T’was the week before Christmas (2015)…

Hello, one and all! When last I left you t’was the week before Christmas, and with some special effort I’m actually blogging today, the day of. We had a lovely lunch earlier and are all full-to-bursting – I’ve posted a few pics below, as well as other highlights from this magical week of holiday – despite lots of ‘new phone’ admin as Husband’s mysteriously vanished last Friday…

Saturday, 19 December 2015: Limnos brekkie, waffles for tea, dancing at Deco Dance

Cappuccino at Limnos
My moody cappuccino cup at Limnos Bakers, Canal Walk.
Baker's breakfast at Limnos, Canal Walk
Husband opted for the ‘baker’s breakfast’, which included a coffee for me and an orange juice for him.
Sushi at Eden on the Bay
Research done we headed home for a nap, then headed out again for snacks at Eden on the Bay mid-afternoon. Husband opted for some sushi with a spot of news in the background.
Waffle with lemon curd from the Big Bay Waffle Company.
For me? A traditional waffle with lemon curd from the Big Bay Waffle Company. Yum.
Peering out a MyCiti bus
We were then ready for a ‘big night out’ – we walked across to the nearest myCiti bus stop, which took us all the way from just outside our doorstep to the heart of Sea Point, over three separate bus trips. Here is Husband peering worriedly out the back of the bus.
Darth Vader shirts at Deco Dance
The reason we were in Sea Point? To celebrate the 30th birthday of one of Husband’s former colleagues. Love that they both wore fancy Darth Vader shirts for their night of ‘squeaking tekkie’.
Star Wars pics
Speaking of Star Wars, I meant to include this pic last week but forgot to – in all the movie hype we created our own ‘Star Wars profile pics’. Husband looks suitably wise/scary, I just couldn’t NOT smile, teehee.
Leigh in Deco Dance
Back to Deco Dance in Sea Point. Er’rybody was there, even Bob Dylan (I think), who was looking over my shoulder and feeling a little blue…

Sunday, 20 December 2015: Breakfast at Greens

Mushroom eggs benedict at Greens
Despite only getting home in the early hours of Sunday (thanks to a very efficient Uber driver as the MyCiti only runs until 10pm or so), we were up bright and early on Sunday for a spot of brekkie and almost-last minute Christmas shopping. Husband started his day with the mushroom eggs benedict, as well as an extra portion of their creamy mushrooms (from the big green bowl he’s holding)
Crumpets with banana at Greens
For me, the crumpets with sliced banana and syrup drizzled atop went down a treat.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015: Doggie beach walk, I ❀ Big Bay Christmas market

Bertie at the sea
As Husband is the blog’s main photo-taker (but he insists he doesn’t feel like an ‘Instagram Husband’ – watch this if you don’t know what I’m taking about)… we missed a bit of action due to admin delays in getting his new phone. I woke up to the fact that photos were now my responsibility on Tuesday, when we took the doggies for a windless stroll along their beach. Here is a typical shot of Bertie pulling Husband towards the sea…
Bassie with a nose of sand
The typical ‘happy Bassie post-beach walkies’ photo – more sand on my arm than her nose!
Bertie long tongue
Sandy girls, with Bertie just behind my sandy arm, showing off his long tongue.
Porky NOB burger
We took the happy doggies home then ventured off to Big Bay again, as the monthly market was taking place over two days this time around. This was my half of the Porky NOB burger, heaving with two cheeses and some streaky bacon.
The Big Bay Market
Who did we bump into at the market but Mum and Dad! Husband ran up to take this shot looking down into the Lifesavers’ Club. You can just see the rest of us sitting at a table up top. Mum is waving…
Leigh at Big Bay Market with parents
Husband came down again for a closer shot of the three of us.
Waffle at Big Bay Market
This waffle. I was so full after my half-a-Porky but Dad insisted I try some, so try some I did. Amazing caramel-banana combination atop of crispy hot waffle.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015: Golfing, suburban walks and giant Christmas trees

Flowers in Sunningdale.
On Wednesday morning, Husband had a breakfast/golf date with my dad, so me and mom went on a lovely 4km round trip walk around their neighbourhood, complete with morning tea at the Stark Ayres Nursery. This is one of the gardens along the route my parents walk daily.
Orange-Rooibos tea
Mum opted for the orange-Rooibos tea infusion.
Cappuccino at Stark Ayres nursery.
I had a cappuccino, with a shortbread heart nestled in the saucer.
Scones at Stark Ayres
We each ordered the ‘scones’ – hot and delicious!

Thursday, 24 December 2015: Omelettes, beaches and custard shakes

Homemade omelettes
On Thursday, Husband concocted very large omelettes for breakfast. This was mine, bursting with bacon bits and cheese. Husband added mushroom to his.
Clouds at Blouberg
Bellies full, we headed out again. We stopped to snap the very pretty puffy clouds at Blouberg beach.
Cape fauna and flora
Best colours.
Custard milkshake at Driftwood Cafe
Much, much later, phone admin and last-minute Christmas shopping finally all sorted, we stopped off at the Driftwood for an afternoon treat. That’s my custard milkshake…
Black Label draught at Driftwood Cafe
Husband opted for a Black Label draught.

Friday, 25 December 2015: Christmas lunch at Mum’s

Doggies wearing ties
My parents had bought the doggies special outfits for Christmas lunch today. They tried them on before we left home. Here is Bertie, proud of his new ‘tie’, and Bassie wearing her lilac bow slightly off-centre.
Dogs wearing bowties.
Posing with mommy at Granny’s house. Oh how I love these two!
Christmas 2015
Family shot! All six of us with our ‘welcome drinks’. The doggies had water instead of champers, obvs.
Christmas cookies
Sing it with me: ‘If you like Pina Coladas…’ Yes, we do! Also look at the gorgeous chocolate-coconut cookies Mum baked, with Reese’s Pieces melted in! Mmmm. We ate and we ate. Avo starters, pea and ham soup, gammon and roast beef with roast potatoes, individual trifles and a cheese board later. *Urp!

That’s all, folks! Hope you also ate, drank and were merry today. I’m growing rather attached to the idea of a daily afternoon nap…

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