Grand Christmas lunches, Chapman’s Peak sunsets and rainbow drinks

If your memory’s sharp – mine’s not, so I’m envious – you’ll remember we had my last office end-of-year party in January, technically celebrating Christmas 2013 in January 2014, so it seemed way too soon to have the 2014 Christmas version a week ago, but have it we did, and it was literally grand as we spent the afternoon at Grand Beach near the Waterfront.

As Mother was still on our coast visiting, there was also lots of sightseeing, such as lunch at Cousin Janet’s – she lives in the most jealousy-inspiring house in St James, remember? Seeing as we were that side of the city we took the long way home, all through Noordhoek and along Chapman’s Peak drive – click here for a reminder of last time we did this pretty trip. But, as always, there was more to fill our weekend…

Thursday, 11 December 2014: Bizcommunity end-of-year lunch at Grand Beach

Of course the first thing you do when sitting at a table on icing-sugar sand is kick off your shoes...
Of course the first thing you do when sitting at a table on icing-sugar sand is kick off your shoes…
Delicious strawberry shake pales in comparison to the bright pink menu, but no worries - I always prefer this pale fruity variety to the brightly syruped alternative
Delicious strawberry shake pales in comparison to the bright pink menu, but no worries – I always prefer this pale fruity variety to the brightly syruped alternative
Sharing a laugh with my desk mate
Sharing a laugh with my desk mate
Starters are served! We had a few of these long pizzas per table, as well as a fishy salad option
Starters are served! We had a few of these long pizzas per table, as well as a fishy salad option
Ended with a delicious coffee caramel martini before we played Bad Santa
Ended with a delicious coffee caramel martini before we played Bad Santa

Friday, 12 December 2014: Cloudy, rainy and cold

After the sunny sunshine of Thursday. Friday was drizzly and grey. Luckily that's the last of the off-colour weather for a while...
After the sunny sunshine of Thursday. Friday was drizzly and grey. Luckily that’s the last of the off-colour weather for a while…

Saturday, 13 December 2014: Decembraai-ing with the Cape rellies, scenic trip through Noordhoek, along Chapman’s Peak

See? beautiful sunshine reigned supreme again on Saturday. This was taken in Janet's garden in St James
See? Beautiful sunshine reigned supreme again on Saturday. This was taken in Janet’s garden in St James
Mother surreptitiously sipping her wine, Husband and I happy in the sunshine
Mother surreptitiously sipping her wine, Husband and I happy in the sunshine
Des - 91 in a few months - and Sybil, separated by a lovely lilac bloom
Des – 91 in a few months – and Sybil, separated by a lovely lilac bloom
We try a variation of this shot each time we visit Janet's house, lol
We try a variation of this shot each time we visit Janet’s house, lol
Can't miss the Trading Post in Noordhoek on the way home. Sipping a very chocolatey shake
Can’t miss the Red Herring in Noordhoek on the way home. Sipping a very chocolatey shake
Husband opted for a beer instead, of course.
Husband opted for a beer instead, of course.
First bit of Hout Bay peering at us as we travelled along Chapman's Peak
First bit of Hout Bay peering at us as we travelled along Chapman’s Peak
Such a pleasing mix of nature's elements
Such a pleasing mix of nature’s elements
Then the sun started to sink, adding a touch of magic
Then the sun started to sink, adding a touch of magic

Sunday, 14 December 2014: Breakfast at Bread & Butter, cake at Mum

It's a bad idea for me to start the day without coffee. Helps if there's a heart shape in the foam
It’s a bad idea for me to start the day without coffee. Helps if there’s a heart shape in the foam
Husband can't eat  a savoury meal without Tabasco sauce. Went well with his poached egg, bacon and avo croissant
Husband can’t eat a savoury meal without Tabasco sauce. Went well with his poached egg, bacon and avo croissant
Mother was pleased with her salmon eggs benedict
Mother was pleased with her salmon eggs benedict
Homemade carrot-pineapple cake at Mum's. With (more) coffee, of course
Homemade carrot-pineapple cake at Mum’s. With (more) coffee, of course

Tuesday, 16 December 2014: Breakfast at Captain’s Kitchen, Big Bay; cocktails at Catch22

Proper eggs-n-bacon breakfast for once! With obligatory coffee
Proper eggs-n-bacon breakfast for once! With obligatory coffee
Much, MUCH later that day - this is the rainbow-coloured 'Catch23' at Catch22. Pretty, but I preferred the vanilla flavour of Husband's Robben Island Ice Tea
Much, MUCH later that day – this is the rainbow-coloured ‘Catch23’ at Catch22. Pretty, but I preferred the vanilla flavour of Husband’s Robben Island Ice Tea

And with that, we’re on the brink of the NEXT weekend already! Am not taking any leave other than the public holidays coming up, but Husband’s off for a few weeks so expect some pics of his DIY and home fixes in my next update!

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