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Banoffee shakes, suburban sunsets and Mad Hatter boss birthday parties

Hellooo, loyal blog reader! πŸ™‚

I am in quite a jolly mood today as I took a day’s leave, so instead of constantly checking emails, loading articles, drinking gallons of coffee and editing others’ writing I have been taking naps, (still drank gallons of coffee) and letting my brain reset itself after the madness of the last few weeks.

I’ve also put together a few of our most recent highlights for you below, scroll and click at your whim.

Saturday, 25 June 2016: Meet Bertie’s new dinosaur, celebratory dins at Petiscos

Banoffee shake at Daily Cafe
We returned to our local Daily Cafe for Saturday’s breakfast – I’d already had a coffee at home so kicked things off with a banoffee shake. Was delicious and went very well with my caramel-apple pancakes (ate them too fast for a snap, sorry).
Breakfast wrap at The Daily Cafe
Husband’s breakfast wrap came with a portion of mini roast tomatoes and delicious chips. I helped him finish. So kind of me πŸ˜‰
Dog and toy
The pic’s a little blurry but just look at that happy grin! Bertie’s last chew toy/TV viewing companion had finally bitten the dust so we presented him with a new fluffy dinosaur on Saturday afternoon. He loves it πŸ™‚
Lindt flake shake
Later that evening we went to Petisco’s to celebrate my 96% final exam mark for Shaw Academy’s digital marketing course that I completed after hours in May/June. The eagled-eyed among you will note this was my second milkshake of the day – this time a ‘Lindt Flake shake’. Every bit as delicious as it sounds! Also note bread basket, perfect for dipping contents of into olive oil/balsamic vinegar swirls.
Petiscos chicken
Just look at Husband smiling at his food! He went for the chicken curry, I had the half-chicken xai xai, which is a delicious creamy sauce. Husband helped me finish. Lighting was quite dark so I stitched these two pics together so you could see both ends of the table. That’s not a disappearing man to the left of me πŸ™‚

Sunday, 26 June 2016: Stunning suburban sunset

McPherson's Irish breakfast
Just look at Husband smiling at his food again. This was his ‘Irish breakfast’ at McPherson’s on Sunday morning – your usual English breakfast with a side of potato wedges. I went for the banana-caramel pancakes. Again delicious, again eaten too fast for a photo. Oops.
Chilli con carne
When we got to Mum’s for lupper that eve she had outdone herself with this steaming chilli con carne and side dishes of avo and cheese, with pitas to hold it all together. Amazing!
Dog watching TV
Bertie was entertained by the music videos playing on the iPad. He bobs his little head around and sometimes whines in tune with the songs, and seems to be very curious about how animals get into those tiny screens.
Pink sunset in Cape Town
The wind was blowing and you could just tell it would be a magical sunset from the pink patches that started seeping across the sky…
Sunset in Cape Town
It sure was pretty! We all stood on the patio for a while gazing at the prettiness above us… before the cold become a bit much.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Mad Hatter party
Just some of the amazing ‘Mat Hatter’ themed eats and treats we surprised our big boss with on his birthday this week.
Mad hatter party
You can just see my ‘mad hat’ perched on my head – tis a tiny sombrero that usually lives on a teddy bear.
Bizcommunity Mad Hatter tea party
The Madly-Hatted Bizcommunity team. So much effort was put into this party by our entertainment committee and various in-house bakers, and the outcome was such a success. We had cake for days!

Friday, 1 July 2016: Breakfast and pastries with parents

Raith deli breakfast
After a brief lie-in, the parents popped in and treated me to breakfast at Raith deli in Gardens. This was dad’s sausagey double-cappuccino breakfast
Croissant and cappuccino at Raith's
I went for the ‘coffee and pastry’ combo instead – R35 for a cappuccino AND mammoth almond croissant, with a tunnel of almond paste along the bottom.
Forneri Italia cream puffs
The fun didn’t end there… We also stopped in for an assortment of amazing Italian cream puffs at Forneria Italia on the way home. These are all so good it’s impossible to pick a favourite. Might as well try one of each πŸ™‚

That’s all, folks! Tis set to be quite the chilly weekend here in the Cape so huddle up and keep warm.

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 MelbosΒ 

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 ❀ 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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