This has been a very long week for both of us as Husband was called on to do night shift again (after
being Marvin just last week) as a colleague had taken ill and I had a number of late-night award shows to track and work on.
But we still made time to enjoy ourselves, as you’ll see below…
Thursday, 4 May and Friday, 5 May 2017: Dress-up days
Yes, I’m cheesy like that – if it’s a certain themed day and I have a relevant item of clothing, I’ll wear it. So last Thursday, Husband and I both wore Star Wars gear (#Maythefourthbewithyou) and on Friday I donned a Cinco de Mayo top. If only I could find an SA store that makes sugar cookies like this, my snacks would match…
I love this pic of Bertie through the peep hole in our door. Just being a dog. ❤
Saturday, 6 May: Reviewing Constantia Glen’s soups
We took our Saturday morning breakfast at the Sunningdale Village Place Cafe. Note my pretty cappuccino with spoonful of heart biscuits, Husband’s eggs benedict with bacon and my banana-granola-yoghurt-berry breakfast pot. All recommended if you’re ever in the area.
We had a bit of time on our hands thereafter so Husband surprised me by stopping in at the windmill – you know the one, just to the left of the prettiest leafy main road in Cape Town, De Waal Drive AKA the M3? Well, it turns out it’s called Mostert’s Mill and is the only working windmill in the country (s’True.) You can buy a family ticket that grants you access for a year. You can then have a guided tour inside, see flour being milled by the wind power and even taste a bite of bread made with that milled flour. Stop in if you’ve not yet been, for sure.
Our destination for the afternoon – Constantia Glen. I’ll let the pictures talk for themselves, but you can click here for my full review if you want more words. (Yes, those are tiny lambs frollicking in the field in the middle pic!)
The simple-yet-pleasing menu at Constantia Glen.
Doesn’t this pic just scream ‘perfect Winter meal’? We couldn’t decide on an individual flavour of soup so opted for the trio sampler instead, and were so glad we did. In case you can’t tell, that’s the beefy traditional Austrian goulash on the left, then a dark-brown French onion soup topped with slice of gruyere croute, and one of the best butternut soups ever.
As you can see, we were also treated to the cheese and charcuterie platter. Teehee, I love how Husband ‘drank in the meal’ not just with his eyes and mouth but also with his nose.
Snaps of some of my favourite flavours from our lunch – the creamy honey-roasted butternut-sage soup topped with coconut-milk swirl top left, a fresh caper berry top right, forkful of baguette topped with soft white cheese and Constantia Glen’s own delicate rosé grape jelly and the truly delicious cappuccino I chose to end the meal with. t’Was so good we told our waiter to compliment the barista.
I mentioned the ‘selfie-worthy’ bathrooms in my review, so of course I took a few snaps. Just look at that pretty honeycomb-mosaicked floor and the beautiful birdied wallpaper.
Later that evening we had the first official Andrews family braai at our house ( here’s a reminder of the first version at Husband’s parents’ new house) – though I kept dashing back to the laptop for work. We still had a fun evening, as you can see, mainly from the glee on the brothers’ faces.
Sunday, 7 May 2017: Europa breakfast and Sunningdale sunset
We stopped off at Europa in Canal Walk – on the Pick n Pay end – for a breakfast bite on Sunday. Note my flat white, Husband’s eggs ben-on-bagel and my strawberry-topped tiramisu French Toast. Delicious but a tad expensive.
Streaky clouds like this guarantee a stunning sunset. Especially on a Sunday evening.
That’s all, folks! Things may be a little chilly right now but I believe we’re in for a mini-heatwave after the weekend, so hold onto your hats! 🙂
*Disclaimer: Obviously our meals at Constantia Glen were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.
Last weekend the weather turned all gloomy and grey on us so we went into hibernation mode for much of it, as you’ll see below…
Saturday, 8 October 2016: Breakfast at The Daily, gnocchi at The Italian Club
It was The Daily’s turn to host us for breakfast, so Husband went for their breakfast wrap, while I tried their Nutella-banana pancakes. Perfect with the Terbodore cappuccino and homemade shortbread star biscuit.
It was good ‘stay indoors’ weather, so stay indoors we did. We alternated between reading, napping and watching series.
The Italian Club in Milnerton is pumping all weekend long, so we were lucky to get a table last Saturday evening when we pitched up without first making a booking. The cold, rainy weather had me craving my favourite comfort food – gnocchi. See it topped with meaty bolognese sauce and lots of parmesan cheese top left, all the party balloons (from different parties) behind Husband, and my choc-dusted cappuccino.
Sunday, 9 October 2016: Breakfast at the Melkbos Farmstall
We felt like a brief road trip first thing on Sunday so ventured all the way to Melkbos 🙂 Here is the Farmstall from outside.
The windmill is somewhat dilapidated.
Farmstall from the front, complete with large pumpkins on the roof.
Husband happily making his way through the ‘healthy starter’ served with most breakfasts at the Farmstall – a tiny juice and a piping hot bran muffin. Yummy.
Husband opted for ‘The Rooster’ breakfast.
I had the French toast breakfast.
This little birdie got lucky when the family at this table got up to go meet the bunnies mid-meal.
Of course we walked around looking at all the bunnies and birdies, too. I think this is the first time I realised ducklings are yellow from tip to toe. So cute!
Cloudy with a few blue patches – weather conditions on the way home. We spent the day much like Saturday, only venturing out again for lupper at Mum’s that evening.
The doggies trotted all around their granny’s garden after they’d digested their Sunday lupper.
Bassie had a ‘Spring sniff’ all around her granny’s garden, stopping to admire all the blooms.
Monday, 10 October 2016: Solo doggy beach walk
Husband took the doggies for a beach walk on Monday. Love how their personalities are captured in this shot, with Bertie eagerly standing up to look out the window in the back seat, while Bassie sits and stares more calmly out of the front passenger side. 🙂
The beach was deserted and there was minimal wind – Bassie’s best conditions, see how happy she is here.
This is Bertie mid-shake post dip in the sea.
Both merrily scrambling and exploring the rocks and tiring themselves out.
Thursday, 13 October 2016: Beyond Retail conference at The Rotunda at The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
I’ve seen this ‘heart’ lit up at night all over Instagram when people dine across the road from it at Cafe Caprice and the like, but it’s just as pretty in the daytime. It’s the first thing I snapped before the Beyond Retail conference began at The Rotunda in The Bay Hotel across the road.
Top left is the awe-inspiring light fitting and tent-like ceiling of The Rotunda, below was my breakfast table set-up and to the right was our tea table. You can read the first of my articles from Beyond Retail by clicking here.
An inviting corner just outside The Tides restaurant in The Bay Hotel, where we lunched and networked.
View of Camps Bay far below as I took the long bus trip home later that afternoon.
That’s all, folks! Here’s to another relaxing weekend all round…
What do you do if you’ve already reviewed a wonderful winter’s weekend getaway town, then get the opportunity to review different accommodation in the same town? Why, you post a second ‘What to do in…’ review, of course, and make sure you do everything new and fresh so that there’s no resemblance to the last time.
That’s just what we did this past weekend when we got to stay in Franschhoek for the second time in as many months.
Of course these pics taken on our cameras didn’t even do the landscape and history-steeped buildings justice.
Click here to click through the galleries I added in my official review, which includes eye-wateringly beautiful pics of Leeu House and The Conservatory restaurant’s food, owned by the Leeu Collection, as is Le Quartier Français, which we reviewed over our former Franschhoek stay. Click here for a reminder and scroll through our not-repeated fresh new Franschhoek highlights below…
Stop to sightsee (different sights) on the way in…
A paintbrush splatter of fluffy clouds above the peaks of Paarl.
Each time we travel out towards Paarl I mean to snap a pic of ‘the tree in the lake’ but each time I only remember my intention once we’ve whizzed past it. This time I planned ahead and got Husband in on the action, so he warned me when we were getting close (I had my phone ready in camera-mode from just after the ‘Winelands 1-stop’). And yay, success. Here is the ‘tree in the lake’. Isn’t it fascinating?
Something we missed entirely on our last trawl along Franschhoek’s main road was this ‘he must have not been there he’s so hard to miss’ teddy bear. I was not the only sightseer to stop and pose for a photo with him, promise.
Another arty Franschhoek sculpture we spotted for the first time was this steel pegasus. Husband beside him for size/height.
Churches make up some of the cultural richness of Franschhoek. We peered in at the first one we came across – there was just one little old lady was seated in the pew.
Teehee. Yes we took a few pics of me pretending to swing the church bell. Blame it on the meds!
Situated beside Franschhoek’s babbling stream, we couldn’t resist stopping at BICCCS for a quick shared snack, well aware that we’d be having an amazing dinner in a few hours. Here is Husband unwinding with a mini-draught under the trees…
I sat opposite him as the direct sunlight was making my eyes water – here’s my half of our shared toasted rotisserie-chicken with red pepper mayo.
Look at the gorgeous coffee set I found inside! T’was perhaps an ‘extra zero’ over what I would have felt comfortable paying, but a girl can dream…
Next, we made our way to the Huguenot Monument at the end of the road – already closed by the time we last visited, this time we had a few precious hours of daylight to explore. First stop was the museum, filled with interesting things but no photos allowed inside.
There was a tea room on site too, as well as lots of inviting benches to stop at and soak up that serene sunshine. Just before Husband took this photo, a little squirrel zoomed up the trunk of the tree behind me. For reals.
This ‘bicycle behind the bougainvillea’ was parked outside the entrance to the Monument. Was another R10 each to get in.
The Huguenot Monument from up close on the left and with me in the background on the right. There’s also a fascinating sundial on the grounds that actually showed the right time to the minute.
Sleep over at Leeu House and don’t miss the Conservatory’s delicious, non-conservative menu
Walkies done we were ready for a rest. This is the Leeu House lounge area – fire place to my left (unlit) and honesty bar behind me with all sorts of liquid loveliness. We didn’t sample any though as were both still on meds for our horrible head colds.
Two kiwi fruit, my note-filled iPad and a wonderful cuppa Nespresso in our room after we’d checked in was just what we needed to rest and recharge our slightly downtrodden batteries.
Delightful dinner! These pics show Husband’s salmony starter top left and steak atop a bed of carrot mash bottom left – among his top five meals ever. Also see my Italian sausage rigatoni mains and white coffee brulee dessert. Highly recommended!
Look at our Leeu House room, pictured from many angles here. Yes, there’s our ‘room review in bathrobes’ shot bottom left, as well as slippers and Scrabble in the top right – after an hour or so of playing, with Husband far in the lead, we decided to call it a night.
When we got up the next morning the sky was bright, the wind was light. By the time we’d finished breakfast little over an hour later you’d think we’d walked out the wrong scene door as the sky was dismal and grey.
Conservatory roof, exposing still-glorious sunshine.
The Conservatory breakfast menu – exclusive to Leeu House guests – you start off with anything that tickles your fancy from the breakfast buffet listed on the left, then choose a ‘hot plate’ from the page on the right. Very tricky as so many of the options are slightly unusual and all certainly a good choice – plus note the shots of carroty-ginger juice and lemony water all served as soon as we were seated.
T’was a brilliant breakfast buffet, with lots of local produce and typically French-tasting pastries.
I eventually decided on the duck’s egg benedict. Note how the egg fits almost the entire English muffin slathered with slivers of local ham. I was not fussed by the fact that my Hollandaise sauce seemed scared to sit atop such an egg. I spooned it back on top and it was soon gone.
Look at that. The ultimate morning meal, Husband opted for the West Coast lobster open omelette. He thoroughly enjoyed it.
Don’t be fooled by Husband’s short-limbed outfit and the beautiful summery blues in this shot. An icy wind picking up and we hot-footed it (quite literally) back to the warmth of our room for a while after touching the chilly surface of the pool.
See? Just after we had checked out we stopped in Leeu House’s front garden to snap Husband with the Gandhi statue… sky now overcast and Husband had added long sleeves.
The regal lions guarding Leeu House’s entrance from Huguenot Road. Note how the raised paws are mirror images, great attention to detail.
Take the (other) long road home
Blankets of cloud started to lift on our way home again – we took a different route to our last Franschhoek exit, in order to keep the experience as different as possible.
How fitting that I managed to snap another ‘shouldn’t be submerged in water’ thing on our trip home! This time a windmill, in the middle of an entirely different lake. Husband was kind enough to stop the car for my photo-taking.
The weather in the Cape is very fickle, especially in winter. Near the Strand, the clouds had lifted and we passed lots of powdery soft dunes, some with wild lilies growing out of them.
That’s all, folks. We can’t recommend it enough. Thanks for stopping by, check in again next week for my next update. If you missed my overview of what to do in Wellington last month,
click here. 🙂
*Disclaimer: Obviously our accommodation at Leeu House and meals at the Conservatory were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.