Endings and Beginnings for the Melville Food Program

Endings and Beginnings for the Melville Food Program

This is a quick post to announce the Melville Food Program, which I've blogged about many times during lockdown (see here and here and here), did its last large-scale food parcel distribution at Heritage Baptist Church today. This amazing group of volunteers, led by...

Five Outings in Gauteng Province

Five Outings in Gauteng Province

It's a weird time to live in Gauteng province. Gauteng is South Africa's largest province by population and its smallest province by size, by huge margins. And due to the ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions, all 13 million of us Gautengers are stuck here together....

Things Are Happening in Joburg City

Things Are Happening in Joburg City

Other than a brief visit to Hillbrow, I hadn't gone to downtown Joburg city since before the pandemic started. Also today is the ten-year anniversary of my arrival in Joburg and I wanted to do something special. So I decided to devote the whole day yesterday to Joburg...

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam Are Open

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam Are Open

When the pandemic first hit and South Africa locked down, the closure of Emmarentia Dam and the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens (two parks that are essentially one -- I will refer to the whole thing as "Emmarentia" going forward) was one of my greatest sources of...

Lockdown Revisited: Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Lockdown Revisited: Fake It ‘Til You Make It

My advice for the week: If you're feeling down in lockdown, put on a (fake) happy face. My new facemask (like an actual face. mask.) from Anouk de Vries Design. I haven't blogged about the lockdown for a couple of weeks, and I feel like I've built up all these...

The Birds of Paterson Park

The Birds of Paterson Park

Last week I participated in a behind-the-scenes tour of historic Paterson Park, on the border of Norwood and Orange Grove, to check out the public art projects in progress there. The park is undergoing a huge renovation, expected to finish in the next few months. The...

#JobsSaveLives: The Plight of Melville’s Restaurants

#JobsSaveLives: The Plight of Melville’s Restaurants

Today, the South African restaurant industry participated in a nationwide demonstration called "One Million Seats in the Streets", to protest the government's treatment of the hospitality sector during the COVID-19 lockdown. The hashtag for the movement is...

How You Can Help Me Write My Book

How You Can Help Me Write My Book

I have to write a book this year. I have to. I'm absolutely certain it's the right time. But my procrastination has reached epic new heights. I need your help to overcome it. I'm good at accomplishing things when I have clear, set goals with tangible deadlines. I...

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...

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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