Massive migraines, midweek wine farms and sampling Doodles’ winter specials

And so last weekend was a very slow one – mostly because it was still filled with Cannes Lions 2015 coverage – the lion roared for the last time late on Saturday night. But, perhaps because of the stress, perhaps just because I’ve not had a migraine in a while, I barely had a moment to celebrate the close of this rather important work occasion as I was swept away by a really bad head in the early hours of Saturday, meaning most of the day was spent trying to sleep it off and frantically checking emails with eyes on the fritz, scheduling content to go up that night. Luckily I had two days off during the week to recover from the mammoth task, as you’ll see from the photos below…

Saturday, 27 June 2015: Belated Father’s Day Doodles bangers and mash

I was feeling well enough to leave the house briefly on Saturday eve, so we decided to use the opportunity to visit Doodle's for their Winter special bangers and mash, as promised to Husband by the doglets for Father's Day. Here he is, patiently awaiting his meal...
I was feeling well enough to leave the house briefly on Saturday eve, so we decided to use the opportunity to visit Doodles for their Winter special bangers and mash, as promised to Husband by the doglets for Father’s Day. Here he is, patiently awaiting his meal…
With an entire page dedicated to winter specials, there's something for everyone...
With an entire page dedicated to winter specials, there’s something for everyone…
With the migraine I wasn't allowed coffee, so I went for the caramel milkshake instead. Look how big and puffy my biker gloves are.
With the migraine I wasn’t allowed coffee, so I went for the caramel milkshake instead. Look how big and puffy my biker gloves are.
And to eat? Well, cheese is another migraine no-no but I couldn't resist the nachos - this is the starter portion, the full portion covers the base plate too. Gulp. Brought most of it home as takeaway, really tasty.
And to eat? Well, cheese is another migraine no-no but I couldn’t resist the nachos – this is the starter portion, the full portion covers the base plate too. Gulp. Brought most of it home as takeaway, really tasty.
Finally, Husband's Doodle's bangers and mash for Father's Day. "Was lovely, I'd have it again," he said, smacking his lips.
Finally, Husband’s Doodles bangers and mash for Father’s Day. “Was lovely, I’d have it again,” he said, smacking his lips.

Sunday, 28 June 2015: News Cafe breakfast, crumpets at mum

Finally feeling better when I awoke on Sunday, I treated myself to a cafe latte at News Cafe as I love pouring the little jar of espresso into the frothed milk.
Finally feeling better when I awoke on Sunday, I treated myself to a cafe latte at News Cafe as I love pouring the little jar of espresso into the frothed milk.
To eat, I kept it healthy with the muesli jar - as we ordered before 10am it counted as the 'early bird' version for just R25.
To eat, I kept it healthy with the muesli jar – as we ordered before 10am it counted as the ‘early bird’ version for just R25.
Bellies purring, we set off for Canal Walk, where the SPCA was having a book sale to raise funds. This is the huge book Husband designed and printed for the sale. I bought 4 books for R100, and Husband received an email during the week stating that over R97,000 was raised as a result of the book sale! Yay Husband!
Bellies purring, we set off for Canal Walk, where the SPCA was having a book sale to raise funds. This is the huge book Husband designed and printed for the sale. I bought 4 books for R100, and Husband received an email during the week stating that over R97,000 was raised as a result of the book sale! Yay Husband!
We also visited Grandwest Casino that afternoon - it was packed as there was a Kurt Darren show on that afternoon. We didn't go. Look at the pretty trees and clouds.
We also visited Grandwest Casino that afternoon – it was packed as there was a Kurt Darren show on that afternoon. We didn’t go. Look at the pretty trees and clouds.
Husband was in the mood for a milkshake. Here he is at our local Wimpy with his large banana. My granadilla slushy thing is just in the shot.
Husband was in the mood for a milkshake. Here he is at our local Wimpy with his large banana shake. My granadilla slushy thing is just in the shot.
Instant cappuccino and homemade flapjacks at mum that afternoon, following a delightful beef pot roast and just before loadshedding struck that evening.
Instant cappuccino and homemade flapjacks at mum that afternoon, following a delightful beef pot roast and just before loadshedding struck that evening.

Tuesday, 30 June: Breakfast at Durbanville Hills with parents, cake and reading at home

Look at the pretty view! There was something eerie about these trees just below the line of mist at Durbanville Hills, where the parents took me for a surprise breakfast on Tuesday.
Look at the pretty view! There was something eerie about these trees just below the line of mist at Durbanville Hills, where the parents took me for a surprise breakfast on Tuesday.
My cappuccino, complete with pretty pattern in the foam.
My cappuccino, complete with pretty pattern in the foam.
Mum and me. Save for a table of businessy people that was just leaving as we arrived, we were the only customers in the restaurant area. You may recall that Husband and I breakfasted at Durbanville Hills last August on dad's birthday, while he was bobbing around on the Mediterranean sea - click here for a reminder. https://ramblinglitchi.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/fat-snactus-at-fat-cactus-and-discover-the-best-brunch-setting/
Mum and me. Save for a table of businessy people that was just leaving as we arrived, we were the only customers in the restaurant area. You may recall that Husband and I breakfasted with my bestie at Durbanville Hills last August on dad’s birthday, while he was bobbing around on the Mediterranean sea – click here for a reminder.
Dad's breakfast was lovely. Note his boerword wrapped around and beneath the perfectly gratinated tomato, the lovely streaky bacon, and the 'over easy' eggs cooked just so. With toast on the side that he smeared with a lovely fruity spread.
Dad’s breakfast was lovely. Note his boerewors wrapped around and beneath the perfectly gratinated tomato, the pinkly streaky bacon, and the ‘over easy’ eggs cooked just so. With toast on the side that he smeared with a smooth fruity spread.
My eggs ben with ham. So good I ate every morsel.
My eggs ben with ham. So good I ate every morsel.
Dad and me giggling so as this was about the fifth attempt at this shot, the first few involved the iPad cover. Teehee
Dad and me giggling so as this was about the fifth attempt at this shot, the first few involved the iPad cover. Teehee
The West Coast Village owlie was awake that afternoon! The community has named him Hedwig, after the owlie in Harry Potter. I was rooting for Owl Pacino instead. Oh well.
The West Coast Village owlie was awake that afternoon! The community has named him Hedwig, after the owlie in Harry Potter. I was rooting for Owl Pacino instead. Oh well.
Bassie loved that Grampa sat with her on her swingbench that afternoon.
Bassie loved that Grampa sat with her on her swingbench that afternoon.
THIS is what we had for afternoon tea. You can get yourself one from Woolworth's, it's called 'Nonna's torte' and is a citrussy custard pie of sorts with shortcrust pastry and flaked almonds on top. Yummy and nap-inducing.
THIS is what we had for afternoon tea. You can get yourself one from Woolworth’s, it’s called ‘Nonna’s torte’ and is a citrussy custard pie of sorts with shortcrust pastry and flaked almonds on top. Yummy and nap-inducing.
When I woke from said nap I noticed Bertie  had jumped onto the back of the couch and was spread along it like a cat. He was very interested in having his photo taken.
When I woke from said nap I noticed Bertie had jumped onto the back of the couch and was spread along it like a cat. He was very interested in having his photo taken.
This here photo is the ultimate in relaxation to me. Huge mug of Milo, good book, doggies beside me on couch.
This here photo is the ultimate in relaxation to me. Huge mug of Milo, good book, doggies beside me on couch.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015: Durbanville Hills wine tasting, Doodles dins

Such a soothing view. When we returned to Durbanville Hills on Sunday lunch for a wine tasting, we sat downstairs, near this window.
Such a soothing view. When we returned to Durbanville Hills on Wednesday lunchtime for a wine tasting, we sat downstairs, near this window.
That's a happy mom, there! These were the two Chardonnay options we tasted.
That’s a happy mom, there! These were the two Chardonnay options we tasted.
To eat, we shared the Wine Maker's Platter as it was said to feed 2-3 people. It sure did!
To eat, we shared the Wine Maker’s Platter as it was said to feed 2-3 people. It sure did!
Husband took me out for dins that eve, and this was the stunning sunset in Big Bay as we drove along the coastline.
Husband took me out for dins that eve, and this was the stunning sunset in Big Bay as we drove along the coastline. Note the birdie flying just above the sun.
We decided on Doodle's for dins (yes, twice in a week!) That was a wonderful cafe latte.
We decided on Doodles for dins (yes, twice in a week!) That was a wonderful cafe latte.
I love that face! Here is Husband with his chicken curry Winter special. While it was very good, he said he'd rather have the bangers and mash again when we go there next.
I love that face! Here is Husband with his chicken curry Winter special. While it was very good, he said he’d rather have the bangers and mash again when we go there next.
The Wednesday Winter special is a burger and chips for R39. Very good value!
The Wednesday Winter special is a burger and chips for R39. Very good value!

That’s all for this week’s update, folks! Looking forward to another weekend filled with naps, nesting and of course going nom nom nom. πŸ™‚

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