Ah, weekend. “You are so beautifullllll, to meeee.” I know I’m not alone in saying that no matter how much you enjoy your workdays, there’s no denying the important rejuvenating effect of the weekend. Maybe my stint a few years ago of working weekends – so that I ended up with roughly three months, close on 100 days of working every single day – helped colour the picture a little more brightly. That’s why I now relish the thought of coming home on a Friday and changing into my comfortables, not having to be up at a set (early) hour the next day. Unplanned weekends are the best – where you can simply do as you wish, without having to do a specific thing at a specific time with specific people. My weekend rambling’s been aided by the fact that I was on leave today, so I’m already ahead of you on the “I love weekend’ stakes… but don’t turn green with jealousy as we have a 4-day weekend coming up next! So I recommend you use this regular weekend we’re on the threshold of to stretch your weekend ideas. Come up with something wonderfully relaxing to do over the double-length one just peeping over the horizon at you. For now, here’s what we’ve been up to recently…
Saturday, 21 March 2015: Foodlover’s breakfast, Wembley Roadhouse lunch, Driftwood Cafe jumping castle
Lately Husband’s breakfast Colas just say the nicest things
I loved my breakfast cappuccino at Foodlover’s Market right back.
Husband lunched at the Wembley Roadhouse – their Whopper with egg is always a winner, no matter how long the wait
See? Nom nom nom! The foil wrapper adds a tasty touch (not that you should eat it, kids)
And then, much later, we dropped in at the Driftwood Cafe to quench our thirst. Here is Husband with his Black Label…
And me with my peanut butter-custard shake. The most amazing.
Then Husband decided to show me he still has what it takes to bounce around a jumping castle
Sunday, 22 March 2015: Driftwood Cafe breakfast, doggies explore new front garden
In fact, we enjoyed our Driftwood snack so much that we stopped in to try their revamped breakfast menu the next morning. Success, with Husband opting for the salmon eggs benedict (and very large portion of chips)
For me, a Cafe Latte and toasted chicken mayo – not pictured but went down a treat!
Morning selfies with mom.
The wall, she is up! Just needs to be painted in home owner association-approved colours this weekend, and for the gates to be installed.
As I said, the new gates are only being installed this weekend, but Husband cleverly barricaded the gap so the doglets could get a sense of their new garden. They must have spent 45 minutes with their noses down smelling every little inch!
Love this dog. Exploring deep in the bushes.
Excitedly peering through the non-gate.
Bertie in bed, exhausted after his afternoon of exploring.
Thursday, 26 March 2015: Early morning view, office hot cross buns, Liquorice walls
Beautiful morning view out the office window.
You know I ate this hot cross bun in the office as you can see my owlie mug jealously eye-ing it. Teehee.
Such a cleverly painted office wall at Liquorice, where I attended an event in the afternoon.
Friday, 27 March 2015: Pre-sunrise trip to train station, road trip to Atlantis
One of the reasons I took today off – we were transporting Mum and Dad to the train station. They sent us this pic at 6.50am from the Blue Train lounge at the station, where they had coffee before departing.
We got from the station to Husband’s work in record time so stopped off for a quick bite first – yes, that’s a cappuccino each!
View of Lion’s Head from the new Vida just opposite the harbour, just after sunrise.
Ha. Husband took this photo of a colleague’s breakfast when he got to the office.
Later in the day I met up with Husband again as he was travelling to Atlantis to drop off some large prints. The clouds looked like they’d been tossed in a line low on the horizon.
Of course I packed road trip snacks.
In case you’re wondering, this is the formal dins on the Blue Train, courtesy of mum and dad. We had a more low-key braai at home – just the two of us with ribs, potato salad and sweet corn, mmm. Pics next week, p’raps.
See how much you can do in a weekend, even if you spend the bulk of it relaxing? Hope I’ve inspired you
Is it just me or is time really going faster? Can’t believe we’re almost at the end of March already. A quarter of the way through 2015. Wasn’t Christmas just a few days ago? No? I guess I can always scroll through my past weekly updates to see that’s not the case. Speaking of scrolling through, I hope you enjoy scrolling through my highlights of the past week…
Friday, 13 March 2015: Best sunset yet
Everyone and their dog posted their sunset photos last Friday after I’d finished updating the blog for the week. I held this pic over for your viewing pleasure today, as the skies look rather dull and dreary in contrast
Saturday, 14 March 2015: Lunch with all sorts of parents at Panama Jacks
Mum and me in Panama Jacks for Saturday lunch. Can just see my chocolate milkshake in the shot
Husband and dad, waiting for husband’s dad and his friend to join us
My chocolate shake, on the mappy table
Mum had the always impressive peri peri prawns with rice
Not sure why I’m the only one looking at the camera here
Italian kisses for dessert
Bertie watched a birdie show on TV while we napped
Precious darling doglet who always manages to look sad/worried/concerned
The almost-as-lovely-as-Friday’s sunset on Saturday – the sea is just beyond the row of cars, under the streetlamps
Sunday, 15 March: Swimming in Fish Hoek, lupper at Woodbridge Island
My ‘sweet treat’ breakfast at Bread and Butter – French toast with a layer of brie sandwiched between, and bacon and syrup on top
Husband had the breakfast burger. It’s a burger without the bun, skewered on a stick, with a side of toast
While walking through the nursery with dad-in-law and co, I spotted this mirror. So pretty. It’s price? Not so pretty, at R435. I love it though.
The shark net was out at Fish Hoek beach, so it was safe to swim
These two seagulls watched all the action in the sea then took off sadly, as though they wished they could have had a paddle. Wet feathers are no fun
This icecream on the beach. Perfect.
Husband driving us home, past Muizenberg’s bright blue sea
Husband driving us home, past all sorts of trees
Teehee. We giggled at this sign outside the Lighthouse Tavern at Woodbridge Island
Husband kindly showing the camera where we stopped for lupper on the way home
Husband showing his dubious dad how you eat the bacon-and-feta-filled jalapeno poppers at Ilha
My iced coffee was finished! My hair was blowing all over my face!
Tuesday, 17 March 2015: House of Monatic factory tour, very late St Patrick’s Day dins
Some of the fabric swatches on the ‘suit jackets’ floor of House of Monatic in Salt River, where I attended a press launch day
Have you ever actually been inside a clothing factory? It’s fascinating to see exactly how seemingly simple items are put together. Row and rows and rows of machinists at work
The table decoration at House of Monatic
All the pretty shirts precisely sewn, buttoned, steamed, packaged and ready for distribution.
Poor Husband, finally eating the wonderful Guiness-y Irish stew mum brought over for dins on St Patrick’s Day. He only got home from work at 12.35am as had so much to do
Thursday, 19 March 2015: Internal branding conference at Aquarium
How I started my Thursday, at the Employer Branding Masterclass at the Aquarium
Imagine how distracting this view was. So amazing to be almost among the fish for the day. The orchid in front of the mirror is delightful, too
Morning tea break wander through the Aquarium. So many fish, so little time
Conference dessert. A cakey, moussey, ice-creamy concoction.
Now that’s how you stay alert and focused through the afternoon session of a full-day conference – with Twinings Chai tea and a homemade crunchie cookie
That’s all, folks! We’ve had quite a few late nights this week, so looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Hope yours is just what you need
This past week? Whoosh. A blur. Can’t believe (but thanking my lucky stars) that it’s Friday again. To get you and me in the mood for the next weekend that’s just inches away, let’s have a quick recap of what I’ve been up to in the past week…
Saturday, 7 March 2015: Mugg n Bean coffee, Charly’s Bakery, parental beach visit, Catch22 dins
The easy cappuccino at Mugg n Bean always goes down a treat for me as it’s extra milky. That side biscuit was a treat.
Definitely, coffee saucer saying. I agree.
Finally got to visit Charly’s Bakery with fellow Joburg-transplant Kat, to see what all the fuss is about…
Look at the pretty heart-embellished seats! Look at the delicious cupcakes! We had a lovely time, and can cross that off our ‘Cape must-visits’ list…
Then we went to the beach with the visitors. Stepping out of the wave’s path, just in the nick of time
Husband and his dad took a LONG walk across the beach
Haha! Here is dad-in-law blowing his nose on his towel post-swim, me holding his Argus 2015 race shirt, and racing friend taking in the view
Ha. Love these three so. Husband is tired of posing for photos, Bassie is wary, and Bertie is distracted by the telly, as usual
What Husband ate at Catch22 – super jumbo oysters (R25 each) and the Calypso’s Catch salad, positively brimming with all sorts of goodies from the sea
I opted for the deceptively plain-sounding Buccaneer beef burger, which comes topped with bacon and cheese, as well as a side of skinny fries and huge onion rings
Sunday, 8 March 2015: Doggy beach walk, family braai at ours
Love the pink orchid decorating the eating area at our local Foodlover’s Market. And Husband, obviously.
If you take me for breakfast where the running special is a slice of cake and a cappuccino for R28, that’s what I’ll have.
Bassie is very cross with mommy for some reason…
Another beach visit, this time with the dear doglets. Bertie had a long paddle, even Bassie was tempted in
See how she’s gazing off contentedly?
Oh my goodness this is a funny sandy face! Looks like the Phteven underbite dog
Then I noticed Bertie was waiting for his photo to be taken. First he made a solemn face…
Then he grinned widely to show how much he loved going to the beach. Such a sweetheart.
When we got home, Husband finally had time to hang my hammock chair. Bertie was then coaxed onto my lap
Then, when Husband adjusted the height and tested it himself, Bertie sat on HIS lap, too.
Yay, the Driftwood Cafe has reopened! New management means my favourite milkshake’s off the menu but they were happy to make it for me (that’s chocolate ice cream, peanut butter and custard. Delicious)
Husband had a draught, as he does. Note the patio roofing above us, ours at home will eventually look like so
Argus medal 2015, check. Would you believe my friend Kat, who I was merrily sharing tasty cakes with the previous morning, entered the race on a whim after she met with me, as a friend of hers had a spare ticket, and she completed it too? With no special training. Huh.
Bertie had a chair to himself during the braai
Bassie prefers to share a seat – here she looks pensive again
Indifferent Bassie on her Granny’s knee
Bassie telling Grampa a story while Husband tends to the meat. Rose quartz holding down tablecloth as it was that windy
Let’s eat! All enjoyed the spread – you can just make out Bassie begging at her granny’s knee
Of course Husband had to teach his dad how to play cricket on the XBox. Hmm.
Husband called me to capture these pink streaks just before they vanished
Monday, 9 March: Dins at home with the cyclists
Bit blurry but you can see the six of us – that’s my dad-in-law, his friend who came down for the Argus with him, Bassie in my arms and Bertie in his dad’s
Worried Bassie, sprawled on the bed
Thursday, 12 March 2015: Thursday cupcake
Belated birthday cake in the office is a surefire way to uplift a Thursday. These Woolies cupcakes were divine
That’s all, folks! Dad-in-law and his cycling friend are still with us this weekend, so expect a few more pics of them next week. And with that, I bid you good night…
This past week has flown by in the blink of an eye for me (literally flown, as you’ll see). Not only did I spend many hours last weekend working, finishing off the bulk of my article’s from the previous week’s Design Indaba, but I also had a 6a.m. business flight to Durban for a special pre-Loeries sightseeing tour on Monday morning, back in the lovely Cape on Tuesday afternoon. We also have dad-in-law and a friend of his staying with us at the moment, as they drove down yesterday from Joburg for this weekend’s fire-shortened Argus. Lots of fun, but rather exhausting, and so, without further ado…
Saturday, 28 February 2015: Col’Cacchio breakfast, Buena Vista Social Cafe drinks
Did you know Col’Cacchio at Canal Walk now serves breakfast? Neither did we. These flapjacks were delightful.
Loved the table setting at Col’Cacchio on Saturday morning – brown paper and cheekily labelled salt n pepper
I believe Husband’s was called The Classic, with extra rashers of bacon.
To celebrate being ALMOST done for the day with work, we popped out in the afternoon to visit the Buena Vista Social Cafe at Eden on the Bay – that’s a chocolate-y something cocktail.
Husband went for a Long Island Ice Tea, his standard cocktail
Gazing out at all the kite surfers at Eden on the Bay – they really love the windy conditions
Sunday, 1 March 2015: Bertie’s fifth birthday, pink skies at night
Both doglets getting attention from their grampa on Bertie’s birthday, when we visited for brunch instead of the usual lupper as I had to be in bed almost before the sun set for my flight the next morning
Bassie acting like a meerkat, standing up to lick the left-over dregs from the yoghurt tubs. So sweet.
Bertie reading (and licking) his birthday card from Granny and Grampa when we got home that afternoon
The standard ‘birthday hat’ Andrews family pose. Bertie grinned, you can’t really see it in this shot though, but the others were all blurred so this will have to do!
My Old Fashioned Waffle at the Big Bay Waffle Company, accompanied by a banoffee shake for me and a white chocolate one for Husband
Ha! Funny shot of me tucking into my waffle
Look how tiny Husband’s mostly-eaten schwarma for Sunday dins looks at this angle. I love the cartoon sheep of our local Schwarma Express…
The first pink-streaky sky I’ve photographed from the ‘new’ house (even though we’ve lived here over 3 months now. Oops). This was just before I went to sleep.
Monday, 2 March 2015: Flight to Durban before the sun came up
See how dark the sky was behind me, when Husband dropped me off at the airport on Monday morning? My first ever flight by myself
This photo doesn’t do it justice – you’re looking at a giant whale mural when you finally walk into King Shaka Airport.
You know by now that I love a good cappuccino – this version, served with a skinny biscotti on the side at the Durban ICC, was just what I needed after the early flight and excitement of being in another city had sunk in…
There’s a tree growing through the middle of the Durban ICC”s parking lot, did you know?
It’s the recently renovated Southern Sun Elangeni-Maharani – the wave-shaped one on Durban’s main beachfront
I loved the flowers in the hotel lobby
Oh look! A welcome note with complimentary bottle of red grape juice and pack of dried fruit and nuts was waiting for me (and Hemingly rabbit and Nelly the Eelie) when we finally checked into our room on the 20th floor of the Southern Sun Elangeni-Maharani
Then we looked down at the view…
The view from my room. Not too shabby, but definitely different to the Cape coastline
When in Durban… spiced pineapple, just one of the lovely finger foods I ate on Monday night
Tuesday, 3 March 2015: Hottest day in Cape Town in 100 years
Some colourful Durban graffiti I noticed on a pre-breakfast walk to dip my feet in the sea the next morning
That’s not the white icing sugar/small pebble-type sand I’m used to!
What a wonderful breakfast setting – on the second floor of the Elangeni. It’s poolside, with a view of the beachfront just beyond the edge of the infinity pool.
Homebound! Flying’s not my favourite activity due to airsickness in years past, but I was so excited to be heading home to my loved ones that I had to take a photo or two once we were allowed to switch on electronic devices
I was just behind the wing, so got to marvel at all the shades of blue from roughly 30,000 feet above
The first thing we did that evening was hit the beach, as Cape Town was the hottest city in the world that day, recording temps of 42′ C in some places. Here is Husband at his favourite swimming spot…
Everyone and their dog was at the beach. Along with stacks of seagulls on the rocks. That’s the smoke of the awful Table Mountain fire just under the cloud to the left
Dazzling sunset – that’s Husband waving after jumping in from the rocks.
That’s all, folks… lots of relaxation on the cards for this weekend, watch this space!
It’s been a long but lovely week, as I covered all three days of the Design Indaba conference, which meant the start of the week was a mad rush of getting a week’s worth of work done in two days, followed by three days of non-stop tweeting, scribbling and interacting. And, um, eating. We weren’t allowed to take photos in the auditorium so I took lots of photos of the food. Lots and lots. But first, of course, was the weekend…
Saturday, 20 February 2015: Bread & Butter breakfast, Wimpy shakes, Rockstar Diner burgers
The pretty new chalkboard message at Bread & Butter. I agree with it 100%
See? Doesn’t that cappuccino look delicious, along with its little accompanying shortbread bite?
Contemplating his Saturday banana milkshake (large) at our closest Wimpy.
Husband’s happy sauce, at the new Rockstar Diner near Marine Circle
A large local lager – craft beer of course, but a good one, said Husband
Here is Husband, saucing up his Red Hot Chili burger
Mine was the cheesy option, which came with huge onion rings adorning the patty – you can just see my chocolate shake off to the side. Total bill was just on R200 for my 180g and Husband’s 250g burger, as well as his draught and my fancy shake. Only problem is they’re closed on Sundays and only open after 2pm the rest of the time. But we’ll be back!
We took the scenic route home, along the beachfront
Beautiful bright white sun and some kite surfers in the left of the shot
Having a chocolate-y break, having a Kitkat – we couldn’t resist trying the Cookies n Cream flavour, very nice
Dogs in the dark. Sort of. As usual, Bertie looks directly at the camera, Bassie gazes wistfully off into the distance
Sunday, 21 February 2015: Wimpy breakfast
My standard Wimpy start to the day – a toasted cheese (still served on a stick, sigh) with a mega Wimpy coffee
The Wimpy streaky bacon breakfast with an extra cheesegriller (my dad worked out years ago that ordering it this way is better value than the cheesegriller breakfast option). And of course a large Coke to wash it all down…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015: Design Indaba day 1
The sight that met Design Indaba conference attendees, inside the CTICC. The colourful banners each feature a cartoony version of the conference speakers, most of whom were international
Breakfast in the media lounge. Granola, yoghurt, fruit, and non-pictured coffee, of course
Really exquisite flower settings adorned the foody tables in all the tea breaks
Tea (coffee) – with a chocolate brioche, nutty brownie bite and block of the bestest fudge ever.
Amazing individual cheese plate with a pot of something figgy to dip it in
Thursday, 26 February 2015: Design Indaba day 2
I missed most of the lunch rush on Thursday as I was attending an extra talk in a preview of this weekend’s actual expo – but never fear, I made up for it at afternoon tea with two mini chocolate eclairs
You can see the ghost of my hand in this shot of the cloud-draped mountain through the bus window on my way home on Thursday
I know it’s a bit blurry but I’ve been meaning to get a shot of this graffiti since I first noticed it, in the MyCiti bus lane between the Paarden Eiland and Neptune stops. Don’t they look like happy ghosties high-fiving?
Friday, 27 February 2015: Design Indaba day 3
Morning tea perfection at the CTICC. This was a cinnamon bun, there were also mini apple tarts to choose from
Look at this ridiculousness! Only on the final day of the conference did I discover a Woolworths flavour combination table, where you could choose all sorts of seemingly strange tastes to mingle together. I tried the 70% dark chocolate with crispy onion bits (yum) the white chocolate with dill gherkins (bit odd) and the milk chocolate with bacon nibs (best ever. Bacon goes with everything, obvs)
That’s all for now, folks – seems there’s a bit of a chill in the air, here’s hoping Winter holds out a little longer.