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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™‚

Pina Colada shakes and exploring Intaka island

This week’s update is a bit more picture-packed than usual as we took so many snaps last weekend that I just couldn’t decide which to use. All the better for you to scroll through below…

Saturday, 29 October 2016: Squirrel-greeting at Company’s Garden, Intaka Island tour

Tiger wall art in Cape Town
We were up very early on Saturday to stand in the collections queue at Home Affairs for our new IDs (only the first 100 in queue get to collect). Here is Husband outside a lovely tiger sprayed in the CBD.
Company's Garden
Mission complete, we were hungry and decided on Company’s Garden. The eating area is set among such pretty greenery and we were there early enough to have a choice of tables.
Flat white at Company's Garden
I started off with a flat white, and sliver of perfectly dunkable biscotti.
French toast at Company's Garden
The banana bread French toast, served with bacon, marscapone cheese and strawberries is always a win, as is the Eggs benedict served with salmon and spinach that Husband opted for.
Trees at Company's Garden
These very tall trees make you feel very small, but not quite as small as the squirrels that scamper about…
Squirrel at Company's Garden
Like this curious little squirrel! We named him Nutmeg. He came over to nibble our fingers.
Pigeons at Company's Garden
There were lots of inquisitive pigeons around, too.
Intaka Island tour boat
We had more birds on the brain that day as our next stop was here: Our vessel for the early afternoon, in which we explored Intaka Island, in the heart of Century City. Intaka means bird in Xhosa and we sure did see a lot of them, even the elusive Peregrine Falcon.
Ducks in Canal Walk
Look at these three feathered friends, for example – we weren’t sure if they were going to hop onboard with us or back in the water for a swim. They chose the latter option.
Air plants at Intaka Island
Just one of the intriguing displays at Intaka Island – this is a wall of ‘air plants’ – their roots grow out of soil.
Steam engines at Intaka Island
Of course Dad and Husband explored some of the steam engines before we set off across the canal.
Century City boardwalk
Mum and me on the boardwalk through the marshes and reeds – you can see some of the Century City skyscrapers behind us.
Clouds above Century City
The weather was just right, with a light breeze and lots of sunshine to keep us warm and happy.
On Intaka Island boat
Only Husband was paying such attention to the guided tour that he didn’t turn for this shot.
Intaka boat
Group shot from the other side – see how ‘Intaka’ reflects from the outside onto Dad’s shirt.
Century City
The view of Canal Walk from the other end of Century City, with a birdie flying by.
Table Mountain from Blouberg
We’d worked up quite an appetite by then so decided to meet up again at Jerry’s Burger Bar in Blouberg, close to home. Look at that amazing view – half the reason it’s always packed.
Pina Colada shake
I had to try the pina colada shake. Was just as creamy/coconutty/pineapple-y as you’d expect, with no alcohol.
Jerry and Sloth burger
Mom and me, with the Jerry and the Sloth. Both delicious. Unfortunately the scary Halloween decorations are out of shot.
Beers at Jerry's
Beers’ cheers from the boys’ side of the table.
Junkyard dog at Jerry's
Husband went for the junkyard dog, wrapped in bacon and topped with avo and cheese.
Onion rings at Jerry's Burgers
Dad ordered a side of onion rings that we all shared and still couldn’t finish between us – that’s a huge side order!
Worried dog
Bassie in pensive mode, later that evening.
Dog on floor.
Bertie Andrews. Such a handsome boy. You can see why we tell him he’s a white doggie with brown mask and superhero cape.
Dogs in kitchen
Different faces entirely when it comes to waiting for their dins. Such sweethearts.

Sunday, 30 October 2016: Sampling Wimpy’s new sweetie-topped milkshakes

Cafe Lacomia breakfast
Husband felt like the Bullseye breakfast from Cafe Lacomia on Sunday morning, so that’s just what he had. You can see my cappuccino with two tiny biscuits in the saucer. Also ate a toasted sammidge, no pics of it alas.
Wimpy milkshakes
Sunday afternoon was the perfect time to try out Wimpy’s new ‘topped with sweeties’ milkshake. I went for the coffee option, Husband had banana.

Monday, 31 October 2016: First day of BrandLove’s Customer Design experience course at 360 Business Parks, Paarden Eiland

If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.
Just loved this wall art in the entrance to 360 Business Parks, on Wessex Road in Paarden Eiland.
BrandLove Lego
Two of my favourite workshop sights – coffee cups and boxes of Lego!
Lego Serious Play
One of the Lego scenes I created. It looks like fun and games – and is – but also requires quite a bit of deep thinking and even a certificate of attendance for completing the course.
Dog in car
My little ones came to fetch me from the bus! Bassie seems to have an urgent message to share here, along the lines of “Mom, that other dog is shouting out the window. Help.”

That’s all, folks! Next week’s post will also be packed as we’ve had a busy few days…