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

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

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! 🙂

Veggie garden reveal and food-and-wine flights at Catharina’s

It’s been a successful first week back at work and  part-time studies. That’s probably because we have a few exciting plans over the next few weekends to look forward to, and the thought of them keeps us going.

You’ll get to see those in due course, but for now you can scroll through how we marked the end of the festive season break. Key among those, Husband’s veggie garden reveal, as promised:

Veggie garden
Tadaa! You can see the phases of progress here – first, beams went up above the veggie boxes he installed a while ago, then shade cloth was carefully stapled along to provide shade and wind protection. So far, so good!
Dogs in garden
The doggies ‘helped’ by watching the goings-on and offering advice (and suspicious looks).

Now, on with the daily highlights…

Thursday, 5 January 2017: Summery food-and-wine pairing flights

News Cafe breakfast
Our last Thursday of leave started with the early bird breakfast special at our local News Cafe.
Catharina's in Steenberg Estate
I’d unknowingly picked just the right day for our review of the new summery food-and-wine pairings at Catharina’s in Steenberg Estate, one of our favourite wine farms. Just look at the sunny brightness! Click here for my official review and here for a reminder of our late-August version of this photo.
Ostrich eggs at Catharina's
Decor at Catharina’s is classy and eye-catching. Note the reindeer that adorn that inside roof, along with the origami birdies I so enjoyed on our last visit; as well as the large ostrich eggs at the port decanters in the hotel lobby; and some of the rose bushes dotting the walkways.
Owls at Catharina's
We sat at a table much like this, hoping to spot the family of eagle owls that swoop around the old oak trees. Sadly they didn’t appear, but we still had a wonderful time.
Water and cappuccino at Catharina's
Our pre- and post-pairing drinks – wonderfully chilled still water (bread board in the background), and a strong, flavoursome cappuccino. Colour me contented! (Don’t fret, am not sunburnt. The pinkness you see is from the sun reflecting through red umbrella).
Menu at Catharina's
The three ‘flights’ are beautifully explained in this menu – two savoury options and one sweet, each comprising a flute of bubbly, white and red with perfectly paired morsels.
Savoury wine pairing at Catharina's
I know the pic was hard to read, so luckily I took some photos. This was the first savoury flight. Everything positively popped with colour and flavour.
Savoury wine pairing at Catharina's
The second savoury flight: Same-same but different. And sadly I was so excited by the third flight – the sweet option – that I forgot to snap a pic of it. Luckily, there’s a professional pic of it in my review on Biz, along with detailed descriptions of all the wine and food. Click here to see it.

Friday, 6 January 2017: McPherson’s breakfast and Black Bull lupper

Breakfast at McPhersons
First thing on Friday we headed to McPherson’s for breakfast. I had a cappuccino and the club sandwich with wedges, Husband had a very filling wrap.
Outside area at Black Bull
Following a day of staycation things we decided on an early dins at the Black Bull on Sandown Road to mark the end of the holiday (yes, there was still a weekend ahead before work kicked in, but you know what I mean). Husband opted for a draught, as he does.
Black Bull nachos and bangers and mash
I had a strawberry shake and the starter nachos you see in the middle – the top pic is how they arrived at the table, middle pic is once I’d had added all the side bits and bobs. Husband went for the pork bangers and mash. We’ll be back.

Saturday, 7 January 2017: Baconville breakfast and Bertie’s new chew-friend

Breakfast at Baconville
If you wake up hungry on a Saturday, chances are you’ll decide on Baconville for breakfast. I went for the flapjacks topped with crispy, syrup-drenched bacon (mmm) while Husband had their Mexican-style ‘Hairy Biker’. Teehee. Both delightfully good.
Dogs with toys
All of Bertie’s former TV-viewing companions (stuffed toys that he’s unstuffed) were looking a little ratty so we snuck them into the bin and bought him a new monkey and doggie-that-looks-like-a-fox. The monkey is hiding in a cupboard until the doggie is ready to be discarded, too. Bassie remains very uninterested in all toys but gets lots of attention despite her sad face, promise.

Sunday, 8 January 2017: Breakfast, books and beachy ice-creams

Fry up breakfast
For our ‘last breakfast before work’, Husband outdid himself with an exceptional (make that egg-ceptional, harhar) fry-up, included red pepper slices, properly cooked tomato and crispy bacon. Yum.
Marian Keyes Brightest Star in the Sky and KFC pina colada Krusher
What better way to relax on a Sunday than by rereading a beloved book, and sipping on a Pina Colada-flavoured Krusher from KFC? No better way.
Big Bay beach
The beach at Big Bay, much later in the day. Just look at all the merrymakers, making their last bit of merry.
Ice creams at the beach
Despite it being so hot the sea was icy, so we contented ourselves with ice-cream cones from Met Eish at Eden on the Bay. Husband’s had caramel ripples and mine was plain chocolate, both with a hidden Flake.

That’s all, folks! I wish you a very happy weekend ahead. 🙂

*Disclaimer: Obviously our pairings at Catharina’s were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.