Helloooooo, blog reader! Why yes, we are indeed at the outer edge of another weekend. The past week’s highlights are below, plus I have a new treat in store for you – Husband has started a Zomato account, so you can read up on his thoughts of our meals out – don’t just rely on my photos. Click here to see his first few reviews, all from the past week, and scroll down below to see some of my favourite sights…
Friday, 10 April 2015: Sunrise and burger specials
Saturday, 11 April 2015: Breakfast at Signal Gun, tree planting and lupper at Sticky Fingers
Sunday, 12 April 2015: More gardening, more breakfast, and a funny Bassie
Tuesday, 14 April 2015: Rainy sunrise and office cupcakes
Thursday, 16 April 2015: Fireplace tester
That’s all, folks! Feels like winter gave us an early lick last week, here’s hoping for a final touch of summer over the next few days!
If you’ve read this blog often enough you’ll know my weekends are all about relaxing. So it’s rare for a weekend to have any big featured event other than a beach visit or lazy breakfast. That’s what makes this past weekend SUPER special as I did not one but two very fun, photo-filled things – the first, to start the weekend on a happy note, was a steampunk-themed wedding celebration on Friday eve for one of the nicest couples Cape Town has to offer, the other, to end the weekend on a happy note, was a delicious high tea with my former minions. Both events were wonderful in their own way, and of course, as you know, that’s not all we did, though I didn’t include photos of it all… see my highlights below.
Wednesday, 29 October: October Bright Talk at Bright Day Studio, Woodstock
Friday, 31 October 2014: Steampunk wedding celebrations at Truth Coffee, Cape Town CBD
Saturday, 1 November 2014: Newspaper reading at home, sunset-gazing
Sunday, 2 November 2014: Breakfast at Bread & Butter, Sunningdale, beach clean-up at Dolphin Beach, high tea at the Table Bay Hotel
PS: Thanks to Jana for all her help getting us ready for the steampunk event, and for arranging the high tea! She’s awesome, see her blog here.
How do you celebrate working your final Sunday shift? With a sundae, of course. A ‘Sunday sundae’, if you will. And I knew just the one I wanted when the time came to celebrate this exact event. See, when my not-quite-was-and-now-never-will-be boss told me I absolutely HAD to try the Mondiall chocolate sundae for dessert as part of our team dinner I blogged about a few weeks ago, that sundae was so good it left chocolate squiggles on my heart that have been flowing since then. Almost like a vampire’s blood lust. And sticking with the monster theme (I have purple hair, I’m allowed), the fact that my last attempt at photographing it was a no-go meant I repeated ‘Mondialllll chocolate sundaeeee’ almost zombie-like each time Husband asked what I wanted as a treat. So, I present to you…
The Mondiall chocolate sundae. Best Sunday sundae ever.
And was it good? Was it ever. Absolutely worth the R45 price tag, and the fact that Husband could sip a draught beer in the sunshine while live jazz music smoothed us from stressy Sunday morning into soothed Sunday evening made it all the better.
But of course, that’s not all we did this weekend. In fact, my weekend was Friday and Saturday, seeing as I was working Sunday. See my other weekend highlights below, such as reliving my best French toast breakfast experience…
Friday, 19 September 2014: Best French toast at Cassia, Nitida with parents
Saturday, 20 September 2014: Breakfast at Damhuis in Melkbos, traintripping, Table Mountain gazing
Sunday, 21 September: Doggie naps and Husband’s haircut
No sunset pics this week alas, will atone for the lack in next post, hopefully. Over and out kids, I know I’m not the only one who is exhausted by public holidays in the middle of the week. Enjoy the coming weekend!
That’s exactly what we did on Saturday, albeit a little later than usual in the day as I worked my final Saturday shift for most of the day. But the ‘hot dogs’ I referred to in today’s blog post title are the ‘sausage in a roll’ type, not happy warm canines, as we went to the Elvis-themed ‘On a Roll’ hot dog café in Mowbray, opposite the Fat Cactus, as a ‘weekend has finally started’ treat.
Then Sunday was magical in that ‘let’s go on a roadtrip so the weekend feels longer than it really is’ sense, as our friend Alex was taking his son Joshi to stay with his granny in Hermanus for a few days, and we thought, “Why not tag along?’ Why not, indeed. And so, I present to you, the past weekend in photos…
Saturday, 13 September 2014: Working at mom’s house, saucy hot dogs at On a Roll, doggy sunset
Sunday, 14 September 2014: Cloudy, grey Hermanus roadtrip and first braai of 2014 at the parents’ house
Delicious sights and tastes… let’s hope the coming weekend holds more of the same!
If you’re wondering know why we chose the Table View area when we moved to Cape Town, you don’t have to ‘wander’ too far (cheesy, I know) – the area’s name gives it away. This photo my mom took a few weeks ago, when spring was first making its presence felt, shows just how beautiful that ‘Table View’ really is…
Or how about this one, taken while having dins outdoors at our local St Elmo’s on the beach, which is just 5 minutes down the road…
Something we didn’t factor in when we decided to live this side of the city? The traffic. It’s gridlocked in morning and evening peak hours, which means you need to leave super early or really late if you’re travelling by car to avoid it. This is a pic hubby took in the middle of winter one evening on his way home from work)…
Beautiful, but eerie, no? And even at 6am/ 6pm, there’s a fair deal of traffic on the roads.
But all is not lost, thank to the MyCiti bus. This isn’t your average bus or anything like the Gautrain in Gauteng. No Sirree. It has its own special pink bus lanes that it zooms along on, passing the bumper-to-bumper traffic. It’s affordable, sticks to its schedule, gives me the chance to not only catch up on some sleep (most people nod off during the 40-minute or so journey from Table View to Civic Centre), but also – probably more importantly – to keep up the weekend hiking high by slotting a bit of exercise into my daily routine, as walking to and from the closest station to work and home is about 2km per day in total.
But we don’t just use the bus for the ‘daily commute’ – today we took our motorbike in for a service and used the opportunity to get around town without setting foot in a car. We caught the train to Kalk Bay, walked around in the sunshine exploring the many book stores and gazing at the gorgeous baked treats on offer everywhere, got our caffeine fix through one of the best milkshake-style iced coffees I’ve ever had, imbibed a beer at the Brass Bell while watching the crashing waves, caught the train back to town, then used the MyCiti bus to get to the nearest station home 🙂 What fun we had!
Watching the crashing waves while waiting for our drinks to arrive at ‘Beach at the Bell’:
If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know that we really enjoy this type of day trip, as we had a ‘public transport day’ when we first moved down to Cape Town almost a year ago (click here for a reminder of the two of us on the train to Simon’s Town).
This is me in a typical MyCiti station on the weekend – not crowded at ALL: