Yes, it’s sad but true – I was glued to my work laptop last weekend in order to publish the winners’ lists from the Cannes Lions as soon as possible after embargo, and it’s been a week of the same as the nightly embargo is only at 10pm. But not all was lost as there were still many moments of fun. See below, what’s not to love?
Saturday, 20 June 2015: Breakfast pizzas, beach walks and scientific ice cream
Bassie asking me to please let her nap and stop taking photos now.
The breakfast drinks at Enchanted, cup is turned so you don’t see the mini shortbread round in the saucer.
Husband’s ‘hangover breakfast’ (once again, not that he had one) was good apart from the overcooked eggs, he asked for soft. Oh well, still a good start to the day.
I went for the ‘Enchanted Frenzy’ – pizza base topped with bacon, banana, honey and sour cream. Finished the whole thing as I had a few hours of work ahead…
Work done for the day we headed to the beach as the weather was decidedly sunny. Here is Husband dipping his toes in the freezy waters at Woodbridge Island.
Whereas he enjoyed the chilly experience, I just ran briefly along the edge.
We finally tried the N-ice Cream Lab at our local Foodlovers. Its all very scientific, with your specific concoction created fresh in front of you. We went for standard vanilla with choc hazelnut scattered throughout – like crushed Ferrero Rocher. Delicious. R35 seemed a bit much but it’s a lot of ice cream.
The least smiley Husband. He was really quite pleased with his ice cream, promise.
Sunday, 21 June 2015: Father’s Day brunch, wine tasting and tour of KWV in Paarl
The doggies wished their dad a happy day too, and gave him an IOU for bangers and mash – still to be used, perhaps this weekend.
Me with the bestest dad, who came over for Fathers Day brunch. See the large container of pawpaw on the table?
Well, the doglets got so excited – they had not seen pawpaw before and insisted on trying some.
The Big Bill, Mrs Bill and Baby Bill barrels, with members of family appropriately standing beside each.
Look at the lovely KWV tasting glasses. R40 each covered the tour, 6 tastings, of which two were white wines, two were red, as well as a brandy and port, plus as it was day of the dad we also got to try their special Imoya brandy. Throat-burning stuff!
Happy family post-wine tasting at KWV.
Thursday, 25 June 2015: Pretty flowers at the Waterfront after work
Gorgeous selection of orchids on display at Woolworths at the Waterfront, when I stopped in for a wander before an evening event on Thursday.
Thursday was clearly day of the pretty flowers. This vase of clear pebbles and sunset-coloured blooms caught my eye at the Breakwater Lodge, where I attended the BrightRock #changeexchange.
Friday, 26 June 2015: Working department lunch and the view from Husband’s desk
Sipping a chai latte while perusing the Wild Fig menu for a ‘working lunch’ with my lovely team. After all that I went with the burger off the pub lunch menu. Was delicious, topped with relish and surrounded by chips – ate it before I could get a pic, sorry!
You know it’s a good place to eat when you get baskets of fresh, steamy bread for the table along with tall jugs of iced lemon water.
More pretty flowers! This is the fake orchid Husband keeps beside his desk. I stopped in after work on Friday and tried the Coo-ee Peach & Apricot fizzy drink they were gifted for their printing work.
That’s all, folks! Tis another working weekend alas as the final Cannes Lions award ceremony is tomorrow night, but you know we’ll slot in lots of relaxation, relishing and resting, too.
It’s official – Winter 2015 has hit in Cape Town. What’s funny is, I made the same announcement last year – that Winter had officially hit on Mother’s Day weekend. (
See here if you don’t believe me). Most of this week has had foggy, frosty mornings – not fun on the back of a bike. I predict a weekend of being wrapped snug in soft blankets, mugs of steamy drinks and lots of lounging in front of the fireplace.
But before we get to this weekend, we need to cover last weekend, and all that’s happened since…
Saturday, 9 May 2015: Breakfast at Hello Sailor in Obz, home generator installation
Bertie’s morning face. Love this dog.
That’s me, as seen through the window of Hello Sailor in Obz.
Couldn’t have started the day any better than with a cappuccino.
Husband was either pondering the ‘Hello Sailor’ artboard or the ‘ever-present hippie’ on his Mac in the booth opposite. We then had a long discussion on the difference between hippies and hipsters.
Husband happily Tabasco-saucing his well-peppered eggs ben.
My French toast (of course) with bacon and grilled banana was just delightful.
Some of the pretty street art (not sure if this counts as graffiti?) in Obz, when we took a little walk after brekkie.
We treated ourselves to a genny, after lots of research into how much wattage we’d need to keep the basics running when we have our all-too-frequent loadshedding stints. We have bad luck with our schedule, as we’re loadshed every second day from 6pm to 8.30pm, but this week was a breeze.
Sunday, 10 May 2015: Mother’s Day brunch, afternoon snack at Captain’s Kitchen
Mum and me on Mother’s Day – we kept to our standing tradition of Mother’s Day brunch at our house. Husband kindly cooked eggs and bacon and toast, and we had a feast of fruit salad, yoghurt, pastries, coffee, juice and bubbly.
Love this photo of Bassie with her granny.
Here’s Bassie with me – such a dear little dog.
My doggies remembered! They gave Husband their grubby puppy coins and he got some items from their list – all things to make mommy’s garden and patio pretty. Bless.
A Mother’s Day draught at Captain’s Kitchen. R40 is way too much for this, Husband commented.
This here coffee shake was a bit better value at R25…
And the Italia pizza for R90? Perhaps we’d have it again on their weekly Thursday ‘two for the price of one’ special.
Thursday, 14 May 2015: Exploring the Castle Brewery complex in Woodstock
This here grey kitty let me snap a photo when I was walking through the Castle Brewery complex in Woodstock on Thursday morning. I got there super early so had time to take in the sights…
…But was delighted to find that Native VML, where the event was held, has a lovely bright coffee shop area with interesting things all over the walls. Just right for a creative space.
So I spent the rest of my wait busy with the book I’d remembered to bring along with me, a top-notch cappuccino or two and digestive biccies.
Keep warm, critters! It’s cold out there…
It’s funny how a shortened work week never really feels shorter. That’s because we tend to still fit in a full five days’ worth of work, so the day off is lovely and relaxing but by the time you reach the end of the week again, you’re exhausted. Multiply that by two weeks and it’s little wonder Husband and I are both a bit poorly today. Nonetheless, we have indeed made it to the edge of the weekend again. And so, without further ado (or ‘further adieu’, as I’m seeing it lately – why is this?) I present to you how we spent our long Easter weekend 2015…
Thursday, 2 April 2015: Easter weekend eve celebrations
Dad and Husband with their ‘long weekend at last’ drinks at the Driftwood. Lighting made everything very pink in this shot. We were there for the Moroccan buffet, tis a good deal.
Friday, 3 April 2015: Good Friday gardening
You need a big breakfast if you have a busy day of gardening ahead. So once we’d slept in a little later than normal, we trotted off to our nearest Spur for their R25 breakfast special. This is clearly before I’d started my cafe latte…
And here is Husband with his breakfast – he always gets an extra cheese griller, and the huge Tabasco sauce bottle
As part of the gardening, we finally put the swing bench up in our new front garden. Both doggies tested it with me, as they do.
Saturday, 4 April 2015: treating ourselves to a new lounge recliner set
Inexpensive yet filling breakfast from McDonald’s – the hot cakes (I always want to ask if they sell like hot cakes, har har) with the coffee that came as part of Husband’s McMuffin meal.
Cheers to Husband, who won our Scrabble game that eve. Again. I’m yet to beat him 😦
Sunday, 5 April 2015: Easter Sunday slow-cooked beef and beer stew
We usually end up with a photo of the McPherson’s garden centre cat at the same table as Husband. This time he curled up inside while we braved the windy outdoors.
Husband enjoyed his eggy breakfast.
You’d think it was Valentine’s Day, not Easter. Loved all the brightly coloured flowers…
And look! Mum and Dad said the Easter bunny dropped this off for me, so they brought it along for our Easter slow-cooked lunch. Beautiful purplish flowers with a few marshmallow eggs planted throughout.
The Easter flowers look just right in my garden ‘wall of weird’.
Of course the second before I took this photo you would have seen Bassie perched on top of the couch along with Bertie. She has super-fast reflexes when I get the camera out, that one.
Bassie baby loved all the attention from Granny.
Bertie looked VERY sad about something!
What do you get, when your Easter dessert ingredients look like this?
You get this! Tall banana split sundaes, with tin roof ice cream, maraschino cherries, nuts, and blobs of Nutella-stuff. Mmm.
Mmm. More of the Nutella-like stuff. Delicious.
Bassie was Very Interested in mine and kept veering towards it.
Monday, 6 April 2015: End of long weekend sunset
When it’s the last day of a long weekend, we treat ourselves to a fancier breakfast. This is me greeting the porcelain bunnies at the welcome desk of Crown, a restaurant on the Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville, just down the street from home. Sort of.
My cappuccino was THE most amazing. Very nearly ordered another.
And then! My breakfast! Delicious cake-like French toast and lots of slivers of banana – and just look at the amount of crispy, streaky bacon that adorned my plate! Husband had to help me finish!
Just look at Husband’s salmon eggs ben! With a drizzle of some form of dark sauce, we think it was balsamic vinegar.
Some of the lovely bright Durbanville sights…
We even met an emu or two.
Caught in the act: Husband’s Sunday afternoon large banana milkshake at our local Wimpy.
My absolutely wonderful Wimpy shake. I went for the ‘salted caramel brownie’ option – little chunks of brownie were swirled throughout, so I put that spoon to use.
If you live in Table View, you’ll have heard an owl has taken up residence at one of our local shopping centres. I happened to look up after our milkshake visit and there he was!
Mum-in-law identified him as an eagle owl. He seems very sleepy.
This is how poor Husband had to drive to the parents’ house for lupper – with his aviation headset blocking out Bertie’s enthusiastic shouting/singing/greeting all the way there.
Sunset was very pretty that evening, with clouds that turned pink…
And pinker yet…
And pinkest still.
Thursday, 9 April 2015: Woodstock graffiti
A much-needed pick-up in the office, provided by a colleague.
I couldn’t resist stopping to snap this baboon painted onto a random wall in Woodstock on my way to an afternoon event. Must have looked like such a tourist.
Seemingly out of place afternoon coffee in a wine cellar.
That’s all, folks! Here’s to a weekend that’s so relaxing, it feels like an extra day snuck in for fun 🙂
And so, 2014 came to an end and 2015 began. How did we celebrate? As all South Africans do of course, with a braai. And another braai. And a doggie walk that was just so long Bertie decided to sit and smile and
loll his tongue halfway through. See this unprecedented behaviour from the world’s most energetic doggie below…
Wednesday, 31 January 2014: Braai-ing out the old year
Look how lovely and relaxed Husband is here – the coals are lit and ready to go. The vest he’s wearing has since been lost in the sea, alas… long story.
Really looks like Bassie’s trying to tell me something here…
Figured it out. This is beautiful Bassie pleading with me to stop taking photos of her. I tried but failed, as you’ll see.
Dinner is served! Look at the dear sweet doggies hoping they’d get some. Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #1…
Thursday, 1 January 2015: New Year’s Day brunch and a long doggie walk
Love how Husband captured our New Year’s Day brunch at my parents in this photo
Bassie begged her Granny for some treats. Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #2…
Look at my sweet family, all watching magician shows on the TV reflected in the mirror… Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #3…
After a nap, we took the doggies for a wander around McPherson’s – here you can see Bassie trotting along at her dad’s side, and Bertie quite a way behind them. Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #4…
They really love trotting through long grass! Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #5…
Then, after about 20 minutes of walking, Bertie saw a shady spot under a tree and made a flying leap for it. And sat and sat and sat, with his tongue lolling happily. Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #6…
Look at that tongue!
Later that day I had some of the lemon curd Mom had made, spread on her citrus-cupcake creations. So delicious!
For early dins that night we went to Earth Cafe, near our old house. The sweet n sour chicken was delightful
Husband thoroughly enjoyed his seafood noodles, too, despite the blinding sunlight
Saturday, 3 January 2015: Blustery beach visit
We’re so lucky to live here
Despite the sunshine it was really chilly out
Husband’s always up for a dip in the sea, no matter how blustery the day
Here is Husband, having his dip
Cooling himself down in the rock pools
Sunday, 4 January 2015: Braai-ing in the new year
Bassie gave her Grampa lots of love when he came to our housie for a Sunday braai. Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #7… She’s probably whispering to him that he should watch out, I’m taking yet another photo
Husband deftly braaied using his new grid for our second ever braai at this house, in the space of a week. Not bad when you consider we only braaied once at the old house, the whole of last year
Bassie jumped onto her Granny’s lap and rested her head on the table. Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #8…
Mum and me, enjoying our meal
Monday, 5 January 2015: Spur’s two-for-one burger special
Spur’s ‘two for one’ Monday burger special comes in handy when you’ve just had your first day back in the office. That’s why I look so tired, yes
That’s all for now, folks – You’ll note with the first two un-numbered photos of Bassie, she appeared 10 times in this blog post… oops.
It’s been a week of powerless meals for us, with power cuts seeming to strike at just the time we would usually start cooking or decide to venture out for a meal. But we’ve not let the lack of electricity get to us, as we’ve had lots of fun with mother-in-law visiting for a few days. In fact, we’ve had a right jolly time of it, with all sorts of fun excursions…
Friday, 5 December 2014: Asian meal with Mother at Earth Cafe
Doggies looking a little sad still, but slowly adjusting to life in their new housie. Note how Bertie’s collar matches his dad’s lumo green t-shirt.
First meal with mother – we went to Earth Cafe in Parklands on Friday eve, which was in the middle of a power cut, but managed to cook delicious noodles and sweet n sour things on gas. That’s natural sunlight coming in the window at about 7.30pm
Saturday, 6 December 2014: Sea Point breakfast and sneakily cooking around the loadshedding
Oh, the irony of the sad face against backdrop of the juice label! Not his usual weekend Coke breakfast – this was at Osumo in Sea Point, our third attempt at breakfast as the power cuts were so widespread. We were in the area to drop off Mother’s rental car so went for a healthy start.
We carefully timed our cooking so we could eat a home-cooked meal on Saturday evening – beef olives and broccoli
Sunday, 7 December 2014: Parenty brunch, bird park visit and Woodbridge sunset
Sunday morning was all about doggie beach walks followed by brunch at my parents. Here we all are looking happy – doggies out of shot
The tasty spread – cheese scones, devilled eggs, fruit salad, orange juice, sparkling wine and more
Following a brief (powerless again) nap at home, we headed out to World of Birds in Hout Bay – R85 entry but worth it as there’s so much to see, including monkeys, mongooses (mongeese?), reptiles and even a bat-eared fox. This was one of a set of happy parrots that kept greeting us – and when I offered him my map of the area he had a nibble, teehee
Best! Look how this owlie winked at me! We didn’t zoom in, he let us get this close with the camera (phone)
I look very happy here, but look at the little blue birdie’s face closely – scary how cross he is! Scarpered off to the next exhibit fast!
Mother in pink with the scarlet (orange) ibises
Husband under a row of fluffy greenies. I think his expression based on worry one would poop on his head- luckily they didn’t – or unluckily, as that’s meant to mean good luck, is it not?
A tiny little owlie. Small he may be, but quite menacing when he’s blocking the only entry to the exhibit
See how he’s blocking the way? I was terrified but Husband dared me to crouch next to him for this shot, so I did. That’s pure fear and I do believe I was squealing.
Mother took this rather glorious shot of a white peacock in full courtship display. Beautiful.
To celebrate not getting pecked by pigeons and other birds, we had dins at Ilha, Woodbridge Island on the way home. Here’s my standard iced coffee shake (three straws just for me, lol)
Sunset at Woodbridge Island – Mother and Husband wetting their feet
Beautiful sunset with hazy mountain
Woodbridge Island from the beach side
Mother and me on the beach – looks like I have two feet sprouting from one leg, teehee
Finally took a shot of the Woodbridge lighthouse at sunset. Pretty, innit?
That’s all for now, folks! Almost halfway through the month and just a day from the next weekend, time is spiralling faster and faster!
PS: Yes I know, still no pics of the new housie – chance would be a fine thing! Pretty much fully unpacked but not quite properly decorated yet. Soon soon, I promise?