Hot dogs with a side of Elvis and Hermanus bliss

In our old life – meaning the days in Joburg, before we lived at the seaside – exercising the dogs meant a run around the park every once in a while, as shown here. Post-2012, it’s been a case of getting them to the beach as often as we can for a sandy wet drag/pull/bark like this, in one of my very first blog posts after the Big Move.

That’s exactly what we did on Saturday, albeit a little later than usual in the day as I worked my final Saturday shift for most of the day. But the ‘hot dogs’ I referred to in today’s blog post title are the ‘sausage in a roll’ type, not happy warm canines, as we went to the Elvis-themed ‘On a Roll’ hot dog café in Mowbray, opposite the Fat Cactus, as a ‘weekend has finally started’ treat.

Then Sunday was magical in that ‘let’s go on a roadtrip so the weekend feels longer than it really is’ sense, as our friend Alex was taking his son Joshi to stay with his granny in Hermanus for a few days, and we thought, “Why not tag along?’ Why not, indeed. And so, I present to you, the past weekend in photos…

Saturday, 13 September 2014: Working at mom’s house, saucy hot dogs at On a Roll, doggy sunset

Had to change my work location to Mom's house when our internet went on a go-slow soon after I started my Saturday shift. Bonus - lovely coffee as pictured, along with multiple breakfast treats

Had to change my work location to Mom’s house when our internet went on a go-slow soon after I started my Saturday shift. Bonus – lovely coffee as pictured, along with multiple breakfast treats

He's "all shook up" to meet me! And says he "ain't nothing but a hound dog!" (K those are as cheesy as my grin, I'll stop)

He’s “all shook up” to meet me! And says he “ain’t nothing but a hound dog!” (K those are as cheesy as my grin, I’ll stop)

We sat in a booth right behind Elvis the doorman. See the mustard and tomato-sauce coloured walls (oddly similar to our current kitchen walls, lol)

We sat in a booth right behind Elvis the doorman. See the mustard and tomato sauce-coloured walls (oddly similar to our current kitchen walls, lol)

Husband and Bertie on beach, birdy flying past top left

Husband and Bertie on beach, birdy flying past top left

More birdies taking a slow trip overhead

More birdies taking a slow trip overhead

Husband leading boy dog back to car after successful beach walk

Husband leading boy dog back to car after successful beach walk

Standard shot of sandy-nosed Bassie post-beach walk

Standard shot of sandy-nosed Bassie post-beach walk

Hahaha! Just look at the sandy-ness!

Hahaha! Just look at the sandy-ness!

Gorgeous golden sun eating up the horizon

Gorgeous golden sun eating up the horizon

Bassie was awestruck for a little while, so sweet

Bassie was awestruck for a little while, so sweet

Bertie watched the sun set for a few seconds too before he got distracted by other things

Bertie watched the sun set for a few seconds too before he got distracted by other things

Sunday, 14 September 2014: Cloudy, grey Hermanus roadtrip and first braai of 2014 at the parents’ house

Road trip breakfast - McD's does the trick!

Road trip breakfast – McD’s does the trick!

Roadtrip!

Roadtrip!

Hermanus. It's like a postcard

Hermanus. It’s like a postcard

Here are Alex and Joshi, to prove it's not a postcard

Here are Alex and Joshi, to prove it’s not a postcard

Admiring the sea view before the weather took a turn for the worst. We'd built up an appetite by then...

Admiring the sea view before the weather took a turn for the worst. We’d built up an appetite by then…

Best club sandwich EVER at Dutchies on the Hermanus beach front. Look at that smile!

Best club sandwich EVER at Dutchies on the Hermanus beach front. Look at that smile!

BEST cheesecake. The bottom wasn't the biscuit base you'd expect - instead  a caramel brittle that enhanced the cake's citrus zing.

BEST cheesecake. The bottom wasn’t the biscuit base you’d expect – instead a caramel brittle that enhanced the cake’s citrus zing.

Am definitely having this next time. AND the cheesecake.

Am definitely having this next time. AND the cheesecake.

A hot Amarula coffee. With tasty biccie on the side (tick). Yummo

A hot Amarula coffee. With tasty biccie on the side (tick). Yummo

Husband admiring the inside of the mossy cave

Husband admiring the inside of the mossy cave

We found a mossy cave while trying to burn off our large lunch

We found a mossy cave while trying to burn off our large lunch

Husband admiring the sea view after a quick walk through the Hermanus fynbos

Husband admiring the sea view after a quick walk through the Hermanus fynbos

Hermanus mountains, so different to the standard Cape skyline

Hermanus mountains, so different to the standard Cape skyline

Seagull proudly guarding the Hermanus sea

Seagull proudly guarding the Hermanus sea

Interesting sign by one of the walkways in Hermanus

Interesting sign by one of the walkways in Hermanus

Beautiful gloomy conditions

Beautiful gloomy conditions

Then we drove back home for lupper at the parents. Here's Mum sitting at their pretty new summer blue (it's teal, really) garden table  by the purple tree

Then we drove back home for lupper at the parents. Mum sitting at their pretty new summer blue (it’s teal, really) garden table by the purple tree

Having a laugh

Having a laugh

Only the best burger toppings at Mum's, including her famous potato salad

Only the best burger toppings at Mum’s, including her famous potato salad

Delicious sights and tastes… let’s hope the coming weekend holds more of the same!

Grey skies, orange suns and purple hair

This past weekend was a surprisingly cold one as we’d been well on our way towards Summer. Then suddenly – grey skies struck, a chilly wind bit, and Husband came down with the dreaded Mediterranean cold my family’s been fighting off, one by one. So it was a lazy “snuggle up and stay warm” kind of weekend.

Bassie gave us a weather report from the couch. She said it looked cold and to snuggle up. So we did

Bassie gave us a weather report from the couch. She said it looked cold and to snuggle up. So we did

Lighting makes it look like a cartoon. Here's Husband (see how Very Ill he was, napping while watched by the doggies?)

Lighting makes it look like a cartoon. Here’s Husband (see how Very Ill he was, napping while watched by the doggies?)

Despite this, mum and dad treated us to an amazing meal out at Buitenverwachting in Constantia. And ‘beyond expectation’ it sure was – click on their official website link here (not that this post is in any way sponsored – the meal was actually Very Pricey in a touristy way but well worth it)!

What made it worth it? Well, the setting, for one thing. It’s truly beautiful, from the local table décor (Husband and dad were convinced the Protea/pincushion flowers were too pretty to be real) to the green Constantia valley it’s nestled in.

The “added foodie bits” are also beyond expectation – simply order your food and drink and you also receive freshly baked bread and spreads to start you off, as well as an amuse-bouche (ours was a kudu/tart apple slice/pomegranate salad concoction that photographed too blurrily for the blog, alas), a sorbet palate cleanser (only get this one if you’ve ordered starters, mind) AND a selection of mini desserts for the table when you’re done, all completely free. See from my photos below.

Husband's "poor brave me being out and about when I'm ill" face

Husband’s “poor brave me being out and about when I’m ill” face

Pretty (real, not fake) table flowers

Pretty (real, not fake) table flowers

Husband and I, 'having a time' - hopefully the last time I'll need to wear a woolly winter scarf this year

Husband and I, ‘having a time’ – hopefully the last time I’ll need to wear a woolly winter scarf this year

The olive roll I selected, along with some flavoured butters and cheese spreads

The olive roll I selected, along with some flavoured butters and cheese spreads

My burger - one of the best in Cape Town. It was small but delectable. Fresh herby patty, all sorts of salsa-y sauces, and wonderful chips on the side

My burger – one of the best in Cape Town. It was small but delectable. Fresh herby patty, all sorts of salsa-y sauces, and wonderful chips on the side

My marvellous burger

My marvellous burger

Misty mountain that kept capturing my attention and (poor, ill) Husband with his fish n chips

Misty mountain that kept capturing my attention and (poor, ill) Husband with his fish n chips

This here bottle was almost half the bill - Husband and I both had a sip despite being on meds.

This here bottle was almost half the bill – Husband and I both had a sip despite being on meds.

Mum and me with our post-meal coffees. We made sad faces when we noticed our saucers were big enough for a dunking biscuit but none appeared...

Mum and me with our post-meal coffees. We made sad faces when we noticed our saucers were big enough for a dunking biscuit but none appeared…

...Only to be presented with this sweet platter of treats. Dad's fist is there both to show size and that we almost had to 'rock paper scissors' over who had which treat. It's also the only pic of him this week. There was even a 'strawberry-covered-chocolate', teehee! (Husband valiantly and nobly stepped back so it was just between the three of us. We shared most of it)

…Only to be presented with this sweet platter of treats. Dad’s fist is there both to show size and that we almost had to ‘rock paper scissors’ over who had which treat. It’s also the only pic of him this week. There was even a ‘strawberry-covered-chocolate’, teehee! (Husband valiantly and nobly stepped back so it was just between the three of us. We shared most of it)

And just because we had a fancy lunch, Bertie decided to treat himself to whatever he could find around the house. So we shamed him on Facebook, as you do…

Sun's so bright you can hardly see us, but Bertie's decidedly pleased with himself in this photo, not shamed at all (you can see the navy lunchbox behind him that he carefully carried out through the doggy door before opening and eating the two sandwiches inside. As well as a Jungle Oats bar and a packet of dry, uncooked 2-minute noodles)

Sun’s so bright you can hardly see us, but Bertie’s decidedly pleased with himself in this photo, not shamed at all (you can see the navy lunchbox behind him that he carefully carried out through the doggy door before opening and eating the two sandwiches inside. As well as a Jungle Oats bar and a packet of dry, uncooked 2-minute noodles)

Then Sunday was all about spaghetti and sunsets at mum’s… and just because Husband dared me that I ‘wouldn’t dare’ dye my hair purple after I commented on a photo of someone who’d done so in a newspaper, I did:

Doesn't it look positively delightful? It really was as good - if not better - than it looks

Doesn’t it look positively delightful? It really was as good – if not better – than it looks

Sunset palm trees near home

Sunset palm trees near home

Sunday's sunset skies

Sunday’s sunset skies

It's more a dark rinse/dip dye of the ends but here you can see the purple hair. Will do a more thorough job this weekend to seal the deal, mwahaha (evil laugh)

It’s more a dark rinse/dip dye of the ends but here you can see the purple hair. Will do a more thorough job this weekend to seal the deal, mwahaha (evil laugh)

Lastly, just because I mentioned that I focus on sunset and hardly ever catch sunrise in last week’s blog post… Husband pointed out that I actually do see the sun rise every single weekday on the commute to work as I prefer the early shift – give the man a prize, he’s right as rain. I just don’t notice it as I tend to have my eyes closed during the trip while in the passenger seat. Here’s what I saw this morning on my way in (between 06:30 and 07:00am, GMT+2 for my international readers) – was perhaps especially stunning as there’d been a supermoon earlier in the week (yes, shamelessly promoting my work in that supermoon slideshow link)…

Cloudy sky above, fiery sun rising below. Beautiful

Cloudy sky above, fiery sun rising below. Beautiful

The irony! Rising sun illuminating a lighting shop on the right

The irony! Rising sun illuminating a lighting shop on the right

Sun seemingly caught in the trees

Sun seemingly caught in the trees

View from office window (it makes a lovely frame)

View from office window (it makes a lovely frame)

Amazing what you notice if you keep your eyes (and mind) open!

A sunset so stunning even seagulls stop and stare

I love sighing at sunsets (I even have an official certificate from work to prove it. S’true). Sunrise, on the other hand, is a little harder to catch each day as I love my sleep, but I have made a concerted effort to do so before, click here for a reminder.

Still, sunsets are easier all round. And I’m by no means alone in my sunset-adoration I know, but have you ever seen a seagull astounded by the pretty colours of the sunset? We happened to catch just this sight last weekend… Yes, I know there’s no such thing as a seagull thanks to the fairly detailed eco-marine trip work treated me to earlier this year – you know what I mean though.

All in all a nice easy weekend as I was recovering from the awful head cold Mum and Dad unintentionally brought back from their Mediterranean cruise.

Saturday, 30 August 2014: Stunning sunset as we dined at Catch22, Blouberg

The seagull seemed to be asking, "Do you guys see those colours in the sky?"

The seagull seemed to be asking, “Do you guys see those colours in the sky?”

Seagull, sunset-struck. So cute.

Seagull, sunset-struck. So cute.

The sunset we saw

The sunset we saw

The magically-coloured mountain and me

The magically-coloured mountain and me

Look at THAT! A Frangelico mocha drink to soothe my sore throat

Look at THAT! A Frangelico mocha drink to soothe my sore throat

Husband had a seafood platter. JUST finished by himself

Husband had a seafood platter. JUST finished by himself

Wondrous burger - with cheese, bacon and a delightful chutney sauce. And tasty chips and super-large onion rings. Nom nom nom

Wondrous burger – with cheese, bacon and a delightful chutney sauce. And tasty chips and super-large onion rings. Nom nom nom

Sunday, 31 August 2014: Slow Sunday coffee and beach visit

My Sunday morning cappuccino, with dunking shortbread biscuit on the side, summery sunshine and the weekend paper. Bliss. All sold at Reload, Parklands

My Sunday morning cappuccino, with dunking shortbread biscuit on the side, summery sunshine and the weekend paper. Bliss. All sold at Reload, Parklands

We went to the beach! Not sure if it helped me dry up, but the sensation of sleeping under the sun (sure, through a UV-blocking umbrella, but still) was just what I needed.

We went to the beach! Not sure if it helped me dry up, but the sensation of sleeping under the sun (sure, through a UV-blocking umbrella, but still) was just what I needed.

Husband also enjoyed drying off (literally, as he'd gone mussel-catching and swam in the sea)

Husband also enjoyed drying off (literally, as he’d gone mussel-catching and swam in the sea)

Monday, 1 September 2014: Celebrating Spring Day with chocolatey coffee at work

This I'll miss! Clever coffee machine at work that has a chocchiato option

This I’ll miss! Clever coffee machine at work that has a chocchiato option

There it is! Steaming mug of flavour. Mmm.

There it is! Steaming mug of flavour. Mmm.

Almost time for the next weekend of tastes and experiences – starting to feel better so of course I can’t wait!

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Half-birthdays, Ariana Grande hair and the non-seven year itch

If you’re not a teenybopper, you may have no idea who Ariana Grande is and thus be scratching your head in confusion at this week’s blog title. Don’t worry, you actually have ‘one less, one less probbblemmm‘ – all you need to know is that this past weekend my hair was sort of similar to her signature style. Except I don’t have extensions and she does. And hers looks professional and mine looks, well, messy. Thanks, Cape wind. (Click here to see hers and just scroll on down to see the pics of me below, or click on the first link to hear the earworm).

But I digress. As always.

It was a monster of a week in the Andrews household as we had my half-birthday (eep, yes, 30.5, gnash teeth, pull out grey hair, etc etc),  and to top it all, along came our seven year wedding anniversary… the one where everyone warns you of the ‘seven-year itch’. The Wikipedia page explaining the phenomenon isn’t too convincing though. Dustmites? Marilyn Monroe? Hmm. And then there’s the ultimate in ‘reputable journalism’, the Daily Mail – read this, it’s actually riveting!

But don’t despair, we’re made of stronger stuff than that. And if you think about it, we’re actually into our eighth year together. So wipe away those tears and join the celebration! Yes, a HUGE celebration is on the cards, pull out those streamers and party hats because… we bought a house, kids! Well, technically the bank agreed to buy one for us and we agreed to pay them back for it. But still!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014: Half-birthday present presented after longggg day at work (finished just before 10pm!)

Half-birthday gift from Husband and doggy children - my very own popcorn maker!

Half-birthday gift from Husband and doggy children – my very own popcorn maker!


Gorgeous, fresh popcorn! Not a drop of oil or butter involved!

Gorgeous, fresh popcorn! Not a drop of oil or butter involved!

Friday, 22 August 2014: Half-birthday lunch with Mum and Dad at Italian Club

(Half) Italian parents, back from Italian holiday, lunching at Italian Club for my half-birthday

(Half) Italian parents, back from Italian holiday, lunching at Italian Club for my half-birthday


I was there too (Friday was my day off last week as I worked the Sunday prior) - mmm gnocchi, my best

I was there too (Friday was my day off last week as I worked the Sunday prior) – mmm gnocchi, my best


Friday's also the day we got the good news: Look at that sold sign! It's for us! Eep! So proud/nervous/excited!

Friday’s also the day we got the good news: Look at that sold sign! It’s for us! Eep! So proud/nervous/excited!

Saturday, 24 August 2014: Gourmet Boerie lunch and sad, wet dogs

Fantastic coffee shake from Gourmet Boerie (our 'we bought a house' treat). It even came with a special twisty swirl around the straw. See the Ariana Grande hair

Fantastic coffee shake from Gourmet Boerie (our ‘we bought a house’ treat). It even came with a special twisty swirl around the straw. See the Ariana Grande hair


The is what we ate - mini boerie poppers with various dippy sauces, and the Mexican Boerie with guacomole and  skinny fries. Black Label bottle is just serving as table decoration

The is what we ate – mini boerie poppers with various dippy sauces, and the Mexican Boerie with guacomole and skinny fries. Black Label bottle is just serving as table decoration


Look at that face! Sad/wet/fluffy Bertie after he had a bath. Because he'd rolled his neck in something mucky, of course

Look at that face! Sad/wet/fluffy Bertie after he had a bath. Because he’d rolled his neck in something mucky, of course


Sad, wet Bassie also had a bath so she wouldn't feel left out (OK she doesn't really look sad here)

Sad, wet Bassie also had a bath so she wouldn’t feel left out (OK she doesn’t really look sad here)


Now THAT's a sad Bassie (No idea why this time. T'was hours later and she was dry)

Now THAT’s a sad Bassie (No idea why this time. T’was hours later and she was dry)


My sweet dog loves being upside down

My sweet dog loves being upside down


A custard kronut thing for supper! So yum

A custard kronut thing for supper! So yum

Sunday, 24 August 2014: lucky morning at Grand West Casino, lunch at Petiscos, beach ramble, tea at Mum’s

Our spoils from the casino! We never bet very much so are always ridiculously pleased with our winnings (More Ariana Grande hair)

Our spoils from the casino! We never bet very much so are always ridiculously pleased with our winnings (More Ariana Grande hair)


Dad and me displaying our drinks at Petiscos

Dad and me displaying our drinks at Petiscos


Lip-smackingly good Portuguese food.

Lip-smackingly good Portuguese food.


See? We made a heart, with our hands. True love, that

See? We made a heart, with our hands. True love, that


Pretty flower spotted when we went on a beach ramble

Pretty flower spotted when we went on a beach ramble


Fields of flowers! Who cares if they're weedy, that looks like the first signs of Spring to me

Fields of flowers! Who cares if they’re weedy, that looks like the first signs of Spring to me


The mountain! With 'crashing rocks'! (What I tend to call rocks that waves crash over)

The mountain! With ‘crashing rocks’! (What I tend to call rocks that waves crash over)


He watched, he listened, then he jumped in, as he does

He watched, he listened, then he jumped in, as he does


Dunked and tumbled! I'd have called for help if I couldn't see he was still actually standing safely and not being swept out to sea

Dunked and tumbled! I’d have called for help if I couldn’t see he was still actually standing safely and not being swept out to sea


Ariana Grande hair gets very windblown if you live in Cape Town

Ariana Grande hair gets very windblown if you live in Cape Town


Pre-anniversary kisses on the beach

Pre-anniversary kisses on the beach


Peppermint Crisp cupcakes at Mum's! Just because!

Peppermint Crisp cupcakes at Mum’s! Just because!

Monday, 25 August 2014: Seventh wedding anniversary – half-price sunset curries at Inside, Big Bay

Anniversary drinks!

Anniversary drinks!


Anniversary curries!

Anniversary curries!


Anniversary Kinder Joy from Mum and Dad :)

Anniversary Kinder Joy from Mum and Dad :)

That’s all, folks! :) Looks like another sunny weekend on its way…

Silver food swans and how much sugar it takes to sweeten a Wimpy Mega coffee

Ah, life. It has a way of getting ahead of itself, making you focus on certain things when others are more important, making you wait endless days for some things and bombarding you with a flood of others with seemingly little rhyme or reason.

Despite the typical ‘mid-year’ exhaustion setting in (anyone else notice August tends to be a particularly long, change-filled month? New offices, new workload, lots of birthdays, lots of financial admin, all over and above the usual?) we still managed a good few photo-worthy moments for your viewing pleasure since my last update. See below…

Monday, 11 August: Half-price pizzas at Col Cacchio, Big Bay

Tired as we were, we continued the extend the weekend feeling by eating out on a Monday to enjoy the wide range of Winter specials on offer.

I look tired but boy did that drink go down a treat! It's a 'Toblerone' - all sorts of chocolatey, caramelly flavours.

I look tired but boy did that drink go down a treat! It’s a ‘Toblerone’ – all sorts of chocolatey, caramelly flavours.

Husband looking pensive with our drinks. It was quite a wait for the food...

Husband looking pensive with our drinks. It was quite a wait for the food…

But well worth it when they finally arrived! That's my Norm's Pralina, and Husband's Half-half Butter Chicken/Ribs combo. Delicious.

But well worth it when they finally arrived! That’s my Norm’s Pralina, and Husband’s Half-half Butter Chicken/Ribs combo. Delicious.

Tuesday, 12 August: New offices and longggg train-bus commute home

View out the front office window (nice birdie in action)

View out the front office window (nice birdie in action)

Me on the train home from work. Great way to relax/unwind/nap, lol, especially if you're wearing sunnies

Me on the train home from work. Great way to relax/unwind/nap, lol, especially if you’re wearing sunnies

Go home Woodstock MyCiti station, you're drunk. (See how wonky it looks?)

Go home Woodstock MyCiti station, you’re drunk. (See how wonky it looks?)

 Wednesday, 13 August: team dinner at Mondiall, V&A Waterfront

 Of course new team starting at new office means team dinner. This is what we had

Sparkling water and pretty candlelight while perusing menu

Sparkling water and pretty candlelight while perusing menu

Look at that hot chocolate effort! Brimming with cream and flaked almonds, AND a cookie on top means it gets top marks (and at R45 it's not too bad if you factor in the Frangelico)

Look at that hot chocolate effort! Brimming with cream and flaked almonds, AND a cookie on top means it gets top marks (and at R45 it’s not too bad if you factor in the Frangelico)

Look at my burger! And chips! And hummus type spreads with olives that I ate with fresh bread, as a starter!

Look at my burger! And chips! And hummus type spreads with olives that I ate with fresh bread, as a starter!

See how much more 'swan-like' the silver (leftover food-filled) swan  at the other end of the table looks than mine?

See how much more ‘swan-like’ the silver (leftover food-filled) swan at the other end of the table looks than mine?

Saturday, 16 August: Wimpy breakfast and Fat Cactus lunch with parents and bestie

Husband explaining something while buttering his breakfast toast

Husband explaining something while buttering his breakfast toast

See how many sugars the Wimpy staff assume the Mega Coffee needs? Seven. I only used two :)

See how many sugars the Wimpy staff assume the Mega Coffee needs? Seven. I only used two :)

Puppies celebrating the return of Granny and Grampa, after their Med cruise (the parents' cruise, not the puppies').

Puppies celebrating the return of Granny and Grampa, after their Med cruise (the parents’ cruise, not the puppies’).

Husband and dad at Fat Cactus, Mowbray (yes, we all wore our Croatia/Italy souvenir tee-shirts)

Husband and dad at Fat Cactus, Mowbray (yes, we all wore our Croatia/Italy souvenir tee-shirts)

Me, mom, and my Espresso shake

Me, mom, and my Espresso shake

Rib basket, with amazing chipotle sauce

Rib basket, with amazing chipotle sauce

Full family shot! Mum, Shells, me, Husband and Dad around the table at Fat Cactus for mom and dad's belated birthday lunch

Full family shot! Mum, Shells, me, Husband and Dad around the table at Fat Cactus for mom and dad’s belated birthday lunch

Sunday, 17 August: Doggy beach walk, lupper at parents

While waiting for me to finish my Sunday shift, Bassie told her dad she'd like to go to the beach

While waiting for me to finish my Sunday shift, Bassie told her dad she’d like to go to the beach

So go to the beach we did!

So go to the beach we did!

Bertie happily pranced on rocks and got completely soaked in the sea

Bertie happily pranced on rocks and got completely soaked in the sea

Bassie managed to cover her nose in sand...

Bassie managed to cover her nose in sand…

And grinned the whole way home!

And grinned the whole way home!

Husband cooked and ate two mussels 'caught' at the beach

Husband cooked and ate two mussels ‘caught’ at the beach

I made the parents their very own Bassie and Bertie as part of their birthday present(s)

I made the parents their very own Bassie and Bertie as part of their birthday present(s)

Birthday scones, made by mom! Nothing nicer :)

Birthday scones, made by mom! Nothing nicer :)

Mom and dad celebrating their (by now very belated) birthdays :)

Mom and dad celebrating their (by now very belated) birthdays :)

Monday, 18 August: Spur, Bayside’s two-for one burger special

One way to perk up a long, late Monday? Spur's Amarula hot chocolate!

One way to perk up a long, late Monday? Spur’s Amarula hot chocolate!

Accompanied by the two-for-one Monday Spur burger special, obvs.

Accompanied by the two-for-one Monday Spur burger special, obvs.

That’s all for now, folks! Lots more to update on, such as my half-birthday this past Wednesday and our seven-year wedding anniversary (gasp) this coming Monday. Plus other exciting news to share soon, so watch this space! :)

Fat snactus at Fat Cactus and discover the best brunch setting

This blog post should be subtitled “Showing some of the best of CT to my oldest bestie”, so consider it done!

My oldest, dearest friend (yes, she was my bridesmaid 7 years ago and yes, we’re going on 23 years of friendship now, jeepers that makes me feel like a wrinkly prune) was on our shores last weekend and it did my soul good to see her – especially as it was both my parents’ birthdays and they were still out at sea! Sob! (They’re home safe and sound now so you can dry your tears at least). More on that in next post.

The weather must have heard Shells was coming as it was on its best behaviour, all twinkly seas, light breezes and shimmery skies, so we did a spot of sightseeing too…

Saturday, 9 August 2014: McD’s breakfast, lunch at Hout Bay’s La Cuccina, drive along Chapman’s Peak and late-lunch at Fat Cactus, Mowbray

I know, I know. I’ve said before that we like a good quality weekend breakfast. But we also plan ahead and have a cheapie if we have a big weekend lunch or dinner on the cards. And so breakfast from our closest McDonald’s drivethru was exactly right – a cheese McMuffin with free coffee for R16.50 is certainly a steal.

Breakfast drinks! The ever-essential morning coffee and a citrusy juice to get Husband's day off to a sunny start

Breakfast drinks! The ever-essential morning coffee and a citrusy juice to get Husband’s day off to a sunny start

Hashbrown hashtag in the bright sunshine

Hashbrown hashtag in the bright sunshine

My sweet treat after the eggy breakfast - pear and almond tart washed down with 'hot cross bun chai' at La Cuccina, Hout Bay

My sweet treat after the eggy breakfast – pear and almond tart washed down with ‘hot cross bun chai’ at La Cuccina, Hout Bay

Husband looking rather pleased with himself after finishing a plate of hot food from the harvest table buffet

Husband looking rather pleased with himself after finishing a plate of hot food from the harvest table buffet

Then we drove to see the sea - just look at it! Perfect champagne day along Chapman's Peak

Then we drove to see the sea – just look at it! Perfect champagne day along Chapman’s Peak

Magical water, look at that colour!

Magical water, look at that colour!

Suspiciously contemplating his Iceberg at the Fat Cactus - a Castle draught topped with floaty frozen lime margerita

Suspiciously contemplating his Iceberg at the Fat Cactus – a Castle draught topped with floaty frozen lime margerita

Cautiously taking a sip...

Cautiously taking a sip…

Eyes closed to fully savour the flavour (delicious, I say, he says once was enough)

Eyes closed to fully savour the flavour (delicious, I say, he says once was enough)

Going onto my best milkshake list - gingerbread flavour! Scoop it out of the mixy shaker yourself!

Going onto my best milkshake list – gingerbread flavour! Scoop it out of the mixy shaker yourself!

And then... Sloppy Joe nachos, perfect for sharing

And then… Sloppy Joe nachos, perfect for sharing

To celebrate dad's birthday eve, we lit a Chinese lantern and set it off across the sky toward the sea, in the hopes he would see it from the Med. (Sadly he didn't). Bertie was VERY interested, as you can see from his glowy eyes

To celebrate dad’s birthday eve, we lit a Chinese lantern and set it off across the sky toward the sea, in the hopes he would see it from the Med. (Sadly he didn’t). Bertie was VERY interested, as you can see from his glowy eyes

He then stood at the gate to watch it float far, far away - it's the little light you see in the sky

He then stood at the gate to watch it float far, far away – it’s the little light you see in the sky

Sunday, 10 August 2014: (dad’s birthday!) Breakfast with Shells at Durbanville Hills

Teehee, love this :)

Teehee, love this :)

See? Best breakfast scenery!

See? Best breakfast scenery!

You can tell who ordered this by the fact that it's being thoroughly Tabasco sauced. He flipped a coin and decided on the springbok carpaccio version of eggs bennie

You can tell who ordered this by the fact that it’s being thoroughly Tabasco sauced. He flipped a coin and decided on the springbok carpaccio version of eggs bennie.

Only realised now there was a cactus on the table under the sunnies - funny as we're meeting Shells again this weekend at (drumroll please) the Fat Cactus.

Only realised now there was a cactus on the table under the sunnies – funny as we’re meeting Shells again this weekend at (drumroll please) the Fat Cactus.

What's a birthday without cake? A sad day indeed. So even though dad was bobbing about on the sea many miles away, we thought of him (and put up the family birthday banner) while eating a cinnamon twisty thing and spicy cinnamon tea

What’s a birthday without cake? A sad day indeed. So even though dad was bobbing about on the sea many miles away, we thought of him (and put up the family birthday banner) while eating a cinnamon twisty thing and spicy cinnamon tea

The weather was just calling us to the beach, so we went. He dunked himself, I did not.

The weather was just calling us to the beach, so we went. He dunked himself, I did not.

That’s all for now, folks – it’s been a busy week so we’re going to have another relaxing weekend, watch this space!

Click here for the Mowbray Fat Cactus menu (you’ll see I can’t take credit for calling it fat snactus at Fat Cactus, teehee) and click here for the Durbanville Hills menu. And yes, if you were paying attention, I did wear tops with big cats on them the whole weekend :)

Airport goodbyes and dogs that eat wood

Last weekend was a bittersweet one as we took my parents to the airport for their much-anticipated, well-deserved Mediterranean cruise to celebrate Mom’s 60th birthday this coming week – shh! Don’t tell her I told you! ;) So while we were super excited on their behalf (especially as Husband is quite the aviation fanatic, as I’m sure you know)… it was also sad for us – mainly that we couldn’t go with, but also because we’re so used to seeing them every few days and having them just a WhatsApp message away when advice is needed (and this week LOTS of advice has been needed… but that’s a topic for another post).

So Saturday was all about the airport – Husband even took a video of the parents’ plane taking off for Johannesburg, where they spent a night with mom’s sweet family before flying on to Paris and Italy – click here to see it!

But before that was a wonderful late-Friday farewell work lunch with my fantastic current colleagues before we went our separate ways – and as luck would have it, we ate at the Fireman’s Arms, which I already knew made a marvellous Dom Pedro, so Dom Pedro I did:

Kahlua Dom Pedro. Of course I munched on the garnish, too

Kahlua Dom Pedro. Of course I munched on the garnish, too

And to eat? An enormous bacon cheese burger with fries (I ate EVERY. SINGLE chip/speck of relish and polished off the burger… in fact, that’s all I ate that day!)

Look at THAT for a burger! Actually had to smoosh it all together to fit in my mouth, and in the end even that didn't work so I ate the bottom bit of roll separately to save on mouth-space, lol

Look at THAT for a burger! Actually had to smoosh it all together to fit in my mouth, and in the end even that didn’t work so I ate the bottom bit of roll separately to save on mouth-space, lol

Just look at the striking clouds on my commute home last Friday

Just look at the striking clouds on my commute home last Friday

You know I love me some pretty pink clouds - this is what I saw when I got home

You know I love me some pretty pink clouds – this is what I saw when I got home

Sun-kissed streaky clouds above my palm tree

Sun-kissed streaky clouds above my palm tree

Sunset skies are the perfect start to a weekend. And then the weekend began! Here’s what we did, starting with the airport:

Waiting patiently with my Spur breakfast (there was more to it than just jammy toast, obvs) in front of the plane that would whisk the parents away

Waiting patiently with my Spur breakfast (there was more to it than just jammy toast, obvs) in front of the plane that would whisk the parents away

Husband demonstrating just how many mini-margarine tubs we were given for our Airport Spur breakfast (Just enough to properly butter 4 slices of toast, in case you're wondering)

Husband demonstrating just how many mini-margarine tubs we were given for our Airport Spur breakfast (Just enough to properly butter 4 slices of toast, in case you’re wondering)

We waited and waited and waited... and then we saw them! My parents! Heading through the walkway onto the plane! Mom in front and dad following, as you can see

We waited and waited and waited… and then we saw them! My parents! Heading through the walkway onto the plane! Mom in front and dad following, as you can see

Sunday was a relaxing day filled with warm-feeling-flooding-your-body things like a wine farm breakfast at Poplars Restaurant in D’Aria Wine Estate (which is where we did our very first wine tasting when we first moved down, click here for a reminder), as well as afternoon cake and lolling about in front of the fire as it turned rainy, as you’ll see below…

Just to show you how cold it was, based on my Ugg-ly outfit (and I was still cold, should have taken thick jacket along)

Just to show you how cold it was, based on my Ugg-ly outfit (and I was still cold, should have taken thick jacket along)

Delicious breakfast cappuccino at Poplars, the restaurant at D'Aria Wine Estate on the very outskirts of Durbanville

Delicious breakfast cappuccino at Poplars, the restaurant at D’Aria Wine Estate on the very outskirts of Durbanville

Tabasco-ing his Eggs Benedict. Note: This Tabasco sauce-fetish (we go through a bottle a week on average at home) is the reason our doggy is named Tabasco and also why I've always suspected he's not of this world (fans of the TV series Roswell will understand)

Tabasco-ing his Eggs Benedict. Note: This Tabasco sauce-fetish (we go through a bottle a week on average at home) is the reason our doggy is named Tabasco and also why I’ve always suspected he’s not of this world (fans of the TV series Roswell will understand)

Love the expressions on all three of their faces as they warm themselves in front of the fire! Teehee

Love the expressions on all three of their faces as they warm themselves in front of the fire! Teehee

Your eyes do not deceive you. Bertie decided the firewood was delicious and started gnawing it while his dad was adding logs to the fire.

Your eyes do not deceive you. Bertie decided the firewood was delicious and started gnawing it while his dad was adding logs to the fire.

That’s all for now, folks… looks like we’re in for a few summery sunshine days so expect lots of happy pics in my next post!