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German Measles and a Walk along the Strand Beachfront (2016-07-06) Photo Gallery 07 JUL 2016

Believe it or not, a little while ago I came down with German Measles of all things. Sadly for Jessica’s sake though, the Gordon’s Bay Lötters weren’t quite done with German Measles after all – second week into her holiday and bang, a big red rash spreads across her entire body, and with that, my little girl is down and out for the count.


Luckily it didn’t affect her nearly as long as what it did me but Monday, the first day of her illness, was tricky with both Chantelle and I needing to physically be at work on the day.

Thankfully Dad (who appears to be loving his new pensioner status by the way) was able to make the early morning trip through to Gordon’s Bay and look after her for us – which she rather enjoyed mind you!

Obviously holiday care at school was out thanks to the infectious nature of German Measles, so from Tuesday onward she stayed at home with me watching movies while I worked. An arrangement that also didn’t seem to bother her much!


Halfway through Tuesday she was already starting to feel much better, and so when Wednesday rolled by, I decided to treat my now very bored little girl to a lunch time break that saw us drive out and pick up some KFC pops for lunch, sit in our car at the beach with a view of the sea and devour them, and then finally enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Strand beachfront to stretch our legs for a bit!


Strand always feels a bit weirdly run down to me, what with its mixture of expensive high rise apartments right next to old, tired looking shopfronts. Nevertheless, that beachfront of theirs is great for a stroll, and Jessica was loving getting a bit of sunlight and fresh air after being cooped up in the house for so long!


I see the construction phase of the City of Cape Town’s R180 million project to refurbish the Strand sea wall and in doing so, update the promenade and attempt to breathe some new life into the tired Strand beachfront is already well underway.

I can only imagine the headaches this work will bring in the future (basically the same issue that has plagued Kalk Bay and Fishhoek for years now), but the long-term benefits should more than outweigh the short-term inconvenience I’m sure!


Despite being out for far longer than what I had originally planned, it was great to get out and enjoy the fresh sea air on such a beautiful, windless Winter sunny day, so definitely a lunch break well spent.


Plus, it was rather nice to have a healthy, albeit it quarantined, Jessica back again!

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(In case you are wondering, we think that Emily already had her German Measles first, so she should be okay. Hopefully.)

A Week of Chickenpox Quarantine My Life 27 AUG 2015

So Jessica got chickenpox. Luckily for us though (though they say it isn’t so serious in children anyway), very, very mildly. The rash of red bumps spread and did what they’re supposed to do, but thankfully caused no discomfort whatsoever for Jessica – who is pretty ‘kleinserig’ at the best of times!

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However, this did mean that she was forced to stay out of school for a week, no big deal because obviously I work from home most of the week anyway – however, the operative word here is ‘work’, meaning that poor Jessica had to entertain herself for five straight days – pretty difficult for a four year old to do!

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Whilst lots of fun in the beginning, the novelty of not going to school rapidly wore off for Jess – five days of movies, toys, puzzles, colouring in books and no friends to play with can become pretty boring, pretty quickly!

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Still, at least she was happy about the fact that she got to wear princess dresses all week long! ;)

(Emily might also have had it – possibly. But we base this entirely on a small patch of spots/bumps on her leg that didn’t spread nor go red. So not so sure about that one…)

Related Link: Chickenpox