Last week, our dear doggie boy Bertie turned 8. So despite us both having full plates of work, we made a plan to include delicious food and quality time with our furry children, too…
Thursday, 1 March 2018: Bertie’s 8th birthday
Aww! When we got home from work, I showed Bertie some of the birthday messages he’d received from friends and family on Facebook. He loved them, as you can see.
Teehee. This was the best option from a number of ‘birthday hat’ poses, I promise.
Friday, 2 March 2018: Coffee meet at Red Sofa Cafe
Did someone say ‘Friday coffee meet at the Red Sofa Cafe’? I was there like a bear, mirrored sunnies and all.
As it was breakfast time, I went for the flapjack stack. Brimming with blueberries, marscapone cheese and honey, it was delicious!
I tried the cheeseburger with sweet potato fries from the Bread Cafe downstairs for Friday lunch, once back in the office.
Saturday, 3 March 2018: Cup & Cake buffet breakfast
Husband was working again on Saturday, so I had a breakfast date my my parents at Cup & Cake at Eden, which has just moved to new premises. See some of the cakes and views here.
Also see my gingerbread latte, the sweet birdie sugar cup and more.
Table shot of all our eats and drinks at Cup & Cake.
We headed to Husband’s parents’ house for dins that eve, once he got home from work. Bassie was very affectionate with her dad.
Bertie ripped open his presents with a little help from his dad, and was delighted to meet his new TV-viewing companion, Seal. Bassie was happy to share his fancy doggy biscuits, too.
Bassie joined me while I had my post-dins coffee outside, just before the sun set. She wasn’t so sure about including Bertie in the photos, LOL.
Bertie snuggled with his seal on the couch that evening.
Teehee, he really loves his birthday seal!
Sunday, 4 March 2018: Breakfast at Village Place Cafe, Black Panther at GrandWest Casino
We all met at the Village Place Cafe for breakfast first thing on Sunday.
My Sunday cappuccino at Village Place Cafe.
Some of the food we ate. See Husband’s poached egg on a stack of sorts, as well as brother-in-law Spec’s more traditional plate of eggs, bacon, toast and tomato, with my banting flapjacks and mum-in-law’s mushroomy toast plate.
Later that morning, Spec met us at GrandWest Casino as we’d booked tickets to watch the latest Marvel movie, Black Panther. All had a fun time, as you can see 😉
Monday, 5 March 2018: Doggy snuggles on the couch
Bassie having a snuggle with her dad on the couch after another tough day at work.
It seems we interrupted an important conversation between the siblings when we snapped this photo of the doggies.
That’s all, folks! The weather looks quite chilly at the moment so perhaps we will give the beach a miss this weekend.
Despite us both having been on leave today it has been another very busy week, as you’ll see from the pics below…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017: Cape Legends & Artisan Spirits Inter Hotel Challenge 2017 at the Vineyard Hotel
Wednesday evening as the finale regional launch of the Cape Legends & Artisan Spirits Inter Hotel Challenge at the Vineyard Hotel. We attended to cover it for Biz and had a lovely time…
This is where we sat – I believe it was table ten.
See some of the fancy foodies we sampled between ourselves as alternating dishes. Click through to the overview article if you’re curious about descriptions of the individual dished.
Thursday, 30 and Friday, 31 April 2017: Blue Magnet’s content marketing and social media course at Business Centre in Century City
I covered a two-day practical workshop on content strategy and social media training at the Business Centre in Century City at the end of last week. It was a wonderful one – click through to my overview of the first day of the course if you’re interested.
My customary ‘conference bathroom filled with pretty flowers’ selfie.
A number of us attendees became fast friends after spending two days together, as you can see here.
Saturday, 1 April 2017: Tree-planting in Khayelitsha with Greenpop
Husband dropped me off at Eclipse PR’s offices before he set off for work on Saturday, as I’d been invited to join their team on a tree-planting day in Khayelitsha with Greenpop. They even brought me a ‘snack in the box’ as I’d be missing breakfast, what a thoughtful thing to do!
Tree planting underway at the Sinovuyo Old Age Group and the Litha Methodist Church, both just off Msombovu Road in Khayelitsha. Click here for a full account of the day.
They’ve already planted a veggie garden that’s somehow flourishing in the sandy soil so there’s hope that the trees will do well, too.
The clouds were streaky on the day – just the way I like them.
The attending media were invited for a meal at Kefu’s afterwards, which offers an expansive view of Khayelitsha from its upstairs patio.
Then, of course, we ate! As Heineken and Strongbow had sponsored the tree planting day of course lots of their drinks were on hand.
Strongbow had hired a green ‘living wall’ which quickly became the best spot for a photo, as you can see here – that’s the current Miss Khayelitsha, Lona Gweva.
Once we were both home again we headed off to Schwarma Express for a quick bite and look at the sun setting over the waves.
When we were both home that evening it was time for the barely tolerated birthday-hat photo session. Bassie is relieved that’s done for the year.
Sunday, 2 April 2017: Bassie’s birthday cake
Husband was at work again on Sunday so I had lots of quality time with the doggies. Bassie pretended she was not interested in this cake.
THIS cake, however, she couldn’t get enough of. When we got to mum’s for lupper she’d baked this amazing caramel cappuccino cake in honour of Bassie’s birthday. It was truly delicious, we relished every bite!
Further scenes of Bassie’s birthday party at her Granny’s house include a full family sit-down meal (with Bassie on my lap for most of it) and tasty treats for the birthday girl and her brother.
Savouring a slice of cake with coffee and a crossword puzzle later that evening.
Tuesday, 4 April 2017: Dinner at Mother’s
Mother had invited us for dinner at her house after work on Tuesday. She’d made a chicken dish and my mum brought along her famous peppermint crisp tart, so yum! Bertie was there too, he just moved too fast to feature in a photo.
That’s all folks! Next week’s update will include pics of our participation in the Save SA human chain in Sunningdale earlier today. Hope you have a relaxing, peaceful weekend! 🙂
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
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
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.
Next stop was Imhoff Farm, where we browsed the various stores and took in the lovely scenery.
I also sat atop the ‘parental supervision’ wagon without any parental supervision as they’d wandered off into the stores already. Teehee.
When Husband went up to greet the camels, one tried to nip at him. Teehee.
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.
We were very happy to be beside the seaside with crashing waves and not a single other party to share the view with us.
We took in all the pretty scenery and had a whale of a time.
Success! Dad and Husband conquered this rather tricksy rock climb. Not bad for a 66 and 37 year old, respectively…
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)…
Dixies was our last stop on the trip. We thoroughly enjoyed our various draughts, shakes and pizzas.
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
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…
We also sat on hay bales, listened to music and went on a tractor ride (see Husband top right)…
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!
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
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
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
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.
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
Look at that sweet face! Can’t believe this sweetheart is already 9, she brings so much joy to our lives.
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’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…
Husband had his usual ‘streaky bacon breakfast with an extra cheese griller’, all washed down with a large Coke, of course.
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.
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…
…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 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
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.
Mmm. Cappuccino with foam and chocolate sprinkles. Just right.
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.
Husband went for the chef’s omelette, which came with a side of toast and kept him full all day.
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.
Husband opted for a Castle draught. All this for less than R50. And you can’t miss HIS new tattoo!
Can’t go to Woodbridge Island without at least a tiny paddle in the sea… or at least getting close enough to see it.
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
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
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 😉
That’s all, folks! Looks like we’re in for a brief respite from the autumn chill this weekend – enjoy!
Hello, poor loyal blog reader who’s been set adrift along the winding paths of the internet with no safe harbour in which to dock your thoughts, fretting over my lack of update last Friday. Not only did I have much more to do than I usually do on any given Friday – father-in-law and a friend from Joburg were staying with us to participate in last weekend’s Argus Cycle Challenge (more on that in the next update) – but I also ran into some space/image storage issues right here on WordPress. So much so that I wondered whether it was even worth continuing with this. But, on reading up on how
taking photos helps keep memories alive in later years, I gave myself a little pep talk and plunged in, for the benefit of my future self if nothing else. So, rather than pay to keep adding to the blog you’ve known for four years I chose to go with a whole new blog, which you’re now feasting your eyes on. I know, I know, it actually looks very similar to the old blog, but I’ll slowly be easing in some changes to the format so it’s not too much of a shock to the system.
For now, here’s last week’s promised post on Bertie’s sixth birthday…
Saturday, 27 February 2016: Wimpy brekkie, choc-cross buns, Jerry’s Burgers
We had a full day of weekend admin ahead of us, so first stop was the local Wimpy, to make sure our belly grumbles were at an all-time low. Husband demolished this tasty plate…
I had my default toasted cheese, drenched the chips in sauce and washed it all down with a Wimpy coffee.
The doggies tested their ‘cat skills’ by perching on the back rest of the couch. They’re very good at it.
The doggies prompty stopped the cat act when the vaccuum cleaner came out to ensure all was a-sparkle for Grampa’s visit. Both look very much like dogs here.
With Easter just around the corner, I couldn’t resist these chocolate-topped and filled hot cross buns. With coffee, of course.
Later that afternoon we lunched at Jerry’s Burger Bar on Kloof Street with mum and dad.
I went for the pulled pork burger with a slice of cooked apple, washed down with a gingerbread milkshake – just as good as the version in Blouberg. T’was, as Roald Dahl would say, ‘scrumdiddlyumptious’. But Husband’s Philly Cheese Steak burger was even better, remind me to have that next time!
Sunday, 28 February: Eggs benedict in Melbos
We felt like a little road trip for Sunday breakfast, so headed out to Melkbos. These are the pretty heart-stamped napkins at I ❤ Melkies
Husband had the full salmon eggs benedict, I went for the half-size option with bacon. Very tasty indeed.
We remembered to stop in at our local vet pet shop to redeem the doggies’ Hills Science Plan voucher. They were very interested in what the packaging said…
The new kibble seemed to go down a treat as they spent the rest of the afternoon lying close together, acting like siblings for once. They say, “Thanks Hill’s, for another wonderful woofy surprise!”
When we got to Mum’s for lupper, she whipped up a batch of fresh scones with jam and cream. Lovely afternoon tea.
Tuesday, 1 March 2016: Bertie turns six
Can’t believe our furry little boy dog is already six.
Click here if you’ve forgotten what I wrote about him on his fourth birthday.
Doesn’t he look smug! Over the years he’s learned to tolerate wearing the birthday hat. Click here for a reminder of last year’s birthday hat photo.
The second he unwrapped his squeaky piggy birthday toy Bertie ran off to unstuff and desqueak him. He happily pulled out bits of piggy innard for hours on end.
While Bassie doesn’t like squeaky toys, she’s a real jealousy custard, so her grandparents got her a chewy rawhide toy. This was her guilty face when I caught her eating it on the bed.
Soon he was a happy, tired boy, happy to snuggle on the couch. Happy birthday, Bertie Andrews!
That’s all for now, next update to follow soon…