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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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Bassie turns 8, Earth Hour 2015 and our own Blue Train trip of sorts…

We made it to the first long weekend of 2015! I hope you’ve already had a very good Good Friday, filled with all the things you love most. Ours hasn’t been a very relaxing one as we’ve been doing lots of little chores around the house, mainly in the garden, but the grazed knuckles and aching arms are worth it when the garden of your dreams finally starts to take shape. More on that in the next blog update though – for now, I’ll show you what we’ve been up to since last Friday’s update…

Friday, 27 March 2015: Braai at home

Ribs! They were braai-ed to perfection by Husband. Bassie was hopeful that she'd get some left overs. (She did).
Ribs! They were braai-ed to perfection by Husband. Bassie was hopeful that she’d get some left overs. As was Bertie, almost hidden behind me. (They did).

Saturday, 28 March 2015: Canal Walk breakfast, Earth Hour Scrabble

After a spot of car license renewal admin, Husband went for a very saucy hot dog and 500ml  cola for his breakfast - look, there's even a dollop of sauce on the tip of his dear nose, teehee
After a spot of car license renewal admin, Husband went for a very saucy hot dog and 500ml cola for his breakfast – look, there’s even a dollop of sauce on the tip of his dear nose, teehee
For me? A saucy chip roll, and a McCafe caramel-infused cafe latte. Very sweet but just what I needed!
For me? A saucy chip roll, and a McCafe caramel-infused cafe latte. Very sweet but just what I needed!
For Earth Hour that night, we played Scrabble outside, with our solar jars lighting the board. You can just see Bertie watching from the doorway.
For Earth Hour that night, we played Scrabble outside, with our solar jars lighting the board. You can just see Bertie watching from the doorway. He didn’t join in, though.
I Scrabbled too, with coffee and thick jacket as it was a bit chilly.
I Scrabbled too, with coffee and puffy jacket as it was a bit chilly.

Sunday, 29 March 2015: Hout Bay day trip

Pretty yachts in Hout Bay, and you can just see the seal to my left, heading towards the man feeding him fish right from his own mouth (sies).
Pretty yachts in Hout Bay, and you can just see the seal to my left, heading towards the man feeding him fish right from his own mouth (sies).
Husband contemplating breakfast at the Riverway Cafe in Hout Bay.
Husband contemplating breakfast at the Riverway Cafe in Hout Bay.
His breakfast Cola came with lemon, ice and a pleasingly green glass.
His breakfast Cola came with lemon, ice and a pleasingly green glass.
For me, a creme brulee-flavoured cafe latte, with a shortcake biscuit on the side. Yummer rummer.
For me, a creme brulee-flavoured cafe latte, with a shortcake biscuit on the side. Yummer rummer.
Husband said his breakfast was just wonderful. At R30, it was an eggy-mushroomy-tomato jammy-rosemary-sprigged delight. Which he promptly Tabasco sauced to an inch of its life, of course.
Husband said his breakfast was just wonderful. At R30, it was an eggy-mushroomy-tomato jammy-rosemary-sprigged delight. Which he promptly Tabasco sauced to an inch of its life, of course.
See? We were at the Blue Train, too! OK OK, this is the restaurant version permanently posted in Sea Point. And Mum and Dad had been off of the real Blue Train for a full day already - still funny :)
See? We were at the Blue Train, too! OK OK, this is the restaurant version permanently posted in Sea Point. And Mum and Dad had been off of the real Blue Train for a full day already – still funny πŸ™‚
All the gulls on the rocks in the middle of the Camps Bay tidal pool. I had to make my way carefully to the boundary wall to take this shot, with the sea crashing over my feet and Husband helpfully holding my arm for stability.
All the gulls on the rocks in the middle of the Camps Bay tidal pool. I had to make my way carefully to the boundary wall to take this shot, with the sea crashing over my feet and Husband helpfully holding my arm for stability.
Of course Husband had a dip in his favourite sea spot
Of course Husband had a dip in his favourite sea spot near home, looking like he was about to take on the whole world.
Husband with his Driftwood drink...
Husband with his Driftwood drink…
Me with mine (yes, peanut butter shake, you know me well).
Me with mine (yes, it’s a peanut butter shake, you know me well).
Bertie LOVED his belated birthday present. This is a stuffed toy with chewy rope legs and a squeaker inside. He sat and dug out all of the stuffing to reach the squeaker, then ran around with the newly flattened toy. Such a sweet dog.
Bertie LOVED his belated birthday present. This is a gorilla stuffed toy with chewy rope legs and a squeaker inside. He sat and dug out all of the stuffing to reach the squeaker, then ran around with the newly flattened toy. Such a sweet dog.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015: Nando’s dins with parents

The leathery palm-leaf shaped lights at Nando's, where we supped with Mum and Dad on collecting them from the airport.
The leathery palm-leaf shaped lights at Nando’s, where we supped with Mum and Dad on collecting them from the airport.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015: Fire & Ice hotel, Royale burger lunch, Bassie’s 8th birthday

Pretty floral display at the Fire & Ice Hotel, where I attended a morning event on Wednesday. Just not so keen on the red wall, due to previous house having questionable red sections.
Pretty floral display at the Fire & Ice Hotel, where I attended a morning event on Wednesday. Just not so keen on the red wall, due to previous house having questionable red sections.
Much-needed tea break treats at the Fire & Ice...
Much-needed tea break treats at the Fire & Ice…
Playing around with the iPad's Photobooth/selfie settings, still not looking at exactly the right spot but this is better than my earlier attempts.
Playing around with the iPad’s Photobooth/selfie settings, still not looking at exactly the right spot but this is better than my earlier attempts.
Wednesday was also #redmylips day, so I had to keep wiping my cup between sips - plus I overfilled it so spilled some into the saucer, as I do.
Wednesday was also #redmylips day, so I had to keep wiping my cup between sips – plus I overfilled it so spilled some into the saucer, as I do.
Mature cheddar burger and fries for lunch at a work meeting at Royale in Long Street. One of the best!
Mature cheddar burger and fries for lunch at a work meeting at Royale in Long Street. One of the best!
And there was this - a fudgey brownie milkshake, with chunks of  chocolate brownie in the bottom of the glass - and by chance, a purple straw.
And there was this – a fudgey brownie milkshake, with chunks of chocolate brownie in the bottom of the glass – and by chance, a purple straw.
Happy birthday, little one! Bassie is now officially eight human-years old. Still hates wearing her birthday hat.
Happy birthday, little one! Bassie is now officially eight human-years old. Still hates wearing her birthday hat.
Even when Granny and Grampa visited, Bassie was reluctant to grin while wearing her birthday hat. I'm an embarrassing mom, I think.
Even when Granny and Grampa visited, Bassie was reluctant to grin while wearing her birthday hat. I’m an embarrassing mom, I think.
But she LOVED eating the peanut butter-chicken muffins Granny baked especially for her birthday.
But she LOVED eating the peanut butter-chicken muffins Granny baked especially for her birthday.

That’s all for now, folks! I see lots of chocolate in your future – happy Easter weekend πŸ™‚

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™‚

Best ribs and boat trips

Of course we did more than just eat and sightsee this weekend. But thinking back, those are two of the biggest highlights for me – and they usually are, as there’s nothing nicer than being a tourist in your own city.

Well, we partially accomplished that this weekend by visiting Lefty’s in town on Saturday – it’s only been open for a few months but is fast gaining a reputation for having ‘the best ribs and drunk food’ (words from other reviews, not mine). As I love me some ribs, we had to try them out for ourselves. And boy, were they yummy! Truly delicious, and not badly priced either, at R65 for 3 short racks of baby back ribs. I was hungry, had been looking forward to this for days, and still had to donate third rack to Husband as I was so full. He had the pulled pork sammich, one of his favourites… not quite so reasonably priced at R60 for a regular-sized roll. My other complaints? Service was lukewarm-to-tepid and there were no milkshakes on offer. Not even plain vanilla. Oh well. Will definitely go back for the ribs though, they were lip-smackingly, finger-lickingly good. Speaking of finger-licking, I may just try the ‘Kentucky chicken waffles with bacon and maple syrup’ next time. Mmm.

Sunday’s big adventure was a fantastic boat trip to the seal islands and rig wreck close to Hout Bay, which Husband has been trying to reach on his own steam pretty much since we arrived in Cape Town. I’ve always been wary of travelling by water as motion sickness usually hits me like a ton of bricks, but I seem to have found my ‘sea legs’ of late – remember I pretended we ‘lived the yacht life’ at the Waterfront a few weeks ago, and had a wonderful float on a catamaran earlier this year? Indeed.

That was the highlight of each day of the weekend for me, but of course that’s not all we did – the pics below do the rest of the weekend justice…

Saturday, 5 April 2014: Lazy breakfast at Seaside Blues in Melkbos, ribs at Lefty’s, Lagoon Beach clean up

Best thing about going out for breakfast in Cape Town? The view! I'm gazing out to sea from Seaside Blues in Melkbos here
Best thing about going out for breakfast in Cape Town? The view! I’m gazing out to sea from Seaside Blues in Melkbos here
And the food wasn't bad either! I had a 'tjoef-tjaf' and hubby was pleased with his large frittata
And the food wasn’t bad either! I had a ‘tjoef-tjaf’ and hubby was pleased with his large frittata
Aww. Best person to share a Coke with - my love :)
Aww. Best person to share a Coke with – my love πŸ™‚
Yip, that's a Tafel on the table as we wait at Lefty's
Yip, that’s a Tafel on the table as we wait at Lefty’s
Pulled pork sammich = tasty but a bit on the small side
Pulled pork sammich = tasty but a bit on the small side
The RIBS! Look at my excited face. Look at it.
The RIBS! Look at my excited face. Look at it.
One of the doggies devouring the rib bones
One of the doggies devouring the rib bones
Jump for joy at Lagoon Beach
Jump for joy at Lagoon Beach
Doing a bit of a clean up at the beach. Playing around with colour settings on phone too, clearly
Doing a bit of a clean up at the beach. Playing around with colour settings on phone too, clearly

Sunday, 6 April 2014: Hout Bay harbour: Seal and shipwreck cruise

If you look closely you'll see the man bending over into the harbour holding raw fish in his mouth for the plump seals to grab
If you look closely you’ll see the man bending over into the harbour holding raw fish in his mouth for the plump seals to grab
Happy! On a boat! Not a selfie!
Happy! On a boat! Not a selfie!
The smelly seals at Duiker Island
The smelly seals at Duiker Island
Doesn't get prettier than this. Clear, sparkly water, lush green mountains and a bit a haze for atmosphere
Doesn’t get prettier than this. Clear, sparkly water, lush green mountains and a bit a haze for atmosphere
The wreck at last. The Bos400 which came adrift in 1994, been nestled around the corner from Hout Bay ever since.
The wreck at last. The Bos400 which came adrift in 1994, been nestled around the corner from Hout Bay ever since.
Another mossy, sunken ship effort in Hout Bay harbour
Another mossy, sunken ship effort in Hout Bay harbour
Loved this! Seals sunning themselves on the Seal Alert
Loved this! Seals sunning themselves on the Seal Alert

Until next time, kids!