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Bertie’s 8th birthday and the Cup & Cake breakfast buffet

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

Dog 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.
Dog in birthday hat
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

Red Sofa Cafe
Did someone say ‘Friday coffee meet at the Red Sofa Cafe’? I was there like a bear, mirrored sunnies and all.
Flapjack stack at Red Sofa Cafe
As it was breakfast time, I went for the flapjack stack. Brimming with blueberries, marscapone cheese and honey, it was delicious!
Cheeseburger from Bread Cafe
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

Cup & Cake at Eden on the Bay
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.
Coffee at Cup & Cake
Also see my gingerbread latte, the sweet birdie sugar cup and more.
Cup & Cake buffet breakfast
Table shot of all our eats and drinks at Cup & Cake.
Dog love
We headed to Husband’s parents’ house for dins that eve, once he got home from work. Bassie was very affectionate with her dad.
Dog opening presents
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.
Dogs and coffee
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.
Dog on couch
Bertie snuggled with his seal on the couch that evening.
Dog on couch
Teehee, he really loves his birthday seal!

Sunday, 4 March 2018: Breakfast at Village Place Cafe, Black Panther at GrandWest Casino

Family breakfast at Village Place Cafe
We all met at the Village Place Cafe for breakfast first thing on Sunday.
Village Place Cafe
My Sunday cappuccino at Village Place Cafe.
Breakfast 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.
Black Panther at GrandWest
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Monday, 5 March 2018: Doggy snuggles on the couch

Dog on couch
Bassie having a snuggle with her dad on the couch after another tough day at work.
Dogs on couch
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.

Fancy foodies at Vineyard Hotel, Khayelitsha tree planting and Bassie turns 10

Despite us both having been on leaveย today it has been another very busy week, as you’ll see from the pics below…

Wednesday, 29 March 2017:ย Cape Legends & Artisan Spirits Inter Hotel Challenge 2017 at the Vineyard Hotel

Vineyard Hotel Cape Legends & Artisan Spirits Inter Hotel Challenge
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…
Vineyard Hotel Inter Chef challenge
This is where we sat – I believe it was table ten.
Vineyard Hotel Cape Legends & Artisan Spirits Inter Hotel Challenge
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

Social media marketing by Blue Magnet at the Business Centre.
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.
Selfie in conference bathroom
My customary ‘conference bathroom filled with pretty flowers’ selfie.
Social media friends
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

Snack in the box breakfast.
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!
Msombovu Road in Khayelitsha
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.
Veggie garden in Khayelitsha
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.
Clouds over Khayelitsha.
The clouds were streaky on the day – just the way I like them.
Kefu's in khayelitsha
The attending media were invited for a meal at Kefu’s afterwards, which offers an expansive view of Khayelitsha from its upstairs patio.
Strongbow and Heineken at Kefu's
Then, of course, we ate! As Heineken and Strongbow had sponsored the tree planting day of course lots of their drinks were on hand.
Miss Khayelitsha in Kefu's
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.
Schwarma Express sunset
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.
Dog in birthday hat
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

Dog 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.
Birthday 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!
Birthday cake
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.
Cake and coffee and crossword puzzles
Savouring a slice of cake with coffee and a crossword puzzle later that evening.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017: Dinner at Mother’s

Peppermint crisp tart.
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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. Weย 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 Marketย on Bizcommunity.

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

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

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Bertie’s sixth birthday

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

Wimpy breakfast
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…
Wimpy coffee and toasted cheese
I had my default toasted cheese, drenched the chips in sauce and washed it all down with a Wimpy coffee.
Dogs on couch back rest
The doggies tested their ‘cat skills’ by perching on the back rest of the couch. They’re very good at it.
Dogs looking at vaccuum
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.
Chocolate hot cross buns
With Easter just around the corner, I couldn’t resist these chocolate-topped and filled hot cross buns. With coffee, of course.
Jerry's Burger Bar on Kloof Street
Later that afternoon we lunched at Jerry’s Burger Bar on Kloof Street with mum and dad.
Pulled pork burger at Jerry's Burger Bar
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 Melbosย 

Heart napkin
We felt like a little road trip for Sunday breakfast, so headed out to Melkbos. These are the pretty heart-stamped napkins at I โค Melkies
Eggs benedict at I <3 Melkies
Husband had the full salmon eggs benedict, I went for the half-size option with bacon. Very tasty indeed.
Hill's Science Plan
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…
Dogs on couch
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!”
Scones with jam and cream
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.

Dog wearing birthday hat
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.
Dog with pig toy
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.
Dog eating chewy rawhide toy
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.
Sleepy dog on couch
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…

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