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My 32nd birthday brunches, fancy dins, sriracha splashes & design delights

Yes, I’m 32 now. Yes, I had a wonderful day and yes, I feel old and even though I had the day off work, it’s been a very long week. Maybe some of the pics below will help explain why…

Saturday, 13 February 2016: Frittatas, waffles and pulled pork burgers

Flat white at La Rocca
Saturday dawned bright and early, and we had plans to breakfast with mum and dad. And breakfast we did, at La Rocca in Canal Walk. This was dad’s super-strong flat white. I had the regular-strength version.
Frittata at La Rocca
Mum was thrilled with her frittata – t’was so large Husband had to help her finish.
Waffles at La Rocca
Dad and I chose waffles. That’s his Bananarama on the left, and my Rocky Road on the right. Both finished every mouthful!
Draught at Pitmasters, Woodbridge Island
Later that afternoon we headed out to Pitmasters on Woodbridge Island. Husband had a draught, as he does…
Pulled pork burger at Pitmasters Woodbrdge Island
We shared a pulled pork burger and fries drenched in sriracha sauce. This is all that was left by the time I remembered to snap a shot.
Cloud on Table Mountain
T’was a misty, cloudy day. This is the view from Woodbridge Island that afternoon, with Table Mountain hidden by cloud.

Sunday, 14 February 2016: Non-Valentine’s Valentine’s Day

Breakfast at Cafeen
We don’t do Valentine’s Day like the rest of the world as it’s my birthday the very next day – but that doesn’t mean we miss out on all the lovey-dovey things. As we were heading to Newlands to fill up water bottles at the natural spring there, we breakfasted at nearby Cafeen. Husband had this lovely breakfast.
French toast at Cafeen
This is what my French toast looked like once I’d smeared on lemon curd, grilled banana, bacon, syrup and cinnamon-sugar. Very yum.
Creme brulee latte at Cafeen
It’s not often that Husband goes for a coffee, so I snapped him sipping on his creme brulee latte as proof that it happened.
Cat at Cafeen
The Cafeen cats were a big attraction to all the kiddies seated with their families – we couldn’t resist either, as they were very sweet and wound their tails around our chair legs.
Valentine's table
The non-Valentine’s-y table Mum set for lupper that afternoon.
Hearts on tiramisu
And the very Valentine’s-y tiramisu she created. It was amazing.

Monday, 15 February 2016: My 32nd birthday

Birthday morning coffee
I’d taken the day off work but Husband did not – at least he made me a cuppa coffee to get the day off to a good start before he left, in this pretty new mug. The doggies were interested.
Ants in cup
Mum had the spicy orange rooibos, which came with the ‘ant crawler’ tea cup set I so enjoy.
French toast at Company's Garden
Dad and I both opted for the banana-bread French toast, with bacon, strawberries and syrup. Delicious.
Table Mountain
Once Husband got home that eve we set off for my birthday dins at Catch 22. You can just see Table Mountain showing off through the plastic window beside him.
Gingerbread latte at Catch22
As I so enjoyed their gingerbread milkshake last time we visited, I knew I would love the gingerbread latte. It was possibly the best coffee drink ever.
Solo platter at Catch 22
We had the jalapeno poppers starter to share, then I went for the burger topped with bacon and cheese, while Husband conquered this solo platter with a baked potato on the side.
Birthday hat
We headed home after a quick beach walk and just remembered to take the standard ‘birthday-hatted kiss on cheek’ photo – forgot about Husband’s one this year, oops ๐Ÿ™‚

Workweek highlights

Cupcakes from Charly's Bakery
On Tuesday, one of my favourite PR agencies arranged a ‘Charly’s Bakery drop-off’ – personalised cupcakes! SO pretty, and they tasted amazing.
Chinese guava
Have you ever seen a Chinese guava? My colleague brought these in to work as they grow on her tree. Look at how little it is. Tastes just like the regular, pinker version I’m used to.
Design Indaba 2016
And then, Thursday was my day to attend Design Indaba. There was so much to take in, as always. Click here if you missed my coverage.
Artscape Design Indaba
The Artscape theatre was decked out with all sorts of design goodies.
Design Indaba tag
This year’s delegate tag and bag.
Wood seat at Design Indaba
Simple. Complex. Beautiful.
Woolworths sorbet
Afternoon tea at Design Indaba is usually a surprise/pop-up experience of sorts. This year I dressed my sample of Woolworth’s sriracha sorbet (orange) with sriracha drizzle and lime sherbet, while the pink rose sorbet got rose jelly cubes and coconut marshmallow blobs.
Ratanga Junction footprints
On Friday I attended an event at the new Century City Conference Centre, which is right by Ratanga Junction. Hadn’t noticed these cute ‘follow me footprints’ the last time we visited.

And that’s all, folks! We’ve finally had a spot of rain in Cape Town and I have the most dreadful head cold at the moment, so expect the next update to be focused on relaxing and doing things indoors…

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Sleepy doggies, pre-birthday cruffins & messy monster shakes

“Hello, I’m Rambling Litchi and I have a milkshake addiction.”

That’s probably no surprise if you’ve been following my blog over the past 4 years ๐Ÿ™‚ And if you follow me on the social medias, you’ll likely have already seen the amazing milkshake my parents treated me to as a pre-birthday surpriseย earlier today. T’was such a monster that it came topped with its own ice-cream cone and donut fritter balanced on top. It’s definitely up in the top three of my ‘super large’ milkshake experiences – click here for a reminder of the salted caramel-cheesecake dessert version we tried at Craft in Parktown earlier this year, and here to see the chocolatey brownie deliciousness at My Sugar in Sea Point. As it’s my birthday weekend (yes, that’s why I’m on leave) I predict another sweet treat or two will make an appearance in next week’s blog.

But for now, here are the past week’s highlights…

Saturday, 6 February 2016: Sleepy doggies, Village Square brekkie

Sleepy dogs
My littles looked so sleepy when we woke on Saturday morning I had to snap their sweetness.
Dogs on bed
Awww. So cute we smooshed them together for hugs. They didn’t protest too much.
Cappuccino at Village Square Cafe
I was fairly sleepy myself so needed to get coffee down my gullet, stat. One of the closest options was Village Place Cafe in West Coast Village – it’s technically walking distance but we went by car as had to do groceries and the like thereafter. This was a delicious cappuccino with toffee flavouring. And of course a little heart-shaped shortbread nugget in the saucer to make me smile.
Salmon eggs benedict at Village Place
For Husband – the salmon eggs ben, and a large Cola. Kept him full for most of the day.
Muesli jar at Village Place Cafe
For me, the granola, berry, banana jar – with a bowl to toss it all into and mix properly.
Motorbike suspended from ceiling
Husband suspended the bike from the garage ceiling to get off the front wheel so we could replace the wheel bearings. Quite the mission!

Sunday, 7 February 2016: Wimpy brekkie, Catch 22 drinks and doggie photo fail

Wimpy breakfast
This was my Sunday breakfast – Wimpy mega coffee and toasted cheese on a stick. I think I ended up with more chips than toast on the plate!
Gingerbread milkshake at Catch22
Yes yes, another milkshake. Shhh. This was the gingerbread version at Catch22, a treat for spending a good few hours on Husband’s web dev stuff earlier in the day.
Long Island Ice Tea at Catch22
For Husband, a Long Island Ice Tea – they no longer make the Robben Island version that came with vanilla Coke/toffee liqueur flavour. Sob.
Dogs in car
The doggies were VERY excited to get to their Granny’s house later that evening. Bertie hardly ever climbs onto my lap like this and just look at Miss Bassie tilting her head out the window!
Dogs on couch
The doggies were sitting so nicely on the couch when we got home, just like little bookends, so Husband tried to snap the three of us. Of course Bertie jumped up right then to look out the doggie door and Bassie decided to sneak away. Sigh…

Midweek work highlights

Bowl and cushions.
On Wednesday a colleague and I took a little road trip for a meeting. This is the pretty reception area at Primedia Broadcasting in Sea Point. Loved all the bright colours.
Croissant at work
Thursday was a busier day than usual as I knew I’d be off Friday and Monday. It was also the day my trusty box of oats ran empty, so I trotted downstairs to the coffee shop for this chocolatey croissant, stat as we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Dangerously good at just R12…

Friday, 12 February 2016: Monster milkshakes at Festive Underground Eatery (FUE) in Marine Circle

Dogs on back of couch
Finally, the day of my birthday long weekend leave had arrived! Unfortunately Husband had to head off to the office, but I was still most entertained – mainly by my funny doggies who sat on the back of the couch just like cats for a good half hour or so after Husband left. Look at them being all nonchalant as though they’re saying: “Yes mommy, this is what we do all day when you’re at work”.
Lemon curd cruffin
Soon thereafter the parents arrived with treats for the doggies and an early birthday present for me (a new computer connecty cord so I no longer have to delay the weekly blog update, lol!) We set off for the Festive Underground Eatery that’s only open during the week. Dad was most intrigued by the sound of a ‘cruffin’ (it’s a croissant-muffin, much like the doughsant/cronut I tried at Jason Bakery last Winter.) This one had lemon curd filling and was warm and fresh. We shared it between the three of us.
Monster milkshake at FUE
They warned us. “It’s 1,3 litres”, said our waiter. “It costs R72”, said the chalkboard menu. And still we ordered them. This was Dad’s banana-peanut butter bomb version, topped with caramel popcorn, a fresh sweet fritter and a full icecream cone, filled with ice cream, upended on top. Look at how happy he is ๐Ÿ™‚
Milkshake at FUE
Mom was smart. She ordered the ‘small’ version – chocolate peppermint Aero flavour.
Cocopine milkshake
You can see my cocopine version’s little ice cream cone hat here and piece of passion-fruity pie. Somehow we managed them. All delicious. All highly recommended. I will try their berry blast and coffee flavours at some stage…
Ice cream in milkshake
Yes yes, ice cream is a core component of milkshake, but this here is literally a full ice cream cone to pull out of the shake and eat before continuing with the milkshake slurping. What will they think of next?!
Panda dog
This is Panda, the very friendly doggy one of FUE’s regulars brought with on his breakfast run.
Dog in coffee shop
Mom loved Panda. Panda loved Mom. So much that he came and gazed adoringly at her – or at the milkshake/ice cream.
Mirrors in FUE
Love that the mirrors on the wall mean you can see exactly where Dad stood to capture this snap.

I am still full. Probably no more milkshakes for me this weekend… but never say never.

That’s all, folks. Happy Valentine’s weekend โค

Husband’s 35th birthday cocktails, night bus trips and dog walks to survive the loadshedding

I know, I know. Hanging head in shame as am a few days late with this blog update. The reason? We misplaced the connecty cable that’s the easiest way to transfer photos across, and it would have been too labour-intensive to email or Bluetooth the pics across as I cut down my selection from 118 options to around 35. 35 being a special number as Husband celebrated his 35th birthday this week! ๐Ÿ™‚ And so, without further ado, I present to you my highlights of the past two weeks…

Saturday, 24 January 2015: Discovering what’s really worth ordering when breakfasting at Mugg & Bean

Breakfast at Mugg & Bean, Bayside. Note suitable biscuit in saucer and shape in cappuccino froth. I also chose the 'easy cappuccino' which is a little milkier than the strong standard. T'was just right.
Breakfast at Mugg & Bean, Bayside. Note suitable biscuit in saucer and shape in cappuccino froth. I also chose the ‘easy cappuccino’ which is a little milkier than the strong standard. T’was just right.
The whole point of this breakfast excursion was to try the Mugg & Bean eggs benedict, advertised with the 'true generosity' tagline. See here, Husband wasn't overly impressed. He said it was "tasty but not very filling and not good value for money."
The whole point of this breakfast excursion was to try the Mugg & Bean eggs benedict, advertised with the ‘true generosity’ tagline. See here, Husband wasn’t overly impressed. He said it was “tasty but not very filling and not good value for money.”
Luckily, my choc-chip flapjack stack WAS good value for money - could not finish so about half of this went into a take-away box and I finished it that afternoon for tea.
Luckily, my choc-chip flapjack stack WAS good value for money – could not finish so about half of this went into a take-away box and I finished it that afternoon for tea.

Sunday, 25 January 2015:ย Cheaper lunch options

For his Sunday brunch, Husband had a wors roll from the stand at our local Builder's Warehouse. Look at all the different colours of sauce on it!
For his Sunday brunch, Husband had a wors roll from the stand at our local Builder’s Warehouse. Look at all the different colours of sauce on it!
I went for my KFC favourite - a box of dunked wings (they're deliciously coated in sesame seeds and a spicy honey soy sauce), with a very berry krusher. All this for less than R40.
I went for my KFC favourite – a box of dunked wings (they’re deliciously coated in sesame seeds and a spicy honey soy sauce), with a Very Berry Krusher. All this for less than R40.
After lupper at Mum's, Dad and I took a photo. See the resemblance?
After lupper at Mum’s, Dad and I took a photo. See the resemblance?

Monday, 26 January 2015: Morning coffee at Naspers, evening dog walks during loadshedding

Last Monday dawned cold and grey, ,after such a sunny weekend. This is my table while waiting to attend an event - coffee, check, reading matter - albeit in Afrikaans - check, nice view - check
Last Monday dawned cold and grey, after such a sunny weekend. This is my table while waiting to attend an event – coffee, check, reading matter – albeit in Afrikaans – check, nice view – check
Setting off for our walkies when we got home from work only to find we'd been loadshed. Note Bertie's running far ahead on his leash
Setting off for our walkies when we got home from work only to find we’d been loadshed. Note Bertie’s running far ahead on his leash
Bertie jumped in the second he saw how close he was to this mucky water. He rollicked and frollicked...
Bertie jumped in the second he saw how close he was to this mucky water. He rollicked and frollicked…
Just look at those mucky black legs, usually a pristine white! And so...
Just look at those mucky black legs, usually a pristine white! And so…
Bertie had a shower. Note his legs are still a little grey in this shot, took a while for him to get really clean again.
Bertie had a shower. Note his legs are still a little grey in this shot, took a while for him to get really clean again.
She looks sad, but this is Miss Bassie's 'relieved not to have had a shower' face
She looks sad, but this is Miss Bassie’s ‘relieved not to have had a shower’ face
Bertie shivered and quivered so after being towelled dry that we wrapped him in a blankie with his favourite teddy bear to watch some telly.
Bertie shivered and quivered so after being towelled dry that we wrapped him in a blankie with his favourite teddy bear to watch some telly.

Thursday, 29 January 2015: Cocktails at Cubana to celebrate Husband’s 35th birthday

Mum and me with our very pineapple-y pina coladas. Note there's a pineapple slice in the glass, a thick wedge around it, and a slice garnishing the top.
Mum and me with our very pineapple-y pina coladas. Note there’s a pineapple slice in the glass, a thick wedge around it, and a slice garnishing the top.
Dad demonstrating the slice of lime that adorned his margerita glass
Dad demonstrating the slice of lime that adorned his margerita glass
The birthday boy with his Castle Lite draught. He had a Sly Devil cocktail to start
The birthday boy with his Castle Lite draught. He had a Sly Devil cocktail to start
My two best boys cheers-ing the camera
My two best boys cheers-ing the camera
When we got home, I made Husband wear the birthday hat. He's not exactly thrilled here...
When we got home, I made Husband wear the birthday hat. He’s not exactly thrilled here…
But he let me do the standard 'kiss on cheek while wearing the birthday hat' pose, so wasn't too glum
But he let me do the standard ‘kiss on cheek while wearing the birthday hat’ pose, so wasn’t too glum

Saturday, 31 January 2015: Husband shows us how to jump into the icy Atlantic sea and we take a night bus trip to see the SunStar sculpture

He leaps off the rock...
He leaps off the rock…Splash! He's in! Splash! He’s in!
Then holds onto said rock so as to not float away
Then holds onto said rock so as to not float away
Dad, Mum, Husband and me on top of the red sightseeing bus. Highly recommended at just R100 for the night tour, with earphones so you get to hear all sorts of interesting pieces about haunted hospitals and the like
Dad, Mum, Husband and me on top of the red sightseeing bus. Highly recommended at just R100 for the night tour, with earphones so you get to hear all sorts of interesting pieces about haunted hospitals and the like
Husband and Dad took a short hike to see the SunStar once we'd picnicked to our hearts' content on top of Signal Hill while waiting for the sunset
Husband and Dad took a short hike to see the SunStar once we’d picnicked to our hearts’ content on top of Signal Hill while waiting for the sunset
Husband reading up on the SunStar and how it was made. You can read it too if you zoom in
Husband reading up on the SunStar and how it was made. You can read it too if you zoom in
Of course we took a photo in the National Geographic frame on top of Signal Hill
Of course we took a photo in the National Geographic frame on top of Signal Hill
Here's me and dad's version - I wasn't strong enough to jump up onto the frame again
Here’s me and dad’s version – I wasn’t strong enough to jump up onto the frame again
Yes, it had been a hot day, but the evening - especially on top of Signal Hill at dusk - was decidedly chilly. Here I am sipping a cup of coffee while wrapped in a blankie and wishing I had on a scarf, ear muffs, etc etc...
Yes, it had been a hot day, but the evening – especially on top of Signal Hill at dusk – was decidedly chilly. Here I am sipping a cup of coffee while wrapped in a blankie and wishing I had on a scarf, ear muffs, etc etc…
My lovely Lion's Head beneath puffy clouds as sunset approached
My lovely Lion’s Head beneath puffy clouds as sunset approached
Wispy pink clouds streaked the sky above the sea
Wispy pink clouds streaked the sky above the sea
And at 8pm on the dot, the SunStar lit up. So very pretty, and we could see it all the way back home
And at 8pm on the dot, the SunStar lit up. So very pretty, and we could see it all the way back home

Sunday, 1 February 2015: Braai-ing in the new month

You may recall we braaied out the old year, braaied in the new, and so we braaied in the new month of February too :) These are cherry-marinaded chicken sosaties, pork armadillos wrapped in bacon, pork sausages and cheesy bacon wors
You may recall we braaied out the old year, braaied in the new, and so we braaied in the new month of February too ๐Ÿ™‚ These are cherry-marinaded chicken sosaties, pork armadillos wrapped in bacon, pork sausages and cheesy bacon wors
We tried some pina-colada pre-mix too - not very creamy but had a nice flavour
We tried some pina-colada pre-mix too – not very creamy but had a nice flavour
After another doggie walk I made this rather fancy looking iced coffee concoction - cold filter coffee, lumps of carmel icecream, and lashings of whipped cream from a spray can. Served as my 'milkshake' for the week as you'll note we didn't go for any others, oops!
After another doggie walk I made this rather fancy looking iced coffee concoction – cold filter coffee, lumps of carmel icecream, and lashings of whipped cream from a spray can. Served as my ‘milkshake’ for the week as you’ll note we didn’t go for any others, oops!

Monday, 2 February 2015: doggies take over our bed

Note how sleepy, regal and entitled Bertie looks, having just got out from under the covers. Bassie's there too - look for her tiny little head on the pillow above Bertie.
Note how sleepy, regal and entitled Bertie looks, having just got out from under the covers. Bassie’s there too – look for her tiny little head on the pillow above Bertie.
Only noticed today that there's a little penguin face printed on my train ticket - see it about midway down the left?
Only noticed today that there’s a little penguin face printed on my train ticket – see it about midway down the left?

That’s all for now, folks – expect a few more birthday celebrations next weekend as this weekend was too packed to get to everything we wanted to…

Evening movies in dry pools and two milkshakes under R20

Ah, weekend, how I love the smell of thee! T’was a tough but rewarding week all round, with lots to document after the weekend had packed its bags and left. We said goodbye to a dear work colleague who jets off to Italy this weekend, had aunt Jenny over for supper and met my former minion‘s pet hedgehog over popcorn and sparkling wine – Jana says it was actually MCC, even fancier! her husband won in a Twitter competition (the MCC, not the hedgehog. Twitter’s not THAT strange). The doggies were also just too cute this week (again) so you’ll see a few photos of them below.

Friday, 16 January: Bassie makes us feel guilty while we eat

Just look at that little puppy face! This is Miss Bassie giving me her best 'Mom I want some, too!' face while I was eating dins.
Just look at that little puppy face! This is Miss Bassie giving me her best ‘Mom I want some, too!’ face while I was eating dins.
Zoomed in, just in case you didn't see how cute she is
Zoomed in, just in case you didn’t see how cute she is

Saturday, 17 January 2014: Bread & Butter breakfast, getting dunked by waves and watching movies in a dry pool

Tired face as I'd not yet sipped my morning cappuccino. Always beautifully presented at Bread & Butter with a heart shape in the foam and delightful little shortbread biscuit in the saucer
Tired face as I’d not yet sipped my morning cappuccino. Always beautifully presented at Bread & Butter with a heart shape in the foam and delightful little shortbread biscuit in the saucer
Husband peppering up his breakfast frittata
Husband peppering up his breakfast frittata
Husband hiding from the crashing waves by placing himself behind a large rock
Husband hiding from the crashing waves by placing himself behind a large rock
Deceptively small spray...
Deceptively small spray…
Followed by this monster wave. He jumped in for a proper swim after this anyway, so didn't matter how wet he was.
Followed by this monster wave. He jumped in for a proper swim after this anyway, so didn’t matter how wet he was.
The nicest minion I've had! This is Jana. She invited us to a 'popcorn and MCC' movie night in her dry pool to celebrate her '22 for the 5th time' birthday. We had a wonderful time
The nicest minion I’ve had! This is Jana. She invited us to a ‘popcorn and MCC’ movie night in her dry pool to celebrate her ’22 for the 5th time’ birthday. We had a wonderful time
This is Lily, my former-minion's sweet little hedgehog. She's very prickly, doesn't like to be touched, and puffs and huffs into a sweet little ball when she's had enough attention
This is Lily, my former-minion’s sweet little hedgehog. She’s very prickly, doesn’t like to be touched, and puffs and huffs into a little ball when she’s had enough attention
Here is the dry pool, complete with white wall for the movie to be projected onto and cosy seating options
Here is the dry pool, complete with white wall for the movie to be projected onto and cosy seating options
Loved the little garden lanterns
Loved the little garden lanterns
Here is Husband, happily watching <i>The Breakfast Club</i> for the first time while sipping MCC and snacking on his first of three bowls of popcorn. We also had pizza and all sorts of tasty sweet treats fit for a birthday party at the movies
Here is Husband, happily watching The Breakfast Club for the first time while sipping MCC and snacking on his first of three bowls of popcorn. We also had pizza and all sorts of tasty sweet treats fit for a birthday party at the movies
Solar jars and orange safety beacons dotted along the top of the pool to ensure no one fell in. (No one did)
Solar jars and orange safety beacons dotted along the top of the pool to ensure no one fell in. (No one did)
Husband admiring Jana's Husband's pinball machine, which had been lovingly restored
Husband admiring Jana’s Husband’s pinball machine, which had been lovingly restored

Sunday, 17 January 2015: Lazing about and lots of amazingly good value milkshakes

The reason I look tired is that we had a late night watching movies in a dry pool the night before - and I opted for a Horlicks shake instead of a coffee, but boy was it good! This delightful version, literally topped with a cherry, from our local Cubana, only cost R20.
The reason I look tired is that we had a late night watching movies in a dry pool the night before – and I opted for a Horlicks shake instead of a coffee, but boy was it good! This delectable version, literally topped with a cherry, from our local Cubana, only cost R20.
Here is Husband with the Eggs Benedict we shared. Tis a yummy yet extremely filling variation on polenta cakes instead of English muffin and with a creamy salsa sauce instead of Hollandaise
Here is Husband with the Eggs Benedict we shared. Tis a yummy yet extremely filling variation on polenta cakes instead of English muffin and with a creamy salsa sauce instead of Hollandaise
Much, much later that day - after I'd done lots of painting to recolour certain household goods lilac and Husband had cheered his way through SA's magnificent showing against West Indies - we headed off to Ilha at Woodbridge Island for a Sunday treat. This is my favourite coffee shake, still costs just R15!
Much, much later that day – after I’d done lots of painting to recolour certain household goods lilac and Husband had cheered his way through the SA cricket team’s magnificent showing against West Indies – we headed off to Ilha at Woodbridge Island for a Sunday treat. This is my favourite coffee shake, still costs just R15!
Husband downing his celebratory draught
Husband downing his celebratory draught
Sunday beach selfie. Happiness is.
Sunday beach selfie. Happiness is.

Monday, 19 January 2015: Sunny train trip home

Here I am sitting in the luxury of 'First Class', with a train booth all to myself on my long commute home from work. This way you see the trains and everything, as opposed to third class, where you stand smooshed up against half of Cape Town's more colourful characters
Here I am sitting in First Class luxury on the Metro train, with a booth all to myself on the first leg of my long commute home from work. Love seeing actual trees and clouds go past, as opposed to what the R2.50-cheaper third class option, where you stand smooshed up against half of Cape Town’s more colourful characters

Tuesday, 20 January 2015: Bertie settles in to watch some TV

Ha! Husband was playing cricket on the telly then suddenly noticed the doggies had snuck onto the couch in the hopes of watching something interesting. Bassie looks very guilty
Ha! Husband was playing cricket on the telly then suddenly noticed the doggies had snuck onto the couch in the hopes of watching something interesting. Bassie looks very guilty
Oh my soul I love this doggie. Look how pleased he is with himself, having crossed his long arms and settled down to watch some telly with his dad
Oh my soul I love this doggie. Look how pleased he is with himself, having crossed his long arms and settled down to watch some telly with his dad
He carried on watching even after the rest of us had lost interest.
He carried on watching even after the rest of us had lost interest.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015: Farewell coffee for Ilse at Locale, Mowbray

Iced coffee mocha creation at Locale - this was a mix of milk, ice, condensed milk, espresso and even Nutella - though not nearly as sweet as it sounds. Our table ordered 8 of them, teehee
Iced coffee mocha creation at Locale – this was a mix of milk, ice, condensed milk, espresso and even Nutella – though not nearly as sweet as it sounds. Our table ordered 8 of them, teehee. Did not meet the ‘less than R20’ criteria but then it’s not exactly a milkshake
Such a nice saying: 'Today is going to be a good day' :)
Such a nice saying: ‘Today is going to be a good day’ ๐Ÿ™‚
We were all rather enamoured with the pretty light shades and decadent treats on offer - the lemony cheesecake was perfect when split amongst three of us
We were all rather enamoured with the pretty light shades and decadent treats on offer – the lemony cheesecake was perfect when split amongst three of us
Group shot! Love this team. Ilse's the beauty in grey on the right, next to the fan. Miss her already, sob!
Group shot! Love this team. Ilse’s the dark-haired beauty in grey on the right, grinning with excitement, next to the fan. Miss her already even though I’ve only known her a few months, sob!
Later that night my parents came for dins, along with Aunty Jenny, who was visiting for a few days this week. I insisted we take a photo of the three of us before they left!
Later that night my parents came for dins, along with Aunty Jenny, who was visiting for a few days this week. I insisted we take a photo of the three of us before they left!

Thursday, 22 January 2015: Birthday ice cream and watermelon in the office

Such a nice treat to bring into the office when it's your birthday - a tub of ice cream and some fresh watermelon chunks
Such a nice treat to bring into the office when it’s your birthday – a few tubs of ice cream and some fresh watermelon chunks

PS: Before you accuse Husband of wearing the same clothes all weekend, look again closely and you’ll see it was a rugby shirt on Saturday and a cricket shirt on Sunday – I wore pink to support the Pink Drive ๐Ÿ™‚

Tabasco Yoda turns 7

I know, I know, a four-legged fur-baby is drastically different to a human one. But I couldn’t be more proud of our little seven-year-old. Instead of learning her ABCs, 123s and colours she’s learning to become more patient around her adopted brother – when we first brought him home from the SPCA she really mourned the loss of her only child status. But times they are a-changing. We even find them curled up in the same blanket sometimes!

And as I’ve said before, nothing lifts the spirits more when you’ve had a bad day than the utterly enthusiastic greeting a doggie will give, complete with jumping, singing and licking.

This past Tuesday was the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate this joyful little creature, as it was her birthday. Here’s what we did…

Winking at the camera while patiently letting me hold the birthday hat over her... and eagerly awaiting the special birthday banana split I mainly ate myself
Winking at the camera while patiently letting me hold the birthday hat over her… and eagerly awaiting the special birthday banana split I mainly ate myself
Supper that night
Supper that night
Candlelit birthday supper the next night - my mom made us each an individual 'steak and ale' pie, and brought over some extra gravy to dress the doggies' dins
Candlelit birthday supper the next night – my mom made us each an individual ‘steak and ale’ pie, and brought over some extra gravy to dress the doggies’ dins
Two types of 'Tabasco' on the table at the same time!
Two types of ‘Tabasco’ on the table at the same time!
Birthday kisses for Granny
Birthday kisses for Granny
Granny recovering from the kiss, Tabby looking very proud of herself
Granny recovering from the kiss, Tabby looking very proud of herself
Birthday kisses and head noogies for Grampa
Birthday kisses and head noogies for Grampa
Eagerly awaiting a piece of the savoury sweetcorn and jalapeno scones my mom baked in Bassie's honour
Eagerly awaiting a piece of the savoury sweetcorn and jalapeno scones my mom baked in Bassie’s honour

and lastly…

I didn't blog about her birthday last year, but there's my dad holding the birthday hat over her dear little head
I didn’t blog about her birthday last year, but there’s my dad holding the birthday hat over her dear little head