This past week has been a productive one, but most of the photos I took were of little Bassie. The reason? We took her to the vet on Saturday for a check up and she had an operation on Monday as a result. She’s fine and dandy now and acting like nothing happened, but it was quite traumatic for a doggie mom. Of course, there are photos of other moments from the week below, too…
Friday, 17 April 2015: Doggy sunset beach walks
I never tire of the view of the mountain from the MyCiti stop on Section Street, where I sometimes meet Husband after work
Who’s an excited boy, then? Bertie always grins broadly when he gets in the car with his walking vest on as he knows he is off to the beach
A streaky mix of Bassie and sunset on the way to the beach. Love.
That sandy nose is always a sure sign she’s enjoyed her trot along the beach
Saturday, 18 April 2015: Bassie visits the vet and we play Scrabble by candlelight
Started my Saturday with a Mugg & Bean easy cappuccino. Just right for me, as always.
We picked up our new prescription sunnies that morning…
Little Miss Bassie with her treat bag from the vet – you can see the lump that was removed, still on her belly in this shot
Bertie looks more excited about the ‘treat for being a good girl at the vet’ than Bassie does. That’s because he’d survived being on his own for half-an-hour for the first time ever.
Candlelit Scrabble at the braai fire that night, as we were loadshed. Bassie helped me but we STILL lost to the Boys’ team!
Sunday, 19 April 2015: Hipster breakfast at Craft House Eatery
On Sunday I insisted on going to a hipster-ish place as I love their muesli jar breakfast. They did not have any form of Cola in their fridge. Husband had to make do with a Hunter’s Dry, at 9am. Sacrilege.
The famed ‘berries and banana’ jar. Just delightful, and if the berries are too tart and the plain yoghurt too plain, you can drizzle the little pot of honey all over it (of course I did).
Monday, 20 April 2015: Blankets and loadshedding
Comforting the little one once she was back home from her surgery Monday eve.
Bertie and his dad (and Bertie’s favourite toy) sat together for some of the loadshedding on Monday eve.
Bassie all snug in her brand new blanket from Granny.
Not the same blanket – Bertie got one too.
Friday, 24 April 2015: Creative Business Exchange and Decorex CT
Whenever I’m at the CTICC I stop at their welcome desk to see their attractive flower display…
My attempt at capturing the lovely view out the window of the CTICC. Fail.
My desk for the day. Time flew as I scribbled notes and tweeted up a storm. Such a wonderful event!
The event was part of Decorex, open at the CTICC all weekend. I spent longer than I intended wandering around the Expo hall.
Beautiful orchid display. I’d love one but they’re fussy children, I hear.
How very inviting! Just one of the display stands I paused at on my ‘quick zip through the Expo’
How beautiful are these? You can’t really see but they’re foil artworks, so they shimmer and catch the light in different ways.
Just one of the intriguing lighting displays
This ‘black sheep’ mobile in a word art-covered stand was another where I dawdled, gaping at all the pretty things.
That’s all, folks – cheers to two three-day weekends in a row
Helloooooo, blog reader! Why yes, we are indeed at the outer edge of another weekend. The past week’s highlights are below, plus I have a new treat in store for you – Husband has started a Zomato account, so you can read up on his thoughts of our meals out – don’t just rely on my photos.
Click here to see his first few reviews, all from the past week, and scroll down below to see some of my favourite sights…
Friday, 10 April 2015: Sunrise and burger specials
We left the house early enough to catch the sunrise last Friday. Tis a very long road indeed to work. Roughly 17km one way.
My chocolate shake at Plur Cafe, just down the road from home last Friday, when I finally reached home ground again.
Husband even looks well rested against this beachy decor – he’d been in bed with a migraine all day, poor thing. His burger with mushroom sauce soon perked him up, though.
Saturday, 11 April 2015: Breakfast at Signal Gun, tree planting and lupper at Sticky Fingers
A foam heart with halo things at the Ke Monate restaurant at Signal Gun along the Durbanville wine route. Couldn’t start the day without it.
Here is Husband with his Coke, at last. The large tree behind him was dressed in all sorts of fabric.
Poor Husband, sitting and waiting for his breakfast to arrive. Took almost an hour. Luckily the setting really was something to look at and distract us.
See? One tiny section of the Signal Gun…
Dappled sunlight and all. Boom.
Finally there was food! This was my healthy option – plain yoghurt, honey, lots of fresh fruit and granola under it all
Husband had the’ladies poached’ – basically eggs ben on hash browns with the hollandaise in a side dish, to smear on as you wish.
Look who we found, while wandering around our local Stark Ayres nursery! The eagle owl who’d take up residence at West Coast Village the week before!
Husband explaining something (probably about the new tree) to Bertie.
Bertie was Very Interested in the whole tree planting process. We now have a young Natal Fig smack bang in our back garden, yay!
My coffee shake at Sticky Fingers, Obz. The waiter wanted me to try a fancier option, like the Ferrero Rocher concoction, clearly not understanding my love of all things java ( Ahem, apart from java script. Am not a coder, as I learned in previous day job).
Husband enjoyed his craft beer at Sticky Fingers
My bacon cheese fries. An enormous portion, and the bacon had a sweet marinade of sorts. Actually couldn’t finish, even with Husband’s help. Gave my doggy box to the car guard.
Husband tucking into the Man vs Food ‘from hell’ supposedly hot burger. He raised an eyebrow and wolfed it down.
Sunday, 12 April 2015: More gardening, more breakfast, and a funny Bassie
Yay, a little side biscuit with my Sunday morning breakfast! This was at Lisa’s, at Stodel’s Garden Centre near Royal Ascot
Husband had this Dutch Uitsmuijter breakfast.
I had this very large croissant, filled with apricot jam and grated cheese.
The table has a tail! Oh wait, that’s Bassie hiding from the camera. Funny child.
Tuesday, 14 April 2015: Rainy sunrise and office cupcakes
Another sunrise on the way to work, this time in the rain.
Who ever said pink and red don’t mix well clearly did not try these little delights from Woolies.
Thursday, 16 April 2015: Fireplace tester
Bertie and his dad discussing the fire. We used the fireplace for the first time in this house during a nasty bout of loadshedding while a chilly wind blew. T’was marvelous. Warm and bright and toasty.
As seen with the flash on the camera.
That’s all, folks! Feels like winter gave us an early lick last week, here’s hoping for a final touch of summer over the next few days!
It’s funny how a shortened work week never really feels shorter. That’s because we tend to still fit in a full five days’ worth of work, so the day off is lovely and relaxing but by the time you reach the end of the week again, you’re exhausted. Multiply that by two weeks and it’s little wonder Husband and I are both a bit poorly today. Nonetheless, we have indeed made it to the edge of the weekend again. And so, without further ado (or ‘further adieu’, as I’m seeing it lately – why is this?) I present to you how we spent our long Easter weekend 2015…
Thursday, 2 April 2015: Easter weekend eve celebrations
Dad and Husband with their ‘long weekend at last’ drinks at the Driftwood. Lighting made everything very pink in this shot. We were there for the Moroccan buffet, tis a good deal.
Friday, 3 April 2015: Good Friday gardening
You need a big breakfast if you have a busy day of gardening ahead. So once we’d slept in a little later than normal, we trotted off to our nearest Spur for their R25 breakfast special. This is clearly before I’d started my cafe latte…
And here is Husband with his breakfast – he always gets an extra cheese griller, and the huge Tabasco sauce bottle
As part of the gardening, we finally put the swing bench up in our new front garden. Both doggies tested it with me, as they do.
Saturday, 4 April 2015: treating ourselves to a new lounge recliner set
Inexpensive yet filling breakfast from McDonald’s – the hot cakes (I always want to ask if they sell like hot cakes, har har) with the coffee that came as part of Husband’s McMuffin meal.
Cheers to Husband, who won our Scrabble game that eve. Again. I’m yet to beat him :(
Sunday, 5 April 2015: Easter Sunday slow-cooked beef and beer stew
We usually end up with a photo of the McPherson’s garden centre cat at the same table as Husband. This time he curled up inside while we braved the windy outdoors.
Husband enjoyed his eggy breakfast.
You’d think it was Valentine’s Day, not Easter. Loved all the brightly coloured flowers…
And look! Mum and Dad said the Easter bunny dropped this off for me, so they brought it along for our Easter slow-cooked lunch. Beautiful purplish flowers with a few marshmallow eggs planted throughout.
The Easter flowers look just right in my garden ‘wall of weird’.
Of course the second before I took this photo you would have seen Bassie perched on top of the couch along with Bertie. She has super-fast reflexes when I get the camera out, that one.
Bassie baby loved all the attention from Granny.
Bertie looked VERY sad about something!
What do you get, when your Easter dessert ingredients look like this?
You get this! Tall banana split sundaes, with tin roof ice cream, maraschino cherries, nuts, and blobs of Nutella-stuff. Mmm.
Mmm. More of the Nutella-like stuff. Delicious.
Bassie was Very Interested in mine and kept veering towards it.
Monday, 6 April 2015: End of long weekend sunset
When it’s the last day of a long weekend, we treat ourselves to a fancier breakfast. This is me greeting the porcelain bunnies at the welcome desk of Crown, a restaurant on the Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville, just down the street from home. Sort of.
My cappuccino was THE most amazing. Very nearly ordered another.
And then! My breakfast! Delicious cake-like French toast and lots of slivers of banana – and just look at the amount of crispy, streaky bacon that adorned my plate! Husband had to help me finish!
Just look at Husband’s salmon eggs ben! With a drizzle of some form of dark sauce, we think it was balsamic vinegar.
Some of the lovely bright Durbanville sights…
We even met an emu or two.
Caught in the act: Husband’s Sunday afternoon large banana milkshake at our local Wimpy.
My absolutely wonderful Wimpy shake. I went for the ‘salted caramel brownie’ option – little chunks of brownie were swirled throughout, so I put that spoon to use.
If you live in Table View, you’ll have heard an owl has taken up residence at one of our local shopping centres. I happened to look up after our milkshake visit and there he was!
Mum-in-law identified him as an eagle owl. He seems very sleepy.
This is how poor Husband had to drive to the parents’ house for lupper – with his aviation headset blocking out Bertie’s enthusiastic shouting/singing/greeting all the way there.
Sunset was very pretty that evening, with clouds that turned pink…
And pinker yet…
And pinkest still.
Thursday, 9 April 2015: Woodstock graffiti
A much-needed pick-up in the office, provided by a colleague.
I couldn’t resist stopping to snap this baboon painted onto a random wall in Woodstock on my way to an afternoon event. Must have looked like such a tourist.
Seemingly out of place afternoon coffee in a wine cellar.
That’s all, folks! Here’s to a weekend that’s so relaxing, it feels like an extra day snuck in for fun
We made it to the first long weekend of 2015! I hope you’ve already had a very good Good Friday, filled with all the things you love most. Ours hasn’t been a very relaxing one as we’ve been doing lots of little chores around the house, mainly in the garden, but the grazed knuckles and aching arms are worth it when the garden of your dreams finally starts to take shape. More on that in the next blog update though – for now, I’ll show you what we’ve been up to since last Friday’s update…
Friday, 27 March 2015: Braai at home
Ribs! They were braai-ed to perfection by Husband. Bassie was hopeful that she’d get some left overs. As was Bertie, almost hidden behind me. (They did).
Saturday, 28 March 2015: Canal Walk breakfast, Earth Hour Scrabble
After a spot of car license renewal admin, Husband went for a very saucy hot dog and 500ml cola for his breakfast – look, there’s even a dollop of sauce on the tip of his dear nose, teehee
For me? A saucy chip roll, and a McCafe caramel-infused cafe latte. Very sweet but just what I needed!
For Earth Hour that night, we played Scrabble outside, with our solar jars lighting the board. You can just see Bertie watching from the doorway. He didn’t join in, though.
I Scrabbled too, with coffee and puffy jacket as it was a bit chilly.
Sunday, 29 March 2015: Hout Bay day trip
Pretty yachts in Hout Bay, and you can just see the seal to my left, heading towards the man feeding him fish right from his own mouth (sies).
Husband contemplating breakfast at the Riverway Cafe in Hout Bay.
His breakfast Cola came with lemon, ice and a pleasingly green glass.
For me, a creme brulee-flavoured cafe latte, with a shortcake biscuit on the side. Yummer rummer.
Husband said his breakfast was just wonderful. At R30, it was an eggy-mushroomy-tomato jammy-rosemary-sprigged delight. Which he promptly Tabasco sauced to an inch of its life, of course.
See? We were at the Blue Train, too! OK OK, this is the restaurant version permanently posted in Sea Point. And Mum and Dad had been off of the real Blue Train for a full day already – still funny :)
All the gulls on the rocks in the middle of the Camps Bay tidal pool. I had to make my way carefully to the boundary wall to take this shot, with the sea crashing over my feet and Husband helpfully holding my arm for stability.
Of course Husband had a dip in his favourite sea spot near home, looking like he was about to take on the whole world.
Husband with his Driftwood drink…
Me with mine (yes, it’s a peanut butter shake, you know me well).
Bertie LOVED his belated birthday present. This is a gorilla stuffed toy with chewy rope legs and a squeaker inside. He sat and dug out all of the stuffing to reach the squeaker, then ran around with the newly flattened toy. Such a sweet dog.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015: Nando’s dins with parents
The leathery palm-leaf shaped lights at Nando’s, where we supped with Mum and Dad on collecting them from the airport.
Wednesday, 1 April 2015: Fire & Ice hotel, Royale burger lunch, Bassie’s 8th birthday
Pretty floral display at the Fire & Ice Hotel, where I attended a morning event on Wednesday. Just not so keen on the red wall, due to previous house having questionable red sections.
Much-needed tea break treats at the Fire & Ice…
Playing around with the iPad’s Photobooth/selfie settings, still not looking at exactly the right spot but this is better than my earlier attempts.
Wednesday was also #redmylips day, so I had to keep wiping my cup between sips – plus I overfilled it so spilled some into the saucer, as I do.
Mature cheddar burger and fries for lunch at a work meeting at Royale in Long Street. One of the best!
And there was this – a fudgey brownie milkshake, with chunks of chocolate brownie in the bottom of the glass – and by chance, a purple straw.
Happy birthday, little one! Bassie is now officially eight human-years old. Still hates wearing her birthday hat.
Even when Granny and Grampa visited, Bassie was reluctant to grin while wearing her birthday hat. I’m an embarrassing mom, I think.
But she LOVED eating the peanut butter-chicken muffins Granny baked especially for her birthday.
That’s all for now, folks! I see lots of chocolate in your future – happy Easter weekend
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