It is Day 10 of the Covid-19 lockdown, here in South Africa, and autumn is in the air in Johannesburg. It has been an intense week of work, and the calm and quiet are strangely welcome. I say strangely, because the times are not normal, and we stay home not by choice but because we have to.
Outside, the reported number of Coronavirus cases has reached 1585, with nine deaths so far.
It would be nice to think that we are flattening the curve, but that seems optimistic. There have been projections, apparently, that cases may only peak in June, and that we could be in lockdown till August. Not something I wish to contemplate, not at this moment.
Last night I cooked up a storm, duck breasts with a spicy cherry sauce, made with dried cherries that our friends Lisa and Klaus brought us from Germany, in what seems right now another era. Fluffy and crisp baked potatoes, peas, and a lovely and perfectly matched Bouchard Finlayson Pinot Noir, a 2014, made for a perfect meal and a relaxing and happy evening.
We are very aware how lucky we are, and we are grateful.
Today I have found peace and fulfilment working on some images from our visits to the Marievale Bird Sanctuary, which I hope will give you at least some of the pleasure I have had in making them.