Boomslang-ing in Kirstenbosch and take 2 of how to eat a Mochachos burger

This past week has been filled with time-taking-up things, but you know what they say – you always make time for the things you love. And so, here’s my weekly blog post! Last Saturday we decided to get back into our hiking ways (click here if you don’t remember we have actually been bitten by the ‘get active outdoors’ bug before). And the best way to do it? Well, we could have joined my lovely new colleagues, who were doing a 6am sunrise scramble up Lion’s Head… but we’ve ticked Lion’s Head off our list and the thought of sleeping in held too much appeal. So instead we started the day with a long breakfast, then drove to Constantia for an adventure – we walked from Cecelia Forest into Kirstenbosch Gardens, to see if we could sneak on to the Boomslang ‘tree canopy’ walkway my former minion blogged about a few months ago. And sneak in we did! Once you’re in Kirstenbosch, no-one checks your ticket (shhh!) The hike was about 4km in total and just enough to get the blood pumping.

But it seems despite feeling like we were glowing with good health we actually overdid it all on Saturday, with just too much weekend packed in to one day… so of course my immune system fought back and on Sunday I woke with (another) awful head cold. Instead of feeling sorry for myself we decided on an easy day, the highlight of which was getting Husband to demonstrate how to eat a Mochachos burger (againclick here for a reminder of his first demonstration). But enough of my rambling and on with what you’re actually here for – the photos!

Saturday, 11 October 2014: Hike into Kirstenbosch, Boomslang tree canopy, celebratory drinks

Hike snacks - Energade and chocolate-almond-sesame bars. Yum
Hike snacks – Energade and chocolate-almond-sesame bars. Yum
You don't get a sense of the danger this photo should invoke - Husband's standing on a log that could give out at any point and send him tumbling to the depths below
You don’t get a sense of the danger this photo should invoke – Husband’s standing on a log that could give out at any point and send him tumbling to the depths below
Victorious! This was about halfway through the hike, we'd reached one of the highest points. The half-empty bottle of cold drink bottom left is not ours. We didn't even finish the Energades we brought along for the hike
Victorious! This was about halfway through the hike, we’d reached one of the highest points. The half-empty bottle of cold drink bottom left is not ours. We didn’t even finish the Energades we brought along for the hike
Beautiful sub-dappled flowers, with Devil's Peak in the distance, on our way in to Kirstenbosch
Beautiful sub-dappled flowers, with Devil’s Peak in the distance, on our way in to Kirstenbosch
Standing on the Boomslang - it shudders and drifts in the breeze so you have to make sure you have a firm footing
Standing on the Boomslang – it shudders and drifts in the breeze so you have to make sure you have a firm footing
The man in the middle of the walkway is Husband
The man in the middle of the walkway is Husband
Celebrating our successful hike with a 'naughty XXX' chocolatey shake of sorts at a spot in Sea Point - delicious. My ideally shaped milkshake glass
Celebrating our successful hike with a ‘naughty XXX’ chocolatey shake of sorts at a spot in Sea Point – delicious. My ideally shaped milkshake glass
That's not just Coke, it's a Long Island Iced Tea at our local Cubana in Blouberg, where we supped that night. The chicken burgers (not pictured) were little marvels.
That’s not just Coke, it’s a Long Island Iced Tea at our local Cubana in Blouberg, where we supped that night. The chicken burgers (not pictured) were little marvels.

Sunday, 12 October 2014: How to eat a Mochachos burger, Strand Street

How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 1:  Pick it up in both hands and make a Very Excited Face
How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 1: Pick it up in both hands and make a Very Excited Face
How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 2: Take a bite. Don't be shy, get the whole face involved!
How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 2: Take a bite. Don’t be shy, get the whole face involved!
How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 3: Chew thoroughly and enjoy those utterly delicious spicy flavours
How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 3: Chew thoroughly and enjoy those utterly delicious spicy flavours
How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 4: Pause to flap your wings before repeating step 1
How to eat a Mochachos burger, step 4: Pause to flap your wings before repeating step 1

Bonus – the fun didn’t end there! Here are a few snaps from events I attended during the week:

Wednesday, 15 and Thursday, 16 October 2014: World Design Capital 2014 Design House Exhibition, Movember launch event and sunset luxury apartment cocktail party

My favourite piece from the World Design Capital 2014 Design House Exhibition, on at the Sea Point Stadium last week
My favourite piece from the World Design Capital 2014 Design House Exhibition, on at the Sea Point Stadium last week
Me, looking a little like Alice in Wonderland at the Design House Exhibition, according to my colleague who snapped this shot - see, birdies again
Me, looking a little like Alice in Wonderland at the Design House Exhibition, according to my colleague who snapped this shot – see, birdies again
Haaa! He's not sneezing - Husband refused to make a pretend moustache himself at the Movember event we attended this week, so I improvised
Haaa! He’s not sneezing – Husband refused to make a pretend moustache himself at the Movember event we attended this week, so I improvised
A delicious glass of Pierre Jourdan Rose with scrummy little canapes at a sunset event I attended this week (different to the Movember event, obvs)
A delicious glass of Pierre Jourdan Rose with scrummy little canapes at a sunset event I attended this week (different to the Movember event, obvs)

That’s all, folks! Still a bit sneezy so not joining my Impi challenge-participating colleagues on Sunday. Instead planning a relaxed, no-stress weekend. Enjoy yours! πŸ™‚

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