And so, after a full day at work for both of us we bundled the doggies into the car and made our way to “Granny’s house”, with the doglets barking excitedly the whole way as they KNOW a visit to Granny means yummy things in their tummies.
Boy, were they right! My mom made a delicious ‘Scottage Pie’ (that’s cottage pie with a twist, eaten by folk with Scottish roots, teehee), as well as what must be the best carrot cake ever. Because while Clifton’s not a fan of sweet things in general, he doesn’t say no to carrot cake. Especially if it’s homemade. Even better? The red velvet-inspired icing on top! Mmm.
Here are some photos…
That’s all for now, folks! But wait – speaking of ‘folks’, watch this space as Clifton’s parents will be in town from this weekend for a ‘between birthdays’ visit, so I’m sure to post related pics anon 🙂
It’s simple. Postpone, and have it at the start of the year 🙂
People living ‘in land’ in South Africa (ag shame) often ask what’s the best thing about living by the sea. But it’s not just the ‘Vaalies’ who dwell on the topic. I was chatting about this with a colleague just last week and we agreed that Capetonians take the gorgeous coastline for granted.
For example, this here view is five minutes from our front door:
it’s even prettier at sunset:
As if that’s not enough, my co-workers and I had our eyes re-opened to the beauty of the place we work and play in, thanks to our ‘start of year’ party.
Why a ‘start of year’ party, you ask? Well, if you work in the media industry you’ll know that Madiba’s expected but tragic passing at the end of last year led to weeks of flurried activity… it was a whirlwind of posting story after story online, and once his funeral passed and the news reverted to normal, most of us felt pretty drained – plus, of course, it was December. The month where most of the world take the annual leave they’ve saved up to savour in the sunshine.
And so, our annual outing was postponed to January – last Friday, to be exact.
What a wonderful time we had! Our office is just a hop, skip and jump (read: short drive) from the V & A Waterfront. So at lunch time we made our way across in convoy, and started off with an eco marine tour that left outside the Two Oceans Aquarium I’d last visited on my birthday last year. What a treat to relax on the catamaran, basking in the sun (as we were of course responsibly sun-lotioned and sunglassed, some were even smart enough to bring caps to protect their delicate noggins).
You’ll be pleased to know we safely left the harbour and no one fell off; crested some pretty, violent waves (meaning they were pretty and violent, not ‘pretty violent’); ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ over a sweet, unplanned leaping display by dolphins endemic to the area; learned all about sunfish and why their top sides are lighter than their unders; marvelled at the beauty of Table Mountain; and learned the reason ‘Robben Island’ is named as it is; we’d all worked up quite a hunger (and thirst!)
And so, once our sea legs had reverted to land legs, we walked across to ‘Den Anker’ for a traditional Belgian lunch. Here comes a Dr Seuss moment: “Oh, the food that we ate and the drinks most of us drank!” It was all delicious and a great way to unwind.
Here are a few snaps, kindly donated by colleagues who were clever enough to document the afternoon – the pics of food are my only contribution…
Now that’s what I call a good way to spend a Friday afternoon.
For the first time in the everest of ever, we went out to celebrate New Year’s Eve this time around.
As our guests were heading to the Waterfront to watch the fireworks display for free, and going by MyCiti bus to get there, we decided to go with them, after dropping off the doggies at my parents to be ‘puppy sat’ for the night.
And what a palaver our New Year’s Eve turned into! It’s partly because we had achy legs as we had just hiked up AND down Table Mountain the day before (click here for a reminder), but also because the bus was so full that we stood all the way there, crammed in like sardines… and then, to make matters worse, we decided to walk from Civic Centre to the Waterfront as there was just so much traffic in town. By the time we got there we were in agony!
The fireworks display really was lovely, but as soon as it was over we had to turn around and do the walk in reverse in order to catch the MyCiti bus back home before the last bus left at 01:30am.
Here are a few photos of our celebrations…
And crash we did! We had some celebratory sparkling wine when we got home just before 2am, then slept until morning, collected the doggies from their grandparents, and spent a lazy day recovering.
Hope your 2014 is off to a good start! 🙂 Back to work for me from tomorrow, alas – this has been such a good break for me.