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Early morning dog walks, local rugby cheering and half-birthday curries

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

My short white chocolate-peppermint latte from Reload, Flamingo Square. Should have had a tall, it was delicious!
My short white chocolate-peppermint latte from Reload, Flamingo Square. Should have had a tall instead, it was delicious!
My fancy onion-and-herb breakfast bagel with aubergine, hummus, avo and more.
My fancy onion-and-herb breakfast bagel with aubergine, hummus, avo and more. Kept me going for most of the day.
Later that afternoon we ventured out for more food. Husband tried the burger-and-beer special at Beach Tavern, Woodbridge Island.
Later that afternoon we ventured out for more food. Husband tried the burger-and-beer special at Beach Tavern, Woodbridge Island, I had two of their bacon-and-cheese stuffed poppers, not pictured.
Little bit of rugby, lottle bit of cloud. Yes, that's now a word - lottle.
Little bit of rugby, lottle bit of cloud. Yes, that’s now a word – lottle. We watched Uni Mil win against Maitland on home ground at Theo Marais sports grounds.
Even our shadows came along to watch the fun on the field.
Even our shadows came along to watch the fun on the field.
Taking a local rugby selfie, as we do... that's a beer for Husband and a cappuccino for me.
Taking a local rugby selfie, as we do… that’s a beer for Husband and a cappuccino for me.

Sunday, 19 July 2015: Early morning dog walk, games arcade fun, milkshakes at the local Wimpy

Sunday dawned cold and misty - not that you can tell from Husband's attire - but we'd promised the doggies, so dog walk we did.
Sunday dawned cold and misty – not that you can tell from Husband’s attire – but we’d promised the doggies, so dog walk we did.
Doggies happily back home after their walkies, we headed out for breakfast - Here is Husband, sipping his Joe's Easy Diner Cola while I waited for my cappuccino to cool...
Doggies happily back home after their walkies, we headed out for breakfast – Here is Husband, sipping his Joe’s Easy Diner Cola while I waited for my cappuccino to cool…
Not something we do often, but fun to spend some time in the games arcade after breakfast. I liked the spider-tap dance game, Husband enjoyed riding a speedboat of sorts.
Not something we do often, but fun to spend some time in the games arcade after breakfast. I liked the spider-tap dance game, Husband enjoyed riding a speedboat of sorts. This is clearly a different game involving a ball and hoop.
Victorious! If you look closely you can just about make out all the tiny blue Fizzers I opted for with our winning tokens.
Victorious! If you look closely you can just about make out all the tiny blue Fizzers in my hand that I opted for in exchange for our winning tokens.
A coffee-Bar One milkshake at Bayside, much later that afternoon.
A coffee-Bar One milkshake at Bayside, much later that afternoon, once we’d done groceries and had a nap. We’re not as young as we look, you know…

Monday, 20 July 2015: Half-price curries for Husband’s half birthday

Pretty sky at sunset, taken from Eden on the Bay in Big Bay, where we popped in after work for a quick celebration.
Pretty sky at sunset, taken from Eden on the Bay in Big Bay, where we popped in after work for a quick celebration.
The precious half-birthday boy. Look at that curry. Mmm, especially good after a long Monday in the office.
The precious half-birthday boy. Look at that curry. Mmm, especially good after a long Monday in the office, from Inside, of course.
My latte was lovely.
My latte was lovely.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015: CEM Conference day 1 at the Cape Westin

My first time in the foyer of the Westin - the two-day conference I was attending was in the surprisingly large, surprisingly jam-packed (ham-packed? lol) 'B2' lower level.
My first time in the foyer of the Westin – the two-day conference I was attending was in the surprisingly large, surprisingly jam-packed (ham-packed? lol) ‘B2’ lower level.
Tea break at the CEM (Customer Experience Management) Africa Conference.
Tea break at the CEM (Customer Experience Management) Africa Conference.

Thursday, 23 July 2015: CEM Conference day 2 at the Cape Westin

On day two I had more time to take in my surroundings as had already registered for both days of conference, so I took in the floral arrangement.
On day two I had more time to take in my surroundings as had already registered for both days of conference, so I took in the floral arrangement.
Morning tea on day two - the choc-capped toadstool was a bullet of banana bread.
Morning tea on day two – the choc-capped toadstool was a bullet of banana bread.

But wait, there’s more:

For a reminder of my blog post detailing our first live viewing of Uni Mil playing rugby, click here.

Don’t forget we also watched the Stormers run to victory at Newlands a few weeks ago.

And if you’re a new reader scratching you head in confusion about this ‘half birthday’ thing, read this.

That’s all, folks! πŸ™‚ Until next week…

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Why I drink hot drinks and celebrate half birthdays

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’sΒ a caffeine addiction, as I can get by just fine on decaf… as long as my first liquid intake of the day is coffee. UltimatelyΒ 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 fromΒ a freshly brewed, prettily cupped cuppa joe.Β 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,Β coal collecting in Blouberg, scones at the nursery

Lush green setting at Hillcrest Estate in Durbanville. Bright white sky was blinding and sunnies were atop my head instead of protecting sensitive eyes, hence funny expression on face
Lush green setting at Hillcrest Estate in Durbanville. Bright white sky was blinding and sunnies were atop my head instead of protecting sensitive eyes, hence funny expression on face
Hot drink! Delicious cappuccino with complimentary cookie to start the weekend on the right note
Hot drink! Delicious cappuccino with complimentary cookie to start the weekend on the right note
Excited for flapjack stack with bacon, banana, grated cheese and berries. The cappuccino was not yet sipped, hence me still looking very tired
Excited for flapjack stack with bacon, banana, grated cheese and berries. The cappuccino was not yet sipped, hence me still looking very tired
Saucing up his breakfast pita
Saucing up his breakfast pita
Diane and Chris marvelling at the pics of the ghostie we captured on camera a few weeks ago. Not pictured? Hot drink! (Hot chocolate) at the Brazenhead
Diane and Chris marvelling at the pics of the ghostie we captured on camera a few weeks ago. Not pictured? Hot drink! (Hot chocolate) at the Brazenhead
Grey mountain at high tide
Grey mountain at high tide
Solitary seagull walking along the water's edge
Solitary seagull walking along the water’s edge
Hot drink! We popped in at Stark Ayres nursery for the 'scones and hot chocolate' special - all this for R30. Lovely flecks of vanilla in the tub of cream meant for scone-smearing
Hot drink! We popped in at Stark Ayres nursery for the ‘scones and hot chocolate’ special – all this for R30. Lovely flecks of vanilla in the tub of cream meant for scone-smearing
Bassie and mommy sitting by the fire
Bassie and mommy sitting by the fire

Sunday, 20 July: Breakfast at Inside, Eden on the Bay, dog walks on the beach and half-birthday celebrations

Hot drink! Pot of tea with my breakfast at Inside
Hot drink! Pot of tea with my breakfast at Inside
Sipping on his half birthday breakfast Coke, as you do
Sipping on his half birthday breakfast Coke, as you do
Hot drink! This time a vanilla cappuccino from the Nescafe machine in the Pick n Pay at Eden on the Bay.
Hot drink! This time a vanilla cappuccino from the Nescafe machine in the Pick n Pay at Eden on the Bay.
Bertie gave mommy a big lick while Bassie waited for her turn
Bertie gave mommy a big lick while Bassie waited for her turn
The look I was given before my lap was jumped on
The look I was given before my lap was jumped on
Then Bassie gave mommy big licks too
Then Bassie gave mommy big licks too
Bassie trotting ahead of me on the beach
Bassie trotting ahead of me on the beach
Bertie pulling his dad along the mussel-strewn sand to bark at assorted sea birds
Bertie pulling his dad along the mussel-strewn sand to bark at assorted sea birds
THAT's the sand-speckled face of a very happy little dog who has just had a long walk on the beach. Note her brother behind her with his head out the window, barking at all and sundry
THAT’s the sand-speckled face of a very happy little dog who has just had a long walk on the beach. Note her brother behind her with his head out the window, barking at all and sundry
Miss Bassie wrapped in a towel - still grinning as wide as she can
Miss Bassie wrapped in a towel – still grinning as wide as she can
Half birthday cake! A full carrot ring and some mini carrot cakes all made by mum, so you know they were delicious. Not pictured? HOT DRINKS!
Half birthday cake! A full carrot ring and some mini carrot cakes all made by mum, so you know they were delicious. Not pictured? HOT DRINKS!
The half-birthday boy - note the birthday hat at his place at the table and Kinder Surprise egg in hand - his first ever
The half-birthday boy – note the birthday hat at his place at the table and Kinder Surprise egg in hand – his first ever
Kisses for the (half) birthday boy
Kisses for the (half) birthday boy
Tolerating more half birthday kisses
Tolerating more half birthday kisses
Pretty pink clouds behind a palm tree
Pretty pink clouds behind a palm tree

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…

Landlubbers celebrating the great Cape outdoors by boat, foot and bus

Ahoy, me mateys! πŸ™‚ 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.

Rowing us out into the deep blue (grey) sea! Note how wet his shirt is, and also dimple that only shows when Very Happy
Rowing us out into the deep blue (grey) sea! Note how wet his shirt is, and also dimple that only shows when Very Happy
I was there too - smiling, but cold and wet. Note wooly hat and shiny arm - that's because I was completely drenched
I was there too – smiling, but cold and wet. Note wooly hat and shiny arm – that’s because I was completely drenched
This is the life: Fishing! On the sea! We only caught more sea this time, alas
This is the life: Fishing! On the sea! We only caught more sea this time, alas

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:

Very Excited doggies exploring at McPherson's. Note how each is wanting to go in a different direction.
Very Excited doggies exploring at McPherson’s. Note how each is wanting to go in a different direction.
Wild lilies grow along the edges
Wild lilies grow along the edges
Sweet little dog and I happy to be out and about. Am wearing wellies to keep feet dry.She's happy hers are very muddy
Sweet little dog and I happy to be out and about. Am wearing wellies to keep feet dry. She’s happy hers are very muddy

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…

Such pretty, quirky outdoor furniture at Kloof Street House
Such pretty, quirky outdoor furniture at Kloof Street House
Charming entrance to Kloof Street House
Charming entrance to Kloof Street House
Excuse the frizzy hair, focus on the gorgeous Eggs Benedict with parma ham on a Hollandaise-sauce coloured plate. Mmm!
Excuse the frizzy hair, focus on the gorgeous Eggs Benedict with parma ham on a Hollandaise-sauce coloured plate. Mmm!
Yay brunch! Hidden under the mound of rocket was a delicious prawn, chilli and avo omelette
Yay brunch! Hidden under the mound of rocket was a delicious prawn, chilli and avo omelette

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…

Bertie napping with his dad
Bertie napping with his dad
Watching the bikes zoom around the track at Killarney - this greenie was the winner of the race we watched
Watching the bikes zoom around the track at Killarney – this greenie was the winner of the race we watched
My favourite weekend treat - Vanilla Coke and Millionaire's Shortbread Wonka Bar
My favourite weekend treat – Vanilla Coke and Millionaire’s Shortbread Wonka Bar

Looks like this weekend’s set to be another cold one so keep warm, kids!

Letting Cape Town’s best kept secret out the bag…

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 of course, this winter wonderland is when all the whimsical ‘winter specials’ come into play that are long forgotten when the December hoards grace our lovely seaside towns – when it comes to Blouberg beachfront alone there’s two for 1 sushi and more on offer at Catch22half-price pizza all day on Monday at Col Cacchios in Big Bay (click here for a reminder of how much I love this special)… and the list goes on, stretching as far afield as Stellenbosch if you’re so inclined.

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.

Sun-dappled head of my dear, sweet girl in the car on the way to the beach
Sun-dappled head of my dear, sweet girl in the car on the way to the beach
Doggies running up the beach path ahead of their dad
Doggies running up the beach path ahead of their dad
And run they did! If you squinch up your eyes you can JUST make out a little doggy-shaped dot on either side of hubby in this sunny shot
And run they did! If you squinch up your eyes you can JUST make out a little doggy-shaped dot on either side of hubby in this sunny shot
Bassie baby noticed I hadn't kept up the frantic jog so turned back to keep me company
Bassie baby noticed I hadn’t kept up the frantic jog so turned back to keep me company
Later that day - a beer on the sun-drenched patio of the Big Barrel pub at Mountain View Farm, while the crowds cheered on SA vs. Wales rugby inside
Later that day – a beer on the sun-drenched patio of the Big Barrel pub at Mountain View Farm, while the crowds cheered on SA vs. Wales rugby inside
Later still - soaking up more sunshine at the lovely outdoor eating bit of our local Food Lover's Market in Sunningdale - had a delicious nut-brittle type slice of cheese cake and pot of spicy cinnamon tea. Divine weekend treat.
Later still – soaking up more sunshine at the lovely outdoor eating bit of our local Food Lover’s Market in Sunningdale – had a delicious nut-brittle type slice of cheese cake and pot of spicy cinnamon tea. Divine weekend treat.
Even the plain white teapot was positively glowing with sunny goodness - probably because of the hot liquid sunshine it held. Silken teabags are always a win
Even the plain white teapot was positively glowing with sunny goodness – probably because of the hot liquid sunshine it held. Silken teabags are always a win
Sunday dawned even warmer than Saturday, if possible - here is the friendly local cat at McPherson's Garden Centre, where we tried out the Sunday lunch special
Sunday dawned even warmer than Saturday, if possible – here is the friendly local cat at McPherson’s Garden Centre, where we tried out the Sunday lunch special
Not sure of his real name, but I've named the cat 'Furry McPherson' because he lives at McPhersons :) He reluctantly hopped off the bench when our food arrived
Not sure of his real name, but I’ve named the cat ‘Furry McPherson’ because he lives at McPhersons πŸ™‚ He reluctantly hopped off the bench when our food arrived
See what a wonderful view we had? Hard not to relax when there's such a picturesque sight on offer
See what a wonderful view we had? Hard not to relax when there’s such a picturesque sight on offer
And then the food came! I am always at my most excited in food pics - this plate of 3 meats, rice and veg was R59, but that's not all...
And then the food came! I am always at my most excited in food pics – this plate of 3 meats, rice and veg was R59, but that’s not all…
The price also included this tasty block of malva pudding and creamy vanilla ice-cream drenched in custard. Tabasco sauce an optional extra
The price also included this tasty block of malva pudding and creamy vanilla ice-cream drenched in custard. Tabasco sauce an optional extra
Bassie sat proudly on her Grampa's knee that afternoon as they told each other about their recent walks
Bassie sat proudly on her Grampa’s knee that afternoon as they told each other about their recent walks
And later still we collected coal from the beach. Yip, that's genuine coal washed up with all the mussel shells, perfect in the fireplace... makes the house smell like a steam-train
And later still we collected coal from the beach. Yip, that’s genuine coal washed up with all the mussel shells, perfect in the fireplace… makes the house smell like a steam-train
A very curious seagull followed me along the beach as I added more coal to our collection
A very curious seagull followed me along the beach as I added more coal to our collection

See? Winter in Cape Town’s really not about gloomy grey skies and rainy moods. Well, not all the time.

Father’s Day 2014: Birdy breakfasts, baked camembert and Godzilla

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 wheelΒ 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…

First up - a dog walk on the beach. Little Bassie looks even smaller roaming an empty beach. She steers clear of the water
First up – a dog walk on the beach. Little Bassie looks even smaller roaming an empty beach. She steers clear of the water
Bertiekins, on the other hand, must have 'Adult Supervision' at all times as he gets Very Excited. Here he is seeing the sea
Bertiekins, on the other hand, must have ‘Adult Supervision’ at all times as he gets Very Excited. Here he is seeing the sea
And a few minutes later he was in it. As one does, if one is a dog.
And a few minutes later he was in it. As one does, if one is a dog.
With the dogs walked and safely deposited back home, Husband met my parents for lunch at Col Cacchio in Big Bay, which has a half-price pizza lunchtime special. I was such a jealousy custard that he promised to take me there on Monday. And also got me 'Chirese' take aways for dins that night. Chirese being how you say 'Chinese' with a Chinese accent, of course.
With the dogs walked and safely deposited back home, Husband met my parents for lunch at Col Cacchio in Big Bay, which has a half-price pizza lunchtime special. I was such a jealousy custard that he promised to take me there on Monday. And also got me ‘Chirese’ take aways for dins that night. Chirese being how you say ‘Chinese’ with a Chinese accent, of course.
We ventured out in the rain on Saturday between admin type chores for breakfast at  McPhersons garden centre. The weather was foul/'fowl'. Aptly, here is a chicken contemplating new pots for his/her garden
We ventured out in the rain on Saturday between admin type chores for breakfast at McPhersons garden centre. The weather was foul/’fowl’. Aptly, here is a chicken contemplating new pots for his/her garden
More birdies! These curious geese stuck outside in the rain were Very Interested in us and kept tapping their beaks against the window to attract our attention
More birdies! These curious geese stuck outside in the rain were Very Interested in us and kept tapping their beaks against the window to attract our attention
Finally able to join in the long weekend festivities, this is me Very Excited about my toasted bacon, feta and avo with wedges at McPherson's on Saturday morning
Finally able to join in the long weekend festivities, this is me Very Excited about my toasted bacon, feta and avo with wedges at McPherson’s on Saturday morning
And the birdy theme even continued after breakfast. Husband saw this lilac balloon owlie and next thing it was mine. It is watching me type this, asking 'Who, who?' (Not really but it would if it could)
And the birdy theme even continued after breakfast. Husband saw this lilac balloon owlie and next thing it was mine. It is watching me type this, asking ‘Who, who?’ (Not really but it would if it could)
Husband having a much-needed banana milkshake (large) at Wimpy Bayside later that day
Husband having a much-needed banana milkshake (large) at Wimpy Bayside later that day
Bassie baby neatly munching her rib bones from Granny on Sunday
Bassie baby neatly munching her rib bones from Granny on Sunday
Bertie boy making more of a mess with his - he likes to remove each one from the bowl and eat it off the floor
Bertie boy making more of a mess with his – he likes to remove each one from the bowl and eat it off the floor
The girls having Father's Day brunch - me, mum and Bassie in this photo in front of my Wall of Weird, with some of the brunch we munched
The girls having Father’s Day brunch – me, mum and Bassie in this photo in front of my Wall of Weird, with some of the brunch we munched
Baked camembert with figs, syrup, crushed Crunchie and toasted nuts. Quite spectacular
Baked camembert with figs, syrup, crushed Crunchie and toasted nuts. Quite spectacular
Bertie snuggled between his bescarfed granny and mom
Bertie snuggled between his bescarfed granny and mom
Me with the nicest, kindest, sweetest dad a girl could ask for.
Me with the nicest, kindest, sweetest dad a girl could ask for.
Husband getting cuddles from his own little girl
Husband getting cuddles from his own little girl
Monday! Promise fulfilled! Husband took me to Col Cacchio - that's a Very Delicious Bar One milkshake
Monday! Promise fulfilled! Husband took me to Col Cacchio – that’s a Very Delicious Bar One milkshake
Pizzas! Husband had a half-half effort (ribs on one half, butter chicken on the other) while mine was my favourite, Nacho Libre - jerk chicken, avo (well, guacamole really) and sour cream.
Pizzas! Husband had a half-half effort (ribs on one half, butter chicken on the other) while mine was my favourite, Nacho Libre – jerk chicken, avo (well, guacamole really) and sour cream.
As a belated Father's Day present, grubby puppy coins paid for us to watch Godzilla at the cinemas. Here is Husband examining the Transformers scary poster thing and looking suitably, um, scared.
As a belated Father’s Day present, grubby puppy coins paid for us to watch Godzilla at the cinemas. Here is Husband examining the Transformers scary poster thing and looking suitably, um, scared.

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. πŸ™‚