this and that

I had my second Pfizer vaccination yesterday and had been warned that there might be some adverse side effects. But, apart from feeling flat and tired last night (which may have had nothing to do with the jab at all), I’m 100% this morning. A surprising number of people I know (and know well) are opting not to have the vaccine. I’m not going to judge them but based on what I’ve read I believe that it’s the most sensible thing to do under the circumstances, and I wish they would change their minds.

In the Western Cape province of South Africa, the provincial administration (under the Democratic Alliance, i.e. the official opposition party) has begun rolling out vaccination programes for homeless people, many of whom do not have ID documents or birth certificates. The pilot session was in Cape Town two weeks ago, and was very efficiently managed. This is really really great news! *

On Saturday Loraine has invited Vicki and me for a get-together at her home in Durbanville to drink a toast to our mutual friend Shona, who died on 25 June. Loraine and her husband Raymond arranged for Shona’s beloved dog, Cayley, to be flown from Port Alfred to Cape Town so they can adopt her. Cayley is now firmly entrenched as part of the family, which makes us all very happy. Loraine has long covid (well over 15 months now) and is tired most of the time. She sent us this gorgeous pic of Cayley giving her a get-well kiss.

All I know about Saturday is that (a) Raymond has been instructed to cook prawns; (b) there will be wine and whiskey; and (c) Vicki and I will have the use of the two guest bedrooms so we will be taking our pjs. The only thing missing will be Shona.

I’m not sure what possessed me at the time but I’ve booked to take part in an evening market at the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay next Wednesday. I’m a bit over lugging tables and chairs and boxes of stock around, and am really hoping that they provide the basics. I’m going to keep it simple – just my fabric necklaces and boot accessories. Karen and I did a recce at the beginning of August, which ended with whiskey and coffee (not respectively). It’s a stunning venue, as you can see, and attracts a great mix of people. I think most of them are under 25 (for the market, at least) so I’d better leave my walking stick at home.

If it’s a flop for me money-wise, at least I’ll have made some new contacts and also get to make sure the old pub has remained un-revamped. That’s important, to keep some things as they are. Especially pubs, right?

  • Molly, Rolinda, Freedom and Dubs all gave their permission to be photographed.

22 thoughts on “this and that

  1. Going Batty in Wales

    I am with you on the vaccine. There are quite a few people here who are refusing – some because they believe conspiracy theories and some because they disapprove of all vaccines but this is a virus our bodies have no experience of and it is deadly even if treatments are improving. I saw it as my civic duty to protect myself in whatever way I could. A great idea to vaccinate the homeless too – they are likely to have depleted immune systems but spread it easily with little access to handwashing and so on.

    Enjoy your weekend remembering your friend and I hope the market is fun even if not profitable. Though I think your necklaces and boot decs will appeal to a young crowd.

  2. Rainbow Junkie

    Good Luck with the market and having a weekend with friends sounds like a great idea even if the reason for meeting up is tinged with sadness. Shame about those refusing the vaccine. My son is one of them and I have given up trying to persuade him.

  3. katechiconi

    I hope you’re taking plenty of those boot danglies, because I reckon they’ll sell like hot cakes. Good luck with networking and making loads of new contacts! I’m not going to comment on vaccination because certain things make me incandescently angry and it’s not pretty, but suffice to say we both got our shots months ago. I’m so glad SA is also taking care of its homeless <3

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I know people (and some of them well-read, believe me) across the world who are opting not to have it. Not because of conspiracy theories, either. (At least, as far as I’m aware, I have no friends who are conspiracy theorists – if I do, clearly I haven’t been screening properly.) My take on it right now is that I am grateful to live in a country where it is not illegal to have and express one’s own point of view without fear of retaliation. I might think someone has a weak argument against it but at least he/she isn’t going to be publicly or politically flailed ((clearly I’ve been consumed by what’s going on in Afghanistan and Mozambique and and and !))

      1. katechiconi

        You’re right, of course, but I can’t help looking at the figures here and seeing that those who are hospitalised and die are *overwhelmingly* the unvaccinated, by something like 90%. Even if I were entertaining some doubts about the vaccine, I’d look at those figures and feel that statistically my chances were better with than without. But equally, the liberty to choose is important, so long as it doesn’t result in endangering others.

  4. The Little Room of Rachell

    All sounds good and proactive there Jill. Sad but that’s a lovely plan to remember Shona together. Take painkillers for the morning after!

    So glad the homeless are able to be vaccinated without fuss.

    We were in a cafe in Devon last week and the waitress had really colourful nail art. She said it was her way to remember her friend who had died of Covid, as she was always laughing and positive. A small act to commemorate her.

      1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

        We’ve had approximately 78,000 covid-related deaths. Some close friends have had some close calls, despite taking reasonable precautions and despite being vaccinated. I think it’s difficult to get the majority on the same side in any country, but I personally would be happier if all the people in my own life chose to have the vaccine. Not for me, for themselves. An old friend of Philip’s, who is now 88, contracted covid in December, along with about 10 members of his family (of all ages!) They all made full recoveries, despite not having been vaccinated (that only took off in April this year…), and Peter himself is apparently doing extremely well. The human immune system must be unbelievably complicated.

  5. cedar51

    Lots of memories coming up about your friend Shona, love that her dog has a new home and from that photo, looks very much at home, caring for someone else.
    The Brass Bell looks like an interesting venue and I’m sure your beaded goods will be snapped up.
    As for the vaccine – that’s something I raced at getting here in NZ, when I found out through a friend where I could go. Right now, as I’ve said in my blog, “Delta variant arrived” and with only case last Monday – we rushed back to the severe lockdown we endured last March (oops the March of last year) and it had been 6 months since my region was locked down on the slightly lesser Alert Level, when we had the Valentines community Cluster.
    The current one, doesn’t have a name yet, and it can’t be called the August C. Cluster because we had that last year as well…
    Cases are still lower as in less than 50, (most are the younger generation) but our gov’t takes the high hand that we “go fast, go hard, stamp it out” scenario. So that means we are locked into a bubble and we stay home, unless we have a “good reason” to be out…
    As long as I’m happy here, have enough food (which I currently do), enough art supplies and of course wifi – I’m all good…

  6. Linne

    Jill, I’m glad you got your shots! We did here, too and I had no reaction of any sort to either. I did it to protect my cousins where I live as much as myself, plus there are people I have to interact with, like the cashiers in the grocery store. I’m also glad the homeless people are getting their shots, too. The long-term consequences of covid are pretty awful, too, so I was happy to take whatever small risk there might have been.

    It’s lovely that Cayley has a new home and I’m sure she will be good for Lorraine, too. I have a friend with the long-haul and it’s not fun, especially as they have four children on the autism spectrum. She’s doing better, but I think it will be a while before she’s back to her normal, energetic self.

    Your Saturday with your friends sounds good; sharing the memories with those who also knew Shona is likely going to be healing for you all.

    And the Brass Bell market! I just spent some time on their website and I do envy you! I hope, like you, that they provide tables, etc. I’ve done the whole booth thing, too, and it’s so much work, especially tidying up at the end when you’re tired and just want to go. The venue is spectacular. You didn’t mention which area you’ll be in, but I hope you get to look at the sea at some point. I think I’d be in the Salt and Seaweed for some time, myself! Good luck with your merch, too. I wouldn’t be surprised if you sold out; your work is so beautiful! Do let us know how you do, will you?

    Take care, Jill; will be thinking of you. ~ Linne

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Thanks, Linne :) The time with Loraine, Vicki and Raymond was lovely, and only ended at 2.30 this afternoon (Sunday). They have such a beautiful home and are incredibly hospitable people.
      As it happens, I do have a slight headache today and consequently will be having a very early night!
      It’s been so long since I did a market, I’m going to have a make a fresh list of what I need to take. No idea whether it will be busy or not but doing it will be good for me all the same. Fingers crossed that somebody buys something.

  7. insearchofitall

    I have all my fingers crossed for you. I know how disheartening it can be there to sit all day and sell nothing. All while being exposed to people who choose not to vaccinate. I was going to pass on it as well. Didn’t make sense to me early on and I decided that since I’m already terminal, why waste the vaccine on me. My daughter had other ideas so when I saw those who really needed it had been taken care of, I made an appointment for myself. I was glad she was driving because I could not have made it home on my own steam and slept the entire day with the first vaccine. My arm was red and sore for at least a week but it didn’t hurt my lungs. (that was my main concern). The second shot had less side effects and when the booster is available, I’ll get it too. My son won’t get his but he does mask up everywhere he goes. It would turn into a war to try and talk to him. He’s always right. His sister says he’s a moron. :( These last 5 years have done some serious damage here to family dynamics.
    Delighted to see your homeless have not been left out. I don’t know if anyone has bothered here. Let us know how the market went.


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