown journaling. I’ll be back on Monday, hopefully with renewed vigor.

I did receive a beautiful food delivery from Publik Wine Bar today. During the lockdown, Publik has pivoted from selling wine (which, if you believe today’s news, may or may not be for sale in South Africa again…like ever) to selling and delivering fresh produce and other specialty foods. I finally decided to give Publik a try.

I bought the “large produce box”, which includes ten veggies and three fruits, artisan bread, and eggs for R350. The Rozendal vinegar (which I’m so excited about — I visited the Rozendal farm in Stellenbosch in 2017 and loved it) and Father Coffee are add-ons.

There are a few items here that I’ve never cooked with before, and I’m super excited about all of it. I actually had to ask a friend to help me identify the vegetable at the bottom left next to the eggs: In case you’re wondering, it’s fennel.

Maybe I’ll document some of my creations over the weekend and share them in the next post.

Publik lists all of its food items for sale on Instagram (so millennial) and then you order via Whatsapp. Orders are delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Today’s Featured Photographer

Today I’m featuring artist/photographer Suzy Bernstein, who is a neighbor of mine and has been taking beautiful, candid photos of life in Melville during our prescribed morning walk times. Suzy shoots all of her Instagram photos on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.


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Copyright: Suzy Bernstein #cat #lockdown #level4 #covid19 Bounty Hunters. No social distancing neccessary.

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This photo was shot through the window of Bounty Hunters, a charity shop that doubles as a cat shelter. It’s just one of my recent favorites in Suzy’s feed but there are many more. Follow her at @suzybernstein_photography.

See you all next week.

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