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…

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