Spring haircuts, gardening reveal and the Wally’s cave hike

Apart from having my bag stolen out of our car last Sunday, and all the admin headaches that go along with that, it’s been a wonderful week, as you’ll see below…

Thursday, 22 September 2016: Spring haircuts and midweek lunch with parents

Haircut
Look at that chopped off ponytail! I decided on a big change for Spring so had my hair trimmed to shoulder-length, with highlights (as you can see from all the foils in the pic top-right). The doggies weren’t too impressed with the idea of adding my hair to their lovely brown fur, though.
Chicken schnitzel at Carlucci's
For lunch we stopped in at Carlucci’s on the beach. Mum and I shared this delicious chicken schnitzel on pumpkin-seed bread.
Tall dog
Bassie wanted to pretend she’s the tallest doggie so insisted on being lifted above her dad’s shoulders that evening.

Friday, 23 September 2016: Breakfast and movie on parents’ anniversary

Mom and daughter at Spur Bayside
T’was my parents’ 38th wedding anniversary on Friday, so I joined them for breakfast and a movie (The Magnificent Seven) at Bayside. Here we are, sitting at Spur (dad was the photographer)…
Coffee at Spur
We all went for the breakfast special with bottomless coffee. Yay for free refills.
Dogs on couch
The doggies didn’t know what to do with themselves, having me at home with them, so they acted like cats by sitting along the back of the couch.

Saturday, 24 September 2016: Free cookies and see what we’ve been doing in the garden

Black Forest Cafe
The Black Forest Cafe is finally open on Saturdays, so that’s where we headed first thing on Saturday. They posted a ‘secret sentence’ on their Facebook page last week that would result in a free cookie if uttered to the till operator.
Oreo cookie at Black Forest Cafe
Our sentence-uttering was a success, so I trotted off to choose my free cookie. I went for the Oreo – it has a choc-filled Oreo baked into a regular cookie! So good. Then it was time for some hard physical work…
Garden transformation
Bassie has been very interested in the ‘paving corner’ of the garden since we started working on it a few weeks ago – first we had to weed it, then Husband set down plastic sheets, mixed concrete (not recommended that you do so by hand!) and smoothed out the area before we could place these pretty pavers. We added the bird bath as a final touch.
Bird bath
Bertie loves the little birdies that adorn the top of the bird bath.
Dog in garden
What a sweetheart! Love that little face.
wors roll
Hungry again after all that work, Husband opted for a wors roll – it was Heritage Day after all, so boerewors was going to be eaten, either way!
Smiley face toys
Lol at these funny little emoji toys I found when we did our weekly grocery shop at the local Pick n Pay that evening.

Sunday, 25 September 2016: Bread & Butter breakfast, hike to Wally’s Cave in Lion’s Head

Bread & Butter cakes
We’ve not been to Bread & Butter in our local Sandown Retail Centre for a while so stopped in first thing on Sunday. There were lots of lovely baked goods to choose from…
Cappuccino at Bread & Butter
But we both needed a caffeine fix before we could think of food. My cappuccino had a lovely heart swirled on top.
Croissant at Bread & Butter
To eat, I went for the ham and cheese croissant – mini tin cup with side of kettle-fried crisps was an interesting touch.
Banting breakfast at Bread & Butter
Husband wanted to be healthy as we’d be hiking later, so he went for the banting option – here are his poached eggs on banting bread, with lots of crispy bacon and fresh avo.
Lion's Head mountain flowers
Then we headed off for Lion’s Head and did a slow hike up to Wally’s Cave, which we’d heard about but not yet seen. Here’s some of the pretty flowers along the mountain side.
Signal Hill from Lion's Head
You follow the usual trail up but veer to the left of the short ladder up Lion’s Head to reach the cave – close to where we took this picture. Note how short Signal Hill looks in the distance!
Wally's cave
Success! That’s the cave above me.
View from Wally's Cave in Lion's Head
Yes, that little speck is Husband balancing perilously close to the edge of the mountain.
View from Wally's Cave in Lion's Head
View of the outside from the inside.
Cave exploring
Clever Husband had brought his ‘cave-exploring’ cap along with him so he could turn on the light. See.
In Wally's Cave
Proof we were both in the cave together at the same time.
Cocktails at Jamaica Me Crazy
Once we’d hiked back down to the car we realised my bag was missing. No damage to the car, but bag completely AWOL, despite having unpacked items like my phone from it into Husband’s hiking bag when we parked. What followed was about two hours of driving from police station to station to make a statement, calling banks to cancel cards, etc etc. Having done as much as we could we stopped in at Jamaica Me Crazy for a soothing cocktail. I had the Blue Hawaii, Husband had the Dark & Stormy.
Heritage Day braai
We had a belated Heritage Day braai at Mum’s for lupper that evening.

Monday, 26 September 2016: Breakfast at the Waterfront

Everyway at Waterfront
As it was my last day of leave on Monday, I went to the Waterfront with my parents. We stopped at the Everyway deli counter to choose our morning eats… it was formerly known as the Royal Bavarian Bakery.
Everyway coffee
Here are our various coffees and pastries. A very good start to the week! Click here to see how they’re the same black cups as when we had a similar staycation coffee in March.

That’s all for now, folks! Keep an eye out for my next update, next Friday…

Langpad Langebaan toe

Don’t worry, the rest of this post will be in English – but it sure is a long road to Langebaan. We took our first unplanned road trip to the seaside town last weekend and had a delightful time, as you’ll see from the pics below – we’ll certainly be back!

Saturday, 17 September 2016: Hart of Melkbos, social media exam and Rocomama’s treat

Melkbos purple
I’ve been meaning to snap a shot of this since I first noticed it almost four years ago when we moved this side of the world. The ‘ice cream shack’ at Melkbos beach is decorated in the most amazing shades of purple, with the bench outside and even the bin a tasteful match ๐Ÿ˜‰
Cappuccino at The Hart in Melkbos
We’d heard that The Hart Breadhouse and Eatery had opened just a few doors down from I Loveย Melkies on Melkbos beachfront, so that was our first port of call on Saturday morning. Note the swirled heart atop my cappuccino and vase of pretty wildflowers. These were for sale at the till, if so inclined.
Egg benedict at The Hart
I opted for the single bacon eggs benedict (that should probably be ‘egg benedict’). It was a Goldilocks meal, just right. The little hot candied tomatoes were also delicious.
Gary's Breakfast at The Hart
Husband went for Gary’s Breakfast, which features everything you could ask for from a cooked breakfast – eggs on toast with mini tomatoes, bacon, avo, mushroom, slices of chorizo and fried mushrooms. Quite a mouthful, in every sense! ๐Ÿ™‚
Jump on beach
We took a quick stroll along the shore to work of some of that food. This is me in the standard ‘jump on the beach’ pose.
Bench in Melkbos
All the yellow wildflowers are out in full bloom. Could have easily sat for hours staring at the calm sea from this bench, but alas, we had to get a move on…
Social media marketing certificates
… because I had an exam to take! Having reached the end of my social media marketing diploma course I completed the final exam with 95%, and decided to hold up my certiface of completion of the social media course I completed at Shift One in Eden on the Bay just last week -local and international certification just a few days apart. Time for a rest from studying now though, my brain is a little overwhelmed.
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To celebrate, we made our way to Rocomama’s in Durbanville as I love their burgers and shakes. I ate my ‘cheese-bacon-guac’ too fast for a photo, but here is my cherry cola shake (and just look at those ‘killer flapjax’, maybe next time!)
Chilli cheese bomb at Rocomamas
Husband opted for this double-up chilli cheese bomb smash burger with extra chilli.

Sunday, 18 September 2016: Breakfast at The Daily Cafe and Langebaan roadtrip

Cappuccino at The Daily
The coffee at Bigย Bay’s The Daily is a wonderful way to start the day. Here’s my Sunday morning cappuccino with homemade star-shaped sugar cookie.
French toast at The Daily
I ordered the bacon-banana-cheese-syrup French toast – goodness me, barely finished the three super-sized slices.
Breakfast wrap at The Daily
Husband opted for the breakfast wrap. Here he is, peppering it up to his standards.
Vyge Valley Farm Stall
Bellies full, we decided on a road trip to finally see what Langebaan is all about. We stopped off here, at the Vyge Valley Farm Stall just outside Yzerfontein to stock up on a few snacks, then we were off. Note the handy sign posts showing distances to various destinations.
Yzerfontein rocks
Here is Husband, walking down to the rocks at Yzerfontein where we found some dassies sunning themselves.
Waves and rocks at Yzerfontein
Husband watched the waves crashing on the sea for a while, then we hit the road again.
Langebaan coast
The very beautiful Langebaan coastline. This is about 1.5 hours from our front door.
Langebaan shells
Some of the touristy curios on display in Langebaan.
Langebaan lagoon
Husband was truly in his element once we found the Langebaan lagoon. With, deep, clear and slightly warmer water than the sea. it’s a lovely weekend spot.
Buoy at Langebaan
A boy at a buoy. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is how far out the tide had gone.
Fishermen at Langebaan
He wasn’t the only one. Look at this line of happy fishermen, knee-deep or more and patiently waiting for a bite on their lines.
Seagull in Langebaan
The water was so calm, this seagull also went for a merry little bob along the surface.
Pineapple shake at Driftwoods
Hungry from all that sea air, we sat down at Driftwoods Seafood Restaurant with a view of the lagoon. I went for a pineapple shake.
Calamari burger at Driftwoods
Husband had the calamari burger, I ate most of the chips and tempura-style onion rings.
Saldanha harbour
We followed the Saldanha harbour signs on our way back home, fascinated at the size of the ships on the horizon.
Die Strandloper
Though we were full-to-bursting we simply had to stop in for a look around ‘Die Strandloper’. It was packed to the gills with barefoot folk having a seafood buffet.
Lobsters at Die Strandloper
Just look at these lobsters, all part of the meal at Die Strandloper. We’ll have to try them out on our next trip!
Shipwrecked boat
Doubt this boat will see the sea again.

That’s all, folks! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been on ‘staycation’ for the past few days, you can expect pics in my next update. It’s set to be another sunny weekend, enjoy yourselves…

Happy dogwalks and house paint refresh 2016

This week was all about hard physical work – we had our house painted, so to distract the doggies over the weekend we took them for long local neighbourhood walkies, and then got stuck into some gardening. The painting is almost complete, the gardening is not – I’ll post pics of that once we’re done, but you can take a peek at the complete transformation offered by a lick or two of paint so long:

House before and after paint.
Top row is the back and front of the house pre-paint (well actually mid-paint – it didn’t look so bad before they started, that’s lots of loose bits having flaked off after the high-pressure cleaning last weekend). The bottom row shows the difference just a few days later. And yes, the bright Adirondack is the one I showed you how we DIY painted a few months ago, under the patio roof ย shelter Husband installed in February 2016 – click here and here for how he did it.

And now, on to specific daily moments…

Friday, 9 September 2016: Social media training at Shift One, Eden on the Bay

Table Mountain from Big Bay
As Friday dawned bright and sunny, and it was the day of the social media training I was attending with a colleague in Big Bay, I spent a long time gazing at this view. Note the walkway light was still on, as it was so early.
Table Mountain from Big Bay
I always snap a pic from this spot when it’s without a queue of people waiting to pose in the frame. Last Friday the view was gorgeous, with a little ship seeming to float on the cloud below the mountain – do you see it?
Eden Cafe panini
Following a frantic morning of note-taking we were each given an envelope with R70 in it and told: “Go have lunch, be back here in 45 minutes.” Needless to say we got back a little late, but we’d eaten well and chatted up a storm. And this bacon-avo panini from Eden Cafe was delicious.
Milktart and cappuccino at Cup & Cake
Training finally done that afternoon and certificate of attendance received, I had half-an-hour to spare before making my way home, so I went into Cup & Cake for a looksie. It’s the sweet little bakery directly opposite the Pick n Pay in Eden on the Bay. A little peckish by then, I couldn’t pass up their delicious homemade milktart. At just R25 for a generous slice, and partnered with a delicious cappuccino (yay, with mini shortbread biscuit to accompany), this was the ideal way to switch between work mode and weekend mindset. That’s the very edge of my book you see in the bottom of the pic.

Saturday, 10 September 2016: Neighbourhood doggy walks and Jerry’s burger treats

Happy dogs in park
Setting off for walkies on Saturday morning. Just look at all that happiness!
Dogs in park
Love how the doggies and Husband are each going in a different direction here. ๐Ÿ™‚ We all followed the same path in the end, sort of.
Jerry's Blouberg chai shake
Much, much later that afternoon, after hours of housework and gardening, we treated ourselves to the deliciousness of Jerry’s on the Blouberg beachfront. I had the Jerry burger (same as when I went to Jerry’s with my workmates recently), but rounded out my milkshake menu-tasting with their Chai Latte flavour. Tasted exactly as you’d expect, sweetly spicy. Gingerbread is still my favourite Jerry’s option.
Jack D burger and Black Label at Jerry's
Husband had the Jack D burger and a Black Label. Chips drenched in sriracha sauce, obvs. We had a lovely time and will try remember to book a booth with a view of the sea for our next visit.

Sunday, 11 September 2016: Breakfast at Lacomia, braai at Mum’s

Cafe Lacomia cappuccino
My Sunday started with this cappuccino at Cafe Lacomia in the Sunningdale Builder’s Warehouse as we needed to buy a few gardening things. It’s one of the few places that still dusts the top of a cappuccino with chocolate powder, and note I got two tiny cookies in the saucer. Happiness.
Cafe Lacomia pancakes
Husband had the Bullseye you see on the left, I had the cinnamon-sugar pancakes you see on the right. These kept us going through a few more hours of heavy-duty gardening.
Wildflowers in Cape Town
Look! Spring has finally reached Cape Town, with wildflowers dotting most of the grassy embankments around our home.
Enclosed braai room
We stopped in at a house on show in our neighbourhood that afternoon to see if it suited Husband’s parents’ housing requirements (they’re moving down to Cape Town from Johannesburg soon, eep!) Look at the loveliness of this enclosed braai room with lots of Adirondacks…
Braai food
Husband and dad were in charge of the braai for Sunday lupper – a mix of colours of food on the plate like this is always a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all, folks! It’s been a rainy few days with snow in some areas as a last-minute cold front has hit, so who knows what you’ll see pictures of us doing in my next update!

Early summer beach icecreams and belated anniversary brunch at Mondiall

Hello, you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by. We had a household chore-filled weekend last, but still managed a few snappable highlights, as you’ll see below…

Saturday, 3 September 2016: Belated anniversary brunch at Mondiall

Coffee at Mondiall
You know we love Mondiall at the Waterfront – click here for a reminder of our review of their Winter specials, and here for my love of their chocolate sundae. That’s also where Mum and Dad treated us to a post-anniversary brunch this past weekend. Cuppa with Nespresso sugar while taking in the view from Mondiall = perfect start to a Saturday.
Bookshelf at Mondiall
Something I’ve failed to photograph on our previous visits to Mondiall. Champers and real books. Such a nice way to fill a bookshelf to the ceiling.
Waterfront train
Here’s Dad looking at the little train trundling past Mondiall. So cute.
Mondiall at Waterfront interior
The anniversary couple. Teehee. This was the best attempt from a batch of about sixย attempts by my very patient mom. Husband is Very Serious. I’m not.
Brunch at Mondiall
Our Daddy’s Deal vouchers meant we got to have two brunches for R89. Two of us went for the Eggs Benedict with bacon, the other two had the Eggs Royale (with salmon).
Curios at Waterfront
Bellies full, we wandered around the Waterfront, looking at all the touristy things we usually skip.
Animal chess board
How cute is this chess set? The little animals are very well made.
Distance vane at Waterfront
Took a while deciding which direction to go…
Waterfront travel vane
Unable to reach agreement on travel destination, in the end we compromised and went back home.
John Dory's sushi
Following an afternoon of mall-things, Husband had a sushi craving. Luckily, John Dory’s had a Saturday sushi special. Happy husband, happy wallet.
Dog in wheelbarrow
And then, home again, it was time for those chores I mentioned, most of which involved gardening. Here’s Bertie trying out the new wheelbarrow.

Sunday, 4 September 2016: Early Summer beach visits

Swimming in sea at Table Mountain
Husband made breakfast at home on Sunday, then we got stuck into more gardening. As it was such a hot day, Husband decided a dip in the icy ocean was a good idea… but he wasn’t in for long. You can just picture his squeals of pain in this pic..
Yellow flowers and grey sand at beach
Beach blooms.
Ice cream at Table Mountain
Then we had ice cream cones while gazing at the sea. Mine was swirled with coffee cream sauce…
Ice cream at Table Mountain
Husband had caramel swirls with his.

Monday, 5 September 2016: Post-anniversary roses

Anniversary roses
Husband is not one to do things as expected. As such, he ordered this bouquet of roses and choccies to be delivered to my desk at work on Monday – a little over a week after our we had officially celebrated our anniversary. ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all for now, folks! Tune in next week for my next episode ๐Ÿ™‚

Ninth anniversary celebrations at Homespun and Catharina’s

We were spoilt with two ‘anniversary’ reviews in the past week – on the actual day we dined at Homespun by Matt, and last Saturday we had lunch at Catharina’s at Steenberg Estate. Click here for my official review of Catharina’s on Biz and watch for the review of Homespun, going live early next week.

Since then we’ve both been quite poorly – blame it on the change of season, I guess. Despite this, we still have lots of recent highlights to share via the following images…

Thursday, 25 August 2016: Anniversary dinner at Homespun by Matt

Butterflies at Homespun
Gorgeous butterflies above the bar were all added by the wait staff, said Matt.
Homespun private booth
We didn’t plan our matchy matchy blue outfits, we’ve just been together so long that we think alike. Scenes from our private booth at Homespun.
starters at homespun
Our starters at Homespun – Husband’s beef tataki on the left, my deep-fried goat’s cheese with balsamic ice cream. Yes, balsamic as in vinegar. It was the most delicious thing.
Lamb shank at Homespun by Matt
Husband’s mains – the lamb shank.
Pork belly at Homespun by Matt
My mains – the sticky pork belly.
Dessert at Homespun
I had the coconut blossom cheesecake, Husband had the blonde fondant, which oozed the most amazing caramelly liquid.
Homespun drinks
Homespun drinks – top left shows my ‘Lovespun’ being poured into stemless cocktail glass, was a refreshing strawberry concoction with sprig of rosemary. Husband’s espresso martini on ice is on the top ย right with my cappuccino bottom right.

Saturday, 27 August 2016: The tasting menu at Catharina’s

Catharina's
Presenting… Catharina’s, at Steenberg Estate, on the very edge of the Constantia Wine Route.
Oak trees at Catharina's
Very tall oak trees, in which an owl family lives. They often swoop down to participate in Summer breakfasts, we hear.
Catharinas paper
The delicate papery designs inside Catherina’s tell the story of the restaurant’s namesake, Catherina Ras. Read more about her here in my official review.
Menu at Catharina's
My delightful chocolate shake adorned with fresh mint leaf while we perused the menu at Catharina’s.
Catharina starters
A selection of Husband’s starters from the eight-course tasting menu. That’s his salmon starter top left, tuna and quail egg bottom left and beetroot with parmesan gnocchi on the right.
Wild boar at Catharina's
Howzat, Obelix?! My plate of wild boar and baby carrots at Catharina’s.
Crocodile at Catharina's
Husband’s almost-too-pretty-to-eat plate of crocodile – his firstย main course of the lunch. He did eat.
Zebra at Catharina's
Husband’s second main course of the lunch – grilled zebra with aubergine maize meal and spicy chakalaka.
Langbaken sunset cheese at Catharina's
Husband’s savoury dessert – the Lankbaken sunset or cheese and crackers with goji berry. Mmm.
Dessert at Catharinas
And then, sweet dessert for all. Top left is ‘the Coffee’, top right is ‘the Chocolate’, and bottom is a selection of the other dessert item friandises.
Fish Hoek
Magies vol, Husband wanted a quick dip in the ‘warmer ocean’ so we headed out towards Fish Hoek. I was starting to feel a bit chilly and ill by now.
Green grey sea
Solitary Husband in the greeny grey sea. T’was a very misty day.
Misty cloud
Just look at that bank of misty cloud on our way home.

Sunday, 28 August 2016: Blisters for Bread 5km walk

Dogs on couch
Faces of sweet little dogs who were not coming all the way to Mouille Point for Sunday morning beach walkies with sick mommy and grumpy-to-be-up-so-early-on-a-Sunday daddy.
Bizcommunity
Most of the Biz team that took part in Sunday’s Blisters for Bread or ‘Bizters for Bread’, as we called it, charity walk in aid of the Peninsula School Feeding Association. This was pre-walk, outside the Sea Point Stadium.
5KM Bizters for bread walk for Peninsula School Feeding Association
And we’re off! Taken just before we started the 5km walk, look at all the people behind us. Apparently they cut off at 13,000 participants.
Mouille Point lighthouse
The brightly striped Mouille Point lighthouse was one of the key sights along the way as it was quite the gloomy day.
Mouille Point lighthouse
You can just view the lighthouse behind Husband here.
Mouille Point lighthouse
Me at the lighthouse on our return trip to the Sea Point stadium.
Blister for Bread 2016 medals
Success! Medals of completion awarded, we trotted back to the car and spent rest of day relaxing and/or recovering.

That’s just the tip of the ice berg, kids. Click here for my much more flowery review of Catharina’s and watch this space for my full review of Homespun by Matt, due to be published on Monday. Until then, have a relaxing weekend!

*Disclaimer: Obviously our meals at Catharina’sย and Homespun by Matt were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.