Fancy milkshakes and why I leave my blog posts so late in the week

The good thing about leaving my weekly blog post for later in the week is that seeing all the photos again makes me yearn for weekend… which, by the time I press ‘publish’, is that much closer. And so, without further ado, I present photos of what I’ve been up to since my last update. Key among them? Milkshakes at the Protea Fire & Ice (though not the supersized ones we had at the Melrose Arch Fire & Ice a few years ago, click here for a reminder!)

Thursday, 23 October 2014: SAARF AMPS presentation at the Protea Fire & Ice

Interesting 'art' if you veer to the left once passing reception at the Fire & Ice

Interesting ‘art’ if you veer to the left once passing reception at the Fire & Ice

Pretty chandeliers in the hotel room - empty as I got there early

Pretty chandeliers in the hotel room – empty as I got there early

Hotel breakfast pastries! Ignore the coffee spilled in my saucer...

Hotel breakfast pastries! Ignore the coffee spilled in my saucer…

Saturday, 25 October: Cubana breakfast, winning at the casino, Fire & Ice milkshakes, Mochachos selfies

Wonderful 'healthy' breakfast concoction at Cubana in Blouberg (we were so early we were the only ones there... this is becoming a habit)

Wonderful ‘healthy’ breakfast concoction at Cubana in Blouberg (we were so early we were the only ones there… this is becoming a habit)

Wonderful 'not as healthy' breakfast concoction that Husband opted for - is eggs benedict with a salsa-ey sauce on potato-ey scones for R29. Very good value but go hungry!

Wonderful ‘not as healthy’ breakfast concoction that Husband opted for – is eggs benedict with a salsa-ey sauce on potato-ey scones for R29. Very good value but go hungry!

Then we decided to toss R20 into the slot machines at Grand West Casino. Ons het gewen! Those are excited/happy faces, if you can't tell.

Then we decided to toss R20 into the slot machines at Grand West Casino. Ons het gewen! Those are excited/happy faces, if you can’t tell.

FANCY milkshakes at the Fire & Ice (yes, we went back) to celebrate our casino winnings. This is the Rocky Road, with chunks of cherry, chocolate, and marshmallow - and this is the half size, we'd still be sitting there if I'd ordered the full.

FANCY milkshakes at the Fire & Ice (yes, we went back) to celebrate our casino winnings. This is the Rocky Road, with chunks of cherry, chocolate, and marshmallow – and this is the half size, we’d still be sitting there if I’d ordered the full.

Mochachos selfie. Just because.

Mochachos selfie. Just because.

This time I took a Mochachos selfie too... and entered the competition to win a car. Fingers crossed!

This time I took a Mochachos selfie too… and entered the competition to win a car. Fingers crossed!

Sitting on a soft dune at Dolphin Beach. The weather was magical but the wind was vicious, didn't stay long.

Sitting on a soft dune at Dolphin Beach. The weather was magical but the wind was vicious, didn’t stay long.

If you're a fan of Magnum ice creams (tick) and a fan of red velvet cupcakes (tick again), you're definitely going to try the special edition Red Velvet Cupcake flavoured Magnum... especially if your local Pick n Pay has a 'two for R30' special.

If you’re a fan of Magnum ice creams (tick) and a fan of red velvet cupcakes (tick again), you’re definitely going to try the special edition Red Velvet Cupcake flavoured Magnum… especially if your local Pick n Pay has a ‘two for R30′ special.

Sunday, 26 October 2014: Kauai breakfast, sushi, cake and packing

Look at that face, being subjected to a healthy breakfast at Kauai... you'd almost think it wasn't his idea to go there in the first place. (It was)

Look at that face, being subjected to a healthy breakfast at Kauai… you’d almost think it wasn’t his idea to go there in the first place. (It was)

Look at the blue blue sky!  No filters, I promise. This is the warm rock pool you reach when you happen to cross the beach outside the Blue Peter at low tide.

Look at the blue blue sky! No filters, I promise. This is the warm rock pool you reach when you happen to cross the beach outside the Blue Peter at low tide.

All that walking and paddling made us hungry. Husband stemmed his hunger with salmon sushi...

All that walking and paddling made us hungry. Husband stemmed his hunger with salmon sushi…

... I went for the 'R28 cappuccino and cake slice' special at our local Foodlover's Market. That's white chocolate cheesecake, so yummy

… I went for the ‘R28 cappuccino and cake slice’ special at our local Foodlover’s Market. That’s white chocolate cheesecake, so yummy

Boxes! Essential if you're moving house in a few weeks, as we are...

Boxes! Essential if you’re moving house in a few weeks, as we are…

Doesn’t scrolling through all that make you long for the weekend? Good news, it’s just around the corner! :) See, told you I was onto something by leaving my blog posts so late in the week. You can thank me later.

Cape Town shows off at sunset and see assorted doggie tongues

When I looked at the photos I’d taken last weekend (there were over 100 in total, but I cut it down to my favourite 20 or so so as not to bore you, dear reader) I noticed a few common themes in them – lots of sunshine, and lots of doggy tongues. See below…

Saturday, 18 October 2014: milkshakes, pretty sights and Cape Town at sunset

When you have banana carmel pancakes for breakfast you technically shouldn't pair them with a fudge cookie milkshake, but I couldn't resist

When you have banana carmel pancakes for breakfast you technically shouldn’t pair them with a fudge cookie milkshake, but I couldn’t resist

Such a beautiful way of grouping flowers by colour, at the new FNB Portside building where I attended the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 convocation ceremony on my lonesome after popping in at a friend's bachelorette at the Waterfront on Saturday afternoon

Such a beautiful way of grouping flowers by colour, at the new FNB Portside building where I attended the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 convocation ceremony on my lonesome after popping in at a friend’s bachelorette at the Waterfront on Saturday afternoon

Magical sounds came from this beautiful 'muso in a bubble' concept while guests snacked and mingled before the event

Magical sounds came from this beautiful ‘muso in a bubble’ concept while guests snacked and mingled before the event

My phone does not take great photos at night, so I apologise for the poor quality but couldn't resist snapping Lion's Head lit up at sunset from the 28th floor of the FNB Portside building

My phone does not take great photos at night, so I apologise for the poor quality but couldn’t resist snapping Lion’s Head lit up at sunset from the 28th floor of the FNB Portside building

And this was the view over Signal Hill as the sun went down

And this was the view over Signal Hill as the sun went down

Husband sent me this interesting photo while he was out bachelor's party-ing. If you can't place it, that's his beer on the ledge on top of a club, looking down on Long Street below

Husband sent me this interesting photo while he was out bachelor’s party-ing. If you can’t place it, that’s his beer on the ledge on top of a club, looking down on Long Street below

Sunday, 19 October 2014: Bluest blue beaches and stunning sunsets

Yes, that's a Samsung's blue filter at work on a Sunday morning...

Yes, that’s a Samsung’s blue filter at work on a Sunday morning…

That tiny speck under Table Mountain is Husband gallivanting on the rocks, as he does

That tiny speck under Table Mountain is Husband gallivanting on the rocks, as he does

Muscadel-drenched strawberries with scoops of tin roof ice cream at Mum's

Muscadel-drenched strawberries with scoops of tin roof ice cream at Mum’s

Sunset at Woodbridge Island - gorgeous, even with bits of the car dashboard in the shot

Sunset at Woodbridge Island – gorgeous, even with bits of the car dashboard in the shot

Monday, 20 October 2014: Post-work doggie beach walk and Spur half-price burgers

Bertie unfurls his tongue in the car on the way to the beach - look how long it is!

Bertie unfurls his tongue in the car on the way to the beach – look how long it is!

Doggies running on the beach with their dad - loved the clouds splattered across the sky

Doggies running on the beach with their dad – loved the clouds splattered across the sky

Bright white sunset

Bright white sunset

Bassie baby licking sand off her nose - her brother had run off to bark at birds so she turned back to keep me company while we waited for her dad to return with Barky McBarkerson

Bassie baby licking sand off her nose – her brother had run off to bark at birds so she turned back to keep me company while we waited for her dad to return with Barky McBarkerson

Doesn't it look like she's gazing off contentedly in this shot?

Doesn’t it look like she’s gazing off contentedly in this shot?

Happy smiley Bassie with a sandy nose, you can just see Bertie's neck, back and tail in back left

Happy smiley Bassie with a sandy nose, you can just see Bertie’s neck, back and tail in back left

Licking her lips in contentment

Licking her lips in contentment

Blue filter in action again at our local Spur - love how it enhanced the jersey of girl in booth behind me! Yes, that's an Amarula hot chocolate - cheaper than a Spur milkshake, can you believe?!

Blue filter in action again at our local Spur – love how it enhanced the jersey of girl in booth behind me! Yes, that’s an Amarula hot chocolate – cheaper than a Spur milkshake, can you believe?!

I cartoonified Husband. He looks lovely. As does his bright orange Fanta.

I cartoonified Husband. He looks lovely. As does his bright orange Fanta.

That’s all, folks ;)

Boomslang-ing in Kirstenbosch and take 2 of how to eat a Mochachos burger

This past week has been filled with time-taking-up things, but you know what they say – you always make time for the things you love. And so, here’s my weekly blog post! Last Saturday we decided to get back into our hiking ways (click here if you don’t remember we have actually been bitten by the ‘get active outdoors’ bug before). And the best way to do it? Well, we could have joined my lovely new colleagues, who were doing a 6am sunrise scramble up Lion’s Head… but we’ve ticked Lion’s Head off our list and the thought of sleeping in held too much appeal. So instead we started the day with a long breakfast, then drove to Constantia for an adventure – we walked from Cecelia Forest into Kirstenbosch Gardens, to see if we could sneak on to the Boomslang ‘tree canopy’ walkway my former minion blogged about a few months ago. And sneak in we did! Once you’re in Kirstenbosch, no-one checks your ticket (shhh!) The hike was about 4km in total and just enough to get the blood pumping.

But it seems despite feeling like we were glowing with good health we actually overdid it all on Saturday, with just too much weekend packed in to one day… so of course my immune system fought back and on Sunday I woke with (another) awful head cold. Instead of feeling sorry for myself we decided on an easy day, the highlight of which was getting Husband to demonstrate how to eat a Mochachos burger (againclick here for a reminder of his first demonstration). But enough of my rambling and on with what you’re actually here for – the photos!

Saturday, 11 October 2014: Hike into Kirstenbosch, Boomslang tree canopy, celebratory drinks

Hike snacks - Energade and chocolate-almond-sesame bars. Yum

Hike snacks – Energade and chocolate-almond-sesame bars. Yum

You don't get a sense of the danger this photo should invoke - Husband's standing on a log that could give out at any point and send him tumbling to the depths below

You don’t get a sense of the danger this photo should invoke – Husband’s standing on a log that could give out at any point and send him tumbling to the depths below

Victorious! This was about halfway through the hike, we'd reached one of the highest points. The half-empty bottle of cold drink bottom left is not ours. We didn't even finish the Energades we brought along for the hike

Victorious! This was about halfway through the hike, we’d reached one of the highest points. The half-empty bottle of cold drink bottom left is not ours. We didn’t even finish the Energades we brought along for the hike

Beautiful sub-dappled flowers, with Devil's Peak in the distance, on our way in to Kirstenbosch

Beautiful sub-dappled flowers, with Devil’s Peak in the distance, on our way in to Kirstenbosch

Standing on the Boomslang - it shudders and drifts in the breeze so you have to make sure you have a firm footing

Standing on the Boomslang – it shudders and drifts in the breeze so you have to make sure you have a firm footing

The man in the middle of the walkway is Husband

The man in the middle of the walkway is Husband

Celebrating our successful hike with a 'naughty XXX' chocolatey shake of sorts at a spot in Sea Point - delicious. My ideally shaped milkshake glass

Celebrating our successful hike with a ‘naughty XXX’ chocolatey shake of sorts at a spot in Sea Point – delicious. My ideally shaped milkshake glass

That's not just Coke, it's a Long Island Iced Tea at our local Cubana in Blouberg, where we supped that night. The chicken burgers (not pictured) were little marvels.

That’s not just Coke, it’s a Long Island Iced Tea at our local Cubana in Blouberg, where we supped that night. The chicken burgers (not pictured) were little marvels.

Sunday, 12 October 2014: How to eat a Mochachos burger, Strand Street

How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 1:  Pick it up in both hands and make a Very Excited Face

How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 1: Pick it up in both hands and make a Very Excited Face

How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 2: Take a bite. Don't be shy, get the whole face involved!

How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 2: Take a bite. Don’t be shy, get the whole face involved!

How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 3: Chew thoroughly and enjoy those utterly delicious spicy flavours

How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 3: Chew thoroughly and enjoy those utterly delicious spicy flavours

How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 4: Pause to flap your wings before repeating step 1

How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 4: Pause to flap your wings before repeating step 1

Bonus – the fun didn’t end there! Here are a few snaps from events I attended during the week:

Wednesday, 15 and Thursday, 16 October 2014: World Design Capital 2014 Design House Exhibition, Movember launch event and sunset luxury apartment cocktail party

My favourite piece from the World Design Capital 2014 Design House Exhibition, on at the Sea Point Stadium last week

My favourite piece from the World Design Capital 2014 Design House Exhibition, on at the Sea Point Stadium last week

Me, looking a little like Alice in Wonderland at the Design House Exhibition, according to my colleague who snapped this shot - see, birdies again

Me, looking a little like Alice in Wonderland at the Design House Exhibition, according to my colleague who snapped this shot – see, birdies again

Haaa! He's not sneezing - Husband refused to make a pretend moustache himself at the Movember event we attended this week, so I improvised

Haaa! He’s not sneezing – Husband refused to make a pretend moustache himself at the Movember event we attended this week, so I improvised

A delicious glass of Pierre Jourdan Rose with scrummy little canapes at a sunset event I attended this week (different to the Movember event, obvs)

A delicious glass of Pierre Jourdan Rose with scrummy little canapes at a sunset event I attended this week (different to the Movember event, obvs)

That’s all, folks! Still a bit sneezy so not joining my Impi challenge-participating colleagues on Sunday. Instead planning a relaxed, no-stress weekend. Enjoy yours! :)

Sticky ribs, breakfast with soldiers and sailing on our fathers’ yachts. Kind of…

You kids already know I love ribs. You just can’t do better than short pork ribs, with a sticky, tasty basting… see me eating ribs in Joburg with my bestie here, and at Lefty’s in CT here. And now, we have a strong contender set to snatch the title of ‘best ribs’. Drum roll please, it’s… Fat Cactus, Woodstock! We’d been to Fat Cactus in Mowbray a few times before (even when my Joburg bestie was down for a whirlwind visit, remember? I even went on about how amazing the chipotle sauce was. But golly goodness is having a whole rib basket to yourself a treat! That’s what I did on Saturday, and I’d say that was my weekend highlight. But of course, that’s not all we did… (and of course I didn’t get photos of everything, either) ;)

Saturday, 4 October 2014: Dip in the Blouberg sea, Fat Cactus lunch, exploring the yacht club

Bertie didn't realise he had a bit of leaf stuck to his nose. Teehee

Bertie didn’t realise he had a bit of leaf stuck to his nose. Teehee

Blouberg beach was deserted on Saturday morning, despite beautiful weather conditions. We soon found out why...

Blouberg beach was deserted on Saturday morning, despite beautiful weather conditions. We soon found out why…

Reason number one for Blouberg beach being deserted: It was WINDY! Look how my hair was blowing in the breeze! (Note I am bravely standing ankle-deep in the cold cold sea)

Reason number one for Blouberg beach being deserted: It was WINDY! Look how my hair was blowing in the breeze! (Note I am bravely standing ankle-deep in the cold cold sea)

Reason number two for Blouberg beach being deserted... the water was FREEZING cold! Look at Husband's face!

Reason number two for Blouberg beach being deserted… the water was FREEZING cold! Look at Husband’s face!

Teehee, is all I have to say. Best photo ever.

Teehee, is all I have to say. Best photo ever.

To warm up we went for lunch. Here are the Pantlands! Note Frank's glass of yummy pomegranate cidery drink. Most unusual

To warm up we went for lunch. Here are the Pantlands! Note Frank’s glass of yummy pomegranate cidery drink. Most unusual

Husband showing me/you/us his basket of crispy tacos with pulled pork filling

Husband showing me/you/us his basket of crispy tacos with pulled pork filling

The rib basket 'snactus'. Crunchy celery sticks add a nice (healthy) crunch. Washed it down with a Milky Bar milkshake, as you do

The rib basket ‘snactus’. Crunchy celery sticks add a nice (healthy) crunch. Washed it down with a Milky Bar milkshake, as you do

You can't really see me as I blend in so well with the grey walls and green cacti out front. Lol. This is me eating my fizzer-y post-meal sweet

You can’t really see me as I blend in so well with the grey walls and green cacti out front. Lol. This is me eating my fizzer-y post-meal sweet

We popped into the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town's harbour on our way home. Not quite on my father's yacht, but this is where it'd be, if he had one.

We popped into the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town’s harbour on our way home. Not quite on my father’s yacht, but this is where it’d be, if he had one.

Admiring all the yachts. We walked over all the unstable wooden bridge efforts. to do so

Admiring all the yachts. We walked over all the unstable wooden bridge efforts to do so

It's been a while since I posted a sunset pic. This one was taken after the sun had gone down - sea is just on the horizon, under the street lights on Marine Drive

It’s been a while since I posted a sunset pic. This one was taken after the sun had gone down – sea is just on the horizon, under the street lights on Marine Drive

Sunday, 5 October 2014: Breakfast at Craft House Eatery, Woodbridge Island

You either get a bowl of flowers or a bowl of toy soldiers on your table at Craft House Eatery. Ours surrounded Husband's pastrami Benedict. Luckily they didn't attempt to eat any. That would have been messy.

You either get a bowl of flowers or a bowl of toy soldiers on your table at Craft House Eatery. Ours surrounded Husband’s pastrami Benedict. Luckily they didn’t attempt to eat any. That would have been messy.

I was being healthy on Sunday, so had the 'Bananas and Berries' breakfast. Gee whizz it was delicious, and what a lot I got! Best of all, I was full until lupper

I was being healthy on Sunday, so had the ‘Bananas and Berries’ breakfast. Gee whizz it was delicious, and what a lot I got! Best of all, I was full until lupper

Sadly that’s where I stopped taking photos as I went into ‘relax’ mode when we boogie boarded at Muizenberg (water was still as numbingly cold as it was on Saturday), and later lazed in the sun at Llandudno.

That’s all, folks! As you were :)

The blog post that almost wasn’t: Anniversary baking and new hair for the new season

Eep. Count yourself lucky to be reading/viewing this: Almost didn’t get this week’s blog update done for a number of reasons – end-of-last-month-at-old-job-exhaustion, end-of-first-week-at-new-job-excitement, couldn’t find connecty cable to get photos off phones, lost whole wad of photos that had been taken on old work phone (Sob!)

But as Brandy sang, “almost doesn’t count”. So I persevered! And in the end, I got it done! Yay, loyal blog readers, aren’t you lucky? Here’s what we’ve been up to lately – had my hair did (shorter for summer, still purple), and I even baked, for the first time in Cape Town!…

Wednesday, 24 September 2014: Heritage Day baking and braai-ing

Baking! I whipped up some cookies and diabetic-friendly cake for parents' 36th wedding anniversary last week. Used Marian Keyes' 'Luxury Blueberry, Pine Nut and Chocolate Cookies' recipe from her book, 'Saved by Cake'. This picture is to demonstrate her instruction to 'scoop up rounds of the dough and use your hands to flatten ball shape - your hands will get good and sticky but what harm'. What harm indeed. LOOK at how sticky and chocolatey they were!

Baking! I whipped up some cookies and diabetic-friendly cake for parents’ 36th wedding anniversary last week. Used Marian Keyes’ ‘Luxury Blueberry, Pine Nut and Chocolate Cookies’ recipe from her book, ‘Saved by Cake’. This picture is to demonstrate her instruction to ‘scoop up rounds of the dough and use your hands to flatten ball shape – your hands will get good and sticky but what harm’. What harm indeed. LOOK at how sticky and chocolatey they were!

Husband braaied for the first time this year so we could end Heritage Day on an authentic note

Husband braaied for the first time this year so we could end Heritage Day on an authentic note

Saturday, 27 September 2014: Froyo at Tygervalley, thickest milkshake at Driftwood Cafe

Smooch in Tygervalley has my favourite froyo flavours, plus in their current special you can fill a little tub with as many flavours as you wait (no matter the weight) for R20! Happy days. Also, apologies to random man behind me whose jeans are in the shot. You were in the way of the pretty wall

Smooch in Tygervalley has my favourite froyo flavours, plus in their current special you can fill a little tub with as many flavours as you want (no matter the weight) for R20! Happy days. Also, apologies to random man behind me whose jeans are in the shot. You were in the way of the pretty wall

Real live duckies going for a waddle at Driftwood Cafe

Real live duckies going for a waddle at Driftwood Cafe

Look at those frown lines! From age, yes, but also from effort of slurping super thick Mikki's Special milkshake - mix of peanut butter, custard, honey etc. Yum!

Look at those frown lines! From age, yes, but also from effort of slurping super thick Mikki’s Special milkshake – mix of peanut butter, custard, honey etc. Yum!

Sunday, 28 September 2014: The big hair chop

Haircut from the front...

Haircut from the front…

Haircut from the back

Haircut from the back

Tuesday, 30 September 2014: Farewell flowers and photos with wonderful colleagues, celebratory drinks and pizza with Husband at Portalia

Beautiful farewell flowers from my lovely team.

Beautiful farewell flowers from my lovely team.

An actual keepsake Polaroidy photo we had to shake to develop! Excuse funny lighting/colouring, that's back of Table Mountain behind me

An actual keepsake Polaroidy photo we had to shake to develop! Excuse funny lighting/colouring, that’s back of Table Mountain behind me

Husband having a beer at Portalia to celebrate end of my old, rather stressful job

Husband having a beer at Portalia to celebrate end of my old, rather stressful job

This was a Kahlua coffee, just right

This was a Kahlua coffee, just right

What I’ve realised this week? There’s a reason Green Day wanted us to ‘wake them up when September ends’ (click here for a listen), and also why we call Oktobermaand “die mooiste, mooiste maand”. That’s all, folks… looks like Summer is FINALLY here! :)

Vampirically good Sunday sundaes and Husband has a haircut

How do you celebrate working your final Sunday shift? With a sundae, of course. A ‘Sunday sundae’, if you will. And I knew just the one I wanted when the time came to celebrate this exact event. See, when my not-quite-was-and-now-never-will-be boss told me I absolutely HAD to try the Mondiall chocolate sundae for dessert as part of our team dinner I blogged about a few weeks ago, that sundae was so good it left chocolate squiggles on my heart that have been flowing since then. Almost like a vampire’s blood lust. And sticking with the monster theme (I have purple hair, I’m allowed), the fact that my last attempt at photographing it was a no-go meant I repeated ‘Mondialllll chocolate sundaeeee’ almost zombie-like each time Husband asked what I wanted as a treat. So, I present to you…

The Mondiall chocolate sundae. Best Sunday sundae ever.

Now it may LOOK like it's just strawberries and ice cream but you can't see just how chocolatey it is. I assure you there's also caramel syrup, a nut table, chocolate biscuit bits and more swirled in there. Also, this is probably the best shot of my purple hair

Now it may LOOK like it’s just strawberries and ice cream but you can’t see just how chocolatey it is. I assure you there’s also caramel syrup, a nut table, chocolate biscuit bits and more swirled in there. Also, this is probably the best shot of my purple hair

And was it good? Was it ever. Absolutely worth the R45 price tag, and the fact that Husband could sip a draught beer in the sunshine while live jazz music smoothed us from stressy Sunday morning into soothed Sunday evening made it all the better.

But of course, that’s not all we did this weekend. In fact, my weekend was Friday and Saturday, seeing as I was working Sunday. See my other weekend highlights below, such as reliving my best French toast breakfast experience

Friday, 19 September 2014: Best French toast at Cassia, Nitida with parents

The first time my parents went to Nitida they were actually headed to the OTHER restaurant on the wine estate, much further back on the property. But Cassia is right at the entrance so they walked in and got their waitress to cancel their booking at 'the other place'. It's that good! (PS: No offence to 'the other place', we just love Cassia so much we never venture past it!)

The first time my parents went to Nitida they were actually headed to the OTHER restaurant on the wine estate, much further back on the property. But Cassia is right at the entrance so they walked in and got their waitress to cancel their booking at ‘the other place’. It’s that good! (PS: No offence to ‘the other place’, we just love Cassia so much we never venture past it!)

I love the lighting at Cassia

I love the lighting at Cassia

Delightful array of breakfast drinks - cappuccino (mine), orange juice (mom's), glass of bubbly (dad's)

Delightful array of breakfast drinks – cappuccino (mine), orange juice (mom’s), glass of bubbly (dad’s)

Yes, it was cold enough for us to sit by the fire. Right in front of it, in fact. We ended up warm as wombats. (What? Wombats live in Australia. They're warm, trust me.)

Yes, it was cold enough for us to sit by the fire. Right in front of it, in fact. We ended up warm as wombats. (What? Wombats live in Australia. They’re warm, trust me.)

Dad had a waffle with a side of bacon, as you do

Dad had a waffle with a side of bacon, as you do

My French toast with tart berry puree and a crispy bacon rasher on each. Absolutely scrumptious (and yes, sadly still wearing a scarf in September - come onnnn, Summer!)

My French toast with tart berry puree and a crispy bacon rasher on each. Absolutely scrumptious (and yes, sadly still wearing a scarf in September – come onnnn, Summer!)

Saturday, 20 September 2014: Breakfast at Damhuis in Melkbos, traintripping, Table Mountain gazing

One of my many criteria for a good breakfast cappuccino is a tasty little biscuit on the side. At Damhuis in Melkbos, said 'side biscuit' is a tiny rusk. Just perfect!

One of my many criteria for a good breakfast cappuccino is a tasty little biscuit on the side. At Damhuis in Melkbos, said ‘side biscuit’ is a tiny rusk. Just perfect!

Husband with his Benedicty breakfast at Damhuis. (But pic is more to show you his 'before' hair, so take note)...

Husband with his Benedicty breakfast at Damhuis. (But pic is more to show you his ‘before’ hair, so take note)…

I had the 'Small breakfast' - still enough to line my tummy though!

I had the ‘Small breakfast’ – still enough to line my tummy though!

For we had an adventure-filled day that included a train trip...

For we had an adventure-filled day that included a train trip…

Proof of Husband on the train (and another sneaky shot of his 'before hair')

Proof of Husband on the train (and another sneaky shot of his ‘before hair’)

Yes I know I'm positively biased towards anything purple, but aren't these flowers just darling? These are at McPherson's in Table View, I'm going to have to try recreate the look in our new garden, once we've finally moved in (Eep)

Yes I know I’m positively biased towards anything purple, but aren’t these flowers just darling? These are at McPherson’s in Table View, I’m going to have to try recreate the look in our new garden, once we’ve finally moved in (Eep)

My mountain. Anywhere I can eat good food for a good price AND see the mountain gets points from me - so McPherson's is way up on my 'favourite places' list

My mountain. Anywhere I can eat good food for a good price AND see the mountain gets points from me – so McPherson’s is way up on my ‘favourite places’ list

Bassie meets Joshi. Bassie not so sure of little people

Bassie meets Joshi. Bassie not so sure of little people

Sunday, 21 September: Doggie naps and Husband’s haircut

Doggies having nap. Sort of.

Doggies having nap. Sort of.

Doggies politely leaning on Granny's leg to let her know they'd like some of the homemade pie too (please)

Doggies politely leaning on Granny’s leg to let her know they’d like some of the homemade pie too (please)

Husband caught in the act with his mouth full of (healthy) dessert and will you look at his sweet haircut

Husband caught in the act with his mouth full of (healthy) dessert and will you look at his sweet haircut! I did tell them both to smile, promise.

No sunset pics this week alas, will atone for the lack in next post, hopefully. Over and out kids, I know I’m not the only one who is exhausted by public holidays in the middle of the week. Enjoy the coming weekend!

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!