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Hotels by the sea, mini mussel pots and summery sunflowers

What a week it’s been! With it being week 8 of my 10-week GetSmarter SEO course I’ve not attended many events after hours in the past few weeks, but this week there was one I just couldn’t refuse, in walking distance to work. And of course we packed in as many fun activities as possible around my weekend assignments…

Friday, Β 16 October 2015: Local Spur dins

A Bar-One milkshake at West Coast Village Spur
It all started with a continuation of the ‘milkshake love‘ from earlier in the day. I was still so full from my Bootleggers burger that all I had room for was this Bar-One shake. It was just as good as it looks.
The chicken bacon avo salad at Spur
You can just see a bit of Husband’s bacon-chicken-avo salad. I helped him finish.

Saturday, 17 October 2015: Blueberries breakfast and RWC victory

Pouring espresso into frothed milk at Blueberries in Table View Shopping Centre
As Saturday was the quarter-final leg of RWC2015 we simply had to wear South Africa/Springbok gear. This is me pouring my espresso into my frothed milk at Blueberries in Table View Shopping Centre – we’ve lived in the area for almost 3 years now and this was our first visit!
Eggs Florentine at Blueberries
You’re probably wondering what on earth Husband is eating. That’s how his eggs Florentine was served, with toast on the side. Despite being a bit runny, it was good, he said.
A banana and caramel stuffed pancake at Blueberries
And for me? Of course I went for something decadent – this here banana-and-caramel stuffed pancake is just what the doctor ordered!
Watching the Springboks rugby win with Leigh's dogs.
Skip over some shopping, gardening and assignment stress – here we are watching the Springboks slide into the RWC2015 semi-finals!

Sunday, 18 October 2015: Pricy breakfasts, exploring Lagoon Beach hotel and enjoying the Β afternoon sunshine

A cappuccino with shortbread biscuit at Bread & Butter
If you’re charging me R25 for a short cappuccino, it had better come with a shortbread biscuit, like this one at Bread & Butter.
Flapjack stack with bacon and banana at Bread & Butter
My rather amazing flapjack stack included grilled banana, crispy streaky bacon and lots of extra syrup on the side. Just perfect.
Eggs benedict at Bread & BUtter
And for Husband? Eggs benedict, of course. He wishes they’d serve on plates instead of breadboards.
Exploring Lagoon Beach Hotel
Then we went on a little explore, as the weather was just so sunny. We headed to Lagoon Beach Hotel to have a looksie.
The outdoor pool at Lagoon Beach.
This is Husband at the (cold) outdoor pool overlooking the beach. There are supposedly warm pools on the premises too but we didn’t spot them… and we’re pretty good at being hotel spies!
Flowers in vases at Lagoon Beach Hotel
Gorgeous display of assorted flowers indoors. Yes, they’re real.
Shoes in the sand at Driftwood Cafe
Not yet ready to sit indoors, we headed to our weekend afternoon favourite – the Driftwood. I kicked off my shoes, obvs.
The mussel pot starter at the Driftwood Cafe
Husband enjoyed his mussel pot starter.
Leigh sitting near a duck at the Driftwood Cafe
So many assorted birdies were around that day.
Greeting a duck at Driftwood Cafe
A curious feathered friend nibbled gently at Husband’s fingers

Wednesday, 21 October: Oats-so-easy in a pot and interesting local art

New Jungle Oats so easy easy heat pot
Wednesday was set to be a busy day as I was attending an art expo near work once the clock struck 6pm. To get me through, I tried the new Jungle Oats so easy ‘apple cashew’ easy heat pot. Very tasty but not something for every day, at R10.
Painting at Bright Space in Woodstock
I’ve been to the Bright Space on Albert Street a few times now but always find something new to marvel at. This painting is what caught my attention on Wednesday evening on my way to see the ‘Poem painting project’ – click here for my overview..
Satin art work at Bright Day in Woodstock
Of all the art on display, this was my favourite, titled ‘Rage’.

Thursday, 22 October 2015: Beautiful flowers at Design Indaba offices

Sunflowers at Design Indaba offices.
Thursday was another busy day with an afternoon planning meeting at Design Indaba’s offices in town. Have you ever seen a more summery sight than this? They’re almost ‘minion yellow’, one of this year’s two Pantone colours.

That’s all, folks! Hope you’ve had a wonderful week πŸ™‚

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Breakfasts on bread boards and new early morning offices

In this week’s highlights you get an insider’s glimpse of the new Bizcommunity offices, post-week drinks with colleagues at the Fat Cactus, winter mid-week evening half-price curries with husband and more! See below…

Saturday, 4 July 2015: Breakfast at Bread & Butter, electric fence installation, dins at the Italian Club

Beautiful cappuccino with side shortbread at Bread & Butter.
Beautiful cappuccino with side shortbread at Bread & Butter.
The muesli jar is always a treat, filled with fresh sliced strawberries, bananas and nuts.
The muesli jar is always a treat, filled with fresh sliced strawberries, bananas and nuts.
Husband had the bacon, egg and avo croissant. Note it's still served on a bread board and not a plate - that's his only complaint.
Husband had the bacon, egg and avo croissant. Note it’s still served on a bread board and not a plate – that’s his only complaint.
Husband found large Scotch eggs on sale at the local food market. It was lovely, he says.
Husband found this large Scotch egg on sale at the local food market. It was lovely, he says.
I savoured my own treat later that afternoon with a coffee lovingly made by Husband - a Nuss Plunder. It's much like  a twisty croissant. Often find them at the bakery section of Pick n Pay and Foodlover's Market.
I savoured my own treat later that afternoon with a coffee lovingly made by Husband – a Nuss Plunder. It’s much like a twisty croissant. Often find them at the bakery section of Pick n Pay and Foodlover’s Market.
Don't worry, Husband hasn't lost his top half - if you look closely you'll see he's standing bent over atop our front wall, cleverly extending our electric fence himself.
Don’t worry, Husband hasn’t lost his top half – if you look closely you’ll see he’s standing bent over atop our front wall, cleverly extending our electric fence himself.
When darkness hit we zoomed off to my old offices to pack up my desk and bring all my odds and ends home for the weekend, then stopped off at the Italian Club in Milnerton for dins.
When darkness hit we zoomed off to my old offices to pack up my desk and bring all my odds and ends home for the weekend, then stopped off at the Italian Club in Milnerton for dins.
Husband at the wall of barrels and flags inside the Italian Club.
Husband at the wall of barrels and flags inside the Italian Club.
You can just tell this was an Italian meal from the colours in the shot, can't you? And indeed it was, our first meal at the Italian Club this year (gasp!).
You can just tell this was an Italian meal from the colours in the shot, can’t you? And indeed it was, our first meal at the Italian Club this year (gasp!).
The best gnocchi bolognaise, covered in parmesan and chilli.
The best gnocchi bolognaise, covered in parmesan and chilli.

Sunday, 5 July 2015: Breakfast at Primi Blouberg, evening at the Fire & Ice

Look at Husband's lovely lemony breakfast Cola against a backdrop of tableclothed Table Mountain. This was at Primi, Blouberg.
Look at Husband’s lovely lemony breakfast Cola against a backdrop of tableclothed Table Mountain. This was at Primi, Blouberg.
My cappuccino wanted a similar photo taken. That's an enormous mug, with a sliver of biscotti on the side. Delicious.
My cappuccino wanted a similar photo taken. That’s an enormous mug, with a sliver of biscotti on the side. Delicious.
My french toast would have been just R25 if I didn't add a portion of summer berries for R15. So glad I did, they were tart and tasty.
My french toast would have been just R25 if I didn’t add a portion of summer berries for R15. So glad I did, they were tart and tasty.
Husband opted for the 'Rancheros' bowl of all sorts of Mexican goodness. Nice, he confirms.
Husband opted for the ‘Rancheros’ bowl of all sorts of Mexican goodness. Nice, he confirms, and at least it’s in a bowl on the bread board and not just left to slither and slide across the wooden plank.
We celebrated Husband finishing the electric fence extension with a quick afternoon visit to the Driftwood. Husband had a Black Label draught...
We celebrated Husband finishing the electric fence extension with a quick afternoon visit to the Driftwood. Husband had a Black Label draught…
I had a red cappuccino. This is still our inspiration for our patio roofing, especially with the twinkly fairy lights you only see at night.
I had a red cappuccino. Above my head you can see the inspiration for our patio roofing, especially with the twinkly fairy lights you only see at night.
We got the the Fire & Ice a little early for my Sunday evening event, so we sat and 'people-watched' at the Milkshake Bar. That's my chocolate-orange-honeycomb shake, and Husband had the Almond Whiskey Espresso Martini.
We got to the Fire & Ice a little early for my Sunday evening event, so we sat and ‘people-watched’ at the Milkshake Bar. That’s my chocolate-orange-honeycomb milkshake, and Husband had the Almond Whiskey Espresso Martini.
I did try his, but mine was better :)
I did try his, but mine was better πŸ™‚
This is what we attended at the Fire & Ice - the closing awards evening of the first ever One Show diversity boot camp to be held in Cape Town. Click here for my overview.
This is what we attended at the Fire & Ice – the closing awards evening of the first ever One Show diversity boot camp to be held in Cape Town. Click here for my overview.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015: New offices and sunset curries

Look how pretty! This is the view from my new desk in the rand new Bizcommunity office. Note the real live trees, the pink sunrise sky and the lovely open space.
Look how pretty! This is the view from my new desk in the brand new Bizcommunity office. Note the real live trees, the pink sunrise sky and the lovely open space.
JUST caught the pink streaks in the sky at sunset on Tuesday after work...
JUST caught the pink streaks in the sky at sunset on Tuesday after work…
It was such a gorgeous night that we went past home to Eden o the Bay, as we had a suspicion they'd brought out their winter specials menu - indeed they did, so we opted for the Tuesday 'two chicken curries for the price of one' special. Husband also had the double Scottish Leader for R22, as you can see.
It was such a gorgeous night that we went past home to Eden on the Bay, as we had a suspicion they’d brought out their winter specials menu – indeed they did, so we opted for the Tuesday ‘two chicken curries for the price of one’ special. Husband also had the ‘double Scottish Leader for R22’ special, as you can see.
Setting sun just visible through the window at Inside.
Setting sun just visible through the window at Inside.
My chicken korma and cafe latte. Husband opted for the bunny chow, which was delicious.
My chicken korma and cafe latte. Husband opted for the bunny chow, which was delicious.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015: A doggie surprise at Husband’s work!

The fake potted orchid will give this away as Husband's work - but what IS that on the red foot rest? A special delivery, just for Bertie and Bassie! You'll have to keep your eyes peeled for their special review blog post, coming soon...
The fake potted orchid will give this away as Husband’s work – but what IS that on the red foot rest? A special delivery, just for Bertie and Bassie! You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for their special review blog post, coming soon…

Friday, 10 July 2015: Friday celebrations at the Fat Cactus, Woodstock

What do you do when your new offices are walking distance from the Fat Cactus? Head across after work on Friday with your colleagues, of course! This is a 'mixed moggy', a margerita of lime, with a swirl of strawberry and dollop of mango in the middle.
What do you do when your new offices are walking distance from the Fat Cactus? Head across after work on Friday with your colleagues, of course! This is a ‘mixed moggy’, a margerita of lime, with a swirl of strawberry and dollop of mango in the middle.

That’s all for this installment – keep your eyes peeled for the special guest post translated from the doggies, coming soon!

Rockstar Diner burgers and Design Indaba deliciousness

It’s been a long but lovely week, as I covered all three days of the Design Indaba conference, which meant the start of the week was a mad rush of getting a week’s worth of work done in two days, followed by three days of non-stop tweeting, scribbling and interacting. And, um, eating. We weren’t allowed to take photos in the auditorium so I took lots of photos of the food. Lots and lots. But first, of course, was the weekend…

Saturday, 20 February 2015: Bread & Butter breakfast, Wimpy shakes, Rockstar Diner burgers

The pretty new chalkboard message at Bread & Butter. I agree with it 100%
The pretty new chalkboard message at Bread & Butter. I agree with it 100%
See? Doesn't that cappuccino look delicious, along with its little accompanying shortbread bite?
See? Doesn’t that cappuccino look delicious, along with its little accompanying shortbread bite?
Contemplating his Saturday banana milkshake (large) at our closest Wimpy.
Contemplating his Saturday banana milkshake (large) at our closest Wimpy.
Husband's happy sauce, at the new Rockstar Diner near Marine Circle
Husband’s happy sauce, at the new Rockstar Diner near Marine Circle
A large local lager - craft beer of course, but a good one, said Husband
A large local lager – craft beer of course, but a good one, said Husband
Here is Husband, saucing up his Red Hot Chili burger
Here is Husband, saucing up his Red Hot Chili burger
Mine was the cheesy option, which came with huge onion rings adorning the patty - you can just see my chocolate shake off to the side. Total bill was just on R200 for my 180g and Husband's 250g burger, as well as his draught and my fancy shake. Only problem is they're closed on Sundays and only open after 2pm the rest of the time. But we'll be back!
Mine was the cheesy option, which came with huge onion rings adorning the patty – you can just see my chocolate shake off to the side. Total bill was just on R200 for my 180g and Husband’s 250g burger, as well as his draught and my fancy shake. Only problem is they’re closed on Sundays and only open after 2pm the rest of the time. But we’ll be back!
We took the scenic route home, along the beachfront
We took the scenic route home, along the beachfront
Beautiful bright white sun and some kite surfers in the left of the shot
Beautiful bright white sun and some kite surfers in the left of the shot
Having a chocolate-y break, having a Kitkat - we couldn't resist trying the Cookies n Cream flavour, very nice
Having a chocolate-y break, having a Kitkat – we couldn’t resist trying the Cookies n Cream flavour, very nice
Dogs in the dark. Sort of. As usual, Bertie looks directly at the camera, Bassie gazes wistfully off into the distance
Dogs in the dark. Sort of. As usual, Bertie looks directly at the camera, Bassie gazes wistfully off into the distance

Sunday, 21 February 2015: Wimpy breakfast

My standard Wimpy start to the day - a toasted cheese (still served on a stick, sigh) with a mega Wimpy coffee
My standard Wimpy start to the day – a toasted cheese (still served on a stick, sigh) with a mega Wimpy coffee
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The Wimpy streaky bacon breakfast with an extra cheesegriller (my dad worked out years ago that ordering it this way is better value than the cheesegriller breakfast option). And of course a large Coke to wash it all down…

Wednesday, 25 February 2015: Design Indaba day 1

The sight that met Design Indaba conference attendees, inside the CTICC. The colourful banners each feature a cartoony version of the conference speakers, most of whom were international
The sight that met Design Indaba conference attendees, inside the CTICC. The colourful banners each feature a cartoony version of the conference speakers, most of whom were international
Breakfast in the media lounge. Granola, yoghurt, fruit, and non-pictured coffee, of course
Breakfast in the media lounge. Granola, yoghurt, fruit, and non-pictured coffee, of course
Really exquisite flower settings adorned the foody tables in all the tea breaks
Really exquisite flower settings adorned the foody tables in all the tea breaks
Tea (coffee) - with a chocolate brioche, nutty brownie bite and block of the bestest fudge ever.
Tea (coffee) – with a chocolate brioche, nutty brownie bite and block of the bestest fudge ever.
Amazing individual cheeseplate with a pot of something figgy to dip it in
Amazing individual cheese plate with a pot of something figgy to dip it in

Thursday, 26 February 2015: Design Indaba day 2

I missed most of the lunch rush on Thursday as I was attending an extra talk in a preview of this weekend's actual expo - but never fear, I made up for it at afternoon tea with two mini chocolate eclairs
I missed most of the lunch rush on Thursday as I was attending an extra talk in a preview of this weekend’s actual expo – but never fear, I made up for it at afternoon tea with two mini chocolate eclairs
You can see the ghost of my hand in this shot of the cloud-draped mountain through the bus window on my way home on Thursday
You can see the ghost of my hand in this shot of the cloud-draped mountain through the bus window on my way home on Thursday
I know it's a bit blurry but I've been meaning to get a shot of this graffiti since I first noticed it, in the MyCiti bus lane between the Paarden Eiland and Neptune stops. Don't they look like happy ghosties high-fiving?
I know it’s a bit blurry but I’ve been meaning to get a shot of this graffiti since I first noticed it, in the MyCiti bus lane between the Paarden Eiland and Neptune stops. Don’t they look like happy ghosties high-fiving?

Friday, 27 February 2015: Design Indaba day 3

Morning tea perfection at the CTICC. This was a cinnamon bun, there were also mini apple tarts to choose from
Morning tea perfection at the CTICC. This was a cinnamon bun, there were also mini apple tarts to choose from
Look at this ridiculousness! Only on the final day of the conference did I discover a Woolworths flavour combination table, where you could choose all sorts of seemingly strange tastes to mingle together. I tried the 70% dark chocolate with crispy onion bits (yum) the white chocolate with dill gherkins (bit odd) and the milk chocolate with bacon nibs (best ever. Bacon goes with everything, obvs)
Look at this ridiculousness! Only on the final day of the conference did I discover a Woolworths flavour combination table, where you could choose all sorts of seemingly strange tastes to mingle together. I tried the 70% dark chocolate with crispy onion bits (yum) the white chocolate with dill gherkins (bit odd) and the milk chocolate with bacon nibs (best ever. Bacon goes with everything, obvs)

That’s all for now, folks – seems there’s a bit of a chill in the air, here’s hoping Winter holds out a little longer.

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’ πŸ™‚
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 πŸ™‚

Grand Christmas lunches, Chapman’s Peak sunsets and rainbow drinks

If your memory’s sharp – mine’s not, so I’m envious – you’ll remember we had my last office end-of-year party in January, technically celebrating Christmas 2013 in January 2014, so it seemed way too soon to have the 2014 Christmas version a week ago, but have it we did, and it was literally grand as we spent the afternoon at Grand Beach near the Waterfront.

As Mother was still on our coast visiting, there was also lots of sightseeing, such as lunch at Cousin Janet’s – she lives in the most jealousy-inspiring house in St James, remember? Seeing as we were that side of the city we took the long way home, all through Noordhoek and along Chapman’s Peak drive – click here for a reminder of last time we did this pretty trip. But, as always, there was more to fill our weekend…

Thursday, 11 December 2014: Bizcommunity end-of-year lunch at Grand Beach

Of course the first thing you do when sitting at a table on icing-sugar sand is kick off your shoes...
Of course the first thing you do when sitting at a table on icing-sugar sand is kick off your shoes…
Delicious strawberry shake pales in comparison to the bright pink menu, but no worries - I always prefer this pale fruity variety to the brightly syruped alternative
Delicious strawberry shake pales in comparison to the bright pink menu, but no worries – I always prefer this pale fruity variety to the brightly syruped alternative
Sharing a laugh with my desk mate
Sharing a laugh with my desk mate
Starters are served! We had a few of these long pizzas per table, as well as a fishy salad option
Starters are served! We had a few of these long pizzas per table, as well as a fishy salad option
Ended with a delicious coffee caramel martini before we played Bad Santa
Ended with a delicious coffee caramel martini before we played Bad Santa

Friday, 12 December 2014: Cloudy, rainy and cold

After the sunny sunshine of Thursday. Friday was drizzly and grey. Luckily that's the last of the off-colour weather for a while...
After the sunny sunshine of Thursday. Friday was drizzly and grey. Luckily that’s the last of the off-colour weather for a while…

Saturday, 13 December 2014: Decembraai-ing with the Cape rellies, scenic trip through Noordhoek, along Chapman’s Peak

See? beautiful sunshine reigned supreme again on Saturday. This was taken in Janet's garden in St James
See? Beautiful sunshine reigned supreme again on Saturday. This was taken in Janet’s garden in St James
Mother surreptitiously sipping her wine, Husband and I happy in the sunshine
Mother surreptitiously sipping her wine, Husband and I happy in the sunshine
Des - 91 in a few months - and Sybil, separated by a lovely lilac bloom
Des – 91 in a few months – and Sybil, separated by a lovely lilac bloom
We try a variation of this shot each time we visit Janet's house, lol
We try a variation of this shot each time we visit Janet’s house, lol
Can't miss the Trading Post in Noordhoek on the way home. Sipping a very chocolatey shake
Can’t miss the Red Herring in Noordhoek on the way home. Sipping a very chocolatey shake
Husband opted for a beer instead, of course.
Husband opted for a beer instead, of course.
First bit of Hout Bay peering at us as we travelled along Chapman's Peak
First bit of Hout Bay peering at us as we travelled along Chapman’s Peak
Such a pleasing mix of nature's elements
Such a pleasing mix of nature’s elements
Then the sun started to sink, adding a touch of magic
Then the sun started to sink, adding a touch of magic

Sunday, 14 December 2014: Breakfast at Bread & Butter, cake at Mum

It's a bad idea for me to start the day without coffee. Helps if there's a heart shape in the foam
It’s a bad idea for me to start the day without coffee. Helps if there’s a heart shape in the foam
Husband can't eat  a savoury meal without Tabasco sauce. Went well with his poached egg, bacon and avo croissant
Husband can’t eat a savoury meal without Tabasco sauce. Went well with his poached egg, bacon and avo croissant
Mother was pleased with her salmon eggs benedict
Mother was pleased with her salmon eggs benedict
Homemade carrot-pineapple cake at Mum's. With (more) coffee, of course
Homemade carrot-pineapple cake at Mum’s. With (more) coffee, of course

Tuesday, 16 December 2014: Breakfast at Captain’s Kitchen, Big Bay; cocktails at Catch22

Proper eggs-n-bacon breakfast for once! With obligatory coffee
Proper eggs-n-bacon breakfast for once! With obligatory coffee
Much, MUCH later that day - this is the rainbow-coloured 'Catch23' at Catch22. Pretty, but I preferred the vanilla flavour of Husband's Robben Island Ice Tea
Much, MUCH later that day – this is the rainbow-coloured ‘Catch23’ at Catch22. Pretty, but I preferred the vanilla flavour of Husband’s Robben Island Ice Tea

And with that, we’re on the brink of the NEXT weekend already! Am not taking any leave other than the public holidays coming up, but Husband’s off for a few weeks so expect some pics of his DIY and home fixes in my next update!