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Late April 2016: Sitting in front of coal fires with dogs

Oh long weekend, how we’ve missed you! We’re in for three full days of relaxing and recharging our batteries, perfect for the suddenly chilly wave of weather we’re facing. But first, a recap of last week’s highlights…

Sitting by the fire with the dogs late last week

Dogs at the fire.
Forgot to post these last week – the one on the left is Bassie sitting with me in front of the fire on Thursday, the one on the right is Bertie warming me up after I got drenched in Friday afternoon’s storm.

Saturday, 23 April 2016: Breakfast at Primi Blouberg, lupper at Black Bull

Large latte at Primi
The need for coffee was strong in this one last Saturday, so I opted for the large latte at Primi. It was just right. You can’t see the lovely view of Table Mountain behind me, alas…
Eggs florentine at Primi
Husband opted for the eggs florentine, enjoyed every mouthful.
Croissants at Primi
My ‘croissant’ turned out to be two little ones, both as fresh as fresh can be and still piping hot. Perfect with the latte.
Craft beer at Black Bull
Much, much later that day – after a fair deal of chores, Saturday tasks and studying  (Husband got 100% for his weekly graphic design quiz, so smart!) – we headed down the road to the Black Bull diner. Husband tried this craft beer.
Pink milkshake at Black Bull
For me? A strawberry milkshake, of course. Was very pink and creamy.
Spicy salmon handroll at Black Bull
Husband was very hungry. so started off with a spicy salmon handroll. Ate all the wasabi and ginger, too.
Bangers and mash at Black Bull
For mains, he went for the pork sausages with mash and gravy. Seems the ‘bangers-and-mash-capades‘ of 2016 have begun!
Nachos at Black Bull
I went for the starter nachos – truly enough for a main meal, especially if you load them with all these sides.

Sunday, 24 April 2016: Breakfast at Company’s Garden

Madame Zingara's in Company's Garden.
Our beautiful brunch spot – Madame Zingara’s in Company’s Garden.
Cola at Madame Zingara's in Company's Garden
We wanted a breakfast to remember on Sunday, as we woke up late and were feeling lazy. Here is Husband sipping on his breakfast Cola at Madame Zingara’s in Company’s Garden. We snapped up the last table and got our orders in just before ‘breakfast ended’.
Flat white at Company's Garden
Mmm. Flat white with biscotti on the side. Tiny cup so it went down far too fast.
Eggs benedict at Madame Zingara's in Company's Garden
Husband had been dreaming of this eggs benedict, complete with spinach, rocket and salmon to dress up as you like.
French toast at Madame Zingara
The French Toast is just delightful at Company’s Garden as it’s made from banana bread and topped with rashers of crispy bacon, a lump of creme fraiche and lots of sliced strawberries. Loved sitting in the sun!
Tree in Company's Garden
Bellies full, we went for a little explore as you can’t visit Company’s Garden and leave before you’ve seen a squirrel or three. There are lots of majestic trees to gaze at.
Feeding squirrel in Company's Garden
And suddenly they were everywhere! If you simply kneel down and open your hand to them they hop right up to see what you have to offer. Even the pigeons are curious as they know the squirrels get lots of treats.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016: Fireside doggies (again)

Dogs at fireplace
Husband lit the fire the minute he got home on Tuesday evening, to celebrate it being a public holiday the next day. The doggies were very interested in the crackling coals we added, collected from the beach.
Dog in front of fire
Fire lit, I sat in front of it with a book and before long Bertie was trying to share my space.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016: Freedom Day breakfast at News Cafe

Cappuccinos at News Cafe
We knew mum and dad would be at News Cafe for breakfast on Wednesday, so got up earlier than expected and surprised them at their table. We enjoyed the double-shot cappuccinos.
Pulled pork benedict at News Cafe
Husband went for the pulled pork benedict, the rest of us had the early bird special.

It’s real ‘stay warm and dry if you can’ weather so expect another lazy update next week. Until then, enjoy yourselves! πŸ™‚

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Silver Wintery skies and loaded potato skins at Dropkick Murphy’s

Winter has hit. Not sure why I’m surprised, as mid-April in Cape Town seems to be when the winds and rain clouds collude to make everything simply miserable if you’re outdoors. Last year this week I even blogged that it was the first time we tried out the fireplace in the ‘new’ house – and this week also saw the first of 2016’s fireplace festivities. Here’s hoping for a few more sunshine-filled days before the wet, windy season truly sets in…

Saturday, 23 April 2016: Silvery skies and skins at Dropkick Murphy’s

Dog watching cars
Husband spotted little Bertie through the peephole last Saturday morning, sitting watching the world go by. So sweet.
Pest egg breakfast at Village Place Cafe
We headed off to Village Place Cafe to fill our tummies with yummy weekend breakfast things. Husband opted for the pesto egg breakfast, which he peppered to within an inch of its life, as he does.
Mini milk tart and cappuccino
I dithered over lots of sweet treats on the menu but eventually went for this mini homemade milk tart – creamy and crumbly in all the right ways – and lovely tall cappuccino with a shot of toffee essence.
Silvery sky
The sky had gone all silvery and grey by then. Beautiful but ominous.
Sad dog
But the doggies seemed a little sad when we got home. Maybe they could sense the pre-Winter snap headed our way. This was Bertie’s ‘woe is me’ face…
Sad dacschund
But as always, Little Miss Bass is the ‘saddest face’ content winner. Look at those eyes!
Dropkick Murphys
Following some doggy soothing and Saturday chores, we were ready for our next food top-up. We headed off to Dropkick Murphy’s (where Gourmet Boerie used to be, right by the ‘SA flag that replaced the Zuma Must Fall’ banner)…
Potato skins at Dropkick Murphys
I knowm I know – the decor’s pretty, but what did we eat? The bacon-and-cheese potato skins, of course! This is actually a starter, but Husband and I were full after this and a pulled pork sammidge called The Hogfather. I foresee many more potato skin meals this Winter as this was delicious.
Sea Point sea
We took the long way home, all the way past Sea Point, and stopped to snap a shot. Promenade was packed with dogwalkers and joggers.
Table Mountain from V&A Waterfront
The ultimate photo from the V&A Waterfront, including Table Mountain, a few of the boats in the harbour and the tail end of the Eye ferris wheel.

Sunday, 17 April 2016: Triple-shot coffees and birdies shouting at the sea

Peppermint choc latte
Sunday was so chilly that Husband had a ‘triple cappuccino’ instead of his usual breakfast Cola at Reload. That’s his with some sugar dissolving in the background – mine was peppermint-choc flavoured, mmm.
Sea gulls
After many household chores we headed to the beach. The local sea birdies seemed just as awed by the sea as we were.
Dog with rope toy
Look at that happy dog! Apologies for blurred photo, Bertie refused to sit still and pose nicely with his new chewy rope. He ran all around Granny’s house with it.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016:Β First fireplace sitting of the year

Chickin Tyme lights
We were both home at a reasonable hour for a change on Wednesday so completed a few evening errands together. These are the interesting lights at the new ‘Chickin Tyme/Burger Perfect’ drive-thru that has just opened on Sandown Road.
Dogs at fire place
Despite Bassie still practicing her Saturday sad face, the doggies were most pleased when Husband lit the fire that eve. T’was cold, windy and rainy, and the weather has continued to frown on us since then.

Friday, 22 April 2016: Conferencing at the Colosseum

The Colosseum Hotel, Century City
On Friday the Colosseum Hotel in Century City was my office for the day. This is the pretty chandelier that you only notice when looking down from the boardroom.
Conference at the Colosseum, Century City
Coffee cup full, pen and notepad at the ready and fingers typing away on the iPad as fast as the morning chill would allow.
You are my cup of tea
I spotted this delightful wall art message in the hotel bathroom. Odd location for it but a sweet saying – even if I do prefer coffee myself.

That’s all for now, folks – stay warm as the chill sets in! πŸ™‚

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