Powerless meals and pretty, scary birdies

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

Doggies looking a little sad still, but slowly adjusting to life in their new housie. Note how Bertie's collar matches his dad's lumo green t-shirt.
Doggies looking a little sad still, but slowly adjusting to life in their new housie. Note how Bertie’s collar matches his dad’s lumo green t-shirt.
First meal with mother - we went to Earth Cafe in Parklands on Friday eve, which was in the middle of a power cut, but managed to cook delicious noodles and sweet n sour things on gas. That's natural sunlight coming in the window at about 7.30pm
First meal with mother – we went to Earth Cafe in Parklands on Friday eve, which was in the middle of a power cut, but managed to cook delicious noodles and sweet n sour things on gas. That’s natural sunlight coming in the window at about 7.30pm

Saturday, 6 December 2014: Sea Point breakfast and sneakily cooking around the loadshedding

Oh, the irony of the sad face against backdrop of the juice label! Not his usual weekend Coke breakfast - this was at Osumo in Sea Point, our third attempt at breakfast as the power cuts were so widespread. We were in the area to drop off Mother's rental car so went for a healthy start.
Oh, the irony of the sad face against backdrop of the juice label! Not his usual weekend Coke breakfast – this was at Osumo in Sea Point, our third attempt at breakfast as the power cuts were so widespread. We were in the area to drop off Mother’s rental car so went for a healthy start.
We carefully timed our cooking so we could eat a home-cooked meal on Saturday evening - beef olives and broccoli
We carefully timed our cooking so we could eat a home-cooked meal on Saturday evening – beef olives and broccoli

Sunday, 7 December 2014: Parenty brunch, bird park visit and Woodbridge sunset

Sunday morning was all about doggie beach walks followed by brunch at my parents. Here we all are looking happy - doggies out of shot
Sunday morning was all about doggie beach walks followed by brunch at my parents. Here we all are looking happy – doggies out of shot
Sunday morning was all about doggie beach walks followed by brunch at my parents. Here we all are looking happy - doggies out of shot
The tasty spread – cheese scones, devilled eggs, fruit salad, orange juice, sparkling wine and more
Following a brief (powerless again) nap at home, we headed out to World of Birds in Hout Bay - R85 entry but worth it as there's so much to see, including monkeys, mongooses (mongeese?), reptiles and even a bat-eared fox. This was one of a set of happy parrots that kept greeting us - and when I offered him my map of the area he had a nibble, teehee
Following a brief (powerless again) nap at home, we headed out to World of Birds in Hout Bay – R85 entry but worth it as there’s so much to see, including monkeys, mongooses (mongeese?), reptiles and even a bat-eared fox. This was one of a set of happy parrots that kept greeting us – and when I offered him my map of the area he had a nibble, teehee
Best! Look how this owlie winked at me! We didn't zoom in, he let us get this close with the camera (phone)
Best! Look how this owlie winked at me! We didn’t zoom in, he let us get this close with the camera (phone)
Following a brief (powerless again) nap at home, we headed out to World of Birds in Hout Bay. This was a happy parrot who kept greeting us - and when I offered him my map of the area he had a nibble, teehee
I look very happy here, but look at the little blue birdie’s face closely – scary how cross he is! Scarpered off to the next exhibit fast!
Mother in pink with the scarlet (orange) ibises
Mother in pink with the scarlet (orange) ibises
Husband under a row of fluffy greenies. I think his expression based on worry one would poop on his head- luckily they didn't - or unluckily, as that's meant to mean good luck, is it not?
Husband under a row of fluffy greenies. I think his expression based on worry one would poop on his head- luckily they didn’t – or unluckily, as that’s meant to mean good luck, is it not?
A tiny little owlie. Small he may be, but quite menacing when he's blocking the only entry to the exhibit
A tiny little owlie. Small he may be, but quite menacing when he’s blocking the only entry to the exhibit
See how he's blocking the way? I was terrified but Husband dared me to crouch next to him for this shot, so I did. That's pure fear and I do believe I was squealing.
See how he’s blocking the way? I was terrified but Husband dared me to crouch next to him for this shot, so I did. That’s pure fear and I do believe I was squealing.
Mother took this rather glorious shot of a white peacock in full courtship display. Beautiful.
Mother took this rather glorious shot of a white peacock in full courtship display. Beautiful.
To celebrate not getting pecked by pigeons and other birds, we had dins at Ilha, Woodbridge Island on the way home. Here's my standard iced coffee shake (three straws just for me, lol)
To celebrate not getting pecked by pigeons and other birds, we had dins at Ilha, Woodbridge Island on the way home. Here’s my standard iced coffee shake (three straws just for me, lol)
Sunset at Woodbridge Island - Mother and Husband wetting their feet
Sunset at Woodbridge Island – Mother and Husband wetting their feet
Beautiful sunset with hazy mountain
Beautiful sunset with hazy mountain
Woodbridge Island from the beach side
Woodbridge Island from the beach side
Mother and me on the beach - looks like I have two feet sprouting from one leg, teehee
Mother and me on the beach – looks like I have two feet sprouting from one leg, teehee
Finally took a shot of the Woodbridge lighthouse at sunset. Pretty, innit?
Finally took a shot of the Woodbridge lighthouse at sunset. Pretty, innit?

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?

Moving weekend: sad dogs and several succulent burgers

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

Did you know your local BP Express runs a Friday pie day special? Two pies, usually R16 each, for the grand total sum of R22. It'll do for dins when your pantry is bare and all your cutlery and crockery is packed away.
Did you know your local BP Express runs a Friday pie day special? Two pies, usually R16 each, for the grand total sum of R22. It’ll do for dins when your pantry is bare and all your cutlery and crockery is packed away.
White hot sun
White hot sun
White hot sun + me and Table Mountain
White hot sun + me and Table Mountain
Husband gazing at white hot sun after his dunk in the sea
Husband gazing at white hot sun after his dunk in the sea

Saturday, 29 November 2014: Doggies concerned at all the packing; burgers and shakes at Royale Eatery

We up-ended and dismantled all the big outdoor furniture on Saturday as we had to keep doglets occupied outside while we had a team of cleaners busy with carpets and windows inside. Note the swing bench seat is flat on the grass. Bassie looks worried, Bertie's just interested in getting some of his dad's Vanilla Cola.
We up-ended and dismantled all the big outdoor furniture on Saturday as we had to keep doglets occupied outside while we had a team of cleaners busy with carpets and windows inside. Note the swing bench seat is flat on the grass. Bassie looks worried, Bertie’s just interested in getting some of his dad’s Vanilla Cola.
Mattress, meet lounge furniture. With the carpets all professionally cleaned we moved the bed to the lounge for the weekend
Mattress, meet lounge furniture. With the carpets all professionally cleaned we moved the bed to the lounge for the weekend
Having done as much as we could, we headed to Royale Eatery to treat ourselves to their burgers and shakes, as they'd been recommended to us twice in the space of a week. That's my 600ml choc-coconut shake... wasn't brave enough to try the avo-mint variety. Sadly the burgers didn't photograph well but take my word for it - delicious!
Having done as much as we could, we headed to Royale Eatery to treat ourselves to their burgers and shakes, as they’d been recommended to us twice in the space of a week. That’s my 600ml choc-coconut shake… wasn’t brave enough to try the avo-mint variety. Sadly the burgers didn’t photograph well but take my word for it – among the best I’ve ever had!
Bassie and Bertie got increasingly worried as they saw the last of their things being packed up.
Bassie and Bertie got increasingly worried as they saw the last of their things being packed up.

Sunday, 30 November 2014: News Cafe breakfast, Driftwood Cafe drinks

We were up early enough for the early bird News Cafe breakfast special I've written about before. This is me gleefully pouring espresso into hot milk to create a latte.
We were up early enough for the early bird News Cafe breakfast special I’ve written about before. This is me gleefully pouring espresso into hot milk to create a latte.

 

That's a happy face as Husband has his early bird breakfast, with a Coke, as you do.
That’s a happy face as Husband has his early bird breakfast, with a Coke, as you do.
Dogs decided to immerse themselves in bedding piled on the couch. Bertie's easy to spot, gnawing his own leg, but I bet it'll take a while before you spot Bassie..
Dogs decided to immerse themselves in bedding piled on the couch. Bertie’s easy to spot, gnawing his own leg, but I bet it’ll take a while before you spot Bassie..
With the last box packed, we headed down to the Driftwood Cafe. They were closed but took pity on our sad faces. Here's my strawberry shake and Husband's Castle Draught
With the last box packed, we headed down to the Driftwood Cafe. They were closed but took pity on our sad faces. Here’s my strawberry shake and Husband’s Castle Draught
The last of the Castle Draught, about to go down the gullet
The last of the Castle Draught, about to go down the gullet
Interesting shot of sun caught in the tree as we left Driftwood
Interesting shot of sun caught in the tree as we left Driftwood

Monday, 1 December 2014: Moving day!

My only shot of the move. This was our last load from old house to new house - dog kennel on the back of the bakkie.
My only shot of the move. This was our last load from old house to new house – dog kennel on the back of the bakkie.
First housewarming gifts! Not only did mum and dad look after the doglets at their house all day to minimise the canine stress levels, they also ordered us a dishwasher in silver, to match our existing appliances, AND came over that afternoon to help construct beds and put up curtains... along with this welcome housewarming gift of freshly ground coffee and homemade chocolate-chunk muffins!
First housewarming gifts! Not only did mum and dad look after the doglets at their house all day to minimise the canine stress levels, they also ordered us a dishwasher in silver, to match our existing appliances, AND came over that afternoon to help construct beds and put up curtains… along with this welcome housewarming gift of freshly ground coffee and homemade chocolate-chunk muffins!
The beautiful, silent, silver dishwasher
The beautiful, silent, silver dishwasher
The doggies slept on the couch, this time topped with curtains and cushions while we were busy setting up house
The doggies slept on the couch, this time topped with curtains and cushions while we were busy setting up house
Even with a pretty bow on her head, Princess Bassie wasn't happy...
Even with a pretty bow on her head, Princess Bassie wasn’t happy… but they settled in for the night

Tuesday, 2 December: Unpacking day!

We awoke bright and early on our last day of leave and headed to Reload in Parklands for a spot of brekkie. Here is Husband about to douse his Turkish omelette in Tabasco sauce
We awoke bright and early on our last day of leave and headed to Reload in Parklands for a spot of brekkie. Here is Husband about to douse his Turkish omelette in Tabasco sauce

Thursday, 4 December 2014: Team lunch with lovely colleagues

With many options bandied about, we decided to try Touch of Madness in Observatory for our final (my first, teehee) team lunch of the year. Good prices , lots of laughter and great tastes meant it was a wonderful afternoon. That's my homemade apple, pear and ginger juice. Delicious and very pulpy.
With many options bandied about, we decided to try Touch of Madness in Observatory for our final (my first, teehee) team lunch of the year. Good prices , lots of laughter and great tastes meant it was a wonderful afternoon. That’s my homemade apple, pear and ginger juice. Delicious and very pulpy.
After lots of dithering I went for the 'Cheezy cheese burger' with wedges. Tasted even better than it looks!
After lots of dithering I went for the ‘Cheezy cheese burger’ with wedges. Tasted even better than it looks!
Note the neon orange blob? It was a drop of the peri peri sauce on offer. Ridiculously burny. Husband would love it.
Note the neon orange blob? It was a drop of the peri peri sauce on offer. Ridiculously burny. Husband would love it.

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!

Ice-cream starters, summer bunnies and protea decor

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

McDonald's Maple syrup-flavoured oats work for a busy Saturday, especially as they're just R12 a pop
McDonald’s Maple syrup-flavoured oats work for a busy Saturday, especially as they’re just R12 a pop
This is Toby, my friend Danni's gorgeous blue-eyed boy. His sister Skylar ran away each time I came close with the camera. Clever girl.
This is Toby, my friend Danni’s gorgeous blue-eyed boy. His sister Skylar ran away each time I came close with the camera. Clever girl.
The braai fire took a while so I suggested we start with dessert - always a win! As Frank works at The Creamery, we got to try nectarine flavour and raspberry yoghurt swirl - so good!
The braai fire took a while so I suggested we start with dessert – always a win! As Frank works at The Creamery, we got to try nectarine flavour and raspberry yoghurt swirl – so good!
The very cute Cobb 'braai' - big enough to fit a full chicken, we hear...
The very cute Cobb ‘braai’ – big enough to fit a full chicken, we hear…
Meet Bunbun, the newest addition to the Pantland family. He's so sweet! Frank found him while driving home from work one night. His adopted kitty siblings choose to ignore him, which is fine as he tends to sit under the bed all day
Meet Bunbun, the newest addition to the Pantland family. He’s so sweet! Frank found him while driving home from work one night. His adopted kitty siblings choose to ignore him, which is fine as he tends to sit under the bed all day
Bunbun let me pose with him. Very odd angle makes him look huge - he's really about half the size of Bassie!
Bunbun let me pose with him. Very odd angle makes him look huge – he’s really about half the size of Bassie!
Look how pleased he is with himself! While waiting for the meat to braai, Frank showed us some yoyo skills (he's quite famous for this) and let Husband have a go at his PowerBall wrist strengthen-y thing
Look how pleased he is with himself! While waiting for the meat to braai, Frank showed us some yoyo skills (he’s quite famous for this) and let Husband have a go at his PowerBall wrist strengthen-y thing

Sunday, 23 November 2014: Breakfast at Bread & Butter, Sunningdale; post-packing treats at Ilha, Woodbridge Island

If you happen to be at Bread & Butter on a Sunday, you're in luck as that's the only day their version of bread and butter pudding's on the menu. Their's includes croissants, custard and caramel sauce, baked fresh on ordering...
If you happen to be at Bread & Butter on a Sunday, you’re in luck as that’s the only day their version of bread and butter pudding’s on the menu. Their’s includes croissants, custard and caramel sauce, baked fresh on ordering…
Close up of the steamy goodness, mini jug of custard on the side
Close up of the steamy goodness, mini jug of custard on the side
This is what you get if you ask Husband to make a 'nice face' while he's having eggs benedict at Bread & Butter. This version comes on toast, with bacon and avo.
This is what you get if you ask Husband to make a ‘nice face’ while he’s having eggs benedict at Bread & Butter. This version comes on toast, with bacon and avo.
A very big cheesy grin for this delicious iced coffee shake at Ilha, Woodbridge Island. Still one of the best at only R15
A very big cheesy grin for this delicious iced coffee shake at Ilha, Woodbridge Island. Still one of the best at only R15
Of course Husband opted for a beer instead...
Of course Husband opted for a beer instead…

Wednesday, 26 November 2014: Tasty tea time treats at the DMX Conference at Table Bay Hotel (yes, where I recently had high tea)

Some during-the-week sweet treats - these were my first ever macarons, at the Table Bay Hotel on Wednesday when I attended the DMX Conference
Some during-the-week sweet treats – these were my first ever macarons, at the Table Bay Hotel on Wednesday when I attended the DMX Conference
I knew from the bravery of Jana at our recent High Tea there that the lime-green mini tarts are not to be feared - there's caramel inside, so good! Pretty proteas in the background.
I knew from the bravery of Jana at our recent High Tea there that the lime-green mini tarts are not to be feared – there’s caramel inside, so good! Pretty proteas in the background.

Friday, 28 November 2014: More protea decor at the U-Start Conference at Cape Town’s City Hall

That there's Cape Town city hall. Rather impressive
That there’s Cape Town city hall. Rather impressive
More proteas as decor, this time in mirrored vases
More proteas as decor, this time in mirrored vases 

That’s all for now, folks. Get out there and enjoy the weekend! :)

Waiting for burgers all weekend & introducing deep-fried Oreos

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

Couldn't resist taking a photo of the pretty welcome desk on my first visit to the CTICC
Couldn’t resist taking a photo of the pretty welcome desk on my first visit to the CTICC
Showing me how they looked out the window waiting for me to get home. There may have been slight exaggeration on some parts.
Showing me how they looked out the window waiting for me to get home. There may have been slight exaggeration on some parts.
Sometimes the simplest meal is best for dins. Husband made me a fried egg in the star shape he cut from this slice of bread
Sometimes the simplest meal is best for dins. Husband made me a fried egg in the star shape he cut from this slice of bread

Saturday, 15 November 2014: Breakfast at Beach House Tavern, Woodbridge Island; lunch at the Wembley Roadhouse; sundowners at News Cafe Blouberg

Husband rearranged the chips on his  Beach House Tavern 'Full English' breakfast plate into a smiley face. Not bad for R49 as it included mushrooms
Husband rearranged the chips on his Beach House Tavern ‘Full English’ breakfast plate into a smiley face. Not bad for R49 as it included mushrooms
Husband tucking into his Masala burger from the Wembley Roadhouse. Actually worth the 45-minute wait.
Husband tucking into his Masala burger from the Wembley Roadhouse. Actually worth the 45-minute wait.
My frikkadel cheese burger was just as good. It was raining so we ate in the car, as you can see - despite having to go inside to order.
My frikkadel cheese burger was just as good. It was raining so we ate in the car, as you can see – despite having to go inside to order.
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After some packing we headed to our nearest News Cafe for a reward. That’s my strawberry daquiri rimmed in blue sugar and Husband’s Long Island Ice Tea. Bonus – we arrived in time to watch the rugby, AND my cocktail was marked down to R29 as it was happy hour

Sunday: Breakfast at News Cafe Blouberg; lunch at Hudsons Diner, Claremont

We noticed there's an early bird breakfast special at the News Cafe if you order before 10am, so were back the next day for this amazing muesli jar, R30, and a just-as-good eggy breakfast for Husband - down the gullet too fast for a photo, alas
We noticed there’s an early bird breakfast special at the News Cafe if you order before 10am, so were back the next day for this amazing muesli jar, R30, and a just-as-good eggy breakfast for Husband – down the gullet too fast for a photo, alas
Husband 'cheers'-ed my  homemade lemonade at Hudson's Burger Joint in Claremont for lunch - accompanied by a wonderful jalapeno ostrich burger.
Husband ‘cheers’-ed my homemade lemonade at Hudson’s Burger Joint in Claremont for lunch – accompanied by a wonderful jalapeno ostrich burger.
Tart, slushy and minty. Just the way lemonade should be. Didn't stop me from having drinks envy over all the enormous milkshakes we watched floating past though - will have to sample next time!
Tart, slushy and minty. Just the way lemonade should be. Didn’t stop me from having drinks envy over all the enormous milkshakes we watched floating past though – will have to sample next time!
You guys. Deep-fried Oreo. It turns the chocolate biscuit into almost cupcake consistency, with the sweet icing layer between and icing sugar dusted on top absorbing any greasy doughnut feeling. Amazing. And R25 for four seemed reasonable.
You guys. Deep-fried Oreo. It turns the chocolate biscuit into almost cupcake consistency, with the sweet icing layer between and icing sugar dusted on top absorbing any greasy doughnut feeling. Amazing. And R25 for four seemed reasonable.
Bassie looked like a puppy while lapping some toffee-caramel milk at Granny's house
Bassie looked like a puppy while lapping some toffee-caramel milk at Granny’s house

Monday, 17 November: Extending the weekend feeling by dining on the Spur ‘two-for-one’ burger special

As if the tell-tale desert scene and cow-print booth behind my head doesn't give the location away, this is me happy to have an Amarula hot chocolate to accompany our 'two-for-one' burger specials at Spur on Monday.
As if the tell-tale desert scene and cow-print booth behind my head doesn’t give the location away, this is me happy to have an Amarula hot chocolate to accompany our ‘two-for-one’ burger specials at Spur on Monday.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014: Gazing out Ogilvy’s window at the launch of Wallop!

The amazing view from Ogilvy's offices in Woodstock, when I attended a book launch on Tuesday evening
The amazing view from Ogilvy’s offices in Woodstock, when I attended a special book launch on Tuesday evening

Wednesday, 19 November 2014: mid-week curries at Indian Chapter 2, Blouberg

One of the nicest strawberry milkshakes - real fruit bits at the bottom, This was at Indian Chapter 2 in Blouberg
One of the nicest strawberry milkshakes – real fruit bits at the bottom, This was at Indian Chapter 2 in Blouberg – we’ve been to the original Indian Chapter and even chatted to owner Prim Reddy before. The ‘second chapter’ is in walking distance from the first and has the better decor, in my opinion

That’s all, folks… on with the next weekend we go! :)

Dog shows and dinner on top of The Ritz

Oh packing, how I’ve not missed thee. It’s just two years since last we met. There’s nothing quite like moving house to give your whole life a shake-up. Weekends and evenings are no longer yours to laze around in. Instead there are endless glass things to wrap in newspaper, boxes to seal, box tape to mangle by getting it stuck on itself and endless towels to dirty by dragging the heavy, sealed and probably over-filled boxes from room to room until you decide which room is the designated ‘storage room’, until the panicky final days when the whole HOUSE is a storage area, and you’ve forgotten what it’s like to traipse down the passage without tripping over something cardboardy and pointy cornered. Or maybe that’s just how I do it.

With less than three weeks to go to our big move, that’s what life’s been like lately. But of course this past week we did a little more than that, especially as I had an ‘Awesome Award’ to celebrate, from my first month at the amazing place I now work – no box-packing pics below, I promise…

Monday, 10 November 2014: Friendly hot drinks at Mugg & Bean, Paddocks

You know I love going out on Monday evenings to extend the 'weekend feeling' , so go out on Monday I did! I met a new friend at the Mugg & Bean in Paddocks Shopping Centre - just LOOK at the delicious red velvet hot chocolate they made for me! Those are real cake crumbles accompanied by a dollop of cream cheese. It's like drinking a slice of cake, but better.
You know I love going out on Monday evenings to extend the ‘weekend feeling’ , so go out on Monday I did! I met a new friend (see her blog here, she’s inspiringly creative!) at the Mugg & Bean in Paddocks Shopping Centre – just LOOK at the delicious red velvet hot chocolate they made for me! Those are real cake crumbles accompanied by a dollop of cream cheese. It’s like drinking a slice of cake, but better.

Friday, 7 November 2014: Delicious tastes and sights at #Mobile360, at the V&A Clocktower

Morning coffee looking out at the V&A Harbour when I got to the event a bit early on Friday. With soothing music in the background, it was bliss
Morning coffee looking out at the V&A Harbour when I got to the event a bit early on Friday. With soothing music in the background, it was bliss
Chilled, fruit-flavoured waters were delicious during 'tea' on the unseasonally hot day
Chilled, fruit-flavoured waters were delicious during ‘tea’ on the unseasonally hot day

Saturday, 8 November 2014: Milnerton dog show, dinner on top of the Ritz, Sea Point

Couldn't resist sitting on the pretty bronzey couch set-up at Cubana when we breakfasted
Couldn’t resist sitting on the pretty bronzey couch set-up at Cubana when we breakfasted
Husband enjoying the sunshine at the doggie show, with a wors roll and warm beer. Happiness is.
Husband enjoying the sunshine at the doggie show, with a wors roll and warm beer. Happiness is.
I love how the big doggie is completely unaware he’s almost photobombing me. PS: That’s not one but TWO pancakes I’m about to wolf down – one filled with Nutella, one with caramel topping. Divine.
Bassie approved of our pawprint-shaped dog show entry stamps
Bassie approved of our pawprint-shaped dog show entry stamps
The Sea Point Ritz, in all its glory. Revolving restaurant is the very top bit jutting out. Follow me...
The Sea Point Ritz, in all its glory. Revolving restaurant is the very top bit jutting out like a top hat. Follow me…
So excited were we that we couldn't resist a photo at the lovely staircase
So excited were we that we couldn’t resist a photo at the lovely staircase
Husband admiring the view. This is about 10 minutes after we were seated, as our table was originally behind the side building you can see behind Husband outside the window
Husband admiring the view. This is about 10 minutes after we were seated, as our table was originally behind the side building you can see behind Husband outside the window
View from the top, before sunset. That's Lion's Head peeping out in the background
View from the top, before sunset. That’s Lion’s Head peeping out in the background
Husband looking mightily pleased with himself - we were on the 24th floor, which made the cars and people below look like toys
Husband looking mightily pleased with himself – we were on the 24th floor, which made the cars and people below look like toys
Don't they look like little toys, scattered on the floor?
Don’t they look like little toys, scattered on the floor?
Husband's dimple only shows on very rare occasions! This was his satay starter - prawn and chicken with a sweet chilli dipping sauce
Husband’s dimple only shows on very rare occasions! This was his satay starter – prawn and chicken with a sweet chilli dipping sauce
My 'starter' main - the Top of the Ritz salad, which had warm chicken, lots of cashew nuts and orange segments.
My ‘starter’ main – the Top of the Ritz salad, which had warm chicken, lots of cashew nuts and orange segments. I drenched it in dressing. It was wonderful, for just R56. I tried the creme brulee for dessert – topping cracked most delightfully with a single thwack from the spoon provided. I tried the creme brulee for dessert – topping cracked most delightfully with a single thwack from the spoon provided.
Husband's linefish with mixed veg and finished accompaniment of gratinated potato. With obligatory bottle o' Tabasco sauce, of course. See how full the restaurant is behind him - people only get seated around the outer revolving ring
Husband’s linefish with mixed veg and finished accompaniment of gratinated potato. With obligatory bottle o’ Tabasco sauce, of course. See how full the restaurant is behind him – people only get seated around the outer revolving ring
Sunset begins! Alas it was too cloudy for an evening of orangey pink skies but the greys were just as striking as lights came on below
Sunset begins! Alas it was too cloudy for an evening of orangey pink skies but the greys were just as striking as lights came on below
Gazing on - almost the same spot as my original photo of Lion's Head. It takes about 75 minutes for the restaurant to fully revolve, staff say.
Gazing on – almost the same spot as my original photo of Lion’s Head. It takes about 75 minutes for the restaurant to fully revolve, staff say.
Pretty! Note there's a window between me and the outside, so those funny light smudges that appear over Signal Hill are actually reflections of the lights below
Pretty! Note there’s a window between me and the outside, so those funny light smudges that appear over Signal Hill are actually reflections of the lights below

Sunday, 9 November 2014: Tough packing decisions and packing celebration drinks

While packing on Sunday, I had to decide whether or not to throw away balloon owlie, who has deflated quite considerably since we got him on Father's Day. I kept him
While packing on Sunday, I had to decide whether or not to throw away balloon owlie, who has deflated quite considerably since we got him on Father’s Day. I kept him
To celebrate the lots and lots of boxes we packed, Husband and I decided to trace down some cocktails on the beach. We shared this strawberry, lime and litchi Bacardi jam jar at the Boardhouse in Blouberg for R60.
To celebrate the lots and lots of boxes we packed, Husband and I decided to trace down some cocktails on the beach. We shared this strawberry, lime and litchi Bacardi jam jar at the Boardhouse in Blouberg for R60.
See, I had my share too...
See, I had my share too…
Deep. Word to live by at the exit to the Boardhouse
Deep. Word to live by at the exit to the Boardhouse

And with that we’re already at a quarter to Friday again, that much closer to the next big box-packing session. Joy ;) (See? I may have mentioned packing and posted photos related to packing, but not a single photo of boxes did you see! Yay, me).

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