Heritage Day 2013: Braaivleis and sunny skies… no rugby or Chevrolet though

Confused by the title of this blogpost? Clearly you don’t remember this jingle for General Motors South Africa from the 1970s!

On the topic of songs, “Wake me up, when September ends”, sings Green Day about the end of Summer in the US of A (if you just skim the surface of the song, that is. It’s actually very deep and tear-inducing, especially if you watch the official music video). Well you can wake up now, boys. Not only has September almost bitten the dust, but it looks like Spring is finally (FINALLY) on its way to the Cape! 🙂

Fittingly, we had the Heritage Day public holiday this past Tuesday. Some call it Braai Day, as that’s how most of us end up spending the day. Few realise it was originally called Shaka Day.

But, Braai Day it is, and any braai worth its braai salt has a few standards to live up to. For it to be seen as a truly successful South African braai by all attendees, there are certain rules to follow. (Confused? See here for an excellent cartoony explanation by one of my favourite SA expat bloggers.)

So, you’re wondering how we celebrated Heritage Day in the Andrews household? With a braai, of course! While we’ve lived in our housie for a good long while, we’ve not had much chance to braai here yet. And while there were only 4 of us in attendance – six, if you count the dogs, even though Bertie escaped all the photos – it was still a really lovely day.

Alas I took no pics of the food, so you’ll have to take my word for what we ate…

There was potato salad (Mum’s potato salad is the best), a green salad brimming with avo and mini tomatoes, wors rolls, ribs, chops. And for dessert? We had strawberries drizzled with toffee yoghurt. A bit healthier than the choc-dipped strawberries I made for last year’s Braai Day!

The only pic to show Clifton (my husband, not the beach) - he was the Braai master this time around, and also held the title of Chief Photo Taker
The only pic to show Clifton (my husband, not the beach) – he was the Braai master this time around, and also held the title of Chief Photo Taker
Mom and Bassie enjoying the sunshine - we soaked it up all afternoon!
Mom and Bassie enjoying the sunshine – we soaked it up all afternoon!
Some of the interesting drinks - craft beers Dad received for his recent-ish birthday, as well as a bottle of white (green?) Laid Back wine
Some of the interesting drinks – craft beers Dad received for his recent-ish birthday, as well as a bottle of white (green?) Laid Back wine
Bassie, Mum and me, with Dad's arm photobombing the shot
Bassie, Mum and me, with Dad’s arm photobombing the shot
Me, mum and dad with my birthday swing chair in the background
Me, mum and dad with my birthday swing chair in the background

And… that’s all, folks! Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂

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