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DIY patio-ing, rooftop sunset panoramas and almost snorkelling with seagulls

The nicest thing about owning a house is you can do whatever you like with it, and hopefully increase its value in doing so. That’s why one of the first things we did after moving in to our Very First Housie two-and-a-half months ago was to knock some nails in the walls. But of course we have far grander plans than that. And as Husband is quite the MacGyver-type handyman, he’s happy to do it himself instead of paying someone else to do it for him. That’s why I now have the most beautiful light fittings, ceiling fans, bedroom cupboard area, and thanks to last weekend’s efforts, a very strong support structure for a lovely sheltered patio area. But of course, that’s not all we did…

Friday, 6 February 2015: Loadshed roof exploring

Last Friday we were loadshed the moment we got home from work. Luckily the sun was still shining brightly, so Husband used the time to finally get up on the roof to do some exploring. This is what he saw, directly behind us...
Last Friday we were loadshed the moment we got home from work. Luckily the sun was still shining brightly, so Husband used the time to finally get up on the roof to do some exploring. This is what he saw, directly behind us…
Our neighbours to the left and back - these are not townhouses or flats but freestanding homes
Our neighbours to the left and back – these are not townhouses or flats but freestanding homes
Traffic heading toward the setting sun in front of us
Traffic heading toward the setting sun in front of us
To the front and right of us. Note an empty can in top right corner of our garage roof, almost in line with the 'Parklands - no dumping' sign. Oh, the irony!
To the front and right of us. Note an empty can in top right corner of our garage roof, almost in line with the ‘Parklands – no dumping’ sign. Oh, the irony!
Then he stitched the pics together as a panoramic shot, and this what a variation of what's all around our housie. Beautiful.
Then he stitched the pics together as a panoramic shot, and this what a variation of what’s all around our housie. Beautiful.

Saturday, 7 February 2015: Breakfast at Melissa’s, lunch at Panama Jacks and first stage of patio beam installation

Leafy shape in my flat white from Melissa-s in Blouberg - our first ever visit to Melissa's.
Leafy shape in my flat white from Melissa-s in Blouberg – our first ever visit to Melissa’s.
Husband ensuring his eggs ben breakfast was well and truly sauced
Husband ensuring his eggs ben breakfast was well and truly sauced
And for me? A slice of pecan praline cheesecake, thank you very much ;)
And for me? A slice of pecan praline cheesecake, thank you very much ๐Ÿ˜‰
Tummies purring, we set off to do our 'wood' research, and found the place with the best price. Here I'm sitting in the backseat while the lengths of wood stick out the back of Bluebell - we did tie them down with rope, too. Of course MacGyver-y Husband thought of that
Tummies purring, we set off to do our ‘wood’ research, and found the place with the best price. Here I’m sitting in the backseat while the lengths of wood stick out the back of Bluebell – we did tie them down with rope, too. Of course MacGyver-y Husband thought of that
Wood purchased, we left it under the doggies' care at home while dashing off to meet the parents at Panama Jacks for the last of Husband's birthday celebrations. Here are dad and me
Wood purchased, we left it under the doggies’ care at home while dashing off to meet the parents at Panama Jacks for the last of Husband’s birthday celebrations. Here are dad and me
With Husband and mom facing us
With Husband and mom facing us
Dad had this for his lunch - 4 crayfishy pieces, with rice and spicy sauce
Dad had this for his lunch – 4 crayfishy pieces, with rice and spicy sauce
After lunch we stopped at the beach for a quick dip. I noticed the seagulls were very close to the coming tide
After lunch we stopped at the beach for a quick dip. I noticed the seagulls were very close to the coming tide
Then his feet got wet. Mr Gull flew off before he could take Husband up on his offer to accompany him snorkelling, though...
Then his feet got wet. Mr Gull flew off before he could take Husband up on his offer to accompany him snorkelling, though…
The water was absolutely amazing, in colour and temperature. #nofilter
The water was absolutely amazing, in colour and temperature. #nofilter
Here is Husband, about to set off on his snorkelling trip, with flippers on his feet. He said he saw little green fish yellow eyes
Here is Husband, about to set off on his snorkelling trip, with flippers on his feet. He said he saw little green fish yellow eyes
Then we got home and Husband got to work, putting up the first beam. Looks like he's standing on air but it's a trick of the light, he really is on the ladder. Take no notice of the scrubby garden, that's a project for another weekend
Then we got home and Husband got to work, putting up the first beam. Looks like he’s standing on air but it’s a trick of the light, he really is on the ladder. Take no notice of the scrubby garden, that’s a project for another weekend.

Sunday, 8 February 2015: Breakfast at Cafe Lacomia, drinks at Captain’s Kitchen

We needed to buy a few more DIY-type things on Sunday morning, so breakfasted at Cafe Lacomia, right inside our nearest Builder's Warehouse. Here is Husband perusing the menu...
We needed to buy a few more DIY-type things on Sunday morning, so breakfasted at Cafe Lacomia, right inside our nearest Builder’s Warehouse. Here is Husband perusing the menu…
Look at the mini croissant we each got to sample before our breakfast, and the two (yes, two!) little cookies that accompanied my cappuccino. Nice touch.
Look at the mini croissant we each got to sample before our breakfast, and the two (yes, two!) little cookies that accompanied my cappuccino. Nice touch.
Odds and ends purchased, we went back home, where Husband finished off the patio roof frame rather fast
Odds and ends purchased, we went back home, where Husband finished off the patio roof frame rather fast
Here he is nonchalantly sitting on it, to prove it's sturdy and can take the weight of my hammock chair
Here he is nonchalantly sitting on it, to prove it’s sturdy and can take the weight of my hammock chair
Satisfied with a job well done, we headed to Captain's Kitchen in Big Bay to wet our whistles.
Satisfied with a job well done, we headed to Captain’s Kitchen in Big Bay to wet our whistles.
I went for a coffee milkshake, of course
I went for a coffee milkshake, of course
Mum made wonderful dom pedro things after lupper
Mum made wonderful dom pedro things after lupper

Wednesday, 11 February 2015: Nutella hot chocolate at Melissa’s

As luck would have it, I had my second Melissa's experience this week, when attending a breakfast business meeting at Melissa's on Kloof Street. This is the Nutella hot chocolate.
As luck would have it, I had my second Melissa’s experience this week, when attending a breakfast business meeting at Melissa’s on Kloof Street. This is the Nutella hot chocolate.
Later that day, on my trip home, I snapped this shot - it's a sight you only get to see from the MyCiti bus lane in Paarden Eiland. Gorgeous cloud-covered mountain
Later that day, on my trip home, I snapped this shot – it’s a sight you only get to see from the MyCiti bus lane in Paarden Eiland. Gorgeous cloud-covered mountain

Thursday, 12 February 2015: Refreshing (alcoholic) work lollies

Thursday was the #BizTrends20-15 event, held at the Inner City Ideas Cartel in the CBD. It was a really humid day, so these tequila-lemonade lollies went down a treat!
Thursday was the #BizTrends20-15 event, held at the Inner City Ideas Cartel in the CBD. It was a really humid day, so these tequila-lemonade lollies went down a treat!

Friday, 13 February 2015: Office Valentine’s Day celebrations

Our entertainment committee put together the most amazing candlelit brunch, which suited the suddenly-rainy weather. Here's my selection of eats and flute of Appletizer (though there was sparkling wine on offer, too), on our fake-grass carpet.
Our entertainment committee put together the most amazing candlelit brunch, which suited the suddenly-rainy weather. Here’s my selection of eats and flute of Appletizer (though there was sparkling wine on offer, too), on our fake-grass carpet.
Who said red and pink are clashing colours? Divine
Who said red and pink are clashing colours? Divine
Of course we played Bad Cupid - so pleased with what I ended up with - an owlie travel mug, just perfect for someone who loves coffee and owls
Of course we played Bad Cupid – so pleased with what I ended up with – an owlie travel mug, just perfect for someone who loves coffee and owls

That’s all for now, folks – but this is my birthday weekend, so I’m sure there’ll be a cake or two involved – have some for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Pasta at Panama Jacks, Cape to Cuba cocktails and swimming in the not-so-deep blue sea

“Know where Charlize Theron eats seafood when she’s in Cape Town? Right here, at Panama Jacks,” our waitress whispered conspiratorially during our lipsmacking Saturday lunch. We could certainly see why. But of course, that’s not all we’ve done since my last update…

Thursday, 8 January 2015: Husband and parents lunch at Fat Cactus

On Thursday, my parents treated Husband to a 'last day of leave' lunch. Here is lovely Mum with her rib basket.
On Thursday, my parents treated Husband to a ‘last day of leave’ lunch. Here is lovely Mum with her rib basket.
Dad and Husband tucking in on the other side of table.
Dad and Husband tucking in on the other side of table.
I got home from work to this sight. Note mirror propped up in front of Husband and Bertie - that was so Husband could properly portray himself in his new cricket game
I got home from work to this sight. Note mirror propped up in front of Husband and Bertie – that was so Husband could properly portray himself in his new cricket game

Saturday, 10 January 2015: Family lunch at Panama Jacks, a chilly dip in Blouberg

Mom, me and dad outside Panama Jacks. It's not an obvious Cape Town must-visit as it's in the harbour, so a little tricky to reach, but came highly recommended by a former colleague - we soon saw why!
It’s not an obvious Cape Town must-visit as it’s in the harbour, so a little tricky to reach, but came highly recommended by a former colleague – we soon saw why!
Instead of ordering the ordinary lobster off the menu, Dad went the clever route by having this lobster Ritz starter, and lobster sushi (in case you're wondering, t'was not raw sashimi-style - the lobster was cooked and indeed delicious, he said)
Instead of ordering the ordinary lobster off the menu, Dad went the clever route by having this lobster Ritz starter, and lobster sushi (in case you’re wondering, t’was not raw sashimi-style – the lobster was cooked and indeed delicious, he said)
Husband had three oysters as a starter
Husband had three oysters as a starter
Husband's Fettuccini Marinara, chock-full of fishy things
Husband’s Fettuccini Marinara, chock-full of fishy things
Mom's peri-peri prawns main - she had calamari starter
Mom’s peri-peri prawns main – she had calamari starter
You can't quite see it, but that there Fettuccini Verde, packed with pesto and parmesan, was among the best pasta I've ever had. EVER. And at just R50 a plate, I'll definitely be back! (Yes yes, I know it's a seafood place, but am allergic to most creatures from the sea, remember?)
You can’t quite see it, but that there Fettuccini Verde, packed with pesto and parmesan, was among the best pasta I’ve ever had. EVER. And at just R50 a plate, I’ll definitely be back! (Yes yes, I know it’s a seafood place, but am allergic to most creatures from the sea, remember?)
And to end it off a whisky Dom Pedro, with 4 straws. So good we had another :)
And to end it off a whisky Dom Pedro, with 4 straws. So good we had another ๐Ÿ™‚
Husband heading to his favourite swimming spot, once we'd been home for a nap so the food had time to digest
Husband heading to his favourite swimming spot, once we’d been home for a nap so the food had time to digest
There he is, bobbing in the sea! The wind was so strong that while I was taking this photo, it decided to snatch his vest I was supposedly holding for safekeeping out of my hand. It tumbled into the sea, never to be seen again. Sob. Sea 2, Litchi 0, if you remember I lost our camera the same way soon after we moved down here. Sigh...
There he is, bobbing in the sea! The wind was so strong that while I was taking this photo, it decided to snatch his vest I was supposedly holding for safekeeping out of my hand. It tumbled into the sea, never to be seen again. Sob. Sea 2, Litchi 0, if you remember I lost our camera the same way soon after we moved down here. Sigh…

Sunday, 11 January 2015: Breakfast at Aunt Sysy’s, cocktails at Cape to Cuba, swimming in the warm Muizenberg sea

Having lived in the Table View area for over two year's now, tis a little embarrassing to have only just visited Aunt Sysy's coffee shop at the Sandown Nursery. A delightful breakfast we had, too - note my flat white and plate of African Frenzy french toast - complete with bacon, banana, cream cheese, a berry and sprinkling of cinnamon - a steal at R30!
Having lived in the Table View area for over two year’s now, tis a little embarrassing to have only just visited Aunt Sysy’s coffee shop at the Sandown Nursery. A delightful breakfast we had, too – note my flat white and plate of African Frenzy french toast – complete with bacon, banana, cream cheese, a berry and sprinkling of cinnamon – a steal at R30!
Presenting... Cape to Cuba! Most folk stop at the Brass Bell or Kalkies when in Kalk Bay, but this spot is a true gem. It's decorated with chandeliers, bright walls, swings and more inside, and outside tables are wedged into soft beach sand if that's your fancy
Presenting… Cape to Cuba! Most folk stop at the Brass Bell or Kalkies when in Kalk Bay, but this spot is a true gem. It’s decorated with chandeliers, bright walls, swings and more inside, and outside tables are wedged into soft beach sand if that’s your fancy
Husband's cocktail came with green feather and juicy pineapple slice. Was called 'The Voodoo', hence the dark purple colour. I had the most delicious Pina Colada - sadly no photo to show you.
Husband’s cocktail came with green feather and juicy pineapple slice. Was called ‘The Voodoo’, hence the dark purple colour. I had the most delicious Pina Colada – sadly no photo to show you.
We were still heading to Mum's for lupper, so Husband elected the mussel tapas - lovely white wine sauce, he said
We were still heading to Mum’s for lupper, so Husband elected the mussel tapas – lovely white wine sauce, he said
Perfect. beach. weather. Look at that sky! Look at that sea! And as this was in Muizenberg, Husband was able to pull me in with minimal complaints and lots of laughter once I was in. Waves weren't good enough for proper boogie boarding but was lovely to be cool and wet!
Perfect. beach. weather. Look at that sky! Look at that sea! And as this was in Muizenberg, Husband was able to pull me in with minimal complaints and lots of laughter once I was in. Waves weren’t good enough for proper boogie boarding but was lovely to be cool and wet!

That’s all, folks! I know, I know – no milkshake pics (though I did have a strawberry one at Panama Jacks), no photos of Bassie, and not a single shot of the sunset! Gasp! Will hopefully rectify the situation next time round… Click here to visit the Panama Jacks website.

Airport goodbyes and dogs that eat wood

Last weekend was a bittersweet one as we took my parents to the airport for their much-anticipated, well-deserved Mediterranean cruise to celebrate Mom’s 60th birthday this coming week – shh! Don’t tell her I told you! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So while we were super excited on their behalf (especially as Husband is quite the aviation fanatic, as I’m sure you know)… it was also sad for us – mainly that we couldn’t go with, but also because we’re so used to seeing them every few days and having them just a WhatsApp message away when advice is needed (and this week LOTS of advice has been needed… but that’s a topic for another post).

So Saturday was all about the airport – Husband even took a video of the parents’ plane taking off for Johannesburg, where they spent a night with mom’s sweet family before flying on to Paris and Italy – click here to see it!

But before that was a wonderful late-Friday farewell work lunch with my fantastic current colleagues before weย went our separate ways – and as luck would have it, we ate at the Fireman’s Arms, which I already knew made a marvellous Dom Pedro, so Dom Pedro I did:

Kahlua Dom Pedro. Of course I munched on the garnish, too
Kahlua Dom Pedro. Of course I munched on the garnish, too

And to eat? An enormous bacon cheese burger with fries (I ate EVERY. SINGLE chip/speck of relish and polished off the burger… in fact, that’s all I ate that day!)

Look at THAT for a burger! Actually had to smoosh it all together to fit in my mouth, and in the end even that didn't work so I ate the bottom bit of roll separately to save on mouth-space, lol
Look at THAT for a burger! Actually had to smoosh it all together to fit in my mouth, and in the end even that didn’t work so I ate the bottom bit of roll separately to save on mouth-space, lol
Just look at the striking clouds on my commute home last Friday
Just look at the striking clouds on my commute home last Friday
You know I love me some pretty pink clouds - this is what I saw when I got home
You know I love me some pretty pink clouds – this is what I saw when I got home
Sun-kissed streaky clouds above my palm tree
Sun-kissed streaky clouds above my palm tree

Sunset skies are the perfect start to a weekend. And then the weekend began! Here’s what we did, starting with the airport:

Waiting patiently with my Spur breakfast (there was more to it than just jammy toast, obvs) in front of the plane that would whisk the parents away
Waiting patiently with my Spur breakfast (there was more to it than just jammy toast, obvs) in front of the plane that would whisk the parents away
Husband demonstrating just how many mini-margarine tubs we were given for our Airport Spur breakfast (Just enough to properly butter 4 slices of toast, in case you're wondering)
Husband demonstrating just how many mini-margarine tubs we were given for our Airport Spur breakfast (Just enough to properly butter 4 slices of toast, in case you’re wondering)
We waited and waited and waited... and then we saw them! My parents! Heading through the walkway onto the plane! Mom in front and dad following, as you can see
We waited and waited and waited… and then we saw them! My parents! Heading through the walkway onto the plane! Mom in front and dad following, as you can see

Sunday was a relaxing day filled with warm-feeling-flooding-your-body things like a wine farm breakfast at Poplars Restaurant in D’Aria Wine Estate (which is where we did our very first wine tasting when we first moved down, click here for a reminder), as well as afternoon cake and lolling about in front of the fire as it turned rainy, as you’ll see below…

Just to show you how cold it was, based on my Ugg-ly outfit (and I was still cold, should have taken thick jacket along)
Just to show you how cold it was, based on my Ugg-ly outfit (and I was still cold, should have taken thick jacket along)
Delicious breakfast cappuccino at Poplars, the restaurant at D'Aria Wine Estate on the very outskirts of Durbanville
Delicious breakfast cappuccino at Poplars, the restaurant at D’Aria Wine Estate on the very outskirts of Durbanville
Tabasco-ing his Eggs Benedict. Note: This Tabasco sauce-fetish (we go through a bottle a week on average at home) is the reason our doggy is named Tabasco and also why I've always suspected he's not of this world (fans of the TV series Roswell will understand)
Tabasco-ing his Eggs Benedict. Note: This Tabasco sauce-fetish (we go through a bottle a week on average at home) is the reason our doggy is named Tabasco and also why I’ve always suspected he’s not of this world (fans of the TV series Roswell will understand)
Love the expressions on all three of their faces as they warm themselves in front of the fire! Teehee
Love the expressions on all three of their faces as they warm themselves in front of the fire! Teehee
Your eyes do not deceive you. Bertie decided the firewood was delicious and started gnawing it while his dad was adding logs to the fire.
Your eyes do not deceive you. Bertie decided the firewood was delicious and started gnawing it while his dad was adding logs to the fire.

That’s all for now, folks… looks like we’re in for a few summery sunshine days so expect lots of happy pics in my next post!

Cheap weekend breakfasts and not-so-cheap beers

One of my favourite things to do over a weekend is sleep in late and have a lazy breakfast. But the fact that it’s a ‘lazy’ one means you usually don’t feel like putting it together yourself. Also, there’s only so much of the standard cheapie breakfast you can handle weekend after weekend when the toast is barely crisped, the tomato hasn’t seen the bottom of a grill and the bacon is limp… (Main contenders rhyme with Sneers, Slur and Limpy, if you must know).

And so, we often find ourselves out and about on a weekend morning, tasked with the hefty mission of finding somewhere reasonably close by (as our tummies are grumbling by then and wanting to be filled) as well as somewhere not too heavy on the purse strings (as our purses don’t hold much). Less than R100 for both of us to eat and drink is the target.

So it was to our delight that we found a place that ticked all the required boxes – 10 minutes from home, Inside at Seaside Village in Big Bay is a bit of a conundrum as it advertises itself as a place serving not just a) Indian food but also b) cocktails, and is known as a c) sports bar – Super Rugby was on when we visited Saturday mid-morning and beers were going down multiple gullets. Nevertheless, Inside pulls off the task well – We ended up paying just R75 in total for both of us to exit with tummies purring…

Playing with my beautiful boy doggie before we left home
Playing with my beautiful boy doggie before we left home
Look at all that foooood! Not pictured - the starter bowl of yoghurt and honey, his large Coke, free coffee and free glass of juice. Super Rugby on the telly behind him
Look at all that foooood! Not pictured – the starter bowl of yoghurt and honey, his large Coke, free coffee and free glass of juice. Super Rugby on the telly behind him
I helped him finish the juice. See my lovely large potato wedges? Also had scrambled eggs, toast, a small sausage. Delightful for R18
I helped him finish the juice. See my lovely large potato wedges? Also had scrambled eggs, toast, a small sausage. Delightful for R18

But it wasn’t a day of ‘saving on food and having lots of shiny coins to fill our purses’, oh no. Because with winter in the air, Husband is on a ‘pub food’ mission – bangers and mash, to be exact. So later in the day we bussed in to town, walked through howling winds and splurged a great deal at the Fireman’s Arms. Don’t scoff – it was a whopping  R37 just for a 500ml draft beer (Amstel, nothing fancy or crafty), R48 on a dom pedro, and R75 for a rather pretty plate of mash and saucy onions, which sounds good – yet came with just two bangers, not the expected three. Sad face.

Here it is - popular waterhole for sports fans, it seems - packed with Arsenalian folk on Saturday afternoon
Here it is – popular waterhole for sports fans, it seems – packed with Arsenalian folk on Saturday afternoon
The pricey plate. Three dollops of 'something' sauce in top left
The pricey plate. Three dollops of ‘something’ sauce in top left
I enjoyed The Cape focaccia - it had Mrs Balls chutney, peppadews and biltong shavings on top
I enjoyed The Cape focaccia – it had Mrs Balls chutney, peppadews and biltong shavings on top
The R48 dom pedro (with Kahlua swirled in the bottom and artfully slivered strawberry wedged on top)
The R48 dom pedro (with Kahlua swirled in the bottom and artfully slivered strawberry wedged on top)
Some clever folk climb the fireman's pole to scribble their names. We nearly did when we got the bill
Some clever folk climb the fireman’s pole to scribble their names. We nearly did when we got the bill
Lovely flapjack stack with berries and syrup for R30 at Joe's Easy Diner in Canal Walk the next day - with a free toffee shake, thanks to my voucher
Lovely flapjack stack with berries and syrup for R30 at Joe’s Easy Diner in Canal Walk the next day – with a free toffee shake, thanks to my voucher
I didn't get my typical photo of the weekend sunset this time around, so here's the sunset-coloured wine we had at mum's house with Sunday lupper
I didn’t get my typical photo of the weekend sunset this time around, so here’s the sunset-coloured wine we had at mum’s house with Sunday lupper

The ‘bangers and mash’ and weekend breakfast missions are set to continue, so watch this space…