If your memory’s sharp – mine’s not, so I’m envious – you’ll remember we had my last office end-of-year party in January, technically celebrating Christmas 2013 in January 2014, so it seemed way too soon to have the 2014 Christmas version a week ago, but have it we did, and it was literally grand as we spent the afternoon at Grand Beach near the Waterfront.
As Mother was still on our coast visiting, there was also lots of sightseeing, such as lunch at Cousin Janet’s – she lives in the most jealousy-inspiring house in St James, remember? Seeing as we were that side of the city we took the long way home, all through Noordhoek and along Chapman’s Peak drive – click here for a reminder of last time we did this pretty trip. But, as always, there was more to fill our weekend…
Thursday, 11 December 2014: Bizcommunity end-of-year lunch at Grand Beach
Friday, 12 December 2014: Cloudy, rainy and cold
Saturday, 13 December 2014: Decembraai-ing with the Cape rellies, scenic trip through Noordhoek, along Chapman’s Peak
Sunday, 14 December 2014: Breakfast at Bread & Butter, cake at Mum
Tuesday, 16 December 2014: Breakfast at Captain’s Kitchen, Big Bay; cocktails at Catch22
And with that, we’re on the brink of the NEXT weekend already! Am not taking any leave other than the public holidays coming up, but Husband’s off for a few weeks so expect some pics of his DIY and home fixes in my next update!
It’s been a week of powerless meals for us, with power cuts seeming to strike at just the time we would usually start cooking or decide to venture out for a meal. But we’ve not let the lack of electricity get to us, as we’ve had lots of fun with mother-in-law visiting for a few days. In fact, we’ve had a right jolly time of it, with all sorts of fun excursions…
Friday, 5 December 2014: Asian meal with Mother at Earth Cafe
Saturday, 6 December 2014: Sea Point breakfast and sneakily cooking around the loadshedding
Sunday, 7 December 2014: Parenty brunch, bird park visit and Woodbridge sunset
That’s all for now, folks! Almost halfway through the month and just a day from the next weekend, time is spiralling faster and faster!
PS: Yes I know, still no pics of the new housie – chance would be a fine thing! Pretty much fully unpacked but not quite properly decorated yet. Soon soon, I promise?
And so, we moved. We’d plotted, planned, paid, gnashed teeth, wrung hands and jumped with joy for months leading up to this point, and finally last weekend – well, Monday to be exact – was the day of the move. Saturday and Sunday were a frenzy of packing, Monday was a flurry of actually moving – all just us doing the lifting, loading and unpacking. We made eight trips with the bakkie we hired for the day, thank you very much. Then Tuesday was all about unpacking, and the rest of week saw us both back at work full-day but still taking delivery of things, having our Telkom line moved, having folk over to take wall measurements, sorting all sorts of insurance, trying out new bus routes, having blood tests and medical check-ups done for life insurance and finally, me nursing my aching (pre-arthritic) fingers and waiting for them to recover enough to post this update. So, here it is, for your viewing pleasure…
Friday, 28 November: Friday pie day and final beach visit from old side of town
Saturday, 29 November 2014: Doggies concerned at all the packing; burgers and shakes at Royale Eatery
Thursday, 4 December 2014: Team lunch with lovely colleagues
There you have it! The doggies are more settled each day and we’re slowly but surely getting rid of the pile of boxes to unpack. It helps that mother-in-law is visiting from tomorrow so we’ve been spurred into action – expect some pics of the new housie in my next update. Over and out!
Eek, you guys. The time has finally, FINALLY come to seal and scribble on the last of our big brown moving boxes, give the ol’ tomato sauce-and-mustard-coloured walls a wave goodbye and settle into our first, very own housie! In other news, we’re just a weekend away from December. Time really does go faster at this time of year. Here’s what we’ve been up to since my last update…
Saturday, 22 November 2014: ‘Celebrate Summer’ braai, meet new bunny addition to the family and learn yoyo tricks, all at the Pantlands’ new housie
Sunday, 23 November 2014: Breakfast at Bread & Butter, Sunningdale; post-packing treats at Ilha, Woodbridge Island
Wednesday, 26 November 2014: Tasty tea time treats at the DMX Conference at Table Bay Hotel (yes, where I recently had high tea)
Friday, 28 November 2014: More protea decor at the U-Start Conference at Cape Town’s City Hall
That’s all for now, folks. Get out there and enjoy the weekend! :)
Time really does seem to go faster the closer we get to the end of the year. It feels like just yesterday that we put in an offer on the house we liked – when in reality that was a whopping four months ago, and moving day is next weekend already!
Speaking of weekends, here’s what we’ve been up to since my last update… The burgers at Wembley Roadhouse are definitely all they’re hyped up to be – despite not being a proper ‘order from your car’ roadhouse and the impossible queue at weekend lunchtime. Food also took an age to arrive at Hudson’s Burger Joint in Claremont but that could just be Sunday syndrome. My advice? Definitely try them, but go during the week if you can.
Right, without further ado…
Thursday, 13 November 2014: AfricaCom at the CTICC
Saturday, 15 November 2014: Breakfast at Beach House Tavern, Woodbridge Island; lunch at the Wembley Roadhouse; sundowners at News Cafe Blouberg
Sunday: Breakfast at News Cafe Blouberg; lunch at Hudsons Diner, Claremont