Food Parcels and Hazmat Suits

Food Parcels and Hazmat Suits

This morning I visited the Melville food parcel program for the first time in two weeks, and things have changed significantly at the distribution. The entire operation has been moved outside the church, due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases, and the volunteers...

I’m Back: An Un-numbered Lockdown Post

I’m Back: An Un-numbered Lockdown Post

Hello. After blogging mostly every day for the first 100 days of South Africa's COVID-19 lockdown, I took a full week off. This is weird. It feels like I've been gone for ages. In fact I haven't been gone at all -- I've been right here, in my house, the whole time --...

Day 100: My Top Five Lockdown Posts

Day 100: My Top Five Lockdown Posts

It's Day 100 of the South African lockdown. I'm still here, at home, on my couch. Here I am on Day 100, wearing the nearly completed scarf I've been knitting for the past six months. (If you look carefully, you'll see a knitting needle sticking out of my hair.) I had...

A Visit to Hillbrow (Lockdown Day 99)

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, since 2012. George Khosi, coach of the Hillbrow Boxing Club. I shot this photo in January...

3000 Food Parcels (Lockdown Day 98)

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 and questioned my decision to blog every day of lockdown because I suspected it might last longer than...

Lockdown Day 97

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 means it's been 100 days since I started this Lockdown Journal. (I started the journal three days before the...

I Have a Blanket Problem (Lockdown Day 96)

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 buy blankets for the blanket drive my friend Kennedy is organizing. So I had to...

The Melville Cat Leaves and Comes Back (Lockdown Day 95)

The Melville Cat Leaves and Comes Back (Lockdown Day 95)

The Melville Cat normally speaks for himself on this blog. But today, for some reason, I feel like speaking for the two of us. Smokey, the Melville Cat, in his favorite morning sun spot on the kitchen floor. I didn't choose Smokey as a pet -- he chose me. He had a...

Ten Years of 2Summers (Lockdown Day 92)

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 recent experience obtaining an international driver's license for my impending move from...

The Poet (Day 91)

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 to another commitment, I had to leave at 7:30. At 7:25, I met Josaya. I overheard Josaya speaking to...

Knitting (Lockdown Day 90)

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 seven (or thereabouts) in an endlessly on-again-off-again relationship. South Africa was experiencing...

I Just Want to Stay Home (Lockdown Day 89)

I Just Want to Stay Home (Lockdown Day 89)

It's Day 89 of the South African lockdown. Initially I had plans to go out and do a couple of errands today, which I was hoping would give me something to blog about. But then I didn't. Despite spending much of the morning trying to mentally psych myself up, I never...

Trixie the Melville Kitten (Day 88)

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 Trixie! I'm blogging I'm blogging I'm blogging. It's me, Trixie, in my box. I wanted...

Lockdown Level 3, Version 2.0 (Day 85)

Lockdown Level 3, Version 2.0 (Day 85)

It's Day 85 of the South African lockdown. Another one from the archives: Sunset on the Melville Koppies, December 2011. Two nights ago, President Ramaphosa made a speech announcing upcoming changes to the Lockdown Level 3 regulations. During the first few weeks of...

Heather Mason

I’m an American writer/blogger/photographer living a quirky life in Johannesburg. Follow along as I explore Johannesburg, South Africa, and the rest of the world.

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