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Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014 My Life 22 JAN 2014

So reflecting back on 2013 very quickly points to it as having been a rather uneventful year – certainly not a horrible year, but certainly not a very exciting year either! Having already downgraded my outlook for the year to a more realistic view at the start of 2013, I’m sad to note that a) we ended up not having more money than normal last year and b) we certainly didn’t have many weekend getaways at all. Sigh.

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In terms of family life, 2013 was a great year for us in that we could spend a generous amount of time together as a family. Jess is growing up exceptionally well, extremely cute, very loving, and amazingly easy to raise. Chantelle is now technically a housewife and entrepreneur, running our household whilst operating her successful home baking business from our tiny kitchen – oh, and did I mention she did this for the majority of 2013 whilst being pregnant with our second child! And with us having hired the fabulous Leandra to run the majority of the Saturday Willowbridge markets on our behalf, we had a hell of a lot more weekends free to spend with friends and family than in 2012 – which needless to say was a pretty awesome thing for us.

On the home front, we didn’t really do all that much to the house other than give it a new, darker exterior coat of paint (which really transformed its look and feel mind you) and reshuffle the rooms a fair bit, yup, definitely more than just once, that we’re now sitting with three bedrooms, a living area, a kitchen and one room that acts as a braai room/baking room/office space. (Yeah, we’re a little cramped thanks to the arrival of the new little one!)

Chantelle’s business (now known as Chantelle’s Cupcakery) did really nicely, though perhaps not quite as profitable as I would have hoped it might have been. Nevertheless, it stays in the black, and apart from one bad experience with a Christmas Market that put us out of pocket, it was enough of a good year to warrant a rebranding – complete with an exciting new logo designed by our friends at Branch Designs.

Sadly, our finances did take a bit of a knock with Chantelle writing off her Hyundai Getz towards the end of the year, but in reality, that really was the only major blemish on what was otherwise a pretty stable year.

As for work on my side, well my do pretty much everything in terms of managing the systems/development workload at Touchwork continued unabated, and I have to say, I’m starting to get the impression that my journey with them might finally be coming to an end. I’m not really learning anything new, I’ve been with them for a long time, and basically I could do with a new challenge or two. That said, I am getting a new mid-level developer joining us in February 2014, so maybe I can at last get my proper project management pants pulled on at last.

chantelle lotter posing with jessica

And that’s really about it actually. 2013 was a year of a lot of work, both in my formal work as well as in Chantelle’s business, not to mention all the time sunk in raising a cute as a button little three year old girl, meaning that there wasn’t all that much time for myself, never mind hobbies or personal growth activities. (Though I did try my hand at weight loss for a bit. Needless to say, the latter stages of Chantelle’s pregnancy quickly put an end to that train).

I don’t expect that to change much.

2014 has already kicked off with the birth of my beautiful little baby girl, Emily Jane Lotter, and between raising her and Jessica, and helping both Chantelle and Touchwork out, I don’t expect a lot of personal time for the foreseeable future!

Though who knows, hopefully I’m wrong? ;)

craig lotter walking with jessica along strand beach

Cars.co.za reviews the latest Range Rover Autobiography
[Partner Content] 22 JAN 2014

The Range Rover Autobiography. That’s a terrible name for a car quite frankly, so obnoxious, so silly.

That said, there isn’t very much silly about this over the top, high end luxury SUV that features more leather and massaging seats than you would find on a cow. Any cow. Seriously, it features a lot of leather.

And more importantly is large and very, very luxurious.

But don’t just take my words for it: Cars.co.za reviewer Ciro De Siena put together a great video review for this powerful and luxurious beast, before slapping it on their always informative car reviews subsection of the site.


So not a horrible idea then if you’ve got a big wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket then.

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Sunday 26 January 2014: Century City Natural Goods Market Events 22 JAN 2014

Chantelle’s Cupcakery starts up again for 2014, kicking things off by manning a stall at the always bustling Willowbridge Slow Food Market on Saturday 25 January, followed by a stall showing at the impossible not to love Century City Natural Goods Market on Sunday 26 January.

So with that in mind, I’ve ripped the rest of this directly from their Facebook event: It’s back! The first Century City Natural Goods Market of 2014 kicks off this weekend giving visitors the chance to eat good, do good, listen good and shop good at the popular summer fair.

Shopping and eating at Cape Town’s premier natural goods market will be accompanied by the sounds of seven-piece country dub band The Suitcase Hearts. The band, with powerful vocalist Ilse Lotz at the fore, will play a set ranging from country to blues, jazz and folk. The rest of the 7 piece band are all stars in their own right and consists of Kyla-Rose Smith on backing vocals and violin, Simon Annet on drums, Doug Armstrong on trumpet, keyboard and effects, Dean Pienaar on bass guitar, Bood Carver on acoustic guitar and Brydon Bolton on electric guitar. (Starting at 11h00).

While adults enjoy the music, children will be thrilled by the exotic animal show by Zoo2You, an animal outreach programme that both entertains and educates. Kids will see farm animals, amphibians, insects, and baby mammals. (Open from 10h00 – 13h00).

Be sure not to miss the ‘Art on the Island’ exhibition of works by Thomas Mulcaire ‘Mirror 2014’ curated by Mirjam Asmal-Dik at the Eco Centre at Intaka Island.

Visitors to Intaka Island can expect a different artist’s studio showcase each month, interactive cultural events such as storytelling sessions or portrait photo studios, and a variety of high-end craft artists too.

While there’s an entertaining menu for visitors, the market gives shoppers time to celebrate the festive side of life with a glass of organic bubbly while browsing around the great selection of quality products and delicious food, kept cool and safe under Bedouin stretch tents created by Dimensions Tents & Structures.

We’re renowned for our food stalls so as always, there are healthy gourmet meals, curries, wraps, salads, samoosas, smoked fish, kudu burgers, biltong, pies, vegetarian, cheeses, beer, champagne, wine, specialty coffees, tea, cakes, cookies, preserves, olives, freshly baked farm breads, confectionary, jams, freshly squeezed juice and smoothies – we’ve got it all!

If you are looking for original gifts, there will be stalls selling crafts and clothing at reasonable prices, or you can spoil yourself with fabulous natural body care products and jewelry.

The on-site clubhouse has seating facilities, and offers coffee, tea and a bar. Visitors can also enjoy boat trips from Intaka Island to Canal Walk.

For the mutt lovers, African Tails will be hosting an adoption day with the cutest brakkies and puppies. Their stunning calendar is also on sale, and makes a wonderful gift.

century city natural goods market

Summer 2014 market dates:
Sunday 23 February 2014
Sunday 30 March 2014
Sunday 27 April 2014

Trading Hours: 09h00 – 14h00

Location: Central Park, Park Lane in Century City (follow Intaka Island signs)
There is ample and secure parking.

Directions: If you are coming from Cape Town along the N1, take the Sable road turn off, at the top of the off ramp turn left. Follow the road around the bend into Ratanga Rd. Follow Ratanga Road and at the third set of robots, turn right into Century Boulevard. Go over one speed bump, and you will come to a circle, go around the circle, and exit it right (3 o’clock) into Century Way (follow Intaka Island signs). Once in Century Way take your first left into Park Lane

Contact & Enquiries:
Email: naturalgoodsmarket@gmail.com
Tel/Fax: 021 531 2173