Unreal Scarborough sea, sitting at Slangkop lighthouse and patting Imhoff Farm camels

Tomorrow is husband’s 36th birthday, so I am posting this now as shall surely be spending quality time with him at the usual ‘blog post creation’ time of the week.

Hard to believe it’s already the end of January, 1/12 of the year has flown by in the blink of an eye.

Here are highlights of the past week…

Saturday, 23 January 2016: Breakfast at Saint’s, pretending to be on the cover of National Geographic

Cappuccino at Saint's
Saturday was a hot, lazy day, Mine got off to a good start with this cappuccino at Saint’s in Big Bay.
Salmon eggs ben at Saint's
Husband had the salmon eggs ben and a Cola, of course. The logo next to his face proves we were at Saint’s. I had the feta-scrambled eggs with toast, unpictured.
Posing at yellow National Geographic Table Mountain frame
This photo frame is 10 steps from Saint’s so we walked across and Husband happily snapped away.
Leigh at Table Mountain
Zoomed in, without the frame. Click here for a reminder of our Winter version of this photo.
Dacschund on shoulder
As Mum and Dad were off to Shelley Point on Sunday we visited for lupper on Saturday this week. Bassie loves being carried on her grampa’s shoulder like this, as she’s then technically the tallest person in the room.
Dog on chair
Bertie was happy to sit on a comfy chair and watch his sister parade around on grampa.

Sunday, 24 January 2016: Breakfast at On the Rocks, sightseeing along the coast

On the Rocks, Blouberg
On Sunday morning we decided to breakfast at On the Rocks, right on the beachfront, where we had celebrated Dad’s birthday a few years ago. Note my slight sunburn from the day before.
French toast at On the Rocks
Here is my berry-and-ice cream French toast. Very yummy.
Breakfast pan at On the Rocks
Husband had the ‘breakfast pan’.
Old boats in Hout Bay
It was set to be an adventure/explore day, so off we headed for Hout Bay and walked all the way from the one harbour to the other.
Gull in Hout Bay
A solitary gull at the greeny sea.
Sea lions sleeping
Always most amusing to see the sea lions sprawled of their own accord on the ‘Seal Alert sea rescue’ boat.
Smelly seal in Hout Bay
This guy looked – and smelled – like he needed a bit of a rescue…
Camel at Imhoff Farm
Continuing on our road trip, we had to stop and pat the camels at Imhoff Farm.
Patting camel
Me doing the exact same thing.
Slangkop Lighthouse
Then we repeated the process at Slangkop Lighthouse. Here is Husband’s version…
Slangkop Lighthouse
And here is mine. Pretty as a picture!
Scarborough Cape Town sea.
Look at this absolutely ridiculous sea colour near Scarborough. No photo filters, promise.
Amstel at Dixies
Rounding out the trip we stopped at Dixies near Simon’s Town/Fish Hoek for a refreshment break. Here is Husband’s Amstel draught – I opted for a coffee shake.
Mexicana pizza at Dixies
We shared this Mexicana – completely doused in Tabasco sauce, of course.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016: Punjab Express

Chair in Punjab Express, Parklands
On Tuesday we stopped at the recently opened Punjab Express after work to try their tikka chicken. Was very tasty, and I loved this chair.

That’s all, folks! Look forward to Husband’s birthday celebrations in my next update. πŸ™‚


Pork belly-bacon benedict at Steenberg’s Bistro Sixteen82 and posing with Just Nuisance

Wowee. Second work week of the year done and dusted, and it feels like two months rather than two weeks since we were on leave. It’s a combination of intense heat, slow internet and sheer hard work. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have any highlights to share – view our latest batch below…

Saturday, 16 January 2016: Panama Jacks lunch, swimming in the icy Atlantic

Rolls at Panama Jacks
We do love lunching at Panama Jacks in the harbour. Always a treat to be served rolls before the food arrives…
Pasta at Panama Jacks
We each went with the fettuccini mains. Mine is the verde (green, R40) – asparagus, parmesan cheese, thin slivers of baby marrow. Husband had the marinara, (R50) with a mussel chowder starter (R25). He finished his, I had to bring mine home for dins!
Fettuccini at Panama Jacks
You’re not to admire my shiny forehead in this photo but just how well I twirled the fettuccini on my fork. Teehee.
Table Mountain seen from Blouberg
On the lazy ride home we had to stop at the beach. T’was like a postcard!
Swimming in the sea
And of course, Husband wasn’t content just to look at it. Here he is, frollicking in the waves.
Dog in plants
Much, much later, once the temperature had dropped a little, we took the doggies for a walk around the suburb. Bertie loves chasing things in the shrubs.

Sunday, 17 January 2016: Brunch at Steenberg’s Bistro Sixteen82

Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg Estate
On Sunday we woke late and couldn’t decide on a suitable spot to break our 12-hour fast. We eventually ended up at Steenberg Wine Estate and decided to treat ourselves to brunch at Bistro Sixteen82, known for its pork belly-bacon.
Bistro Sixteen82 chandelier
This colourful chandelier is quite something to see in person.
Flat white at Bistro Sixteen82.
Of course I started with a flat white. T’was delicious. Look at the gorgeous scenery behind me – all that green was very soothing on the eyes.
Honey brioche at Steenberg Estate's Bistro Sixteen82
What a lovely surprise. While waiting for our pork belly-bacon eggs benedicts, we were served hot, fresh honey brioche.
Oyster starter at Bistro Sixteen82
Of course Husband had an oyster starter. For breakfast…
Eggs benedict with pork belly-bacon
And then, the eggs benedict arrived. Oh. My. Goodness, was it delicious. The pork belly-bacon is amazing, the little tomatoes were steamy and the Hollandaise was just right. Plus they’re served on potato rosti instead of stodgy English muffins. At R72, that’s not bad at all!
Little boats in Simon's Town harbour
As we were already pretty far from home we decided to revisit Simon’s Town. These are some of the dinky little boats right at the harbour’s edge.
Just Nuisance statue in Simon's Town
Can’t visit Simon’s Town and miss taking a photo with the statue of Just Nuisance. Though he seems to have been moved somewhat since the last time we were there
Ice cream on the beach
Husband is one of the little ‘people dots’ floating in the sea. I sat on the beach with my book and a sugar cone instead.
Dog on chair
Bassie insisted on sitting on her Granny’s lap when we visited for lupper. Both grinned.
Onions on burger
As it was so hot, we had Do-It-Yourself burgers for dins. Husband placed his onion slices in pleasingly concentric circles on his patty.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016: Midweek sunset

I caught the very end of the sunset – much more spectacular in real life!

That’s all, folks. Sounds like we’re in for a spot of rain this weekend, will bring welcome relief from the incessant heat!

CT’s best salmon eggs benedict and cruising with ‘tyred’ sea lions

T’was the first week back at work in the Andrews household, but it was by no means slow-going. So busy were we that I forgot to bring home the computer connect-y cord on Friday, hence delay in publishing this.

See our highlights below…

Saturday, 9 January 2016: Company’s Garden breakfast, City SightSeeing CT Harbour Cruise

Cappuccino at Company's Garden
Nothing starts off the weekend better than a cappuccino/flat white. And the delicious biscotti on the side took it up a notch. This was at Company’s Garden. Last time we went their coffee machine was broken so I made do with a pot of tea. This time I was all too happy to get the caffeine I needed the way I wanted πŸ™‚
French toast at Company's garden
Of course there are lots of yummy things on the breakfast menu but as I know what a winner the French toast is, with crispy bacon, strawberries and creme fraiche, I stuck to what I love.
Salmon eggs benedict at Company's garden
For Husband, the salmon eggs benedict, which he confirms is the best he’s had in CT. The Hollandaise sauce is just the right creamy tangy consistency, the English muffin is toasted just so, and the salmon fresh fresh fresh.
Husband day care at Waterfront
Lol at this sign at the V&A Waterfront. We didn’t have to make use of the service luckily, but good to know it’s there!
Waterfront dry dock
We stopped at the dry dock to have a look at the boat waiting there. Amazing to think how heavy it must be.
Titanic exhibition at Waterfront
Tried his hand at being captain outside the Titanic exhibition. Prefers being a commander.
City Sightseeing Cape Town harbour tour
And then we took to the sea! We thoroughly enjoyed the City Sightseeing Cape Town sunset bus tour for Husband’s birthday last year (click here for a reminder), so when we saw their harbour cruise option is just R40 per person we ran across to the dock and hopped on. Fascinating tour around the Waterfront harbour and the red earphones means you get to hear a quick history of all the sights. Well worth it!
Sitting on City Sightseeing Cape Town harbour tour
T’was such a delightful ‘tourist in your own city’ thing to do.
Swooping seagulls at boats
Seagulls swooping down for food near the I&J warehouse.
Table Mountain seen from sea.
So very pretty. View from our furthest point out to sea before we turned around for the return trip.
Seal in Waterfront harbour
Those black things in the water are bits of sea lion. He was floating lazily on his back. But there were even more exhausted sea lions to be seen…
Seal in Wheel, Waterfront harbour
See? It seems we have an epidemic of lazy seals. This one is sleeping in a tyre – and the sight is so common that the CitySightseeing Cape Town audio commentary dubs him and his fellow sleepy sea lions ‘seals on wheels’.
Seal sleeping
Just look at that sleepy little face, deep in dreamland.

Sunday, 10 January 2016: Star Wars in iMax

Popcorn and Cola at the iMax in Cape Gate
Yip, you read that right – not content with merely starting the December vacation with a viewing of the latest Star Wars movie in 3D, the highlight of our final day of leave was watching it again – this time at Cape Gate in iMax – with these super enormous movie treats of Cola and popcorn.

Workweek highlights: Animal print on the bus and GetSmarter certification

Animal-print tops on MyCiti
T’was a long, tough week of acclimatising to the work day and deadlines again. The sight of two ladies in a row dressed in different animal-print tops made me smile once I finally got a seat on the bus trip home.
UCT GetSmarter SEO certificate
Tis official! A certificate from UCT and GetSmarter arrived as proof of my successful completion of their SEO short course. Husband says we’ll have to make space for it on the wall of smart πŸ™‚

That’s all, folks! Expect my next update within the week. Take it easy…

Slurping JHB’s priciest dessert milkshakes & seeing CT from the sky

We started 2016 with a bang – a messy,Β salted-caramel-cheesecake dessert milkshake-shaped bang, that is. See it and other highlights of the first week of the year below…

Friday, 1 January 2016: Monopoly braai at the parents

Lounge selfie
As it had been ages since ‘the gang‘ was all in one space at the same time, mother-in-law arranged a braai at theirs on New Year’s Day. Husband and I caught up on some lazing around in the lounge before everyone arrived… look at those frown lines!
To celebrate, mother-in-law made sangria. It went, fast.
Swimming with friends
The gang, all in/around the pool!
Lying on the lawn
Relaxing on the lawn between bouts of Monopoly and swimming.

Saturday, 2 January 2016: Joburg hail storm and dessert milkshakes

Hail in Joburg
Our big task for Saturday was braving the sudden hail storm and travelling to 4th Ave, Parkhurst to meet up with my bestie for amazing-sounding milkshakes. The expected hail storm hit with full force and we stopped for shelter, but were soon on our way again.
The salted caramel dessert shake at Craft
Folk were photographing milkshakes left, right and centre – and little wonder. Just look at it. There were layers of creme brulee inside, that’s a ginormous chunk of cheesecake on top, Rolos around it and the caramel sauce dripped everywhere, but it was most delicious. We slurped up every last drop, as it cost an eye-watering R95.
Milkshakes at Craft, Parkhurst
Michelle and Daryn had the fancy R46 shakes – hers was a Ferrero Rocher, his had swirls of marshmallow fluff.
This year’s attempt at ‘the friend photo’ was one of our best yet. Seems the guy at the table behind us agreed. πŸ™‚
Hot dog with cheese and bacon
We couldn’t just have a liquid lunch, so Husband and I also shared this cheese-and-bacon stuffed and wrapped hot dog with pink slaw. At R95 (yip, same as the shake) it’s one of the priciest, but also one of the best we’ve had.
Bellies full-to-bursting, we went for a stroll down the street. Parkhurst pups get special signs to read, teehee.
Later that afternoon we went on a quick sightseeing trip with father-in-law. We stopped to look at the Skybar bungee/rockclimbing effort that’s sprung up in the Fourways area.
Greek Sizzler dinner
That night we had a ‘family farewell’ dinner at Greek Sizzler in Banbury Cross, just up the street from the parents. Here’s a group shot the waiter took of us all.
Seafood platter
Husband spoiled himself with the R150 ‘platter for one’. He finished every last morsel on his plate.

Sunday, 3 January 2015: Gramps visit and flying home

Waffle at Silverstar
We started the day with breakfast at Vigour & Verve in the outdoor eating area at Silverstar Casino. The parents treated me to this enormous waffle topped with grilled bacon and banana, Husband went for a ‘full house’ omelette filled with chillies, cheese, mushrooms, bacon and more.
Water at Silverstar
We were so, so full we had a quick walk around the water to stretch out legs after brekkie.
Old-age home tea
The reason we went to Silverstar? It’s walking distance from the retirement home Husband’s Grampa lives in. You can see the four of them in the upper right of this photo – I was impressed by the teatime spread. But too full to sample any. Sob.
Final swim at the parents. Husband dragged me in, as you can tell from my face. So glad he did!
Mango plane at Lanseria airport
After our final swim in their pool we bade the parents farewell at Lanseria and trotted off to our flight home – it was delayed 20 minutes as an unidentified bag was added to the hold and had to be placed on the correct plane before take-off. Here is Husband trotting across the tarmac.
Clouds from plane window
A few minutes into the flight husband snapped this impressive anvil-shaped cloud.
Cape Town at sunset from Mango plane
Much, much later Husband woke me to this pretty sight – Cape Town at sunset. Home, sweet home!

Tuesday, 5 January 2016: Enjoying the pool

Inflatable pool
Monday was a day of adjusting back to the heat of Cape Town, so on Tuesday we spent much of the day in the pool. Mum and me having fun here.
Bassie showed off her latest ‘trick’ – balancing upright under Grampa’s chin. What a sweet little girl!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016: Colouring, baking and more

Adult colouring
Husband and dad played pool on Wednesday morning with dad’s regular team so mum and me spent the morning reading, colouring-in and baking.
Dog on couch
Poor Husband had a tummy bug much of this week – here he’s being comforted by Bassie.

Thursday, 7 January 2016: Local eggs ben and funny doggie poses

Eggs benedict with ham
On Thursday Husband was well enough to stomach some eggs ben – with ham at our local Village Cafe in West Coast Village.
Dog on couch
The doggies sprawled in the lounge with us under the fans for most of the day. Just like this.

Friday, 8 January 2015: Golf breakfast and windy beach

Espana at Burgundy Estate
We celebrated our last day of leave with breakfast at Espana at the Burgundy Estate Golf Course, then mum and I chatted while the boys played a quick 9 holes.
Flatbread breakfast at Espana
Mum had this interesting flat bread breakfast option.
Golfer breakfast at Espana
The rest of us had the prettily-painted Piquino/golfer’s breakfast – just enough to get you going for the day.
Kite surfers on Blouberg
We went to the beach later in the day to dip our toes. Note all the kite surfers to the left of Husband.

That’s all, folks. It’s back to work for both of us this coming week so expect lots of relaxation to take place this weekend! πŸ™‚

The Silvermine Elephant’s Eye hike, Toad in the Road pizza & seeing in 2016 in JHB

Before you go off and start your 2016 with a bang, scroll through our highlights of the past week, which includes our new ‘Boxing Day hike’ tradition (click here for a reminder of last year’s hike to the Woodstock Cave).

And even though I was working this week, there’s been a fair deal of excitement because if you’re perceptive, you’ll have noticed from the blog’s title that this week’s edition is coming to you live from our former hometown. It’s true, we’re in Joburg to spend some time with the in-laws and old friends – what a treat it’s been to see them again after many months by the sea with our little family. Bless…

Saturday, 26 December 2015: Boxing Day hike to Elephant’s Eye Cave in Silvermine, Toad in the Road’s pizza

Dog with chew toy
Look at that ‘Who, me?’ face. Bertie so loves his chewy rope toy his Granny & Grampa gave him for Christmas that he carries it around the house with him, from bed to lounge to outside and back.
Silvermine National Park
After a quick brekkie we set of for Silvermine National Park. It’s R45 per person to enter, but really beautiful with a few hiking paths to choose from as well as a large dam to picnic around. This is some of the scenery in the park.
Elephant's Eye
We found the beginning of the designated path and set off…
View of Muizenberg from lookout in Silvermine.
We stopped to observe the view from the Fireman’s Lookout, a few steps away from the cave. You can see all the way to Muizenberg from there.
Jumping in Elephant's Eye cave
The standard ‘jump up and touch the ceiling’ shot once we’d reached the Elephant’s Eye cave. That’s me, of course.
Greenery in Elephant's Eye cave
Scary selfie. Lots of greenery in the cave as water seeps through.
Silvermine Dam
After the hour-and-a-half or so hike we took a quick detour to see the much-talked about Silvermine Dam. It’s pretty and lots of picnickers were about.
Toad in the Road
Hike complete, we stopped at the Toad in the Road for a quick treat.
Beer moustache
Husband celebrated with a foamy moustache.
Josephine pizza at Toad in the Road
Our pizza, the Josephine, was worth the wait and R90 price tag. Thin, crispy base and topped with feta, bacon, avo and pepperdews.

Sunday, 27 December 2016: Black Bull brekkie and festive massages

Breakfast at the Black Bull
We noticed a few cars at the new local Black Bull steakhouse so stopped in to to try their breakfast. Here is Husband with his R24 special…
Syrupy French toast
I went for the ‘French toast’ kiddies’ option, drenched in syrup.
Thai massage
Pic is a little blurry as my muscles were so relaxed, teehee. Husband had booked us in for couple’s massage at the local Thai massage salon. We each had a full 45-minute back, neck and shoulders massage which actually covered everything from ear tips to toes and tiny people standing on our backs!

Monday, 28 January 2015: Crashing sea

Blouberg beach
Once I was done with work for the day we set out to see the sea. The wind was super strong and the tide was strong, so we just looked without getting in.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015: Tall agapanthus

Tall agapanthus
Have you ever seen an agapanthus as tall as a man? I have. These are in the parking lot of Sandown Retail Crossing.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015: Flying to Cape Town

Mango plane at Cape Town airport
Coupled with a 4.30am wake-time so I could get a few hours of work in before our 9.30am flight, we were full of excitement. Here we are sitting on the tarmac in Cape Town, about to head off…
Mango plane at Lanseria
An hour-and-forty minutes later we landed at Lanseria! A super-smooth flight despite turbulence warning as it was set to be 40’C in CT that day.
Light December lunch in South Africa
Once collected, the parents took us home where we unpacked. After a quick light bite to eat with Husband at the table outside I was back to work mode for a few hours.
Chinchilla in Johanesburg
When I was done for the day we went on a quick nostalgic trip past our old houses and to see some of our favourite sights. Look how sweet this fluffy chinchilla is, he was grinning back at me before Husband took this shot.
Dipping feet in pool
We headed back to the parents for a quick dip in the pool before setting off for Husband’s best friend’s house for a quick pizza dins.
Sitting on edge of pool
You can’t see the pool but we’re sitting on its edge here. Is so lovely.
Swimming in pool
Husband ‘having a time’ in the pool.
Friends at outside table
So good to see some of our favourite people!
Eating Italian Kisses
Proof that Husband ate a caramel Italian Kiss!

Thursday, 31 December 2015: My last work day and New Year’s Eve street braai 

Apple pie and Mega coffee at Wimpy
It was so hot on Thursday that I went swanning about in my cossie. This was a slice of apple pie with cream and a mega coffee at the local Wimpy.
Noodling around pool
Work done for the day I noodled around in the pool. Was pure bliss.
Suburban reindeer
That evening we were invited to a street braai in the complex where my brother-in-law lives – the very same unit we lived in when we first moved in together yonks ago. Note the neighbour’s white reindeer.
Meeting a ginger cat
Look who is often in our old unit 81 Fairbridge! This gorgeous little ginger boy is called Aladdin. He often visits my brother-in-law, who now lives in the housie.
Brothers and beer
The brothers, united!
New Years Wors
The first Weber-load of wors. About 17 of us had wors rolls, potato salad and more for our New Year’s Eve dins.
New Year's Eve braai
The Andrews four at the New Year’s Eve braai
New Year's Eve champers
Back at home just before midnight, we toasted 2016 with sparkling wine and watched some fireworks. Husband was in charge of popping the cork.

Friday, 1 January 2016: Happy New Year!

Iced coffee
T’was a humid day when we rose, so Husband made me a floral iced coffee to start the day. Delicious.
Tall Christmas trees
Husband examining just how much the ‘little trees we had for Christmas and then planted at the gate’ have grown.

That’s all, folks! We’re here for a few more days of catching up, then back to CT to our little ones and a final week of leave. Hope your batteries are recharged and that you’re ready to tackle 2016!