We’ve been looking forward to December ALL year, mainly because we’d have friends and family visiting but also because we’d finally have the time to explore the beautiful city we’ve lived in for 12 months now.
One of the best ways to do so is by using the MyCiti bus, as I’ve explained before it’s relatively inexpensive and reliable if you plan your route in advance (click here for more).
And so, explore we did! Here are some of my favourite moments…
26 December – Boxing Day meal out at Eastern Fusion, Eden on the Bay
27 December – Bussing around Cape Town, Camps Bay
28 December – Breakfast at Driftwood Cafe, train to Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town, MyCiti Bus back home
29 December – Ratanga Junction and MyCiti bus (again)
30 December – Hiking up Table Mountain for the second time this year, up Constantia Nek
Ah, Christmas time. I am fully in Christmas mode once I’ve had my annual viewing of ‘Love, Actually’ for the year. And while December’s not exactly a ‘mistletoe and wine, snowy winter wonderland’ in South Africa, it’s still a favourite holiday for many.
Last year was a different one as it’s the first Christmas in almost a decade that we didn’t spend with hubby’s family (click here for a reminder).
This year was especially special for us as some of the Joburg rellies we’d not seen in months came down to spend time with us. In addition to brother-in-law Spec (click here for more of his early Cape Town adventures), we have Gords and Natalie in the house… and their visit is all the more special as they got engaged at Sunset Beach on Christmas Eve! So, lots of excitement all in all.
Added to this, it was our first ever year hosting the main Christmas meal, but with minimal stress (mainly on my part, as I’m the worrywart in this family), we produced an excellent spread! Clifton braaied the turkey based on a combination of advice from his dad and recipes he picked up online, mom made her famous potato salad with sausage and gherkin bits, there was gammon with candied clementines, and for dessert mom outdid herself with the best trifle ever (cherry jelly, custard, a base of Christmas cake, cream and fresh cherries and blackberries, mmm).
Here are some pics of the celebrations…
Christmas Eve – 24 December 2013
Christmas Day – 25 December 2013
Boxing Day – 26 December 2013
That’s all for now folks, keep an eye out for more pics of the Joburg visit to Cape Town – coming soon…
To distract everyone from the rather awful cricket match we just watched (match-fixing if I ever saw it), have a look at some of the excitement from the Andrews household this past week.
My brother-in-law Spec (or Derek, to those who aren’t in the know) has been the focus of my blog just once before, when he turned 30 – click here for a reminder.
He arrived at Cape Town International Airport last Wednesday evening having flown in from Lanseria, so we went to collect him from his shortest flight ever – sadly I JUST missed the reunion hug after these two had been apart for a whole year… if you don’t count the weekend we flew up for my dad-in-law’s 70th in April.
Wednesday, 18 December: Cape Town airport and home base
Thursday, 19 December: Café Villagio at Sable Square and pool side, home base
Friday, 20 December: pool side, home base
Saturday, 21 December: Grand West Casino and Burger King on Heerengracht Street
Sunday, 22 December: Waterfront, Long Street (we’re not crazy – went by bus to prevent a parking problem!) and home base
There’ll be more pics up soon as the rest of the ‘Joburg invasion’ arrives tomorrow, so keep an eye on my blog 🙂
A lot can happen in a year. And a lot HAS happened this year.
Some bad but mostly good, and it feels like just an eyeblink since we were planning our big move from Joburg to Cape Town (click here and here for a reminder).
With this long weekend marking the end of the 10-day mourning period for Madiba, it feels as though we can finally breathe a bit, brush off some stress and get into holiday mode before our Joburg guests arrive… which is just what we did to mark the anniversary of our first year in Cape Town! See below 🙂
Thursday 12 December
Friday, 13 December
Saturday, 14 December
Sunday, 15 December
Monday, 16 December
It’s been a wonderful first year here, but boy are we glad it’s time to unwind! 🙂
Fretting over the title of this blog post? Don’t worry folks, we didn’t decide puppy would be a great flavour for our most recent potjie.
It’s just then when I looked through the photos I had taken, I noticed either Bertie or Tabasco (or both) appeared in almost every photo 🙂
See what I mean…
The Muscadel was delicious (read more about it here) and the strawberry ice cream that Frank brought with for dessert was heavenly – lucky fish works at The Creamery, tasting the lovely flavour combinations.
All in all a great (puppy-filled) afternoon, with a gorgeous streaky sky at sunset: