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A stay at Franschhoek’s La Petite Ferme and Christmas in Blouberg

This has been our most family-filled Christmas in a long time, as we got to celebrate with both sets of parents as well as extended family on both sides. We were also lucky enough to start our December holiday with a stay at La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek, what a magical place!

Our souls are happy and bellies full – you’ll see why from all the snaps below…

Friday, 22 December 2018: Holiday waffles and Blowfish dins

Waffles at Milky Lane
Mum and Dad treated me to a waffle at Milky Lane in Table Bay Mall to mark my first day of holiday last Friday. See my Crunchie waffle, Dad’s lemon meringue version and Mum’s churro ice cream cup that looked just like Stitch from Lilo and Stitch.
Coffee at Limnos Bakery
By then, Husband was done with his morning of work so he joined us for a strong flat white at Limnos Bakery in the mall. Let the holidays begin!
Swimming in the sea
The colours at the beachfront were just gorgeous that afternoon. If you look closely, you’ll spot Husband waving from the waves.
Pasta at Blowfish
We started the weekend with an early lupper at the Blowfish restaurant in Dolphin Beach that afternoon. See Husband’s seafood pasta and my butternut-feta gnocchi.

Saturday, 22 December 2019: A stay at La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek

Single eggs benedict at Bread & Butter
Bread & Butter in Sunningdale has extended its trading hours over the festive season, so that’s where we had our early Saturday morning breakfast. See our flat whites and single eggs benedicts – Mexican for Husband. bacon for me. Bellies full, we were ready for a road trip…
Franschhoek farms
We were excited to see a different side of Franschhoek that weekend, as we were reviewing a night at La Petite Ferme, set on the foot of the Oliphant’s Pass. See fields of lavender and the lush green maze of Terbidor’s Big Dog Cafe on our way into town.
La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek
Views of the valley, vineyards and vino at La Petite Ferme – ‘the little farm’. It’s different from the typical ‘Main Road Franschhoek’ accommodation as you’re situated up above the town with a view of the mountain on the one side and on the other, twinkly lights of the valley below. Highly recommended!
La Petite Ferme
We were lucky to stay in the Provencale Vineyard Suite as the accommodation is pure luxury, complete with a view of the blue mountains and vineyards right from the bathtub, and delicious cookies at the in-suite coffee station.
La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek
Some of the scenery around our private cottage suite – inviting shady tree-lined walkways, a welcome bowl of fruit, and of course our private pool.
Private pool at La Petite Ferme
View of our private pool from the main living area of the suite. It was heavenly!
Swimming in green pool
Husband spent most of his afternoon in the pool. The dark green tiles made it feel like we had slipped into the background and were part of nature.
Wine-tasting at La Petite Ferme.
I’ll drink to that! Husband enjoying a taste of La Petite Ferme’s oak-barreled Chardonnay.
Wine tasting at La Petite Ferme
Guests are welcome to a private wine tasting and tour of the vines on the property. See the five wines we sampled, each paired with a specific savoury bite from the kitchen. Watch for my full wordy review on Bizcommunity in the new year!
La Petite Ferme
Mr and Mrs Andrews making their way from their suite to the restaurant – we couldn’t stop gazing at that beautiful view!
Sunset at La Petite Ferme
Sunset signals supper time at La Petite Ferme. See the magical glow over the mountains and valley below – you can just spot me in the picture on the top-left.
Dinner at La Petite Ferme
The food tasted as good as it looked. See our breadboard, including charcoal rolls with harissa paste, two views of our shared zucchini roll starter and our mains – the deboned whole trout for Husband, and the pulled lamb for me. Both were all so delicious we left our plates clean. Not pictured – the caramel milkshake I slurped to the last drop.
Dinner at La Petite Ferme
A feast for the eyes before we’d even had a taste. See another view of our mains – lamb top-left and trout top-right, as well as our desserts – chocolate torte bottom-left and pumpkin doughnuts with peanut-butter ice-cream bottom-right.
Gowns at La Petite Ferme.
The ‘gownie shot’, once back in our suite that evening – this was the best option of about 20 takes, I promise.

Sunday, 23 December 2018: Peche Royale & ice cream sundae Sundays

Breakfast at La Petite Ferme.
Breakfast at La Petite Ferme is a treat, with so many delicious choices from the buffet table – see the pastries; fresh fruit and fish; my ‘first breakfast’ bowl of granola with berries, cranberry juice and cappuccino; and Husband’s beautiful plate of eggs Onassis – spinach, salmon and Hollandaise sauce.
Breakfast at La Petite Ferme
More of the buffet spread; along with my prettily plated hot breakfast order of French toast topped with bacon and cooked apple slivers; and my ‘third breakfast’ nutty pastry plait with cappuccino; as well as Husband enjoying his plate of eggs.
Peacock at La Petite Ferme
I’d heard about the beautiful peacocks at La Petite Ferme and we spotted a few during our stay – they often leapt into the trees to sing their odd ‘mewling’ cry. But more impressive that this…
Peahen and chick
Look! A little chick on the peahen’s back! Two eggs had just hatched during our stay.
Cocktails at Pakalolo's
After checking out we made our way back home, then stopped in at Pakalolo’s on the beachfront with Spec for Christmas cocktails that afternoon. See Husband’s bloody mary, Spec’s mojito and my ‘champagne mojito’, complete with sparkly MCC.
Peche Royale
The celebrations kept coming! We had Peche Royale sparkling peach, as well as salad and toasted sandwiches to literally ‘toast’ the start of the holidays with Spec at Mum’s house that afternoon. Also see our coconut ice cream with caramel sauce and Bertie’s Christmas present from his granny-grampa – a soft blue monkey, his newest best friend.

Monday, 24 December 2018: Blaauwberg Beach Hotel breakfast and Christmas Eve family dins

Breakfast at Blaauwberg Beach Hotel.
The Blaauwberg Beach Hotel has finally opened its doors, so we had breakfast at their Waves restaurant on Monday morning. See my peanut-butter waffle, Husband’s eggs royale and Spec’s breakfast taco. Portions are generous, so go hungry!
View from Blaauwberg Beach Hotel
Of course we explored the rest of the hotel, too – just look at the views from one of three pools! We’ll definitely be back once their cocktail bar opens in the new year.
Christmas Eve
Sweet little Bassie on Christmas Eve. She turned into a shy girl with so many family members saying hi at her grandparents’ house. The food was lovely, too – pre-ordered individual portions of chicken, gammon and ham with rice, roast potatoes, creamy cauliflower, carrots and butternut. Yum!
Christmas Eve
Merry Christmas Eve! The full family enjoying our festive feast.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018: Christmas lunch in Big Bay

Christmas breakfast at Woolworths Cafe
Woolworths Cafe was one of few places open for breakfast on Christmas Day, so that’s where we topped up our tummies again, this time on vanilla-cinnamon cappuccinos, flat whites, Labneh apple-toast and chorizo hash bowls. My parents also popped in for generous portions of scrambled eggs, bacon and avo on toast.
Big Bay view of Table Mountain
Merry Christmas! We spent much of the rest of the day at the beautiful new Big Bay house of relations on Mum’s side. See the slide-cover pool and view across the ocean to Table Mountain.
Christmas hats
See some of the Christmas day laughs captured here.
Kleinbaai Christmas
Full family (apart from Eleanor, taking the photo) at Christmas lunch at the Conradies’ newly built house. Also, Gillian presenting the beautiful Christmas tree starter Mum created.
Christmas lunch
Did we eat and eat! See the cheese, fruit and crackers; roast potatoes; Christmas pies – steak, chicken and venison; pigs in ‘scarves’ (their bacon ‘blankets’ shrunk in the cook); and the beautiful cheesecake made by my cousin, Erin. There was also homemade malva pudding with custard and Uncle Al’s bread-and-butter pudding.
Christmas dreams
No wonder some of us were very sleepy that evening, dreaming Christmassy dreams.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018: Day of Reconciliation (AKA: Christmas leftovers)

Early bird breakfast at News Cafe
We filled our bellies (again) with the early bird English breakfast special at News Cafe on Marine Circle.
Day of Reconciliation leftovers
Day of Reconciliation means lots of Christmas leftovers. We found ourselves back at Husband’s parents’ house with his extended relations for a final taste of Christmas. It was yummy but we are so done with cooked ham for a while!

That’s all, folks! We hope you had an equally delicious Christmas week. Excuse us while we try walk off some of those calories. πŸ™‚

*Disclaimer: Our meals and accommodation at La Petite Ferme were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

T’was the week before Christmas 2018…

We’re finally on leave! And we’ve been in holiday mode for a while as last weekend was a long one – Day of Reconciliation was on Sunday, so Monday was a public holiday…

Saturday, 15 December 2018: Pre-Christmas braai  

Breakfast at Blueberries
We had various weekend admin things to do near Table View shopping centre on Saturday morning, so we breakfasted at Blueberries. See our cappuccinos in glass mugs, Husband’s Coke Zero, his hash brown breakfast and my toasted bacon and banana on brown.
Braai food
We’d not braaied at Husband’s parents in a while, so that’s where we spent our Saturday evening. See various decorations and braai foods.
Christmas decorating
Husband and Spec got into the festive spirit at their parents house, by helping to decorate.
Family braai
Proof we were all there – see Bassie in my arms, Bertie was just out of camera shot.
Dogs on couch
My precious family, at Husband’s parents’ house.
Christmas decorations
Our house got the ‘Christmas decorations’ treatment that evening, too. Ready for Christmas!

Sunday, 16 December 2018: Weekly sea dip in Blouberg

Breakfast at Our Place
Our Place has opened where Melissa’s used to be, on Marine Circle, so that’s where we breakfasted on Sunday. See our strong coffees, Husband’s eggs benedict and my toasted chicken mayo.
Xpresso in Table Bay Mall
We stopped at Xpresso in Table Bay Mall for a quick R10 coffee treat, mid-mall-mole (Ask me if you don’t know what that means, teehee). A con panna for Husband and a toffee caramel latte for me.
Blouberg
If you look closely, you can just make out Husband along the edge of the rocks here, about to have his weekly sea dip.

Monday, 17 December 2018: Public holiday quality time with doggies

Dog beach walk
Conditions were just right for beach walkies once we’d had a lie-in and done some house admin that morning. See the doglets at various stages of their walk/swim/paddle.
Dog walk at beach
Doglets enjoying their walkies over the dunes, back to the car.
Wodbridge Island
We hadn’t been to Woodbridge Island in a while, so visited on Monday afternoon. See Husband at the lighthouse.
Pina colada and banoffee pie shake
Our milkshakes at Beach Tavern – see Husband’s pina colada shake topped with coconut shavings, and my sweet banoffee pie shake. Yum!
Burger special at CTFM
We had lupper at CTFM in Seaside Village that evening. The Monday burger special is still R55, and Husband enjoyed his paella. Also see my cafe mocha and Husband’s glass of red.
Dogs on couch
Enjoying the ‘not at work’ mood with my doggies that afternoon.

That’s all, folks! As we’re now officially on leave, expect lots of ‘relaxed faces’ in the next update. πŸ™‚

Angus Grill’s ‘don of chocolate’ and Jive’s Cape food-pairing taxi tour

We made sure this past week was once again filled with sunshine and delicious moments, as you’ll see below…

Friday, 23 November 2018: Cape Royale meetings, Doodles dins

Cape Royale
Last Friday I had a midday meeting at the Cape Royale hotel in Green Point.
Cape Royale lobby
The lobby is lovely! We sat at the outdoor cafe, which was just too sunny for photos.
Doodles Spring specials
After work was done and dusted we treated ourselves to Friday dins at Doodles on the beachfront, from their ‘Spring specials chef’s test menu’. See my caramel shake – not pictured, my tikka chicken pizza. Also see Husband’s seafood platter special – linefish of the day was angelfish, his favourite.

Saturday, 24 November 2018: The Hart breakfast, Black Angus lupper

Breakfast at The Hart.
Saturday morning saw us breakfasting at The Hart in Melkbos. See Husband’s mackerel on rosti, my cappuccino and my single bacon egg(s) benedict.
View from Black Angus
We stopped in at the Black Angus on Marine Drive for a late lunch/early supper once we’d popped in at Husband’s work for a few hours. The view is just what you’d expect.
Steak at Angus Grill
See my pepper-sauce burger and ‘don of chocolate’ – a dom pedro made with Frangelico and espresso liqueur, chocolate ice cream and flaked almonds. Also see the Kriek cherry beer Husband sampled, and his ‘Madagascan Green Pepper’ steak and veg.

Sunday, 25 November 2018: Cafeteria breakfast and Christmas comes to Table Bay Mall

Cafeteria in Table Bay Mall
We had our first breakfast at newly opened Cafeteria restaurant (where Melissa’s used to be) in the Table Bay Mall on Sunday morning.
Breakfast at Cafeteria
Husband tried the ‘low-carb benedict’, featuring gammon and spinach on brown mushroom, with mustard Hollandaise sauce. Also see our coffees and my banana-bread French toast with dollops of peanut butter- and raspberry-cream.
Mall Christmas decorations
You know Christmas is just a few weeks away when Christmas decorations pop up everywhere in Table Bay Mall.
Table Mountain
The beach is always beautiful, but Table Mountain seemed to have an extra sparkle last weekend…
Sunday roast pork
Sunday lupper at Mum’s – delicious roast pork with rice, gravy, veg and salad. Yum!
Chocolate and coffee.
You can’t go wrong with these post-lupper treats.

Monday, 26 November 2018: Day-off waffles and Duke coffee

Book and Panarotti's
I started my day off with some quiet time on the couch with the doglets and a few new books, then went to Panarotti’s in Table Bay Mall for mid-morning waffles with Mum and Dad.
Waffles at Panarotti's
See Dad’s banana-caramel-ice cream waffle top-left, my savoury bacon-banana waffle bottom-right, Mum’s traditional breakfast and our coffees.
Coffee at Duke's
We also stopped in at the new Duke’s coffee roastery on the way home. See the rhino demonstrating what visiting doggies should do, as well as interesting ceiling , coffees and homemade rusks.
Homemade meatloaf
Mum whipped up a saucy meatloaf, roast potatoes and veg for Tuesday evening dins at ours. We left not a crumb!

Wednesday, 28 November 2018: The Jive food-pairing taxi tour

Jive taxi tour
My Wednesday afternoon was spent on a food pairing with a difference – Jive cooldrink transported a handful of Cape Town’s media and influencers in Jive-branded minibus taxis to Langa, Athlone, Observatory and back to the CBD for an experience we won’t forget. See the team here at the first activation for the day, in Langa.
New Hope Spaza in Langa
First stop – the New Hope Spaza in Langa, for vetkoek and mince paired with Jive Orange Krush. See some of the sights, and a sweet doggy we befriended.
Jive taxi tour
Our second stop of the day was Super Fisheries in Athlone. Home of the gatsby, we got to sample an authentic vienna-polony gatsby, paired with Mango Tango Jive.
Jive burger pie pairing
Next stop was Pie Creations in Observatory, for the burger pie-cream soda pairing. By now we were reaching popping point so many of us only ate half a pie and took the rest home for dins.
Jive taxi tour
Now see the pap en wors paired with Iron Brew at Cafe Delicious in Barack Street top-left, view of the leading taxi from our Jive-branded taxi top-right, a sneaky snap of me taking pics bottom-left and curious kiddies in Langa.
Dogs sleeping
A selection of the doggies’ sweetest moments over the past week. See them snuggled together on the couch, Bertie napping with both his dad and granny, and Bassie caught half-asleep (or half-awake, maybe).

That’s all, folks! Here’s to an adventure-filled weekend ahead πŸ™‚

Doggy marshmallow moments and ‘R10 everything’ at Xpresso

Not only does the title of this week’s blog post refer to the sheer squishiness of my cute critters, but also the fact that we had enormous braai marshmallows last weekend, which the doglets loved. See for yourself below…

Friday, 2 November 2018: Pink office birthday cake

Pink cake
We celebrated a colleague’s birthday with tea and the prettiest pink cake. Happy birthday, Clarina!
Cape Town MyCiti bus lane
Endless sky views on my way home from the office that afternoon.

Saturday, 3 November 2018: Halloween braai at Husband’s parents

Breakfast at Green's
We started our weekend with breakfast at Green’s in Plattekloof Village. See my apple-berry crumble and cappuccino, as well as Husband’s flat white, Coke Zero and open haddock omelette.
Cape Town
Not your average ‘Husband in sea’ weekend pics.
Xpresso in Table Bay Mall
We saw people queuing to get into Xpresso, newly opened in Table Bay Mall, so stopped in to find out what all the fuss was about. Everything costs R10! Whether you’re having a fancy flavoured coffee, a sandwich roll, pastry or cold drink, you’ll only be parting with a single green note. Husband loved the con panna so much he had two of them, and my top-deck hot chocolate was delicious. We’ll be back!
Halloween braai
Husband’s parents hosted a Halloween-themed braai on Saturday evening. See our hasselback potatoes, pumpkin-filled gemsquashes and various braai meats.
Dog on couch
Bertie and his dad, watching some rugby (TV not pictured).
Dogs at braai
Such well-behaved doglets waiting for braai treats from their dad.
Dessert dogs
Main meals eaten, it was time for dessert. We had a jumbo bag of jumbo marshmallows to braai (see Bassie attempting a raw one). Bertie was more interested in my slice of milktart, teehee.
Large braai marshmallows
Lol. Look at size of marshmallow. Look at size of mouth. Somehow it worked out!

Sunday, 4 November 2018: Bread & Butter’s single benedicts, jumbo oysters at Catch 22

Breakfast at Bread & Butter
We breakfasted at Bread and Butter on Sunday. See the enormous bacon, avo and egg-filled croissant as devoured by Spec, as well as the cakes on display, our flat whites and the single benedicts on sweet-potato bread, as eaten by Husband and me.
Oysters at Catch 22
We stopped in at Catch 22 later that afternoon, so Spec could try the jumbo oysters. I had a gingerbread latte, Husband had a Bloody Mary and Spec an Amstel.
Homemade gatsby
Make-your-own gatsby lupper at Mum’s! We had a choice of spicy chicken or chilli con carne to fill them with. Mmm.
Cake and coffee
Lovey post-lupper treats at Mum’s that evening – madeira cake and coffee, both topped with cream.
Dogs on couch
Precious doglets in various poses on the couch, as snapped over the weekend.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018: Team lunch at La Bottega

Work lunch at La Bottega
It had been a while since our last team lunch – we’ve all been so busy that we kept postponing. Luckily, Wednesday we finally made it happen. See some of the lovely poke bowls and pizzas we ate at La Bottega – the bacon and sliced-potato version is especially good – just up the road from our offices in Woodstock. Also see my Nutella-banana gourmet shake. Yum!
La Bottega work lunch
(Almost) the whole gang was there!

That’s all, folks! It feels like we’ve switched back to Summer for now, stay cool.

Coffee French toast, Ayama wine farm and beach ice creams

Last weekend we finally felt that the seasons have changed in the Cape. We even went to the beach for ice cream! And while there have been a few very chilly days since then, today was a scorcher and this weekend is set to be sunny and bright…

Wednesday, 26 September 2018: Planting vines and sampling wines at Ayama Wines, Slent Farm

Paarl road trip
Last Wednesday, I was part of a media group to visit a wine farm run by Italians – my full review of the experience will be up on Bizcommunity next week. For now, look at the picture-postcard scenery on our way to Ayama Wines in the Voor Paardeberg region, through Paarl.
Ayama Wines at Slent Farm
Soon enough, we were there. Ahh. You can just feel the peacefulness of the surroundings. There are 172 hectares in total, with the vines flown in from Italy and 95% of the output exported outside of SA, so no worries f you’ve not heard of Ayama Wines.
Ayama Wines at Slent Farm
We took a tractor tour of the land – see the sweet family doggy trotting along behind us in the bottom left pic. Also see lillies growing wild and in pots, and the protective blue booties we wore, to keep our shoes clean and the soil uncontaminated.
Ayama Wines tasting room
See the new Ayama Wines tasting room, farm petrol pump and mill, some of the lovely eats we tried, and our take-home gift of artichoke (we also received a few bottles of wine, not pictured).

Friday, 28 September 2018: Creative Mornings event and end of #BI4Gov

Creative Morning at Friends of Design
My first stop last Friday – after a brief email check-in at the office – was taking part in a collaborative art experiment at the Creative Mornings Cape Town session for September, held at Friends of Design on Bree Street. Click here for my overview if you missed it.
BI4Gov conference at CTICC
Next stop, the CTICC for day two of the #BI4Gov Behavioural Insights conference. If you missed it,Β click through to my article based on a tea break chat with MC, Africa Melane.
CTICC conference food
Conference food at the CTICC is always welcome as it’s quite hunger-making work, frantically taking notes and chatting to people in the gaps.

Saturday, 29 September 2018: Coffee French toast, beach ice creams and family braais

Pulp Kitchen breakfast
For our ‘Yay, it’s the weekend’ breakfast, we went to Pulp Kitchen in Willowbridge Centre. See Husband’s Mexican chilli mince-filled ‘brekkie burrito’ topped with guac and salsa, our flat whites and the bicycle-themed decor.
Coffee French toast at Pulp Kitchen
For me, the coffee French toast with maple syrup and coffee cream. So yum!
Durbanville suburbs
Such lovely scenery, while riding through the Durbanville suburbs after breakfast.
Ice cream in Blouberg
Later that afternoon we went to Sea Breeze, the ice cream place next to Pakalolo on Blouberg beachfront, as they make the perfect beach ice cream. This time I asked for a sugar cone, with mixed choc and vanilla soft serve, and a Flake, of course.
Ice cream in Blouberg
Just as pretty in front of the spring flowers that cover the dunes! Delicious, too.
Braai
Saturday afternoon meant it was time for a braai at Husband’s parents’ house. See the fire, the meat, sweet Bassie grinning, and our large, fresh strawberries for dessert.
Dog napping on couch
Sweet Bertie, all tuckered out on the couch that evening.

Sunday, 30 September 2018: Beach excursions in Melkbos and Blouberg

Breakfast at the Hart, Melbos
We decided on breakfast at The Hart in Melkbos on Sunday morning. I went for the single bacon benedict, Husband had the chorizo rosti and of course we each had a flat white, too.
Breakfast at The Hart.
Our breakfast table at The Hart.
Melkbos beach
Bellies full, we took ourselves for a little walk along the Melkbos beachfront. Husband went exploring for sea life out amongst the rocks, as he does, and showed me all sorts of mollusks and sea anemones.
Beach umbrella in Table View
Later that afternoon, we set up camp at Blouberg beachfront. It was our first proper beach day since the weather has perked up a little. See me holding up our beach umbrella – it decided to up and blow away while Husband was in the sea, so I had to chase after it and pin it down.
Table View beach
If you look closely, you’ll see Husband standing on the wall of rocks about in the middle of the ocean.
Summer lupper
Mum made all sorts of lovely summery foods for lupper – these are just the salads and accompaniments to various sausages and rolls.
Dessert and dogs.
Mmm! And for dessert, we had both milktart and a chocolatey-lime mousse pudding. The doglets were Very Interested.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018: Delicious dins and drooling doglet

Sweet and sour pork and chocolate biscuits and drooling dog.
Mum outdid herself with a delicious gingery sweet-and-sour pork for lupper that evening, AND homemade Romany Cream-style biscuits! If you look closely at the picture of Bassie, you’ll see a bubble of drool. Teehee.

That’s all, folks! Enjoy the sunshine. πŸ™‚

Jumbo hotdogs, Intaka Island walks and teatime treats at The Vineyard

I said we’d have lots of pics of the in-laws in my last update, and lots of pics we have! They’ll be in town for a few more weeks so expect them to feature in the next few updates. πŸ™‚ We had lots of food balanced out by lots of walks, as you’ll see below…

Saturday, 12, November 2016: Big Bay brekkie, Intaka Island and doggy walks

Breakfast at the Eden Cafe
We started our Saturday with breakfast at the Eden Cafe at Eden on the Bay in Big Bay. That’s my latte on the left and banana-marscapone flapjacks on the right.
Eden on the Bay breakfast
There’s Husband and his mum, both tucking into their Surfer’s breakfasts (salmon-and-scrambled-egg panini), with his dad’s English breakfast on the right.
Table Mountain from Eden Cafe
Here are Husband and his parents, mountain-gazing from a chilly Big Bay after breakfast at the Eden Cafe.
Jumbo cheese griller at Canal Walk
We popped into Canal Walk briefly after that as we were in the area for our afternoon at Intaka Island while Dad-in-law met up with a friend. Just look at this enormous hotdog we shared! Tis a jumbo cheese griller.
Intaka Island
Intaka Island is a real hidden gem in the heart of all those fancy buildings. Here is Mother, making her way through the walkway.
Weaver nests
Lots of little weaver nests are dotted in the rushes at the water’s edge.
Intaka Island heronry
These are the floating heronries at Intaka Island. We joked they should be renamed ‘ibiseries’ as we saw just one grey heron on the day.
Intaka Island viewing hut
We stopped at the viewing hut mid-way to gaze across at the pretty view…
Century City Intaka Island
Such a photogenic spot in Century City, but those construction cranes framing the mountain mar the beauty.
Intaka island bench
Husband and his mum taking a break from all the walking.
Table Mountain from Sunset Beach
We stopped at Sunset Beach on our way home. This is the view of Table Mountain from the walkway between parking lot and beach.
Blouberg beach from Sunset Beach
Blouberg looks tiny and so far away from Sunset Beach, but it’s the next stop on the bus route along the coast. Look at those tiny kites in the distance!
Ships at Sunset Beach
There were quite a few ships on the horizon and the water was freezing.
Dog walk
Despite having had quite extensive walkies ourselves already, we treated the doggies to an amble around the neighbourhood that evening. See how happy we all are here.
Dog walk
But the doggies soon changed expressions. These doggy faces are just the funniest!
Food at Driftwood Cafe
That evening we dined at the Driftwood Cafe. That’s Mother-in-law and Husband with their food on the left, with Dad-in-law and me on the right. Don’t worry, close-ups of the food to follow…
Food at Driftwood Cafe
Our four full plates from the Driftwood Cafe. I had the blooming onion, top left, Husband had the eisbein and mash, bottom left, Mother-in-law had the mussel pot and Dad-in-law had hake and chips.

Sunday, 13 November 2016: Primi beachfront breakfast and full family braai

Breakfast at Primi
We wanted a view of the sea for Sunday breakfast – and delicious food, of course, so Primi is where we ended up. I had the super-sized cappuccino (just look at that mug bottom left!) I also ate the freshest croissant with a side of bacon (top left), with Husband going for the salmon eggs benedict you can see bottom right, and the parents sharing a portion of eggs Florentine between them, top right.
Braai
When last did we have a full family braai, with both sets of parents in attendance? Probably a good four years ago, before we moved to Cape Town. Top left is all the meat on the braai, bottom left is Husband and his dad getting the fire going, me with a Strongbow berry cider and all the menfolk watching/playing/laughing at cricket on the right.
Ruth Rendell book and sausage dog
Much later that evening it was just Bassie and me on the couch with my book. She refused to look at the camera though.

Monday, 14 and Tuesday, 15 November 2016: INMA Conference at The Vineyard Hotel

Tea at The Vineyard Hotel
I spend Monday and Tuesday this week networking and note-taking at The Vineyard Hotel at the Interntational News Media Association (INMA) global summit. The tea time treats were amazing – here are my four mini-plates over the two days. Read up on my conference coverage here and here and here and here.
Vineyard Hotel
Just so you know, this was the distracting view from my seat in the Vineyard Hotel ballroom at the INMA conference. It’s a wonder I got anything done.

That’s all, folks! Happy weekend πŸ™‚

Easter weekend 2016: Green dogs and beachy Adirondack chair DIY

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Shorter work weeks are not easier work weeks. Not by a long shot as you tend to do the same amount of work as you would in a normal five-dayer. But I did have a lovely long break thanks to last week’s staycation, so am not quite as tired as I’d normally be.

Here’s what we got up to over the Easter long weekend…

Friday, 25 March 2016: Good Friday

Bayside Mugg & Bean flat white cappuccino
Good Friday began with breakfast at Mugg & Bean, Bayside. This was my ‘flat white cappuccino’, a weekend essential.
Apple Cinnamon flapjacks at Mugg & Bean
Instead of traditional hot cross buns, I had the ‘apple and cinnamon’ flapjacks for Good Friday breakfast.
Mushroom and avo eggs benedict
Husband had the ‘mushrooms and avo’ eggs benedict.
Table Mountain Blouberg
We stopped at the beach in Blouberg on our way back home as the weather was just amazing. Here is Husband heading towards the sea. He waded in deep enough to wet his shorts.
BLouberg beach
Isn’t that just a ridiculously beautiful beach day? Look at that glassy sea, the fluffy cloud reflection and the bluest sky, with seagulls on the rocks and my favourite mountain (Lion’s Head) in the background. We’re so lucky to live just five minutes down the road!
Star Wars books
Soon after, the weather turned quite miserable, with overcast skies and the threat of rain. And so we spent the morning indoors with the doggies. These are Husband’s latest Star Wars books, along with his space-themed bookmark.
Reading with dog.
I finished off Devil’s Peak by Deon Meyer – despite Bertie trying his best to distract me with licks.
Rocomama's smashburger menu in Durbanville
For a late lunch we decided on Rocomama’s in Durbanville, as we’d only heard good things about their ‘smashburgers’. They were so good I didn’t get a snap of them, so sorry, but here’s the fun order pad. You get to write your own name for your order, and can call yourself whatever you wish.
Milkshakes at Rocomama's Durbanville
We had these gourmet milkshakes. Husband’s pale one on the left was creme brulee, mine was Belgian chocolate. Both delicious.

Saturday, 26 March 2016: Earth Cafe breakfast and the DIY beach chair

Salmon croissant at Earth Cafe, Parklands
We started our Saturday with breakfast at Earth Cafe in Parklands, which recently reopened after a kitchen fire. Husband had this ‘au salmon’ croissant, I had banana cinnamon pancake with ice cream.
Wooden Adirondack
The doggies demonstrating the Adirondack chair and footstool ‘before paint job’. It was made for me by a lovely former colleague late last year and has been waiting for me to make up my mind on the colour scheme.
Paint from Builder's Warehouse
A quick trip to Builder’s Warehouse saw us purchasing all of this for less than R400 – the beach-coloured paints were on special.
Dogs on Adirondack
Post-paint, doggies in almost the same positions.
Peep home in door
Husband also put a peep hole in our front door.

26 March 2016: Easter Sunday

Sweetcorn fritters at Village Place Cafe.
Luckily our local Village Place Cafe was open for breakfast on Easter Sunday, as we were up early with hungry tummies. I had these sweetcorn fritters with bacon, salsa and poached egg, Husband went for the pesto breakfast.
Dog and sea foam
And then, pesto green beach time. Bassie had a bad experience with the sea foam on one of her first beach visits when we moved to Cape Town over three years ago so she usually steers clear, but you can see from her green front paw that she had a little dip at Kreeftebaai.
Green dog
Look. at. this. dog. Bertie is in his element at the beach, and decided he’d look better in green than white. All the green bits are usually as pristine as his muzzle. Of course he had a shower when we got home!
Dog swimming in sea foam
This is how he got himself quite so green. Had a wonderful time splashing about!
Chakalaka meatball pasta
Mmm. Chakalaka meatball pasta for Easter lupper at Mum’s.
Eating pasta
Easter lupper 2016 table shot. We’re funny πŸ™‚
Lindt Easter bunnies
Teehee. Of course we ‘bunny-eared’ each other while holding our Lindt Easter bunnies. But look a little closer…
Personalised Lindt bunnies
How cute, their little ribbons were personalised with our names!

Monday, 28 March 2016: Family Day

Unreal breakfast at Spur, Seaside Village
We’ve not been to Spur for their Unreal breakfast in months. We woke up later than usual on ‘Easter Monday’ and broke the fast at Spur in Seaside Village. Yes, Husband used all the sauces.
Unreal breakfast at Spur, Seaside Village
I donated my bacon to Husband and had a wonderful time eating saucy chips and toast.
Cocktails at Buena Vista Social Cafe
Later that evening we met the parents at the Buena Vista Social Cafe in Big Bay. These were our drinks…
Sunset at Buena Vista Social Cafe, Big Bay
Mum and me enjoying the sunset.
Buena Vista Social Cafe.
Husband and dad smiling back at me. I ate a burger much like the one in the ad on the door behind Husband.
Buena Vista Social Club burger
See? Enormous. Had to bring some of it home for the doggies.

That’s all, folks! Hope it’s a relaxing one all round. πŸ™‚

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