Week-long celebrations with muchos nachos, sunset beach walks and burny bunnies

This week the title pretty much says it all, except it was ALSO my half birthday, plus we had breakfast with my Cape rellies AND we’re heading off on our very first holiday since moving here almost 3 years ago, so we’ve been in good cheer all week. See below…

Thursday, 20 August 2015: GIL Africa Conference at Table Bay Hotel and my half-birthday

Pre-conference coffee in the quiet outside section at the Table Bay Hotel. Interesting water feature.
Pre-conference coffee in the quiet outside section at the Table Bay Hotel. I was there for the Growth, Innovation, Leadership (GIL) Africa Conference and loved this interesting water feature.
Pink, pink flowers during morning tea at the Table Bay Hotel.
Pink, pink flowers during morning tea at the Table Bay Hotel.
The 20th is also my half-birthday. Odd, I know, as my real birthday is 15 Feb. The doggies don't care though, as long as they get to give kisses. Bassie wasn't too impressed that the moment was photographed...
The 20th is also my half-birthday. Odd, I know, as my real birthday is 15 Feb. The doggies don’t care though, as long as they get to give kisses. Bassie wasn’t too impressed that the moment was photographed – she’s a little shy…

Friday, 21 August 2015: Bizcommunity’s 14th birthday fun at the Fat Cactus, Woodstock

Starter platters! We ate and we ate, so much so that we were full by the time our mains arrived.
Starter platters! We ate and we ate, so much so that we were full by the time our mains arrived.
That's my rather large portion of Sloppy Joe nachos. I took more than half home with me for dins!
That’s my rather large portion of Sloppy Joe nachos. I took more than half home with me for dins!
It was so sunny and bright that we pulled the blinds down - then there was too much light on the other side of the table. So we reached a happy compromise by wearing hats. Metallic. Cowboy-style. Obvs.
It was so sunny and bright that we pulled the blinds down – then there was too much light on the other side of the table. So we reached a happy compromise by wearing hats. Metallic. Cowboy-style. Obvs.
The doggies received another special delivery from Hills on Friday - this time dental crouton things to keep their little mouths healthy. Bertie crunches his way through them, Bassie isn't too impressed, as she's a little fusspot.
The doggies received another special delivery from Hills on Friday – this time they are dental crouton things to keep their little mouths healthy. Bertie merrily crunches his way through them, Bassie isn’t too keen and eats them with long teeth as she’s a little fusspot.

Saturday, 22 August 2015: Special coffee and snorkelling

I love the way the peppermint choc syrup is swirled onto the medium latte at Reload.
I love the way the peppermint choc syrup is swirled onto the medium latte at Reload.
It was the hottest day we'd had in weeks, so we headed down to Cosy Bay - Husband did a spot of snorkelling - he put his snorkel and flippers on after I took this shot.
It was the hottest day we’d had in weeks, so we headed down to Cosy Bay near the 12 Apostles – Husband did a spot of snorkelling – he put on his snorkel and flippers after I took this shot.
We then stopped off at the always-delightful Riverway Cafe in Hout Bay for an afternoon snack. This was my coffee shake...
We then stopped off at the always-delightful Riverway Cafe in Hout Bay for an afternoon snack. This was my coffee shake…
And the most delicious lemon cheesecake.
And the most delicious lemon cheesecake.
Husband opted for his favourite, the piggy poppers - jalepenos filled with cheese and pulled pork, wrapped in bacon. Really hot and really good.
Husband opted for his favourite, the piggy poppers – jalepenos filled with cheese and pulled pork, wrapped in bacon. Really hot and really good.

Sunday, 23 August 2015: Brekkie with my Cape family at Durbanville Hills

My cappuccino and the tiny Durbanville Hills menu - packed with tasty options.
My cappuccino and the tiny Durbanville Hills menu – packed with tasty options.
Most of the ladies opted for the eggs ben with ham. Such delicious, frothy Hollandaise sauce. Mmm!
Most of the ladies opted for the eggs ben with ham. Such delicious, frothy Hollandaise sauce. Mmm!
I don't think Husband shouted loud enough for the end of the table to hear it was time to smile for a photo - teehee.
I don’t think Husband shouted loud enough for the end of the table to hear it was time to smile for a photo – teehee.

Monday, 24 August 2015: Pre-anniversary bunny chow at Inside, Big Bay

My precious Husband with our half-price chicken bunnies on the eve of our 8th wedding anniversary.
My precious Husband with our half-price chicken bunnies on the eve of our 8th wedding anniversary.
Of course koffie-bekkie over here washed hers down with a latte.
Of course ‘koffie-bekkie’ over here washed hers down with a latte.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015: Team lunch at The Tap House, Salt River and sunset beach walk

When a restaurant mentions their cheese burger has won an international award, that's what you order. It was really good - like a gourmet McD's. Plus there's a burger and beer special on Tuesdays...
When a restaurant mentions their cheese burger has won an international award, that’s what you order. It was really good – like a gourmet McD’s. Plus there’s an R55 ‘burger and beer’ special on Tuesdays…
Lunch eaten and work finished for the day, we headed off with the doggies to their favourite walking beach, Kreeftebaai, close to Melkbos. Witnessed a beautiful sunset...
Lunch eaten and work finished for the day, we headed off with the doggies to their favourite walking beach, Kreeftebaai, close to Melkbos. Witnessed a beautiful sunset…
Husband on the rocks next to the setting sun.
Husband on the rocks next to the setting sun.
The doggies in a calmer moment. Looks like Bertie is licking his sister's head. Teehee.
The doggies in a calmer moment. Looks like Bertie is licking his sister’s head. Teehee.
This shot just captures Bertie's personality to a T - curious, intelligent, inquisitive. Love that dog!
This shot just captures Bertie’s personality to a T – curious, intelligent, inquisitive. Love that dog!
Proof the little ones were there...
Proof the little ones were there…
I know it's blurry but it's too funny not to include. Husband photobombing my usual 'Bassie and Mommy post-beach visit' shot :)
I know it’s blurry but it’s too funny not to include. Husband photobombing my usual ‘Bassie and Mommy post-beach visit’ shot :)

Thursday, 20 August 2015: Breakfast in Constantia and afternoon naps

Just look at that yummy deliciousness! Parents treated me to elevensies at the Raith deli in Constantia. This is the Strammer Max - rye topped with avo, heaps of ham, cheesy egg and slices of sweet pickle.
Just look at that yummy deliciousness! Parents treated me to elevensies at the Raith deli in Constantia on my day off. This is the Strammer Max – rye topped with avo, heaps of ham, cheesy egg and slices of sweet pickle.
Dad and me, while he tucks into his franks with potato salad.
Dad and me, while he tucks into his franks with potato salad.
Despite her open eyes, Bassie was fast asleep in this shot, leaning on me as I read and had an afternoon nap. Just what the doctor ordered!
Despite her open eyes, Bassie was fast asleep in this shot, leaning on me as I read and had an afternoon nap. Just what the doctor ordered!

That’s all, folks – next week will be an update on our anniversary stay at Avalon Springs in Montagu, watch this space! :)

PS: The text that’s underlined in gold is linked to related content I’ve posted earlier in my blog, so go back and click on the links of you missed ’em!

What it’s like to work the Loeries 2015…

Yes, last weekend was my very first ever Loeries experience. Shocker, I know. Wrong place, wrong time for the past decade, really. Here are answers to the FAQs I’ve been asked this week: No, it wasn’t easy. No, we did not party. Yes, we’re still a little sleep-deprived and yes, the Durban humidity was there alright, especially as it was a drizzly Winter’s day when we left Cape Town. But pictures tell the tale much better than words do, so scroll on through some of the highlights…

Thursday, 13 August 2015: Cape Town International to King Shaka, KZN

It was cold. It was wet. It was early. I had a Wimpy coffee and some plane-spotting time while waiting for my colleagues to arrive...
It was cold. It was wet. It was early. I had a Wimpy coffee and some plane-spotting time while waiting for my colleagues to arrive…
View out the window just before take-off...
View out the window just before take-off…
Landed! Team a little shellshocked from the Durban heat that hit us full force. Wonderful people, all. Even at 3am.
Landed! Team a little shellshocked from the Durban heat that hit us full force. Wonderful people, all.
First thing after baggage claim - my colleague was the only one with a bag that mysteriously didn't make it on the plane - we headed off to the Durban ICC to pick up our registration packs. They weren't ready yet and we could only check in to our accommodation in a hour, so we browsed the expo stalls. The Star Wars theme as strong. Knighted by Yoda, I was.
First thing after baggage claim – my colleague was the only one with a bag that mysteriously didn’t make it on the plane – we headed off to the Durban ICC to pick up our registration packs. They weren’t ready yet and we could only check in to our accommodation in an hour, so we browsed the expo stalls. The Star Wars theme was strong. Knighted by Yoda, I was.
Our home/office for the next few days, the Bel Air Suites. We had rooms on the 10th floor. And room entry cards that deactivated themselves each time they passed a cell phone. Fun, at 1am.
Our home/office for the next few days, the Belaire Suites. We had rooms on the 10th floor. And room entry cards that deactivated themselves each time they passed a cell phone. Fun, at 1am.
Finally checked in, we went down to the restaurant for food - our one and only team meal in Durban. Sob. Lovely setting.
Finally checked in, we went down to the restaurant for food – our one and only team meal together in Durban. Sob. Lovely setting.
I had the chicken pumpkin pie with veggies and chips. Too delicious for words!
I had the chicken pumpkin pie with veggies and chips. Too delicious for words!
Beautiful purple blooms near reception at the Maharani Hotel. It's the far end of the curved Elangeni hotel.
Beautiful purple blooms near reception at the Maharani Hotel, later that evening. It’s the far end of the curved Elangeni hotel.
Pretty mosaic in the Maharani lift. I took enough trips up to the Sky Bar on the 31st floor, where the Smarties Awards were held, and back down to the reception area, where our photographer was set up and my interviewees kept disappearing, to snap this. Probably my 12th trip up. Alone. In heels.
Pretty mosaic in the Maharani lift. I took enough trips up to the Sky Bar on the 31st floor, where the Smarties Awards were held, and back down to the reception area, where our photographer was set up and my interviewees kept disappearing, to snap this. Probably my 6th trip up. Alone. In heels.

Friday, 14 August 2015: Sunrise, seminar and slogging at the YFM party

Friday was set to be a longgggg day, after the longgggg day of Thursday travel, admin and covering the Smarties Awards that evening. This was the view out our window around 6.30am...
Friday was set to be a longgggg day, after the longgggg day of Thursday travel, admin and covering the Smarties Awards that evening. This was the view out our window at around 6.30am…
Morning coffee, hotel room-style. Loved the triangular milk boxies, enough for a cuppa each.
Morning coffee, hotel room-style. Loved the triangular milk boxies, enough for a cuppa each.
Beautiful zen breakfast setting at Belaire Suites. Bonsais and little birdies pecking at leftovers on the plates.
Zen breakfast setting at Belaire Suites. Bonsais and little birdies pecking at leftovers on the plates.
We headed back to the ICC and received our media packs, complete with each event's arm bands - some had to stay on the entire trip.
We headed back to the ICC and received our media packs, complete with each event’s arm bands – some had to stay on the entire trip. Mine didn’t all make it.
Morning tea at the DSTV Seminar of creativity featured Chewbacca cupcakes.
Morning tea at the DSTV Seminar of creativity featured Chewbacca cupcakes, but I refused to chew on Chewy.
I had a golden C3PO with my coffee, between running up to the media room to check all was going OK with the video interviews we'd scheduled.
I had a golden C3PO with my coffee, between running up to the media room to check all was going OK with the video interviews we’d scheduled and back down to capture the seminar.
Afternoon tea? Magnum ice cream you could self-decorate at the pop-up store. Mine featured crushed caramelised cashews, Astros and caramel nibs.
Afternoon tea? Magnum ice creams you could self-decorate at the pop-up store. Mine featured crushed caramelised cashews, Astros and caramel nibs.
My favourite pic. Meant to be a mirror selfie but you can see none of us knew where to look, other than official photographer.
My favourite pic. Meant to be a mirror selfie but you can see none of us knew where to look, other than our official photographer. He’s got skills.
Snapped by the Gallo photographer while covering the YFM party at Hashtag nightclub. We left around midnight., after a long day of running around, tweeting, note-taking and acclimatising.
Snapped by the Gallo photographer while covering the YFM party at Hashtag nightclub. We left around midnight, if memory serves, and paid R60 for a 4-minute taxi cab trip.

Saturday, 15 August 2015: Waffles, windy weather and ruthless writing

Saturday dawned warm and bright. I opted for a plate of waffles, doused them in cream and Nutella and filled the rest of the plate with crispy bacon. Good thing I did, as that's the only solid food that went down my gullet for about 24 hours...
Saturday dawned warm and bright. I opted for a plate of waffles, doused them in cream and Nutella and filled the rest of the plate with crispy bacon. Good thing I did, as that’s the only solid food that went down my gullet for about 24 hours…
Saturday morning in Durban. Positively delightful if you're not frantically fixing captions, downloading images and uploading articles.
Saturday morning in Durban. Positively delightful if you’re not frantically fixing captions, downloading images and uploading articles.
Proof I made it onto the beach briefly on Saturday morning - the wind was blowing strong enough for us to feel we were back home. My fly-away hair is testament to this.
Proof I made it onto the beach briefly on Saturday morning – the wind was blowing strong enough for us to feel like we were back home. My fly-away hair is testament to this.
The Durban pier reminds you where you are, with banners stating 'Durban' dotted throughout. Helpful
The Durban pier reminds you where you are, with banners stating ‘Durban’ dotted throughout. Helpful.
Seated as media in the far back row of the ICC on Saturday night, ready to tweet up a storm.
Seated as media in the far back row of the ICC on Saturday night, ready to tweet up a storm.

Sunday, 16 August 2015: Working the red carpet

Sunday sunrise. Calm and peachy.
Sunday sunrise. Calm and peachy.
Sunlight glinting through a Natal palm as we took in the 'I heart Durban' market on the beachfront on Sunday morning, as part of Loeries Creative Week...
Sunlight glinting through a Natal palm as we took in the ‘I heart Durban’ market on the beachfront on Sunday morning, as part of Loeries Creative Week…
So cute! My favourite finds at the market.
So cute! My favourite finds at the market.
Some of team Biz on the red carpet with a gold Loerie birdie. This was more of a test shot for our photographer, Jon Meinking of @ishotimagesza - follow him on Twitter and Insta - next time we'll make time for group photos!
Some of team Biz on the red carpet. This was more of a test shot for our photographer, Jon Meinking of @ishotimagesza – follow him on Twitter and Insta – next time we’ll make time for group photos!
See? Working girls. You may have seen Us standing at the end of the red carpet, asking for your name and company - yes, I asked rapper AKA for his company name. Blush.
See? Working girls. You may have seen us standing at the end of the red carpet, asking for your name and company – yes, I asked rapper AKA for his company name. Blush. Then we sat in the three hour-long award show and tweeted out the big wins while typing up an overview of the night’s big themes.

Monday, 17 August 2015: Farewell KZN, hello CT!

This was around 2am on Monday. We'd stopped off for pies at a 24-hour bakery after that night's Loeries coverage and were set to work through...
This was around 2am on Monday. We’d stopped off for pies at a 24-hour bakery and were set to work through…
Monday breakfast at the hotel. A heart in my coffee and a cereal/berries/nuts/oats mix in my bowl.
Monday breakfast. A heart in my coffee and a cereal/berries/nuts/oats mix in my bowl a few hours after the previous pic was taken.
The pretty birthday carnations Mum received from a neighbour. We popped in on Monday eve on my return to CT.
The pretty birthday carnations Mum received from a neighbour. We popped in on Monday eve on my return to CT.

There were fun moments, and delicious moments, and moments of pure hilarity. I wouldn’t have made it without the rest of the team – thanks for making Loeries 2015 something to look back on fondly.

Doggie digging, Dad’s 65th birthday brekkie & hugging light houses

August is truly a month of celebrations in our household, what with my dad, mom, and mom-in-law all having a birthday, me having a half-birthday – more on that in next update – and it being our wedding anniversary month. First up was dad’s birthday, luckily over the public holiday long weekend so we had a relaxing time, as you’ll see below…

Friday, 7 August 2015: Bertie doesn’t realise there’s evidence he’s been digging

Just as I was starting my last blog post, Husband called me to come see if I could tell which doggy had been digging in the garden. Despite his most innocent expression and spotless white paws, Bertie didn't realise his dirty little face just gave him away...
Just as I was starting my last blog post, Husband called me to come see if I could tell which doggy had been digging in the garden. Despite his most innocent expression and spotless white paws, Bertie didn’t realise his dirty little face just gave him away…

Saturday, 8 August 2015: News Cafe breakfast

Husband peppering his News Cafe egg breakfast.
Husband peppering his News Cafe egg breakfast, as he does.
My cappuccino may have been too strong (yes, really)  but I was most pleased with my early bird (R25) muesli jar.
My cappuccino may have been too strong (yes, really) but I was most pleased with my early bird (R25) muesli jar – order after 10am and the price doubles.
Mum made us a whole extra carrot cake in preparation of Dad's birthday on Monday!
Mum made us a whole extra carrot cake in preparation of Dad’s birthday on Monday! By which time it had all but disappeared…

Sunday, 9 August 2015: Fish Hoek roadtrip

The Mugg & Bean breakfast sammich. I ate it all.
The Mugg & Bean breakfast sammich. I ate it all.
Husband tried the avo-mushroom eggs benny.
Husband tried the avo-mushroom eggs benny.
The we headed to Kalk Bay. Loved the little blue-and-red boats.
Tummies lined for the long trip, we headed towards Kalk Bay. Loved the little blue-and-red boats in the harbour.
Our very first visit to Kalkies, ever - Husband got this huge platter of hake and chips, all for R48.
It was our very first visit to Kalkies, ever – Husband got this huge platter of hake and chips, all for R48.
The biggest, scariest, plumpest seal ever. He was happily munching on fish as folk warily trotted past.
The biggest, scariest, plumpest seal ever. He was happily munching on fish as folk warily trotted past.
I had to hold on to the lighthouse as the wind was strong enough to blow me away!
I had to hold on to the lighthouse at the end of the pier as the wind was strong enough to blow me away!
We drove on to Fish Hoek and had ice creams on the beach... crazy nutters were paddling in the water. Far too cold for that to be enjoyable.
We drove on to Fish Hoek and had ice creams on the beach… crazy nutters were paddling in the water. Far too cold for that to be enjoyable.
Husband shared some of  his ice cream cone with  a sea gull.
Husband shared some of his ice cream cone with a sea gull.
Later that afternoon we stopped at Inside in Big Bay Husband had a Long Island Ice Tea, I had a sticky caramel frappe.
Later that afternoon we stopped at Inside in Big Bay Husband had a Long Island Ice Tea, I had a sticky caramel frappe.
Little Miss Bassie gave the new Adirondack share a try - she didn't understand what all the fuss was about.
This was the whole reason for the day trip – my very kind former manager had made me the chair my heart was pitter-pattering over, so we went to collect it. Little Miss Bassie gave the new Adirondack share a try – she didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.

Monday, 10 August 2015: Dad’s birthday at Nitida’s Cassia

Birthday drinks! MCC and cappuccinos for dad's birthday.
Birthday breakfast drinks! MCC and cappuccinos for dad’s birthday.
The birthday boy! He doesn't look his age at all (he's 65!)
The birthday boy! He doesn’t look his age at all (he’s 65!)
See the family resemblance? Pa se kind.
See the family resemblance? Pa se kind.
Proof that we were all there.
Proof that we were all there.
After a lazy day - best way to spend a Monday - we headed to Doodles for their Winter specials. Husband had a sunset draught.
After a lazy day – best way to spend a Monday – we headed to Doodles for their Winter specials. Husband had a sunset draught.
I had  alatte as the weather was on the chilly side.
I had a latte as the weather was on the chilly side.
Husband opted for his favourite bangers and mash - R45 for all this.
Husband opted for his favourite bangers and mash – R45 for all this.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015: Mum’s pre-birthday dins

So sweet! Bassie showed us just how much she loves her Granny.
So sweet! Bassie showed us just how much she loves her Granny. This was the night before Mom’s birthday, as I was jetting off to Durban the next day to cover the Loeries.

That’s all for this post, folks. Next up: All about the Loeries 2015… watch this space! :)

Wintery beach dares and new purply hairdids

Yes dear reader, the time has come to find out exactly what Husband challenged himself to last weekend, remember I left my last blog post on that note? Well, you’ll see below – just spot the pic that doesn’t look Wintery. Actually that’s not much of a hint as the weather was delightful last weekend!

You’ll also see my slightly different hair, as mentioned last week – it’s a little shorter, layered and a reddy/purple tint in full sun, just looks really dark in your average indoor setting, which matches the Wintery mood, much like I did last year – click here for a reminder of the 2014 version and get scrolling below…

Saturday, 1 August 2015: Sunny beach visits and slurping thick shakes

Doesn't that look positively Summery? We thought so...
Doesn’t that look positively Summery? We thought so…
You can see the reddy/purple glint of my hair in this one.
You can see the reddy/purple glint of my hair in this one.
Yummest! The Milo-peanut butter shake at Driftwood Cafe went down a treat on Saturday afternoon.
Yummest! The Milo-peanut butter shake at Driftwood Cafe went down a treat on Saturday afternoon.
Husband opted for a vanilla with double tot of whisky.
Husband opted for a vanilla with double tot of whisky.

Sunday, 2 August 2015: Breakfast at Maestro’s on Woodbridge Island, doggy beach walks and Wintery sea dunks

It was out first time at Maestro's. Look at that glorious view of the mountain!
It was out first time at Maestro’s. Look at that glorious view of the mountain!
Husband scrounged this up from the buffet and was too full to try the cold option (yoghurt, fruit salad and muesli).
Husband scrounged this up from the buffet and was too full to try the cold option (yoghurt, fruit salad and muesli).
Which is exactly what I had, the health breakfast and a cappuccino.
Which is exactly what I had, the health breakfast and a cappuccino.
Look at those happy faces, as they know walking vests mean they're going to the beach!
Look at those happy faces, as they know putting on their walking vests means they’re going to the beach!
I titled this photo “Family from behind”. Lol. I was surprised Bassie was trotting along with her dad and brother, she usually stands back with Mommy while they go leaping in the waves.
Sandy chin instead of sandy nose this time, in Bassie’s standard “I had a long walk on the beach so I’m a very happy girl” photo.
Look! That little pink dot in the swirling seas is Husband! Facebook reminded him that he did something similar two years ago, so we waited until it seemed the warmed point of the day, he held his breath, took a running leap and immersed himself. He was NOT in for long, but met his dare challenge as there was no time specification :)
Look! That little pink dot in the swirling seas is Husband! Facebook reminded him that he did something similar two years ago, so we waited until it seemed the warmest point of the day, then he held his breath, took a running leap and immersed himself. He was NOT in for long, but successfully met his dare challenge :)
For our Sunday afternoon treat we stopped in at Schwarma Express right on the beach. Husband had a draught...
For our Sunday afternoon treat to celebrate his successful dunk we stopped in at Schwarma Express right on the beach. Husband had a draught…
I tried the 'Whale Tale Ale' with carmel hints as there were no bottles of Van Hunks pumpkin cinnamon stuff. Interesting flavour but still a beer, if only 3.5% alcohol...
I tried the ‘Whale Tale Ale’ with carmel hints as there were no bottles of Van Hunks pumpkin cinnamon stuff. Interesting flavour but still a beer, if only 3.5% alcohol…
Husband tucking into his curry, behind Mum's mini chilli tree.
Husband tucking into his curry, behind Mum’s mini chilli tree.
Milo with sprinkles! Flapjacks with whipped cream and strawberries! Mmm.
Milo with sprinkles! Flapjacks with whipped cream and strawberries! Mmm.
Suburban sunset, taken from Mum and Dad's patio on Sunday eve.
Suburban sunset, taken from Mum and Dad’s patio on Sunday eve.

Monday, 3 August 2015: IMC Conference day 1

Another two-day conference at the IMC always starts with my 'which flowers are on display at the reception desk' shot.
Another two-day conference at the CTICC always starts with my ‘which flowers are on display at the reception desk’ shot. What’s the IMC, you ask? It’s the Integrated Marketing Communication conference. Click here for my highlights of day one…
Day one tea time treats included a cappuccino and cinnamon twirly pastry.
Day one tea time treats included a cappuccino and cinnamon twirly pastry.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015: IMC day 2 and Bertie waits and waits

The second day of conferencing led to this snap - yip, that's me on the cover of Cosmo, the photographer told me how to pose - and really delicious pink smoothies in shot glasses.
The second day of conferencing led to this snap – yip, that’s me on the ‘cover’ of Cosmo, and really delicious pink smoothies in shot glasses. Click here for my highlights of day two.
Aww, look how sweet! I was a little late getting home as I had scheduled interviews with some of the IMC speakers, Husband took this to show me how Bertie was watching through the doggy door for me.
Aww, look how sweet! I was a little late getting home as I had scheduled interviews with some of the IMC speakers once the conference folded, Husband took this to show me how Bertie was watching through the doggy door for me.

On that note, we break for the next weekend of fun deeds, with the added joy of an extra day this time around, it’s time for the happy dance! Hope you have a wonderful Women’s Day, all! :)

PS: Weekly blog post standards of milkshake, check, sunset, check, beach visit, check! Triple success.

PPS: Next week’s post may be a little delayed as I’ll be on the warmer shores of Durban, covering Loeries Creative Week. Eep.

Lots of cappuccinos, weekend walkies & doggies don their winter jerseys

There was so much love for our recent doggie walkies pics that this past weekend we stored up our energy and went for an even longer trot around the block than last time. Sadly we didn’t get to a single milkshake for me (gasp!) but we did fit in lots of relaxing things, as you’ll see below…

Saturday, 25 July 2015: Panama Jacks’ lunch, doglets wear their winter jerseys

That's me, with my Dragon Fiery Ginger Beer - 5% alcohol, like a normal beer.
That’s my Dragon Fiery Ginger Beer – 5% alcohol, like a normal beer, but with a buzzy burn as it goes down the gullet.
Husband opted for a draught to wet his whistle - you can see the tip of a bottle in front of me, too...
Husband opted for a draught to wet his whistle – you can see the tip of a bottle in front of me, too…
The sun blurred Husband but you can just make him out here, munching on his Fettuccine Marinara
The sun blurred Husband but you can just make him out here, munching on his R50 plate of Fettuccine Marinara.
There was such an icy wind when we got home that the doggies wore their Winter jerseys for the first time this year. Here is Bassie in hers...
There was such an icy wind when we got home that the doggies wore their Winter jerseys for the first time this year. Here is Bassie in hers…
Bertie felt left out so we helped him step into his jersey, too. Then he started pulling it off so we helped him out of it again.
Bertie felt left out so we helped him step into his jersey, too. Then he started pulling it off so we helped him out of it again.

Sunday, 26 July 2015: Long doggie walks, perfect Italian breakfasts

Sunday dawned brighter and sunnier than Saturday, so we all trotted off for nice long walkies around the suburb. This is typical doggie walkies expressions - Bertie with tongue happily lolling out, Bassie sniffing politely at the ground.
Sunday dawned brighter and sunnier than Saturday, so we all trotted off for nice long walkies around the suburb. These are their typical doggie walkies expressions – Bertie with tongue happily lolling out, Bassie sniffing politely at the ground.
Little Miss Bass, happily trotting along in the sunshine.
Little Miss Bass, happily trotting along in the sunshine. That’s her leash, not a selfie stick.
Running ahead with their dad.
Running ahead with their dad.
We'd worked (walked?) up quite the appetite by then so returned the doggies to the house and headed off in search of grub. Here I am with my cappuccino at Mario's, Eden on the Bay.
We’d worked (walked?) up quite the appetite by then so returned the doggies to the house and headed off in search of grub. Here I am with my cappuccino at Mario’s, Eden on the Bay.
Al this for R24 - eggs cooked just as we asked for, grilled tomato, fresh chips, hot toast, streaky bacon. Yum. We'll be back!
All this for R24 – eggs cooked just as we asked for, grilled tomato, fresh chips, hot toast, streaky bacon. Yum. We’ll be back!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015: Smokey cloud over Woodstock

On our way into Woodstock on Tuesday we spotted an odd grey cloud hanging over Woodstock - by the time I decided to take a photo it had mostly dissolved away, but you can still see remnants above the Walton's building.
On our way in to work on Tuesday we spotted an odd grey cloud hanging over Woodstock – by the time I decided to take a photo it had mostly dissolved away, but you can still see remnants above the Walton’s building on the left.

Thursday, 30 July 2015: Dins at re-opened Ikura Earth Cafe

Here is Husband, brandishing his utensils as though they're chopsticks. He had the seafood stir fry noodles.
Here is Husband, brandishing his utensils as though they’re chopsticks. He had the seafood stir fry noodles.
We were so pleased t see Ikura Earth Cafe had reopened after a fire earlier this year that we stopped in for dins after work. This is me, very excited for my sweet and sour chicken...
We were so pleased to see Ikura Earth Cafe had reopened after a fire earlier this year that we stopped in for dins after work. We went there on New Year’s Day, remember? This is me, very excited for my sweet and sour chicken…
And of course, to end off, a cappuccino for me. Not often that you get a chocolate powdered one, these days.
And of course, to end off, a cappuccino for me. Not often that you get a chocolate-powdered one, these days.

That’s all, folks! Until next time, where there’s bound to be at least one milkshake and you can see my new hair colour and whether Husband lives up to his promise of taking a dunk in the Wintery sea… :)

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