Early morning dog walks are best undertaken in Summer, when the sun is up before 6am – unlike Winter, where it’s often still dark and foggy come 8am. Nevertheless early morning dog walk we did, this past weekend. In addition to other things, as you’ll see below…
Saturday, 18 July 2015: Fancy coffee, local rugby cheering
Sunday, 19 July 2015: Early morning dog walk, games arcade fun, milkshakes at the local Wimpy
Monday, 20 July 2015: Half-price curries for Husband’s half birthday
Wednesday, 22 July 2015: CEM Conference day 1 at the Cape Westin
Thursday, 23 July 2015: CEM Conference day 2 at the Cape Westin
But wait, there’s more:
For a reminder of my blog post detailing our first live viewing of Uni Mil playing rugby, click here.
Nothing warms frosty fingers more than spreading them around a hot cup. And my fingers have been more than a little frosty lately. So while it’s no secret that I love coffee, any hot drink will do at the moment. And not just for instant heat. See, even on the steamiest day you’ll find me pouring vast quantities of hot liquid down my gullet. I wouldn’t say it’s a caffeine addiction, as I can get by just fine on decaf… as long as my first liquid intake of the day is coffee. Ultimately it boils down to the fact that the day hasn’t really started until I’ve had at least one cuppa. Wise folk always comment that you’ll never be truly happy until you learn to appreciate the small things in life, and while they’re usually referring to things that are free, there’s no denying the satisfaction of breathing deeply from a freshly brewed, prettily cupped cuppa joe. That’s why I had cup after cup last weekend and they sure did make me happy, as you’ll see below.
But don’t fool yourself into thinking the fun stopped there, as Sunday was also Husband’s half birthday! Here’s a reminder of why we celebrate half birthdays in our household, and some snaps of the day…
Saturday, 19 July: Breakfast at Hillcrest Estate, drinks at Brazenhead in Big Bay, coal collecting in Blouberg, scones at the nursery
Sunday, 20 July: Breakfast at Inside, Eden on the Bay, dog walks on the beach and half-birthday celebrations
That’s all for now, folks. I’m currently enjoying a mid-week ‘staycation’, so stay posted as I’m sure to put up some pics of my favourite moments from this week soon…
Ahoy, me mateys! 🙂 Yes, I’ve turned to Pirate Speak. Argh. Shiver me timbers (Alas, that’s all the Pirate Speak I know. If you have a few more catch phrases up your sleeve, please share with me so I can impress others when next I have a parrot on my shoulder.)
The reason for my twist to all things sea-wordy is because we were sea-worthy this past weekend. See, Husband has decided he is a budding fisherman. As such, we renewed his fishing licence (you can do so at your local Post Office), stocked up the inflatable boat with all sorts of fishing apparel (poles, boxes, hats, hooks, soggy bread and the like) and headed out to the open waters just in front of the Blue Peter in Big Bay. Because we do love to be beside the seaside. See below.
But the fun didn’t end there, oh no. We also took the doggies for a lovely long walk (bark in the park) in the marshy wonderland they’d not yet explored near McPhersons of the ‘Sunday lunch special’ I recently wrote about:
Then, just so I don’t disappoint all the foodie fanatics asking “Where are my weekly food pics?”, here you go: we bussed into town on Sunday morning and had a fancy brunch at Kloof Street House on Sunday. Not cheap by a long shot but worth most of the pennies as it’s a rather unusual venue with lots of nooks and crannies to explore while you wait for your gastronomic extravaganza to appear…
And of course that’s not even half of how we spent the weekend. We also napped with the doggies, watched some big bikes going around the track at Killarney Race track and snacked on imported goods from the UK Emporium. Amongst other things…
Looks like this weekend’s set to be another cold one so keep warm, kids!
When you first mention that you live in/are moving to the Western Cape, folk-not-from-these-parts treat you with suspicion. They’ll always end a grudging comment on the sunny summers with something along the lines of “But the winters? No thanks. The wind howls and it doesn’t stop raining for months and months and months…”
Truth is, they’re wrong. I’ve only lived in Cape Town a few fingers’ and toes’ worth of months now but I know Capetonians are excellent secret-keepers. Because the ‘months and months and months’ of solid rain and howling wind those folk from ‘Up North’ speak of? It’s more like a few days here and there. Broken by days of the most wondrous blue skies, sparkling seas and light breezes of excitement and hope that blow away any grey-thought cobwebs still hanging around.
This past weekend was one such weekend. The kind you think of when you hear the lyrics to ‘June Afternoon’ by Roxette (that’s pretty old school, I know). It was the “Wah wah, here comes the sun, playing in the park, never getting dark…” kind, with the magical sunset glow adding a special filter to everything. (I wasn’t the only one to think so – click here for proof).
And so, frolic in the winter sunshine we did. You’ll see there’s a natural sunny ‘haze’ in most of these photos, that’s what I’m talking about – sometimes a picture really is better than a thousand words when describing something.
See? Winter in Cape Town’s really not about gloomy grey skies and rainy moods. Well, not all the time.
I think it was AA Milne’s Winnie The Pooh books that first introduced me to the technique of capitalising non-naming words (especially if ‘Very’ is involved) for emphasis. And it’s time to put those sad capitals that lie around waiting for the beginning of a sentence or an important person to show up to use, as it’s been a Very Busy Week.
But finally I’ve squeezed in time to blog about last weekend. It was a wonderful one all round as it encompassed Father’s Day and the Youth Day public holiday, so we had three days of relaxing, resting and relishing good food while the weather stayed wet and blustery. We even put to use the lovely big camembert cheese wheel my minion recently gifted me with. Yay! As if that’s not enough, Husband took off the two days leading up to the long weekend, so he actually had a jealousy-inducing five-day stretch off of work.
And jealousy-inducing things he/we did. Here are a few of my favourites…
That’s all for now, folks – next weekend is so close you can almost smell it. As Winnie the Poor would say, that’s Very Good indeed. 🙂