Husband’s 35th birthday cocktails, night bus trips and dog walks to survive the loadshedding

I know, I know. Hanging head in shame as am a few days late with this blog update. The reason? We misplaced the connecty cable that’s the easiest way to transfer photos across, and it would have been too labour-intensive to email or Bluetooth the pics across as I cut down my selection from 118 options to around 35. 35 being a special number as Husband celebrated his 35th birthday this week! ๐Ÿ™‚ And so, without further ado, I present to you my highlights of the past two weeks…

Saturday, 24 January 2015: Discovering what’s really worth ordering when breakfasting at Mugg & Bean

Breakfast at Mugg & Bean, Bayside. Note suitable biscuit in saucer and shape in cappuccino froth. I also chose the 'easy cappuccino' which is a little milkier than the strong standard. T'was just right.
Breakfast at Mugg & Bean, Bayside. Note suitable biscuit in saucer and shape in cappuccino froth. I also chose the ‘easy cappuccino’ which is a little milkier than the strong standard. T’was just right.
The whole point of this breakfast excursion was to try the Mugg & Bean eggs benedict, advertised with the 'true generosity' tagline. See here, Husband wasn't overly impressed. He said it was "tasty but not very filling and not good value for money."
The whole point of this breakfast excursion was to try the Mugg & Bean eggs benedict, advertised with the ‘true generosity’ tagline. See here, Husband wasn’t overly impressed. He said it was “tasty but not very filling and not good value for money.”
Luckily, my choc-chip flapjack stack WAS good value for money - could not finish so about half of this went into a take-away box and I finished it that afternoon for tea.
Luckily, my choc-chip flapjack stack WAS good value for money – could not finish so about half of this went into a take-away box and I finished it that afternoon for tea.

Sunday, 25 January 2015:ย Cheaper lunch options

For his Sunday brunch, Husband had a wors roll from the stand at our local Builder's Warehouse. Look at all the different colours of sauce on it!
For his Sunday brunch, Husband had a wors roll from the stand at our local Builder’s Warehouse. Look at all the different colours of sauce on it!
I went for my KFC favourite - a box of dunked wings (they're deliciously coated in sesame seeds and a spicy honey soy sauce), with a very berry krusher. All this for less than R40.
I went for my KFC favourite – a box of dunked wings (they’re deliciously coated in sesame seeds and a spicy honey soy sauce), with a Very Berry Krusher. All this for less than R40.
After lupper at Mum's, Dad and I took a photo. See the resemblance?
After lupper at Mum’s, Dad and I took a photo. See the resemblance?

Monday, 26 January 2015: Morning coffee at Naspers, evening dog walks during loadshedding

Last Monday dawned cold and grey, ,after such a sunny weekend. This is my table while waiting to attend an event - coffee, check, reading matter - albeit in Afrikaans - check, nice view - check
Last Monday dawned cold and grey, after such a sunny weekend. This is my table while waiting to attend an event – coffee, check, reading matter – albeit in Afrikaans – check, nice view – check
Setting off for our walkies when we got home from work only to find we'd been loadshed. Note Bertie's running far ahead on his leash
Setting off for our walkies when we got home from work only to find we’d been loadshed. Note Bertie’s running far ahead on his leash
Bertie jumped in the second he saw how close he was to this mucky water. He rollicked and frollicked...
Bertie jumped in the second he saw how close he was to this mucky water. He rollicked and frollicked…
Just look at those mucky black legs, usually a pristine white! And so...
Just look at those mucky black legs, usually a pristine white! And so…
Bertie had a shower. Note his legs are still a little grey in this shot, took a while for him to get really clean again.
Bertie had a shower. Note his legs are still a little grey in this shot, took a while for him to get really clean again.
She looks sad, but this is Miss Bassie's 'relieved not to have had a shower' face
She looks sad, but this is Miss Bassie’s ‘relieved not to have had a shower’ face
Bertie shivered and quivered so after being towelled dry that we wrapped him in a blankie with his favourite teddy bear to watch some telly.
Bertie shivered and quivered so after being towelled dry that we wrapped him in a blankie with his favourite teddy bear to watch some telly.

Thursday, 29 January 2015: Cocktails at Cubana to celebrate Husband’s 35th birthday

Mum and me with our very pineapple-y pina coladas. Note there's a pineapple slice in the glass, a thick wedge around it, and a slice garnishing the top.
Mum and me with our very pineapple-y pina coladas. Note there’s a pineapple slice in the glass, a thick wedge around it, and a slice garnishing the top.
Dad demonstrating the slice of lime that adorned his margerita glass
Dad demonstrating the slice of lime that adorned his margerita glass
The birthday boy with his Castle Lite draught. He had a Sly Devil cocktail to start
The birthday boy with his Castle Lite draught. He had a Sly Devil cocktail to start
My two best boys cheers-ing the camera
My two best boys cheers-ing the camera
When we got home, I made Husband wear the birthday hat. He's not exactly thrilled here...
When we got home, I made Husband wear the birthday hat. He’s not exactly thrilled here…
But he let me do the standard 'kiss on cheek while wearing the birthday hat' pose, so wasn't too glum
But he let me do the standard ‘kiss on cheek while wearing the birthday hat’ pose, so wasn’t too glum

Saturday, 31 January 2015: Husband shows us how to jump into the icy Atlantic sea and we take a night bus trip to see the SunStar sculpture

He leaps off the rock...
He leaps off the rock…Splash! He's in! Splash! He’s in!
Then holds onto said rock so as to not float away
Then holds onto said rock so as to not float away
Dad, Mum, Husband and me on top of the red sightseeing bus. Highly recommended at just R100 for the night tour, with earphones so you get to hear all sorts of interesting pieces about haunted hospitals and the like
Dad, Mum, Husband and me on top of the red sightseeing bus. Highly recommended at just R100 for the night tour, with earphones so you get to hear all sorts of interesting pieces about haunted hospitals and the like
Husband and Dad took a short hike to see the SunStar once we'd picnicked to our hearts' content on top of Signal Hill while waiting for the sunset
Husband and Dad took a short hike to see the SunStar once we’d picnicked to our hearts’ content on top of Signal Hill while waiting for the sunset
Husband reading up on the SunStar and how it was made. You can read it too if you zoom in
Husband reading up on the SunStar and how it was made. You can read it too if you zoom in
Of course we took a photo in the National Geographic frame on top of Signal Hill
Of course we took a photo in the National Geographic frame on top of Signal Hill
Here's me and dad's version - I wasn't strong enough to jump up onto the frame again
Here’s me and dad’s version – I wasn’t strong enough to jump up onto the frame again
Yes, it had been a hot day, but the evening - especially on top of Signal Hill at dusk - was decidedly chilly. Here I am sipping a cup of coffee while wrapped in a blankie and wishing I had on a scarf, ear muffs, etc etc...
Yes, it had been a hot day, but the evening – especially on top of Signal Hill at dusk – was decidedly chilly. Here I am sipping a cup of coffee while wrapped in a blankie and wishing I had on a scarf, ear muffs, etc etc…
My lovely Lion's Head beneath puffy clouds as sunset approached
My lovely Lion’s Head beneath puffy clouds as sunset approached
Wispy pink clouds streaked the sky above the sea
Wispy pink clouds streaked the sky above the sea
And at 8pm on the dot, the SunStar lit up. So very pretty, and we could see it all the way back home
And at 8pm on the dot, the SunStar lit up. So very pretty, and we could see it all the way back home

Sunday, 1 February 2015: Braai-ing in the new month

You may recall we braaied out the old year, braaied in the new, and so we braaied in the new month of February too :) These are cherry-marinaded chicken sosaties, pork armadillos wrapped in bacon, pork sausages and cheesy bacon wors
You may recall we braaied out the old year, braaied in the new, and so we braaied in the new month of February too ๐Ÿ™‚ These are cherry-marinaded chicken sosaties, pork armadillos wrapped in bacon, pork sausages and cheesy bacon wors
We tried some pina-colada pre-mix too - not very creamy but had a nice flavour
We tried some pina-colada pre-mix too – not very creamy but had a nice flavour
After another doggie walk I made this rather fancy looking iced coffee concoction - cold filter coffee, lumps of carmel icecream, and lashings of whipped cream from a spray can. Served as my 'milkshake' for the week as you'll note we didn't go for any others, oops!
After another doggie walk I made this rather fancy looking iced coffee concoction – cold filter coffee, lumps of carmel icecream, and lashings of whipped cream from a spray can. Served as my ‘milkshake’ for the week as you’ll note we didn’t go for any others, oops!

Monday, 2 February 2015: doggies take over our bed

Note how sleepy, regal and entitled Bertie looks, having just got out from under the covers. Bassie's there too - look for her tiny little head on the pillow above Bertie.
Note how sleepy, regal and entitled Bertie looks, having just got out from under the covers. Bassie’s there too – look for her tiny little head on the pillow above Bertie.
Only noticed today that there's a little penguin face printed on my train ticket - see it about midway down the left?
Only noticed today that there’s a little penguin face printed on my train ticket – see it about midway down the left?

That’s all for now, folks – expect a few more birthday celebrations next weekend as this weekend was too packed to get to everything we wanted to…

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5 thoughts on “Husband’s 35th birthday cocktails, night bus trips and dog walks to survive the loadshedding”

  1. THATS NOT JUNK ITS PURE PLEASURE TO LEIGH! Life without treats and milkshakes would not be worth living. Its also all the daily walking that you do, to and from the station and bus stop a good few km every day allows you to indulge over weekends.

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