Hello, one and all! When last I left you t’was the week before Christmas, and with some special effort I’m actually blogging today, the day of. We had a lovely lunch earlier and are all full-to-bursting – I’ve posted a few pics below, as well as other highlights from this magical week of holiday – despite lots of ‘new phone’ admin as Husband’s mysteriously vanished last Friday…
Saturday, 19 December 2015: Limnos brekkie, waffles for tea, dancing at Deco Dance
My moody cappuccino cup at Limnos Bakers, Canal Walk.
Husband opted for the ‘baker’s breakfast’, which included a coffee for me and an orange juice for him.
Research done we headed home for a nap, then headed out again for snacks at Eden on the Bay mid-afternoon. Husband opted for some sushi with a spot of news in the background.
For me? A traditional waffle with lemon curd from the Big Bay Waffle Company. Yum.
We were then ready for a ‘big night out’ – we walked across to the nearest myCiti bus stop, which took us all the way from just outside our doorstep to the heart of Sea Point, over three separate bus trips. Here is Husband peering worriedly out the back of the bus.
The reason we were in Sea Point? To celebrate the 30th birthday of one of Husband’s former colleagues. Love that they both wore fancy Darth Vader shirts for their night of ‘squeaking tekkie’.
Speaking of Star Wars, I meant to include this pic last week but forgot to – in all the movie hype we created our own ‘Star Wars profile pics’. Husband looks suitably wise/scary, I just couldn’t NOT smile, teehee.
Back to Deco Dance in Sea Point. Er’rybody was there, even Bob Dylan (I think), who was looking over my shoulder and feeling a little blue…
Sunday, 20 December 2015: Breakfast at Greens
Despite only getting home in the early hours of Sunday (thanks to a very efficient Uber driver as the MyCiti only runs until 10pm or so), we were up bright and early on Sunday for a spot of brekkie and almost-last minute Christmas shopping. Husband started his day with the mushroom eggs benedict, as well as an extra portion of their creamy mushrooms (from the big green bowl he’s holding)
For me, the crumpets with sliced banana and syrup drizzled atop went down a treat.
Tuesday, 22 December 2015: Doggie beach walk, I ❤ Big Bay Christmas market
As Husband is the blog’s main photo-taker (but he insists he doesn’t feel like an ‘Instagram Husband’ – watch this if you don’t know what I’m taking about)… we missed a bit of action due to admin delays in getting his new phone. I woke up to the fact that photos were now my responsibility on Tuesday, when we took the doggies for a windless stroll along their beach. Here is a typical shot of Bertie pulling Husband towards the sea…
The typical ‘happy Bassie post-beach walkies’ photo – more sand on my arm than her nose!
Sandy girls, with Bertie just behind my sandy arm, showing off his long tongue.
We took the happy doggies home then ventured off to Big Bay again, as the monthly market was taking place over two days this time around. This was my half of the Porky NOB burger, heaving with two cheeses and some streaky bacon.
Who did we bump into at the market but Mum and Dad! Husband ran up to take this shot looking down into the Lifesavers’ Club. You can just see the rest of us sitting at a table up top. Mum is waving…
Husband came down again for a closer shot of the three of us.
This waffle. I was so full after my half-a-Porky but Dad insisted I try some, so try some I did. Amazing caramel-banana combination atop of crispy hot waffle.
Wednesday, 23 December 2015: Golfing, suburban walks and giant Christmas trees
On Wednesday morning, Husband had a breakfast/golf date with my dad, so me and mom went on a lovely 4km round trip walk around their neighbourhood, complete with morning tea at the Stark Ayres Nursery. This is one of the gardens along the route my parents walk daily.
Mum opted for the orange-Rooibos tea infusion.
I had a cappuccino, with a shortbread heart nestled in the saucer.
We each ordered the ‘scones’ – hot and delicious!
Thursday, 24 December 2015: Omelettes, beaches and custard shakes
On Thursday, Husband concocted very large omelettes for breakfast. This was mine, bursting with bacon bits and cheese. Husband added mushroom to his.
Bellies full, we headed out again. We stopped to snap the very pretty puffy clouds at Blouberg beach.
Much, much later, phone admin and last-minute Christmas shopping finally all sorted, we stopped off at the Driftwood for an afternoon treat. That’s my custard milkshake…
Husband opted for a Black Label draught.
Friday, 25 December 2015: Christmas lunch at Mum’s
My parents had bought the doggies special outfits for Christmas lunch today. They tried them on before we left home. Here is Bertie, proud of his new ‘tie’, and Bassie wearing her lilac bow slightly off-centre.
Posing with mommy at Granny’s house. Oh how I love these two!
Family shot! All six of us with our ‘welcome drinks’. The doggies had water instead of champers, obvs.
Sing it with me: ‘If you like Pina Coladas…’ Yes, we do! Also look at the gorgeous chocolate-coconut cookies Mum baked, with Reese’s Pieces melted in! Mmmm. We ate and we ate. Avo starters, pea and ham soup, gammon and roast beef with roast potatoes, individual trifles and a cheese board later. *Urp!
That’s all, folks! Hope you also ate, drank and were merry today. I’m growing rather attached to the idea of a daily afternoon nap…
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! 🙂