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Autumn 2017 and Husband’s parents arrive in Cape Town

It’s been another longgg week with Husband playing the role of Marvin (click here if you’re not sure what that means).

We’ve finally had a fair sprinkling of rain though, and the weather’s definitely nippier than usual so I think it’s fair to say that Autumn 2017 has arrived in Cape Town. If you click through to my blog post from this week last year I said the exact same thing, so at least I’m consistent)…

Friday, 17 March 2017: Work farewell at Fat Cactus

Espresso milkshake at Fat Cactus
We tend to hold any work farewells or special functions at the Fat Cactus as it’s walking distance from our office, so that’s just where we went last Friday for our editorial assistant’s farewell. I had the espresso milkshake you see here.

Saturday, 18 March 2017: Autumnal Chocolat breakfast, doggy beach walk and local rugby supporting

Cold Belville
This is what the weather was like when we set off for breakfast on Saturday morning. Cloudy, cold and in need of coffee.
Cappuccino at Chocolat in Bellville.
Luckily that’s just what we had at Chocolat in Durbanville – we were headed somewhere else when we saw it’s facade and decided to pop in. I’m so glad we did.
Food at Chocolat
Look at the pretty gold-framed bunny art inside, the proteas in silver teapots, Husband’s Tabasco sauce-drenched eggs benedict and my strawberry-topped Nutella-peanut butter French toast. Delicious!
Doggie beach walk.
Later that morning it was time for walkies at the beach, which was surprisingly empty. Note Husband, happy doggies and sea birds.
Dogs at beach
Lots of happy moments during the walkies, including Bassie being off leash and Bertie swimming in the sea. Both were tired and happy to get back home.
Union Milnerton Rugby Club at Theo Marais Park
Much later than evening, after a few weekend adminny chores, we went to Theo Marais Park to support Union Milnerton Rugby Club (Millies) against Brackenfell (Brakkies). It was cold enough for coffee and Husband had to go retrieve the ball when it veered towards the cricket side of the field.

Sunday, 19 March 2017: Pineapple-y Sunday

Limnos cappuccino and Woolworths in Canal Walk
We wanted to break our fast at the Woollies Cafe in Canal Walk first thing on Sunday but got there before they open at 9am, so had a quick pre-coffee at Limnos while ogling their droolworthy cakes. Also seen here: The fritaffle Husband ate, my frosted caramel latte and the healthy orange, carrot and pineapple-y juice Husband braved. That wasn’t the last pineapple of the day…
Moyo pina colada
We decided on a shared pina colada for our Sunday afternoon treat, at Moyo as you can tell from my face-paintings here.
Moyo face-painting
You can see my face-painting better in this shot out of the light (and the icy water our feet were dangling in as we bravely sat at the surfboard tables outside.)
Pineapple pudding
What a coincidence, Mum had made a pineapple pudding for after lupper that evening.

Monday, 20 and Tuesday, 21 March 2017: Husband’s parents arrive

Furniture truck
Husband’s parents arrived at our house on Monday evening, and the truck with all their worldly goods arrived at their new house first thing on Tuesday morning – luckily it was a public holiday so we could go along to help out, though Husband was being Marvin this week so only had two hours of sleep from Monday night’s shift.
Eden Cafe food
Unfortunately Husband’s dad had a bad kidney stone attack during the night so was booked into hospital. The rest of us did a bit of unpacking then decamped to Eden Cafe for a much needed foot-dip in the ocean and tummy top-up. I had a passion-fruit shake, Husband a draught, mother-in-law a glass of wine. She ate the chicken mayo on pumpkin-seed roll while we shared a chicken prego roll that really hit the spot!

Thursday, 23 March 2017: Sea Point event, annual staff meet and Fat Cactus lunch

Sea Point
First thing on Thursday I hopped on the bus to Sea Point to cover the Mediamark In the Know Now media event at the La Vendome Radisson Blue hotel. It was sunny when I arrived but the weather quickly changed and became cloudy cool.
Hot cross bun latte at Rise in Woodstock Exchange
After catching up on emails in the office it was time to walk a block down to the Woodstock Exchange as we’d booked to hold our end of year staff meeting there. I opted for a hot cross bun latte – or a ‘cross burn’, as you can see here.
Chilli con carne nachos grande at Fat Cactus
Then it was time to eat – at the Fat Cactus again, lol. The nachos grande with side of chilli con carne on the right was all mine, a truly huge portion that we’re still polishing off this evening!

That’s all, folks. We’ll be helping the parents unpack and also having a few days off work before my next update, so expect happier, more relaxed faces then. πŸ™‚

Bassie’s 9th birthday

Last Friday wasn’t just April Fool’s Day, it was also little Bassie’s 9th birthday. She’s quite the character. If you know her, she’s pushy, stubborn, loving and just the sweetest thing. Here are the past week’s highlights…

Friday, 1 April 2016: Tabasco Yoda Andrews’ 9th birthday

Mini dacschund
Look at that sweet face! Can’t believe this sweetheart is already 9, she brings so much joy to our lives.
Dacschund in birthday hat
Giving the birthday girl lots of love and attention once we were home from work.

Saturday, 2 April 2016: Wimpy brekkie and Burger Fair lupper

Wimpy toasted cheese
Wimpy’s one of the few places open early enough for our often growly-too-early-on-the-weekend tummies, so off to Wimpy we went on Saturday. This was my toasted cheese, with saucy chips and a mega coffee…
Wimpy streaky bacon with a cheese griller
Husband had his usual ‘streaky bacon breakfast with an extra cheese griller’, all washed down with a large Coke, of course.
Burger Fair in Bellville
After a handful of weekend chores we were dipping low on energy so decided to try our nearest road house – the Burger Fair in Bellville.
Milo shake at Burger Fair
When at a roadhouse of course the tray is attached to your car window and you eat in your seat. This was my Milo shake…
Cheese burger and chips at Burger Fair.
…And you turn your (floral) lap into a table . This was my cheeseburger and chips. Along with the Milo shake, Husband’s chili burger and another Coke, we got change from R100.
Table Mountain and trees.
Table Mountain looked pretty on the way home – it was too windy to keep the window open though so you’ll note the reflection. Sorry folks.

Sunday, 3 April: Brunch at McPherson’s, afternoon on Woodbridge Island

McPherson's menu
We popped into McPherson’s Restaurant first thing on Sunday. Here I am, perusing their new menu with my hair being its messy self… and you can’t miss my new tattoo.
Cappuccino at McPherson's
Mmm. Cappuccino with foam and chocolate sprinkles. Just right.
McPherson's club sandwich
You can’t go wrong with the club sandwich at McPherson’s. It’s packed with creamy chicken mayo and streaky bacon, with lovely potato wedges on the side.
Chef's omelette at McPherson's
Husband went for the chef’s omelette, which came with a side of toast and kept him full all day.
Strawberry shale at Beach Tavern
After some relaxing we headed off to Woodbridge Island. I had this delightful strawberry shake at the Beach Tavern. The sun was so bright we had to keep our sunnies on.
Castle draught at Beach Tavern.
Husband opted for a Castle draught. All this for less than R50. And you can’t miss HIS new tattoo!
Table Mountain from Woodbridge Island
Can’t go to Woodbridge Island without at least a tiny paddle in the sea… or at least getting close enough to see it.
Dacschund with turkey leg
Tabby was so excited about her ‘chewy turkey leg’ birthday present from Granny that evening, she didn’t know what to do with herself and was quite suspicious of everyone’s intentions.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016: Pretty flowers in Wembley Square

Fire-coloured flowers
Flowers of fire! I was in the area for a quick meeting and loved the fiery colours all round.

Thursday, 7 April 2016: Scotch eggs and sweet potato mash

Scotch eggs
Mum treated us to homemade scotch eggs and sweet potato mash on Thursday eve – let me know if you want her secret for avoiding a blue rim around the yolk πŸ˜‰

That’s all, folks! Looks like we’re in for a brief respite from the autumn chill this weekend – enjoy!

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