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.
Yes, it’s true, I’ve aged. It’s funny, waking up and knowing I was suddenly not 30 but IN my thirties was quite the revelation. I felt old. Tired. Achy. It’s all downhill from here, folks! I joke, I joke. It’s just the pre-arthritic fingers that give me pain when I over-type. And if I manage 10 hours of sleep a night, I wake feeling relatively rested
;) Birthdays pass by in a blur these days as there are so many phone calls, phone messages, emails and Facebook posts to reply to that you spend much of the day chatting away and not really doing – which is a fine way to spend the day, of course, as you’ll see below…
Saturday, 14 February 2015: Valentine’s Day for most
Just because we don’t celebrate the official Valentine’s Day (because my birthday’s the day after and Husband’s is two weeks prior) doesn’t mean we don’t still treat ourselves to nice things. Here is my R25 sunshine breakfast from our local Foodlover’s Market – yes, R25 including the cappuccino!
Husband opted for his favourite haloumi toast stack with a Coke, to start his weekend on the right note
Husband having a draught at the Boardhouse on the beachfront
Telling Bassie just because I’m not sharing my almond croissant and coffee with her, doesn’t mean I don’t love her. She’s not convinced…
On with the patio installation! Here is Husband, climbing down the ladder after securing the first length of opal white covering
And another panel up!
Almost done! Doesn’t it look smart!
Sunday, 15 February 2015: My 21st (+10)
How do you celebrate your 31st birthday? With a chocolatey breakfast, of course. This is my cappuccino from Cocoa Wah wah
The French Kiss – it’s French toast topped with hot chocolatey sauce and flaked almonds. Delicious.
Husband about to tuck into his Supreme croissant, complete with poached eggs, avo and ham. (Plus a breakfast Coke)
After my Typo shopping spree we stopped at Hudson’s Claremont. Husband had this here draught…
Glug glug, down the hatch!
I had the house made fudge milkshake, complete with chunk of fudge. Gorgeously thick.
Just some of my Typo birthday treats
Thoughtful, beautiful, delightful birthday spoils from Mum n Dad…
Just LOOK at this gorgeous spectacular cake Mum baked for me! It was a red AND blue marbled velvet cake inside, with cream cheese frosting. Vanished rather fast at work the next day, along with a box of Italian cream puffs
See the chocolatey red and blue marbledness.
Mom also made this brandy tart with whipped cream. So yum!
The standard Andrews family ‘wearing a birthday hat and getting a birthday kiss on the cheek’ photo
Thursday, 19 February 2015: Tea at the Colosseum Hotel and the building begins…
I attended a wonderful workshop on the neuroscience of email marketing at the Colosseum Hotel in Century City – delicious Rooibos tea with honey and some of the tea time snacks
And when I got home, the big concrete bricks that’ll become our front wall (meaning we’ll have a front garden, too!) had been delivered and stacked. Building should start next week, so watch this space for progress…
Friday, 20 February 2015: Double bubblegum luck
While waiting for the train to arrive after work, I decided to chew on one of the bubblegums I’d tucked into my bag… and for the first time ever had a double wrapper – not a repeat, so double the facts to read while waiting ;)
That’s all, folks… lekker naweek!
The nicest thing about owning a house is you can do whatever you like with it, and hopefully increase its value in doing so. That’s why one of the first things we did after moving in to our Very First Housie two-and-a-half months ago was to knock some nails in the walls. But of course we have far grander plans than that. And as Husband is quite the
MacGyver-type handyman, he’s happy to do it himself instead of paying someone else to do it for him. That’s why I now have the most beautiful light fittings, ceiling fans, bedroom cupboard area, and thanks to last weekend’s efforts, a very strong support structure for a lovely sheltered patio area. But of course, that’s not all we did…
Friday, 6 February 2015: Loadshed roof exploring
Last Friday we were loadshed the moment we got home from work. Luckily the sun was still shining brightly, so Husband used the time to finally get up on the roof to do some exploring. This is what he saw, directly behind us…
Our neighbours to the left and back – these are not townhouses or flats but freestanding homes
Traffic heading toward the setting sun in front of us
To the front and right of us. Note an empty can in top right corner of our garage roof, almost in line with the ‘Parklands – no dumping’ sign. Oh, the irony!
Then he stitched the pics together as a panoramic shot, and this what a variation of what’s all around our housie. Beautiful.
Saturday, 7 February 2015: Breakfast at Melissa’s, lunch at Panama Jacks and first stage of patio beam installation
Leafy shape in my flat white from Melissa-s in Blouberg – our first ever visit to Melissa’s.
Husband ensuring his eggs ben breakfast was well and truly sauced
And for me? A slice of pecan praline cheesecake, thank you very much ;)
Tummies purring, we set off to do our ‘wood’ research, and found the place with the best price. Here I’m sitting in the backseat while the lengths of wood stick out the back of Bluebell – we did tie them down with rope, too. Of course MacGyver-y Husband thought of that
Wood purchased, we left it under the doggies’ care at home while dashing off to meet the parents at Panama Jacks for the last of Husband’s birthday celebrations. Here are dad and me
With Husband and mom facing us
Dad had this for his lunch – 4 crayfishy pieces, with rice and spicy sauce
After lunch we stopped at the beach for a quick dip. I noticed the seagulls were very close to the coming tide
Then his feet got wet. Mr Gull flew off before he could take Husband up on his offer to accompany him snorkelling, though…
The water was absolutely amazing, in colour and temperature. #nofilter
Here is Husband, about to set off on his snorkelling trip, with flippers on his feet. He said he saw little green fish yellow eyes
Then we got home and Husband got to work, putting up the first beam. Looks like he’s standing on air but it’s a trick of the light, he really is on the ladder. Take no notice of the scrubby garden, that’s a project for another weekend.
Sunday, 8 February 2015: Breakfast at Cafe Lacomia, drinks at Captain’s Kitchen
We needed to buy a few more DIY-type things on Sunday morning, so breakfasted at Cafe Lacomia, right inside our nearest Builder’s Warehouse. Here is Husband perusing the menu…
Look at the mini croissant we each got to sample before our breakfast, and the two (yes, two!) little cookies that accompanied my cappuccino. Nice touch.
Odds and ends purchased, we went back home, where Husband finished off the patio roof frame rather fast
Here he is nonchalantly sitting on it, to prove it’s sturdy and can take the weight of my hammock chair
Satisfied with a job well done, we headed to Captain’s Kitchen in Big Bay to wet our whistles.
I went for a coffee milkshake, of course
Mum made wonderful dom pedro things after lupper
Wednesday, 11 February 2015: Nutella hot chocolate at Melissa’s
As luck would have it, I had my second Melissa’s experience this week, when attending a breakfast business meeting at Melissa’s on Kloof Street. This is the Nutella hot chocolate.
Later that day, on my trip home, I snapped this shot – it’s a sight you only get to see from the MyCiti bus lane in Paarden Eiland. Gorgeous cloud-covered mountain
Thursday, 12 February 2015: Refreshing (alcoholic) work lollies
Thursday was the #BizTrends20-15 event, held at the Inner City Ideas Cartel in the CBD. It was a really humid day, so these tequila-lemonade lollies went down a treat!
Friday, 13 February 2015: Office Valentine’s Day celebrations
Our entertainment committee put together the most amazing candlelit brunch, which suited the suddenly-rainy weather. Here’s my selection of eats and flute of Appletizer (though there was sparkling wine on offer, too), on our fake-grass carpet.
Who said red and pink are clashing colours? Divine
Of course we played Bad Cupid – so pleased with what I ended up with – an owlie travel mug, just perfect for someone who loves coffee and owls
That’s all for now, folks – but this is my birthday weekend, so I’m sure there’ll be a cake or two involved – have some for me
I know, I know. Hanging head in shame as am a few days late with this blog update. The reason? We misplaced the connecty cable that’s the easiest way to transfer photos across, and it would have been too labour-intensive to email or Bluetooth the pics across as I cut down my selection from 118 options to around 35. 35 being a special number as Husband celebrated his 35th birthday this week!
:) And so, without further ado, I present to you my highlights of the past two weeks…
Saturday, 24 January 2015: Discovering what’s really worth ordering when breakfasting at Mugg & Bean
Breakfast at Mugg & Bean, Bayside. Note suitable biscuit in saucer and shape in cappuccino froth. I also chose the ‘easy cappuccino’ which is a little milkier than the strong standard. T’was just right.
The whole point of this breakfast excursion was to try the Mugg & Bean eggs benedict, advertised with the ‘true generosity’ tagline. See here, Husband wasn’t overly impressed. He said it was “tasty but not very filling and not good value for money.”
Luckily, my choc-chip flapjack stack WAS good value for money – could not finish so about half of this went into a take-away box and I finished it that afternoon for tea.
Sunday, 25 January 2015: Cheaper lunch options
For his Sunday brunch, Husband had a wors roll from the stand at our local Builder’s Warehouse. Look at all the different colours of sauce on it!
I went for my KFC favourite – a box of dunked wings (they’re deliciously coated in sesame seeds and a spicy honey soy sauce), with a Very Berry Krusher. All this for less than R40.
After lupper at Mum’s, Dad and I took a photo. See the resemblance?
Monday, 26 January 2015: Morning coffee at Naspers, evening dog walks during loadshedding
Last Monday dawned cold and grey, after such a sunny weekend. This is my table while waiting to attend an event – coffee, check, reading matter – albeit in Afrikaans – check, nice view – check
Setting off for our walkies when we got home from work only to find we’d been loadshed. Note Bertie’s running far ahead on his leash
Bertie jumped in the second he saw how close he was to this mucky water. He rollicked and frollicked…
Just look at those mucky black legs, usually a pristine white! And so…
Bertie had a shower. Note his legs are still a little grey in this shot, took a while for him to get really clean again.
She looks sad, but this is Miss Bassie’s ‘relieved not to have had a shower’ face
Bertie shivered and quivered so after being towelled dry that we wrapped him in a blankie with his favourite teddy bear to watch some telly.
Thursday, 29 January 2014: Cocktails at Cubana to celebrate Husband’s 35th birthday
Mum and me with our very pineapple-y pina coladas. Note there’s a pineapple slice in the glass, a thick wedge around it, and a slice garnishing the top.
Dad demonstrating the slice of lime that adorned his margerita glass
The birthday boy with his Castle Lite draught. He had a Sly Devil cocktail to start
My two best boys cheers-ing the camera
When we got home, I made Husband wear the birthday hat. He’s not exactly thrilled here…
But he let me do the standard ‘kiss on cheek while wearing the birthday hat’ pose, so wasn’t too glum
Saturday, 31 January 2015: Husband shows us how to jump into the icy Atlantic sea and we take a night bus trip to see the SunStar sculpture
He leaps off the rock… Splash! He’s in!
Then holds onto said rock so as to not float away
Dad, Mum, Husband and me on top of the red sightseeing bus. Highly recommended at just R100 for the night tour, with earphones so you get to hear all sorts of interesting pieces about haunted hospitals and the like
Husband and Dad took a short hike to see the SunStar once we’d picnicked to our hearts’ content on top of Signal Hill while waiting for the sunset
Husband reading up on the SunStar and how it was made. You can read it too if you zoom in
Of course we took a photo in the National Geographic frame on top of Signal Hill
Here’s me and dad’s version – I wasn’t strong enough to jump up onto the frame again
Yes, it had been a hot day, but the evening – especially on top of Signal Hill at dusk – was decidedly chilly. Here I am sipping a cup of coffee while wrapped in a blankie and wishing I had on a scarf, ear muffs, etc etc…
My lovely Lion’s Head beneath puffy clouds as sunset approached
Wispy pink clouds streaked the sky above the sea
And at 8pm on the dot, the SunStar lit up. So very pretty, and we could see it all the way back home
Sunday, 1 February 2015: Braai-ing in the new month
You may recall we braaied out the old year, braaied in the new, and so we braaied in the new month of February too :) These are cherry-marinaded chicken sosaties, pork armadillos wrapped in bacon, pork sausages and cheesy bacon wors
We tried some pina-colada pre-mix too – not very creamy but had a nice flavour
After another doggie walk I made this rather fancy looking iced coffee concoction – cold filter coffee, lumps of carmel icecream, and lashings of whipped cream from a spray can. Served as my ‘milkshake’ for the week as you’ll note we didn’t go for any others, oops!
Monday, 2 February 2015: doggies take over our bed
Note how sleepy, regal and entitled Bertie looks, having just got out from under the covers. Bassie’s there too – look for her tiny little head on the pillow above Bertie.
Only noticed today that there’s a little penguin face printed on my train ticket – see it about midway down the left?
That’s all for now, folks – expect a few more birthday celebrations next weekend as this weekend was too packed to get to everything we wanted to…