Long weekend pastel milkshakes, continental breakfasts and Bo-Kaap houses galore

The last weekend was the last long weekend we’ll see it a while, and we celebrated it in style. Yes, I rhymed for a reason – to make you smile πŸ™‚ Here’s what you missed…

Friday, 1 May 2015: Worker’s Day, Bassie has her stitches out, Cattle Baron lunch buffet

Little Miss Bassie, home after having her stitches removed at the vet. We gave her a green chewy treat as a reward. She didn't look so pleased with it, at first...
Little Miss Bassie, home after having her stitches removed at the vet first thing that morning. We gave her a green chewy treat as a reward. She didn’t look so pleased with it, at first…
But was soon munching away, at the opposite end of the couch to her brother.
But was soon munching away, at the opposite end of the couch to her brother.
My parents discovered our local Cattle Baron has a wonderful weekday buffet lunch special. This is my coffee shake. The rest of the photos were badly lit, so you'll have to take my word about what good value it was. All the ribs, fish, rice, curry, veggies and salad you can eat for R69. R59 for pensioners. Most folk had four plates full.
My parents discovered our local Cattle Baron has a wonderful weekday buffet lunch special. This is my coffee shake. The rest of the photos were badly lit, so you’ll have to take my word about what good value it was. All the ribs, fish, rice, curry, veggies and salad you can eat for R69. R59 for pensioners. Most folk had four plates full.

Saturday, 2 May 2015: Bo-Kaap street explore, Panama Jacks lunch

In my two+ years as a Capetonian I'd not once been up the Bo-Kaap streets with their colourful houses. That changed on Saturday morning. Bunting banners were up, too.
In my two+ years as a Capetonian I’d not once been up the Bo-Kaap streets with their colourful houses. That changed on Saturday morning. Bunting banners were up, too.
So bright and cheery, and no colour duplicates. No wonder it's such a popular photo destination for tourists.
So bright and cheery, and no colour duplicates. No wonder it’s such a popular photo destination for tourists.
I spotted this dog watching me over his wall, so I took a photo. He was still as a statue.
I spotted this dog watching me over his wall, so I took a photo. He was still as a statue, as though he was well-versed in posing for photos.
Such an interesting archway on Wale Street.
Such an interesting archway on Wale Street.
Panama Jacks for lunch? Don't mind if I do! Dad is having calamari and I'm busy with what the waiter called a "pink shake".
Panama Jacks for lunch? Don’t mind if I do! Dad is having calamari and I’m busy with what the waiter called a “pink shake”. Tasted exactly as it looked.

Sunday, 3 May 2015: Continental breakfasts and windy beach walks

Coffee first thing in the morning after getting up (or as soon as possible thereafter) makes me so happy you can see the smile in one eye alone. Helps if the cappuccino is only R10 as it's part of your breakfast at Euro Haus on Loop
Coffee first thing in the morning after getting up (or as soon as possible thereafter) makes me so happy you can see the smile in one eye alone. Helps if the cappuccino is only R10 as it’s part of your breakfast at Euro Haus on Loop.
Yes, Husband is very photogenic, but the point of this photo was all the interesting wooden keyboards on the wall above his head at Euro Haus on Sunday morning. We were lucky to get a table.
Yes, Husband is very photogenic, but the point of this photo was all the interesting wooden keyboards on the wall above his head at Euro Haus on Sunday morning. We were lucky to get a table, you can see it’s a popular spot.
The ultimate continental breakfast. If you're ordering breakfast at Euro Haus on Loop Street, you coffee/cappuccino/tea is just R10, and you get this bread basket filled with fresh, flaky croissants and rolls, as well as assorted little jam tubs - brought to your table for free.
The ultimate continental breakfast. If you’re ordering breakfast at Euro Haus on Loop Street, you coffee/cappuccino/tea is just R10, and you get this bread basket filled with fresh, flaky croissants and rolls, as well as assorted little jam tubs – brought to your table for free.
My scumdiddlyumptious French toast croissant with bacon and syrup
My scumdiddlyumptious French toast croissant with bacon and syrup.
Husband's eggs ben with salmon at Euro Haus. "Was nice", he confirms.
Husband’s eggs ben with salmon at Euro Haus. “Was nice”, he confirms.
How do you boost my mood if I've already had my fill of coffee for the day? With a peanut butter-chocolate milkshake at Driftwood Cafe, of course...
How do you boost my mood if I’ve already had my fill of coffee for the day? With a peanut butter-chocolate milkshake at Driftwood Cafe, of course…
Husband and Bassie during our very wintery beach walk.
Husband and Bassie during our very wintery beach walk.

Monday, 4 May 2015: Half-price Spur burgers and roaring fires during loadshedding

Lighting's not great but this is to show you just how long the queue was at our local Spur in Bayside on Monday evening, when we were on our way out - one of the few functional food places during loadshedding. We always enjoy their two-for-one Monday burger special.
Lighting’s not great but this is to show you just how long the queue was at our local Spur in Bayside on Monday evening, when we were on our way out – one of the few functional food places during loadshedding. We always enjoy their two-for-one Monday burger special.
There was still an hour or so of loadshedding to sit through when we got home, so Husband lit a fire. The doggy children enjoyed the warmth
There was still an hour or so of loadshedding to sit through when we got home, so Husband lit a fire. The doggy children enjoyed the warmth.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015: Gartner Architecting Digital Business conference at CTICC

My standard "what do the flowers at the CTICC reception desk look like today" photo. Bright tulips are always a win.
My standard “what do the flowers at the CTICC reception desk look like today” photo. Bright tulips are always a win.
Delightful breakfast offering at the CTICC - custard pastries, muesli-yoghurt-berry shots and strong filter coffee, perfect for spilling in the saucer, as I do.
Delightful breakfast offering at the CTICC – custard pastries, muesli-yoghurt-berry shots and strong filter coffee, perfect for spilling in the saucer, as I do. Great way to introduce yourself at an event.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015: Owlie office mug jealous of cakes set in plain sight

What better was to get through a Wednesday in your first full five-day work day in a while (thanks, public holidays) than a colleague's birthday treats?
What better was to get through a Wednesday in your first full five-day work day in a while (thanks, public holidays) than with a colleague’s birthday treats?

Thursday, 7 May 2015: #FirstThursdays on Wale Street

Fair Trade coffee is often more expensive, but tastes delicious and you buy with a better conscience. This was Bean There, the setting fr Thursday evening's #First Thursdays event - the last one of the season before winter strikes, and my first ever. Pleasantly surprised how well-attended it was.
Fair Trade coffee is often more expensive, but tastes delicious and you buy with a better conscience. This was Bean There, the setting for Thursday evening’s #FirstThursdays event – the last one of the season before winter strikes, and my first ever. Pleasantly surprised how well-attended it was.
For R19.50, my Fair Trade cappuccino sure did look like it was made with love
For R19.50, my Fair Trade cappuccino sure did look – and taste – like it was made with love.
And this, you ask? Well, in conjunction with #FirstThursdays, it was the launch of Skip washing powder's new #FabulousDressProject, to showcase Skip's stain-removal power. Attendees got to artfully decorate pure white material however they pleased. Fun after a busy day of work.
And this, you ask? Well, in conjunction with #FirstThursdays, it was the launch of Skip washing powder’s new #FabulousDressProject, to showcase Skip’s stain-removal power. Attendees got to artfully decorate pure white material however they pleased in the hope of winning a bespoke ivory dress. Fun after a busy day of work.
Could not resist a photo of the bathroom at Bean There. Do you SEE the amazing wallpaper It's even on the ceiling. And the lampshade? Priceless.
Could not resist a photo of the bathroom at Bean There. Do you SEE the amazing wallpaper? It’s even on the ceiling. And the lampshade? Priceless.

That’s all, folks. We’re back to regular two-day weekends (sob) so expect the posts to be slightly less photo-heavy for a while. Enjoy and stay warm – I sense we’re on the verge of the 2015 ‘bangers-and-mash-capades‘! πŸ™‚

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