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What to do in Paternoster

The simple answer? Stay at Abalone House and dine at Reuben’s, of course. That’s just what we did last weekend…

Saturday, 10 June 2017: A night at Paternoster’s Abalone House, with dinner at Reuben’s

Good bye dogs
We reassured the doggies that we’d be back in 24 hours and that they’d be in good hands with their uncle Spec, then off we went!
Road trip Wimpy coffee
Rainy road trip! It’s comforting knowing there’s a luxurious destination at the end of the road. Also see my takeaway Wimpy coffee, a road trip essential.
Welcome to Paternoster
Destination Paternoster! Less than two hours since setting off from home, including a few stops along the way for snacks and scenery snaps, we’d reached the sleepy town.
Paternoster
Some of the pretty things you’ll see in Paternoster – sea views from almost anywhere, whitewashed houses, the striking ‘see kat’ statue, and helpful sign boards to almost any destination.
Abalone House
Winding through the streets of Paternoster we soon found our lovely location for the night – five-star boutique hotel, Abalone House. See some of the sweet kitties that roam the premises, an abandoned boat and the inviting but absolutely off-limits cold pool in the wintery rain. We’re desperate to return on a warmer day and try it!
Abalone House
Abalone House is extremely warm and welcoming in winter, partly due to the old-fashioned charm, partly due to the blazing fireplaces dotted around the main property. We learned from the general manager that the outside sitting area you see bottom right will soon have glass sliding doors instead of these tarps, ensuring the weather stays out in winter and that you can let the sun shine in during the warmer months by just folding them away. We’ll have to return to report back on that, too!
Tretchikoff art
Tretchikoff ladies everywhere! On the cushions in Reuben’s, on the wall in our lounge, in our bathroom, and on a stack of cushions in the library.
Abalone House
Pretty patio set, inviting bed, underfloor heating beneath soft carpets and loungers beside the Jacuzzi on the roof – we braved it for a good 40 minutes or so after dinner.
Abalone House bubbly and canapes
Our room at Abalone House was a real sight for sore eyes. Instant stress relief. Soon after check-in there was a knock at the door and we were presented with flutes of welcome bubbly and assorted warm canapes. The decor was bright, warm and just what we needed.
Stormy sea at Paternoster
Here is Husband gazing at the gorgeous stormy seascape. Once settled in our room we had a warm, cosy nap and listened to the soothing sounds of the rain outside. The sound of birdies chirping alerted us to the fact that the rain had stopped and we could safely venture out to explore the beach.
Sunset in Paternoster
What a wonderful beach. We saw a few couples heading that way once they realised the rain had eased off, and watched the stunning sunset.
Paternoster beach
Various things on the otherwise deserted Paternoster beach – me, swirls of foam, and Husband as the sun set.
Reuben's at Abalone House in Paternoster
Many know Paternoster’s Abalone House as it’s the setting for local foodie favourite Reuben Riffel’s Reuben’s – and boy, did we eat well!
Wine at Reuben's Paternoster
Our dinner drinks at Reuben’s – a glass of Merlot and an ice-creamy strawberry shake (not on the menu, but just ask).
Food at Reuben's Paternoster
See my spicy tomato ragout meatballs with Melba toast-style health bread, amuse bouche of pulled pork from two angles and my lemon cheesecake with mint sorbet, berry coulis and Terbodore cappuccino.
Reuben's at Abalone House
More food – Husband’s ‘mushrooms on mash’ starter with mustard drizzle, his braised lamb shank, my pork belly ribs and the malva pudding dessert with granadilla sorbet. Watch for my review on Biz soon, for all the descriptive words!
Gowns at Abalone House
Ahh. My ultimate sign of ‘quality place to stay’ is if there are fluffy white terrycloth gowns to prance around in once evening hits. That’s just what we did, as you can see from these numerous shots – we even had matching bedside slippers!

Sunday, 11 June 2017: Breakfast at Reuben’s, sightseeing at Saldanha Bay

Breakfast at Reubens
Ordering a hot breakfast like the eggs benedict or full English means you can also have your fill of the continental buffet – one of the most varied and value-packed I’ve seen! As we were the first eager beavers to arrive, we got to take the prime table at the bay window with a view towards the sea. Just heavenly.
Anchor in Paternoster
We’d seen the big anchor on our way into town the day before but didn’t stop as it was raining. We stopped on our way out so Husband could pose for a variety of photos, from polite tourist the ‘this is my wrecking ball’ swing. Teehee!
Wind turbines
Having seen a field of wind turbines in the distance we took a slight detour off the tarred road home onto a dirt road to take a closer look. They’re really quite majestic and awe-inspiring up close as they whoosh methodically overhead.
Saldanha harbour
We also visited the Saldanha harbour on our way home. The wind was picking up by then and rain started up again so we only took a few snaps – Husband was fascinated by the mix of sea-ready boats and shipwrecks.

That’s all, folks! One of the most beautiful places we’ve reviewed, we’re sure to return and hope you’ll venture out that way, too – you won’t be disappointed.

*Disclaimer: Obviously our meals at Reuben’s and accommodation at Abalone House were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Working windmills and Constantia Glen’s winter soups

This has been a very long week for both of us as Husband was called on to do night shift again (after being Marvin just last week) as a colleague had taken ill and I had a number of late-night award shows to track and work on.

But we still made time to enjoy ourselves, as you’ll see below…

Thursday, 4 May and Friday, 5 May 2017: Dress-up days

Star Wars and Cinco de Mayo
Yes, I’m cheesy like that – if it’s a certain themed day and I have a relevant item of clothing, I’ll wear it. So last Thursday, Husband and I both wore Star Wars gear (#Maythefourthbewithyou) and on Friday I donned a Cinco de Mayo top. If only I could find an SA store that makes sugar cookies like this, my snacks would match…
Dog through door peep hole.
I love this pic of Bertie through the peep hole in our door. Just being a dog. ❤

Saturday, 6 May: Reviewing Constantia Glen’s soups

Village Place Cafe.
We took our Saturday morning breakfast at the Sunningdale Village Place Cafe. Note my pretty cappuccino with spoonful of heart biscuits, Husband’s eggs benedict with bacon and my banana-granola-yoghurt-berry breakfast pot. All recommended if you’re ever in the area.
Cape Town windmill.
We had a bit of time on our hands thereafter so Husband surprised me by stopping in at the windmill – you know the one, just to the left of the prettiest leafy main road in Cape Town, De Waal Drive AKA the M3? Well, it turns out it’s called Mostert’s Mill and is the only working windmill in the country (s’True.) You can buy a family ticket that grants you access for a year. You can then have a guided tour inside, see flour being milled by the wind power and even taste a bite of bread made with that milled flour. Stop in if you’ve not yet been, for sure.
Constantia Glen
Our destination for the afternoon – Constantia Glen. I’ll let the pictures talk for themselves, but you can click here for my full review if you want more words. (Yes, those are tiny lambs frollicking in the field in the middle pic!)
Constantia Glen menu
The simple-yet-pleasing menu at Constantia Glen.
Soups at Constantia Glen
Doesn’t this pic just scream ‘perfect Winter meal’? We couldn’t decide on an individual flavour of soup so opted for the trio sampler instead, and were so glad we did. In case you can’t tell, that’s the beefy traditional Austrian goulash on the left, then a dark-brown French onion soup topped with slice of gruyere croute, and one of the best butternut soups ever.
Constantia Glen platter.
As you can see, we were also treated to the cheese and charcuterie platter. Teehee, I love how Husband ‘drank in the meal’ not just with his eyes and mouth but also with his nose.
Constantia Glen food
Snaps of some of my favourite flavours from our lunch – the creamy honey-roasted butternut-sage soup topped with coconut-milk swirl top left, a fresh caper berry top right, forkful of baguette topped with soft white cheese and Constantia Glen’s own delicate rosé grape jelly and the truly delicious cappuccino I chose to end the meal with. t’Was so good we told our waiter to compliment the barista.
Bird wallpaper at Constantia Glen.
I mentioned the ‘selfie-worthy’ bathrooms in my review, so of course I took a few snaps. Just look at that pretty honeycomb-mosaicked floor and the beautiful birdied wallpaper.
Braai
Later that evening we had the first official Andrews family braai at our house (here’s a reminder of the first version at Husband’s parents’ new house) – though I kept dashing back to the laptop for work. We still had a fun evening, as you can see, mainly from the glee on the brothers’ faces.

Sunday, 7 May 2017: Europa breakfast and Sunningdale sunset

Breakfast at Europa in Canal Walk
We stopped off at Europa in Canal Walk – on the Pick n Pay end – for a breakfast bite on Sunday. Note my flat white, Husband’s eggs ben-on-bagel and my strawberry-topped tiramisu French Toast. Delicious but a tad expensive.
Sunset
Streaky clouds like this guarantee a stunning sunset. Especially on a Sunday evening.

That’s all, folks! Things may be a little chilly right now but I believe we’re in for a mini-heatwave after the weekend, so hold onto your hats! 🙂

*Disclaimer: Obviously our meals at Constantia Glen were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Waffle churros, all the French toast & pizazzy fun with Zip Zap Circus

Woohoo, tis a long weekend ahead! Husband worked all of last weekend and I’ve been at it ever since, so we’re looking forward to finally spending a bit of time together, Not that we were like ships in the night, exactly, as you’ll see below. But first…

Bizcommunity office
Forgot to post this last week, from when I had an office visit from Sarah at WE Joburg. We shared enormous cappuccinos downstairs and she took these snaps of the space we work in. Now you know, too 🙂

Saturday, 22 April 2017: Handle-less coffees at Hemelhuijs and Zip Zap Circus sunshine

Hemelhuijs.
On Saturday morning, I went to Hemelhuijs in the De Waterkant end of the CBD with Mum and Dad for breakfast. Just look at their painted ceiling mural, handle-less coffee ‘bowls’, flakes of black salt (delicious) and stash of fresh quinces just waiting to be pureed.
Coffee at Hemelhuijs
Such a lovely way to get that essential caffeine down your gullet, guarantees you wrap your hands around the bowl and close your eyes to breathe deeply while doing so. No wonder we were smiling so!
Breakfast at Hemelhuijs
See our coffee bowls top left, Mum’s mosbolletjie toast with rocket, avo and bacon; Dad’s salmon version of the same; and my French toast with bruleed banana. A delicious start to the weekend!
Hemelhuijs toast
A forkful of Dad’s breakfast. Such pretty colours!
Cake at Hemelhuijs
All these baked goods were calling my name too, but my belly was full to bursting by the time I saw them.
Zip Zap Circus.
Next stop, Zip Zap Circus! It’s animal-free and training comes at no cost to the diverse kiddies in the various programmes. I brought Mum and Dad along to review the first of their 25-year special monthly shows. Click here to read it in full!
Feather
While waiting for the show to start (it was cooler outside than in the tent), Mum and I noticed our outfits matched this feather quite well. Coincidence!
Red wine at Zip Zap Circus
Dad didn’t match but was happy to spend three tokens (the princely sum of R15) on this stem-filled glass of red.
Zip Zap Circus
A tiny selection of acts from the two-hour-or-so show that’s filled with juggling, trapeze, comedy and more. Go see it if you’re near the Artscape, it’s right there!
Dogs on couch
The doggies were the only animals I saw that day. Look how sweetly they snuggled together on the couch, with overlapping ears.

Sunday, 23 April 2017: Work kitties and FroZenYo waffle churros

Cat at work.
Husband sent me this pic of his company at the office that morning. Cute kitty.
Fro Zen Yo
Once Husband was home we stopped in at the new FroZenYo in Marine Circle. Husband had a white chocolate-raspberry yoghurt shake, I had these waffle churros with warm chocolate dipping sauce. So good!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017: Chocolate tartlet

Chocolate tart
Wednesday was a good day for a mid-afternoon chocolate-y treat from the bakery downstairs. Just look at those jealous mug-owlies, caught in the act again.

Thursday, 27 April 2017: Freedom Day French toast

Breakfast at Tables at Nitida
After a much-needed public holiday lie-in, it was time to fit in some fun. First stop, breakfast! We’d been to Cassia at Nitida a few times but never ventured further down the dirt road to Tables at Nitida. We’re so glad we did. It’s such a quaint setting and the food is lip-smackingly good. I mopped up my excess toffeed bananas with bits of French toast dotted with nuts, and Husband positively devoured his eggs benedict on savoury waffle.
Doughnut from Dunkin' Donuts
My stripey doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts in Tygervalley was pretty as a picture. Tasted good, too.
Dinner at Saints
Once I’d done a bit of work from home we ventured off to our weekend/holiday favourite Eden on the Bay for a treat. We ended up at Saints Burger Joint. I had this single latte and ‘Irish nachos’ (potato skins), while Husband had their Bloody Mary-style tall el Mexicano cocktail and this here ‘comfortably numb’ chicken burger from their jukebox menu, with crispy side of sweet potato fries and green side of Greek salad. We barely made a dent, I’ll be eating those Irish nachos for days to come.
Table Mountain
Ahh. This golden light before sunset is my favourite time of day to be beside the seaside. Especially with a view of Table Mountain in the distance.

That’s all, folks! Here’s hoping for a happy weekend for each of you. 🙂

*Disclaimer: Obviously our Zip Zap Circus tickets were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Late-summer swimming and buffet breakfasts at the President Hotel

I almost titled this post ‘a tale of two presidents’. Last Friday we both had a day of leave from work so took part in the peaceful protests across the country – we didn’t march to town but stood as part of the human chain in the suburbs while passersby honked, cheered and showed the thumbs-up sign.

But that’s not all we did…

Friday, 7 March 2017: Save SA peaceful protest

Durbanville roads
We set out Durbanville way last Friday morning for breakfast. It was a beautiful day.
Urban Wines in Durbanville
We ended up at Urban Wines, which offers a wide range to buy as well as a few delicious breakfasts…
See some of the deliciousness here. A strong cappuccino, wall of brightly labelled craft beers, Husband’s egg on mushroom breakfast and my Nutella pancake topped with plain yoghurt, syrup and assorted nuts.
Save SA march in Sunningdale
We ‘manned’ the corner of Tryall Street and the R27 in Sunningdale during the Save SA peaceful protest from around 10am to noon.

Saturday, 8 April 2017: Review night at the President Hotel

Lacomia breakfast
You’re looking at our Saturday morning breakfast at Lacomia in our nearest Builder’s Warehouse. That’s a latte on the left, their chocolate cheesecake in the middle and the bull’s eye fry up on the right.
Dogs on couch
We spent some quality time with the doggies when we got home as we would not be seeing them that night…
Dogs in garden
The doggies went to stay at their granny’s house for a sleepover as we were off to the President Hotel in Bantry Bay/Sea Point for the night. They had a fun time sniffling around her garden together before we left.
View of Table Mountain from Table View.
View of Table Mountain as we left Table View for the Bantry Bay/Sea Point side of Cape Town.
President Hotel entrance.
The President Hotel entrance.
President Hotel keycard
Keycards, check. Sunnies, check. Summer pairings specials menu, check.
President Hotel
All the pretty sights inside the President, but the main attraction for us was outside…
President Hotel pool
View from our room on the fourth floor. One of the prettiest pools I’ve seen, and just look at the Sea Point sea beyond!
Swimming at the President Hotel.
We unpacked and trotted down to the pool as soon as possible. Perfect way to unwind!
Gulls at the President Pool.
Gulls sitting on the lip of the the pool and sipping from it.
Sunset at the President Hotel.
Sunset at the pool, so pretty with all those lights and the peachy sky.
Cocktails at the President
Cocktails in the gin bar that night, with our toes in the sand on the wooden deck. Not very well lit, I’m afraid, but highly recommended! I had the pina colada on the left, Husband had the Long Island Ice Tea on the right.
Dinner at the Islands Restaurant at the President Hotel
Dinner at the Islands Restaurant we sat outside under the stars and ate all of the above (click through to my official review for the full descriptions).
Drinks at the Islands Restaurant
Assorted drinks while we ate the above included a chocolate shake, a glass of red and a strong cappuccino. Mmm.

Sunday, 9 April 2017: Islands buffet breakfast, Sea Point promenade stroll and afternoon sushi stop

Grey sky pool at the President Hotel.
When we got up the next morning the poolside lights were still ablaze even though it was 7am, as the sky was dismal and grey. Our moods were chipper though, because were were heading down for a much-anticipated buffet breakfast.
Breakfast buffet at the Islands at the President Hotel.
The breakfast buffet at the Islands restaurant in the President Hotel sure is impressive. Look at all the choices!
Breakfast buffet at the Islands at President Hotel
What we ended up eating – top left is my bowl of muesli, hot oats, stewed fruit, yoghurt, nuts and cup of filter coffee; bottom left is Husband’s eggs on toast with streaky bacon, assorted fish, and mushroom; and on the right my second course – mini croissants, cold meats and cheeses, slices peppers and more bacon. Yes.
President Hotel in Sea Point
Bellies full, it was time for a spot of exercise. Note how warmly dressed we were. This is the plaque stating the hotel was officially opened by Nelson Mandela in 1998.
Sea Point grey skies.
We made it down to the Promenade for a brief stroll and took this photo as proof, then high-tailed it back to the hotel as we were so windswept.
Sushi at the orient at Eden on the Bay
After checking out we spent more time with the doggies before heading out again. We didn’t feel for much though as it was Sunday afternoon, so simply stopped in at The Orient in Eden on the Bay for a quick snack. For me a hot chocolate, for Husband a double portion of sushi sashimi.
briyani and pumpkin fritters
Lupper at Mum’s later that evening included a wonderful chicken briyani and pumpkin fritters in caramel sauce. They were restaurant-worthy!

That’s all, folks. We hope you’re having a relaxing Easter weekend. Don’t miss my full review of our stay at the President Hotel on Biz! 🙂

*Disclaimer: Obviously our night’s stay and meals at the President Hotel were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Competitive beach jumping, Design Indaba 2017 & Catharina’s new lunch menu

In this latest update we finally get to my pics from Design Indaba, which began on the same day as Bertie’s birthday and took us to the end of last week.

There’s lots to look at below, so get your scrolling (and enlarging) fingers ready!

Wednesday, 1 to Friday, 3 March 2017: Design Indaba at the Artscape

Design Indaba at Artscape.
There was just as much to see inside, with a Woolies coffee station that made delicious honey-nut lattes, food trucks, art installations, book passageways and more. Always a delight and more than a little overwhelming!
Design Indaba at Artscape
Lots of creative oddities were on display before we even went into the main Artscape venue. Note the walk of fame, trees growing lips and eyes and more.
Bizcommunity at Design Indaba
If you’re wondering about our team, that’s a full shot below with me and Ilse from the first day on the top left, and me with Pasqua on the last day top right.
Burger at Doodles.
Design Indaba done for me and Husband having rested all day from his week of working night shift, we decided on dins at Doodles on the beachfront. I tried their Bar-One shake and Husband had a draught with the chicken burger.

Saturday, 4 March 2017: Xai xai chicken at Petiscos

Petiscos chicken xai xai
When Husband got home from work we set off for Petisco’s for their xai xai chicken fillet, which we barely finished. I also tried their iced mocha shake.

Sunday, 5 March 2017: Rocomamas ‘surprise me’ freak shake, Sunset Beach jumps and Bertie’s new collar

Rocomamas burgers and shakes
Rocomama’s is always a treat, especially if you’re brave enough to try the ‘Surprise me’ freak shake option. I ended up with a caramel-chocolate concoction bursting with bits of honeycomb! Click here for a reminder of our review on our last visit.
Sunset Beach jump
What do you do on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Cape Town? You see who can jump higher on the beach, of course. We headed off to Sunset Beach as it has a lovely view of the mountain and soft, soft sand for jumping. Here is Husband’s attempt…
Sunset Beach jump
I think mine was much, much higher (Husband says to notice his eyes are over the top of the mountain in his version, but also note how much taller he is than me!)
Pawprint garden and new collar dog
On Sunday afternoon we explored the new ‘Leadville’ doggy park in Sunningdale and Bertie was gifted with his new birthday collar – look at that happy grin!

Wednesday 8 March 2017: Woodstock sunrise

Sun rise in Woodstock
I snapped the sun rising over the mountain and train tracks on my way into work on Wednesday, and needed a ‘coffee and mini choc’ treat come afternoon. What a long week!

Thursday, 9 March 2017: FoodLover’s breakfast and Catharina’s new lunch menu review

FoodLover's Market breakfast
We both had the day off work on Thursday (yay), so after a much-needed lie-in we shared the halloumi stack breakfast at our nearest FoodLover’s Market. That’s also my cappuccino top left.
Catharinas at Steenberg
After some general relaxing it was time to set off Catharina’s at Steenberg Estate, as we’d been invited to review their new lunch menu. We’ve taken a variation of this photo on both previous visits, see here and here.
Purple flowers at Steenberg.
Beautiful purple blooms at Steenberg Estate.
Catharina's at Steenberg
Presenting Catharina’s and the rest of the Steenberg Estate. Tis a wonderful place to walk around, with ducks and squirrels hopping about – you may see some in these pics!
Squirrel at Catharinas
If you look closely you’ll see a squirrel atop one of those wooden chair backs.
wine tasting at Catharinas at Steenberg
Husband sampling the Semillon.
Catherinas lunch
The official menu, with the story of Steenberg’s Catharina Ras. Also the bread board with golf balls of butter, the mushroom-parmesan risotto and the seafood linguini. Yum!
chicken Caesar salad at Catharinas
The chicken confit Caesar salad, with croutons, parmesan and bacon.
Sirloin and handcut chips.
The 200g blackened sirloin with hand-cut chips.
Catharina's lunch
Behold the new lunch menu, the chocolate shake and cappuccino, the chicken confit Caesar salad, the rooibos creme brulee and the summer sorbet trio with wafer ‘spoon’.
Squirrel at Catharinas
This squirrel sat on his tree perch and watched us eat our meal.

That’s all, folks! You can read up on this year’s Design Indaba highlights in our special section on Biz, and click here for my official review of the new lunch menu at Catharina’s!

*Disclaimer: Obviously our meals at Catharina’s were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Cape Point ostriches, Imhoff camels, Darling Hills tractor rides and Bertie’s 7th birthday

Our dear, sweet boy Bertie is now seven, but that’s not all we celebrated over the last week, as you’ll see from the pics below…

Friday, 24 February 2017: Husband and parents breakfast at All in the Kitchen

Breakfast at All in the Kitchen.
Having just come off his seven-day stretch and about to start a week of night shift, Husband was off last Friday. I was not. He met my parents for breakfast at All in the Kitchen, where we had my recent birthday lunch. Just look at the delicious food they ate.

Saturday, 25 February 2017: Noordhoek breakfast, Cape Point afternoon

Coco Bean in Noordhoek
On Saturday morning we had an adventurous day planned. Once up, we collected my parents then headed out to Noordhoek side. First stop was a tasty breakfast at Coco Bean.
Imhoff Farm
Next stop was Imhoff Farm, where we browsed the various stores and took in the lovely scenery.
Imhoff Farm
I also sat atop the ‘parental supervision’ wagon without any parental supervision as they’d wandered off into the stores already. Teehee.
Came at Imhoff Farm
When Husband went up to greet the camels, one tried to nip at him. Teehee.
Venus Pools
Venus Pools in Cape Point was our afternoon pit stop. The weather was just gorgeous! Click here for a reminder our our last visit to Venus Pools.
Venus Pools waves
We were very happy to be beside the seaside with crashing waves and not a single other party to share the view with us.
Cape Point Venus Pools
We took in all the pretty scenery and had a whale of a time.
Rock climb at Venus Pools
Success! Dad and Husband conquered this rather tricksy rock climb. Not bad for a 66 and 37 year old, respectively…
Cape Point Ostrich Farm
We stopped in at the Cape Point Ostrich Farm on our way home. Lovely place (though they were out of stock on biltong, despite advertising it outside)…
Pizza and beer at Dixies
Dixies was our last stop on the trip. We thoroughly enjoyed our various draughts, shakes and pizzas.
Fishtank dog
We tried to drum up some interest in the fish tank that evening with Bassie but alas, no luck. She ignored it and looks the other way when we bring her near.

Sunday, 26 February 2017: Groote Post Country Festival

Groote Post Country Market
We were off to Darling Hills for the first time ever on Sunday, to review the Groote Post country market. It’s held on the last Sunday of every month and filled with delicious goodies to eat, like these…
Groote Post tractor
We also sat on hay bales, listened to music and went on a tractor ride (see Husband top right)…
Tractor at Groote Post
Proof we were both on the tractor (you can just see the hay bale seating). As it was an open-bed tractor we had to hold on tight!
Milktart day
Did you know Sunday was International Milktart Day? We did when we got to Mum’s for lupper and were met with this deliciousness. So yum, even the doggies had some.

Monday, 27 February 2017: Interview at the Mount Nelson Hotel

Strawberry milkshake at the Mount Nelson
I had a very important interview scheduled at the Mount Nelson for 3pm on Monday afternoon. Of course I went for their strawberry shake as we conducted the interview on the verandah outside. Click here if you missed the resulting article on Biz!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017: Woodstock sunrise

Sunrise in Woodstock
Early morning sunrise on my way to work in Woodstock on Tuesday. If Husband’s working night shift I get up at 05:30am and head on in to the office so that I can leave earlier and catch a few minutes of him before he leaves the house.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017: Bertie celebrates his seventh birthday

Dog birthday hat
Look at this gorgeous birthday boy! Bertie Lingalana Andrews is now seven, and such a little treasure. His birthday is also one of the few times Bassie will purposely sit beside him as she hopes some of the attention will rub off on her. Bless.

That’s all, folks! I also attended Design Indaba this week but will hold over my favourite snaps for next week’s update. We finally got some much-needed rain overnight, let’s hope it’s the start of the season…

Click here for my official review of the Groote Post Country Market on Bizcommunity.

*Disclaimer: Obviously our eats at the Groote Post Country Market were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Italian delights (like biscotti shakes) at Piza e vino in Wellington

Hello, dear reader! 🙂

It’s once again the weekend, so it’s time to scroll through my latest visual highlights. Last weekend was absolutely lovely as we spent most of it in Wellington. First, we got through the usual end-of week things…

Friday, 20 January 2017: Quiet evening with the doggies

Shaw Academy and dog watching cricket on TV
Top-left is Bertie’s happy grin when his dad said he could come with to collect me from the bus station that eve, bottom left is my glee at passing Shaw Academy’s second weekly Photoshop diploma assignment with full marks, and the right is Bassie and her dad watching the cricket on TV. Yes. Much excitement!

Saturday, 21 January 2017: What to do in Wellington during summer

Waffle and latte and cappuccino and wrap at Reload in Parklands
We were up bright and early on Saturday as we had a great many things to do that day. We managed to wait until the respectable hour of 9am before heading off for breakfast though – we opted for Reload in Parklands. See Husband sugaring his cappuccino in front of the ‘bokkie wall’ on the left, my caramel latte top right, and the chocolate-strawberry waffle and breakfast wrap beneath. I’m sure you can guess who ate which plate of food!
Road trip from Cape Town to Wellington
After a few of the usual weekend chores it was time to pack our bags and hit the road, Jack! We were expected at Val du Charron in Wellington, which we last visited in Winter (click here for a reminder). This time it was a sunny summer’s day with not a cloud in sight.
Wellington's Bell Inn
We were making such good time that we stopped off at The Bell Inn while winding through the outskirts of town. Typical cool, dark interior.
Red farm tractor in Welington
Husband was more than happy to hop aboard this big red tractor and demonstrate how he’d drive it. Teehee.
Val du Charron and Local Grill
Then we were there! The driveway up to the parking lot and the five-star Coachhouse where we stayed last time are on the left, with the Local Grill restaurant and four-star Guesthouse to the right.
Val du Charron four-star Guesthouse room
Once checked in, we were escorted to our room – it was hidden behind the impressive wine display. See our bed top right, and both of us enjoying the view from the balcony – Husband with a beer, me with a Terbodore coffee he kindly brewed for me.
View of Wellington from Val du Charron
Look. at. that. VIEW! This was snapped while standing on our balcony, gazing out towards the Hawequa mountains.
Zebra art in Val du Charron conference room.
The stripy zebra artwork in the Guesthouse conference room is very pretty. We peeped in on our way to the piano, where Husband taught me to play a quick tune before we scampered out into the sunshine.
Val du Charron in Wellington
Next up: An explore of the grounds! We didn’t even think of strolling around and seeing the vineyard when we visited in Winter. It’s such a lovely spot we didn’t leave Val du Charron once during our stay.
Pool at Val du Charron
Ahh. It was a hot day (Wellington gets so hot it’s sometimes called ‘Hellington’ – my former boss Justin grew up in the town, so he knows), so once we’d settled into the room and completed that quick explore of the grounds it was off to the pool with us! We were surprised to be the only ones there. The loungers beside the pool were comfy and sun-warmed, just to spot to dry off after a few dips.
Swimming pool at Wellington's Val du Charron.
Here you can see some of our relaxing in and around the pool.
Drinks at Piza e Vino in Wellington's Val du Charron
Dinner on the patio at Piza e Vino. Every single table was full by the time we left, around 9:30pm. See Husband’s mojito bottom left and the delicious Biscotti milkshake I was lucky enough to try. There are many more words to describe it. Click here for my full review on Biz!
Piza e vino at Wellington's Val du Charron
The food! It’s worth the hour’s drive from Cape Town if you’re going for lunch, I’d say. Have what we had: The Parmesan-crusted zucchini bites with honey-mustard dipping aioli are left top and bottom, the Sesame Street chicken salad with feta-stuffed Peppadews in the middle, and the dark chocolate torte with ice cream on the right. And don’t forget to order mains…
Piza e vino at Wellington's Val du Charron
I went for a half-half pizza pie – that’s Porky the Pig on the left half and the Frango Tandoori on the right, with Husband’s Fettuccini di Mare. All lip-smackingly good.
Sunset at Val du Charron in Wellington
The Piza e Vino patio was also the ideal spot from which to snap the setting sun. There’s just no better scenery to me!
Sunset at Val du Charron, Wellington
I saved the best for last. Gorgeous colours.

Sunday, 22 January 2017: Exploring Bain’s Kloof Pass

Breakfast menu at The Local Grill at Val du Charron in Wellington
The breakfast options for Val du Charron’s overnight guest are all served in the Local Grill and included in your stay (apart from any speciality coffees, of course).
Breakfast at Local Grill in Wellington's Val du Charron
The breakfast view, our morning food and the coffee that got me going for the day.
Bain's Kloof Pass
We’d not yet attempted the Bain’s Kloof Pass trip, so set off to do so after checking out. I took a few photos of the scenery and signage along the way. It must be super scary at night as there are no lights along the way, it’s rumoured to be haunted, and those low rock walls you see are the only thing between the road and the deep valleys below.
Baboon in Bain's Kloof
We even spotted a troop of baboons that scarpered off into the bushes when we came close – apart from this fellow, who was examining his paw on a tree stump.

That’s all, folks! It’s Husband’s birthday this Sunday so expect pics of him in the birthday hat in next week’s update. 🙂

*Disclaimer: Obviously our accommodation and meals at Val du Charron were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.