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September SEO studies, walks along the Cape coastline and lots of lattes

I’m now into the third week of my 10-week part-time course and my brain is positively overflowing with information that you may well see filtering across into this very blog’s design soon. Exciting! πŸ™‚

Other highlights from the past week include the first true glimpse of Spring 2015 for Cape Town – always a few weeks behind those of y’all upcountry, alas. See below…

Friday, 11 September 2015: Chilly dogs in blankets

Bertie Andrews feeling the chill.
Bertie Andrews feeling the chill.
Bassie Andrews in a blanket.
Bassie Andrews also felt the need to be blanketed.

Saturday, 12 September 2015: Breakfast at Woodbridge Island, post-assignment burgers at Rockstar Diner

Breakfast at Ilha, Woodbridge.
Some pre-brekkie grins at Ilha, Woodbridge Island on Saturday.
English breakfast at Ilha
Husband about to tuck in to his full English.
French toast breakfast at Ilha
You know I love French Toast! This is a stack with bacon and grilled banana, and a cafe latte on the side.
Long Island Ice Tea at Rockstar Diner, Cape Town
Much, much later that day, after Husband had done lots of cleaning and clearing (we visited the local dump twice and that final box that had sat in the garage since we first moved to Cape Town is gone).. plus after I finished my last assignment for the week, we treated ourselves to fancy drinks and burgers at the Rockstar Diner. This is Husband’s Long Island Ice Tea…
Burgers at Rockstar Diner, Cape Town
There we are with our burgers and big grins adorning our faces. You can just see my ‘strawberries and cream’ milkshake, as well as my cheese burger topped with a crumbed onion ring and Husband’s ‘magic mushroom’ burger.

Sunday, 13 September 2015: Breakfast and long walks along the West Coast

Cappuccino at Captain's Kitchen, Eden on the Bay.
First thing on Sunday, we headed to Eden on the Bay and dithered over where to eat. We started out at Captain’s Kitchen, where I had a strong cappuccino.
Coke at Captain's Kitchen, Table Mountain in the background
Husband had a Cola, of course. We then decided to walk “a little up the road” to see what else was on offer.
Blouberg rocks and a red ship
Walk and walk we did! All the way past the Blue Peter, Ons Huisie and the incoming sea. There’s a ship in the top left of the shot.
Walking on rocks by Table Mountain
See? As close as close can be to the sea. Actually I lie. We were walking in the sea later, and I very nearly got swept away when I stepped into a hole in the sand – luckily Husband was right there to rescue me and I only got soaked up to my knees.
Breakfast at Petit Fours, Blouberg
We ended up having breakfast at Petit Fours. Husband had this lovely poached egg concoction.
Tabasco sauce for breakfast
My favourite Boy and his favourite sauce.
Chai latte and mini cheese cake at Petit Fours
For me? This rather delightful mini cheesecake filled with salted caramel and sliced almonds, washed down with a Chai latte.
Sushi on Marine Circle, Blouberg
Later that afternoon we were back in the area and stopped off for a spot of sushi at Best of Asia on Marine Circle

Wednesday, 16 September: Dins at Fat Cactus, Woodstock

Fat Cactus, Woodstock post-work drinks
To celebrate my first assignment results, Husband met me down the road from work on Wednesday at the Fat Cactus
Espresso milkshake at Fat Cactus
For me? A super large espresso milkshake. There was enough in there to fill two glasses.
Pulled pork tacos at Fat Cactus, Woodstock
For Husband, the pulled pork, crispy tacos. He loves them
Rib basket at Fact Cactus, Woodstock
For me? The ‘starter’ rib basket. Husband helped me finish and we brought the rib bones home for the doggies.
Dog sitting on couch with teddybear
Later that night we gave Bertie the teddybear we’d rescued from the side of the road a while ago and cleaned first. He loves it.

Friday, 18 September 2015: SEO studies and delicious tea breaks

Poptarts and cappuccino and SEO study notes
I took the day off from work, so my Friday started like this – chocolate Poptarts and cappuccino breakfast while cluing myself up on the design aspects of SEO.
Chai latte and custart croissant at Carluccis, Blouberg
I had this for a brunch break later with the parents – custard-filled croissant and a large Chai latte. Yum!

That’s all, folks! The weekend ahead is set to be sunny yet windy, so who knows what my next blog update will have in store for you?

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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!

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 πŸ™‚
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.

Sticky ribs, breakfast with soldiers and sailing on our fathers’ yachts. Kind of…

You kids already know I love ribs. You just can’t do better than short pork ribs, with a sticky, tasty basting… see me eating ribs in Joburg with my bestie here, and at Lefty’s in CT here. And now, we have a strong contender set to snatch the title of ‘best ribs’. Drum roll please, it’s… Fat Cactus, Woodstock! We’d been to Fat Cactus in Mowbray a few times before (even when my Joburg bestie was down for a whirlwind visit, remember? I even went on about how amazing the chipotle sauce was. But golly goodness is having a whole rib basket to yourself a treat! That’s what I did on Saturday, and I’d say that was my weekend highlight. But of course, that’s not all we did… (and of course I didn’t get photos of everything, either) πŸ˜‰

Saturday, 4 October 2014: Dip in the Blouberg sea, Fat Cactus lunch, exploring the yacht club

Bertie didn't realise he had a bit of leaf stuck to his nose. Teehee
Bertie didn’t realise he had a bit of leaf stuck to his nose. Teehee
Blouberg beach was deserted on Saturday morning, despite beautiful weather conditions. We soon found out why...
Blouberg beach was deserted on Saturday morning, despite beautiful weather conditions. We soon found out why…
Reason number one for Blouberg beach being deserted: It was WINDY! Look how my hair was blowing in the breeze! (Note I am bravely standing ankle-deep in the cold cold sea)
Reason number one for Blouberg beach being deserted: It was WINDY! Look how my hair was blowing in the breeze! (Note I am bravely standing ankle-deep in the cold cold sea)
Reason number two for Blouberg beach being deserted... the water was FREEZING cold! Look at Husband's face!
Reason number two for Blouberg beach being deserted… the water was FREEZING cold! Look at Husband’s face!
Teehee, is all I have to say. Best photo ever.
Teehee, is all I have to say. Best photo ever.
To warm up we went for lunch. Here are the Pantlands! Note Frank's glass of yummy pomegranate cidery drink. Most unusual
To warm up we went for lunch. Here are the Pantlands! Note Frank’s glass of yummy pomegranate cidery drink. Most unusual
Husband showing me/you/us his basket of crispy tacos with pulled pork filling
Husband showing me/you/us his basket of crispy tacos with pulled pork filling
The rib basket 'snactus'. Crunchy celery sticks add a nice (healthy) crunch. Washed it down with a Milky Bar milkshake, as you do
The rib basket ‘snactus’. Crunchy celery sticks add a nice (healthy) crunch. Washed it down with a Milky Bar milkshake, as you do
You can't really see me as I blend in so well with the grey walls and green cacti out front. Lol. This is me eating my fizzer-y post-meal sweet
You can’t really see me as I blend in so well with the grey walls and green cacti out front. Lol. This is me eating my fizzer-y post-meal sweet
We popped into the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town's harbour on our way home. Not quite on my father's yacht, but this is where it'd be, if he had one.
We popped into the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town’s harbour on our way home. Not quite on my father’s yacht, but this is where it’d be, if he had one.
Admiring all the yachts. We walked over all the unstable wooden bridge efforts. to do so
Admiring all the yachts. We walked over all the unstable wooden bridge efforts to do so
It's been a while since I posted a sunset pic. This one was taken after the sun had gone down - sea is just on the horizon, under the street lights on Marine Drive
It’s been a while since I posted a sunset pic. This one was taken after the sun had gone down – sea is just on the horizon, under the street lights on Marine Drive

Sunday, 5 October 2014: Breakfast at Craft House Eatery, Woodbridge Island

You either get a bowl of flowers or a bowl of toy soldiers on your table at Craft House Eatery. Ours surrounded Husband's pastrami Benedict. Luckily they didn't attempt to eat any. That would have been messy.
You either get a bowl of flowers or a bowl of toy soldiers on your table at Craft House Eatery. Ours surrounded Husband’s pastrami Benedict. Luckily they didn’t attempt to eat any. That would have been messy.
I was being healthy on Sunday, so had the 'Bananas and Berries' breakfast. Gee whizz it was delicious, and what a lot I got! Best of all, I was full until lupper
I was being healthy on Sunday, so had the ‘Bananas and Berries’ breakfast. Gee whizz it was delicious, and what a lot I got! Best of all, I was full until lupper

Sadly that’s where I stopped taking photos as I went into ‘relax’ mode when we boogie boarded at Muizenberg (water was still as numbingly cold as it was on Saturday), and later lazed in the sun at Llandudno.

That’s all, folks! As you were πŸ™‚

Silver food swans and how much sugar it takes to sweeten a Wimpy Mega coffee

Ah, life. It has a way of getting ahead of itself, making you focus on certain things when others are more important, making you wait endless days for some things and bombarding you with a flood of others with seemingly little rhyme or reason.

Despite the typical ‘mid-year’ exhaustion setting in (anyone else notice August tends to be a particularly long, change-filled month? New offices, new workload, lots of birthdays, lots of financial admin, all over and above the usual?) we still managed a good few photo-worthy moments for your viewing pleasure since my last update. See below…

Monday, 11 August: Half-price pizzas at Col Cacchio, Big Bay

Tired as we were, we continued the extend the weekend feeling by eating out on a Monday to enjoy the wide range of Winter specials on offer.

I look tired but boy did that drink go down a treat! It's a 'Toblerone' - all sorts of chocolatey, caramelly flavours.
I look tired but boy did that drink go down a treat! It’s a ‘Toblerone’ – all sorts of chocolatey, caramelly flavours.
Husband looking pensive with our drinks. It was quite a wait for the food...
Husband looking pensive with our drinks. It was quite a wait for the food…
But well worth it when they finally arrived! That's my Norm's Pralina, and Husband's Half-half Butter Chicken/Ribs combo. Delicious.
But well worth it when they finally arrived! That’s my Norm’s Pralina, and Husband’s Half-half Butter Chicken/Ribs combo. Delicious.

Tuesday, 12 August: New offices and longggg train-bus commute home

View out the front office window (nice birdie in action)
View out the front office window (nice birdie in action)
Me on the train home from work. Great way to relax/unwind/nap, lol, especially if you're wearing sunnies
Me on the train home from work. Great way to relax/unwind/nap, lol, especially if you’re wearing sunnies
Go home Woodstock MyCiti station, you're drunk. (See how wonky it looks?)
Go home Woodstock MyCiti station, you’re drunk. (See how wonky it looks?)

Β Wednesday, 13 August: team dinner at Mondiall, V&A Waterfront

Β Of course new team starting at new office means team dinner. This is what we had

Sparkling water and pretty candlelight while perusing menu
Sparkling water and pretty candlelight while perusing menu
Look at that hot chocolate effort! Brimming with cream and flaked almonds, AND a cookie on top means it gets top marks (and at R45 it's not too bad if you factor in the Frangelico)
Look at that hot chocolate effort! Brimming with cream and flaked almonds, AND a cookie on top means it gets top marks (and at R45 it’s not too bad if you factor in the Frangelico)
Look at my burger! And chips! And hummus type spreads with olives that I ate with fresh bread, as a starter!
Look at my burger! And chips! And hummus type spreads with olives that I ate with fresh bread, as a starter!
See how much more 'swan-like' the silver (leftover food-filled) swan  at the other end of the table looks than mine?
See how much more ‘swan-like’ the silver (leftover food-filled) swan at the other end of the table looks than mine?

Saturday, 16 August: Wimpy breakfast and Fat Cactus lunch with parents and bestie

Husband explaining something while buttering his breakfast toast
Husband explaining something while buttering his breakfast toast
See how many sugars the Wimpy staff assume the Mega Coffee needs? Seven. I only used two :)
See how many sugars the Wimpy staff assume the Mega Coffee needs? Seven. I only used two πŸ™‚
Puppies celebrating the return of Granny and Grampa, after their Med cruise (the parents' cruise, not the puppies').
Puppies celebrating the return of Granny and Grampa, after their Med cruise (the parents’ cruise, not the puppies’).
Husband and dad at Fat Cactus, Mowbray (yes, we all wore our Croatia/Italy souvenir tee-shirts)
Husband and dad at Fat Cactus, Mowbray (yes, we all wore our Croatia/Italy souvenir tee-shirts)
Me, mom, and my Espresso shake
Me, mom, and my Espresso shake
Rib basket, with amazing chipotle sauce
Rib basket, with amazing chipotle sauce
Full family shot! Mum, Shells, me, Husband and Dad around the table at Fat Cactus for mom and dad's belated birthday lunch
Full family shot! Mum, Shells, me, Husband and Dad around the table at Fat Cactus for mom and dad’s belated birthday lunch

Sunday, 17 August: Doggy beach walk, lupper at parents

While waiting for me to finish my Sunday shift, Bassie told her dad she'd like to go to the beach
While waiting for me to finish my Sunday shift, Bassie told her dad she’d like to go to the beach
So go to the beach we did!
So go to the beach we did!
Bertie happily pranced on rocks and got completely soaked in the sea
Bertie happily pranced on rocks and got completely soaked in the sea
Bassie managed to cover her nose in sand...
Bassie managed to cover her nose in sand…
And grinned the whole way home!
And grinned the whole way home!
Husband cooked and ate two mussels 'caught' at the beach
Husband cooked and ate two mussels ‘caught’ at the beach
I made the parents their very own Bassie and Bertie as part of their birthday present(s)
I made the parents their very own Bassie and Bertie as part of their birthday present(s)
Birthday scones, made by mom! Nothing nicer :)
Birthday scones, made by mom! Nothing nicer πŸ™‚
Mom and dad celebrating their (by now very belated) birthdays :)
Mom and dad celebrating their (by now very belated) birthdays πŸ™‚

Monday, 18 August: Spur, Bayside’s two-for one burger special

One way to perk up a long, late Monday? Spur's Amarula hot chocolate!
One way to perk up a long, late Monday? Spur’s Amarula hot chocolate!
Accompanied by the two-for-one Monday Spur burger special, obvs.
Accompanied by the two-for-one Monday Spur burger special, obvs.

That’s all for now, folks! Lots more to update on, such as my half-birthday this past Wednesday and our seven-year wedding anniversary (gasp) this coming Monday. Plus other exciting news to share soon, so watch this space! πŸ™‚