T’was the first week back at work in the Andrews household, but it was by no means slow-going. So busy were we that I forgot to bring home the computer connect-y cord on Friday, hence delay in publishing this.
See our highlights below…
Saturday, 9 January 2016: Company’s Garden breakfast, City SightSeeing CT Harbour Cruise
Nothing starts off the weekend better than a cappuccino/flat white. And the delicious biscotti on the side took it up a notch. This was at Company’s Garden. Last time we went their coffee machine was broken so I made do with a pot of tea. This time I was all too happy to get the caffeine I needed the way I wanted 🙂
Of course there are lots of yummy things on the breakfast menu but as I know what a winner the French toast is, with crispy bacon, strawberries and creme fraiche, I stuck to what I love.
For Husband, the salmon eggs benedict, which he confirms is the best he’s had in CT. The Hollandaise sauce is just the right creamy tangy consistency, the English muffin is toasted just so, and the salmon fresh fresh fresh.
Lol at this sign at the V&A Waterfront. We didn’t have to make use of the service luckily, but good to know it’s there!
We stopped at the dry dock to have a look at the boat waiting there. Amazing to think how heavy it must be.
Tried his hand at being captain outside the Titanic exhibition. Prefers being a commander.
And then we took to the sea! We thoroughly enjoyed the City Sightseeing Cape Town sunset bus tour for Husband’s birthday last year ( click here for a reminder), so when we saw their harbour cruise option is just R40 per person we ran across to the dock and hopped on. Fascinating tour around the Waterfront harbour and the red earphones means you get to hear a quick history of all the sights. Well worth it!
T’was such a delightful ‘tourist in your own city’ thing to do.
Seagulls swooping down for food near the I&J warehouse.
So very pretty. View from our furthest point out to sea before we turned around for the return trip.
Those black things in the water are bits of sea lion. He was floating lazily on his back. But there were even more exhausted sea lions to be seen…
See? It seems we have an epidemic of lazy seals. This one is sleeping in a tyre – and the sight is so common that the CitySightseeing Cape Town audio commentary dubs him and his fellow sleepy sea lions ‘seals on wheels’.
Just look at that sleepy little face, deep in dreamland.
Sunday, 10 January 2016: Star Wars in iMax
Yip, you read that right – not content with merely starting the December vacation with a viewing of the latest Star Wars movie in 3D, the highlight of our final day of leave was watching it again – this time at Cape Gate in iMax – with these super enormous movie treats of Cola and popcorn.
Workweek highlights: Animal print on the bus and GetSmarter certification
T’was a long, tough week of acclimatising to the work day and deadlines again. The sight of two ladies in a row dressed in different animal-print tops made me smile once I finally got a seat on the bus trip home.
Tis official! A certificate from UCT and GetSmarter arrived as proof of my successful completion of their SEO short course. Husband says we’ll have to make space for it on the wall of smart 🙂
That’s all, folks! Expect my next update within the week. Take it easy…
What a busy week it’s been! The weather is hot and sunny and we’re finally both on leave, with lots of fun (and exciting) things planned for the next few weeks. Before that though, let’s look at our latest highlights…
Friday, 11 December 2015: Schwarma Express on Marine Circle
Husband felt for a schwarma, I felt for a sunset – perfect match.
The pretty sunset I saw from the beach front, before clouds started rolling in.
Saturday, 12 December 2015: Breakfast and mosaic-ing
On Saturday we tried out the new Village Square Cafe in West Coast Village for breakfast. My large cappuccino was strong and came with a shortbread biscuit (hiding in my spoon).
Husband tried the pesto breakfast, which came with perfectly poached eggs.
I went for the choc-chip flapjack breakfast with berry puree and two lumps of ice cream.
Finally done! I’d been working on this mosaic heart for a while, and finally got the grouting done on Saturday. Now, where to put it…
Bassie crawled under the pillows at her granny’s house that evening to escape from the heat.
The doggies (and Bertie’s bear) took up the whole couch when we got home so we had to make another plan for our TV viewing!
Sunday, 13 December 2015: Breakfast with squirrels
I’d been hearing good things about the new tea garden menu at Company’s Garden, so we ventured out to town on Sunday morning to have a looksie. Unfortunately their coffee machine was broken on the day, but I thoroughly enjoyed my tray of tea – that’s a biscotti on the side.
This is the banana bread French toast, with strawberries and bacon and marscapone. Very very good. Those are not real flies scampering over my tea cup in the background, it’s an interesting design!
Husband called his salmon eggs benedict ‘the best’. Strong praise!
Just a few metres from our table, pigeons and squirrels were scampering about, tamely asking for treats. You can just make out a little grey squirrel climbing down the tree trunk here…
He let me snap him from very close-up. Such a sweetie!
Tuesday, 15 December 2015: Final team lunch of 2015 at La Belle
With Wednesday being the Reconcilliation Day public holiday in SA, Tuesday was the last day of work of 2015 for many – also the day we sent out our last email newsletters for the year and the last day I’d be working with a colleague who relocated to Joburg that eve. That all came together to make it the perfect day for our final team lunch of the year. We settled on La Belle in Alphen, Constantia.
With so many amazing things on the menu, I teamed up with a colleague in splitting two mains between us. This was our first choice, the pork belly with greens and apple sauce, resting on corn fritters. Best ever.
Our second main – the La Belle beef burger, complete with mushrooms, cheese sauce and a metal bucket of shoestring fries. One of the tastiest I’ve ever had. (The burger, not the bucket).
Was I so full I had to skip dessert? No, of course not! I tried the ‘NY-style cheesecake’ and washed it down with a cappuccino. Enjoyed every bite.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015: Star Wars day
We started off the day with some coffees at the local McCafe. Husband had a cola, I had a caramel latte. So yummy.
With lots of time to spare before our showing of Star Wars at Grandwest Casino, we wandered around along with the rest of Cape Town – all and sundry were there! Of course I posed in the Snoopy movie cut-out…
Husband wore his Darth Vader shirt to watch the Star Wars movie, of course. We also got popcorn and Cola.
Wearing our 3D glasses before they told us to.
Thursday, 17 December 2015: Bagels and flat whites
Thursday was my first day of leave! As Husband was sadly in office, Mum and dad treated me to a cream cheese bagel and flat white from New York Bagels. Was yummy!
My Thursday breakfast.
That’s all, folks! We’re both looking forward to some serious relaxing, starting now! 🙂