Please note that this item has since been sold and is no longer available for purchase.
Brand new, unused (though once opened out of curiosity. The game seal hasn’t been broken yet in case you’re wondering – I just wanted to see what was in the box) Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack for sale.
I’m too old to make use of this and my daughter is too young, meaning it is just lying there and taking up space in my already cramped man-cave.
The box contains the XBOX Skylanders video game, a character poster, a Portal of Power, trading cards, sticker sheets, and of course 3 Skylander figurines, namely Blast Zone, Wash Buckler and Ninja Stealth Elf.
A great gift for kids, especially considering that we’re heading into Holiday season when these little people of ours need to be entertained! The stores are all currently retailing this one from anything between R750 and R900 (check Musica or Takealot.com if you don’t believe me) – but R450 will do the trick nicely for me to part ways with my copy.
Let me know if you’re interested. I can arrange for pick up points in Gordon’s Bay, Bellville or Westlake Business Park in Tokai.
A-ha! I stumbled across these photos on Chantelle’s old phone the other day, and thought them cute enough to post – now I know exactly what the two girls get up to when Daddy is home late from work!
Ice cream on the beach, you lucky lucky girls!
(In other words, I’m jealous! :P)
Forgot to post these snaps, but basically on our way home from Claire’s birthday lunch in Constantia, little Emily decided to make life hard for Chantelle’s bladder, meaning a bathroom was needed sooner than later.
So I suggested stopping in at UCT to make use of their facilities (I worked there for long enough, meaning I know my way around – more or less. Turns out my memory really isn’t all that wonderfull…)
Anyway, I did take the chance to stroll around a bit, you know, for nostalgia’s sake, and I have to say, I miss the old girl a little. Of course, the spell was quickly broken by an excited Jessica who insisted on running up and down the lanes with Mommy and Daddy in hot pursuit! :)
To celebrate Claire’s upcoming birthday, Claire and Riley invited the family out to join them at the dog-friendly Little Stream Restaurant in Constantia for a Sunday lunch outing.
As you would expect from a venue out on that side of the world, the grounds are spectacular, green, leafy, lush and ever so pretty, and all in all everyone enjoyed a tasty meal and a well deserved, relaxed Sunday afternoon.
And on the plus side, we even managed to convince Jessica to give her little cousin Devon a hug – not that he wanted much to do with that idea mind you! :)
So the plan had been for a glorious picnic at the Helderberg Nature Reserve on a sun-filled day, the invites had been sent and the preparations made. Sadly for us though, just as the weekend was starting to roll in, word arrived of the imminent Black South Easter storm heading our way, basically a cut off low pressure system that brings particularly wet weather, which usually translates to flash floods – in fact, the exact same weather system was responsible the destructive 1981 Lainsburg Flood!
(Seriously, it took me over 2.5 hours on Friday evening to get home thanks to the Lourensford river that burst its banks and at times it was as if I was travelling in a boat – there were sections of the road where the water was lapping halfway up my car’s door!)
With heavy hearts we first tried the postponement route, but unfortunately the end of year crunch means most people have plans for pretty much every weekend up until New Year’s – meaning that door was closed. Scrambling into backup plan mode, we phoned up my mom and asked her if we could use her pad to host Jessica’s birthday party – and thankfully they agreed to allow an unknown number of toddlers to rampage about their house.
As it turned out, we lost a significant amount of adults and children on the day, some to illness, some to the change of plans, and some to dealing with this or that disaster brought on by the inclement weather, but nevertheless the party was a great success at mom’s place, with the kids all suitably entertained (I packed in all Jessica’s toys and coached her on sharing, while Chantelle had the kids all icing and decorating their own cupcakes), and the adults all chilled and well fed, thanks to a delicious spread put on by Chantelle and her mom. Even the table tennis table got a bit of a run!
Jessica seems to have thoroughly enjoyed her birthday party, she was in a fabulous and happy mood throughout, and needless to say, there was plenty of renditions of “Happy Birthday” going around!
Oh, and then of course there was all the excitement around the opening of the presents… :)
Jessica’s 3rd birthday fell on a Thursday this year, which of course then means a weekday cupcake wake up for our little girl – which needless to say she thoroughly enjoyed.
(Seriously though, who wouldn’t love waking up to a freshly prepared cupcake?!)
Armed with a box full of cupcakes for both her friends and the helpers at Baby Steps, Jess then enjoyed a fun day with her ‘maatjies’ at the creche (where she constantly broke out into song, basically singing Happy Birthday to herself should anyone care to listen), before returning home where I then joined her in breaking in her new easel (a present from Chantelle and me) by drawing away an hour or two!
Summer is well and truly on its way, meaning more and more opportunity for little Jessica and her daddy to get some sun on their ghostly pale bodies.
This particular day was one of those rare Sundays where we didn’t have any cupcakery business or friends’ meetups to attend to, meaning Jessica could happily play outside while I tackled cleaning up the shed!
After the slightly disappointing Doilie Market at D’Aria in Durbanville, followed by the more than a little inconvenient crashing of her car coming home via the R300 on Saturday afternoon, Chantelle and I really needed things to go our way on Sunday if there was to be any hope of salvaging our work weekend – and pleasingly the Century City Natural Goods Market turned out to be a good one!
(Although it didn’t start out that way – I made the awful mistake of handing the cupcakes over to a porter to transport for me without completely thinking it through: sadly he did the transporting via a tilted two wheel trolley, which obviously squished everything up in their containers! The Pina Colada cupcakes were a complete write-off, but thankfully the rest could be saved/salvaged. I wanted to cry, shame, Chantelle did cry!)
Anyway, trade was brisk and Chantelle and I managed to sell most of our stock out over the course of the glorious summer’s day, with the market operating in the usual 09:00 to 14:00 time slot. Loads of people, a great vibe, awesome music (live band was a group of older gentleman performing under the name of Time Flies – what an awesome, awesome party vibe these guys manage to create!), entertainment for the kids (dog trick show, train rides, etc), and best of all (well for Chantelle and myself anyway) – Mom and Dad brought Jessica over for a visit!
(Jessica also had a good adventure this weekend: Saturday with Oupa and Ouma – with a sleepover – and Sunday with Granny and Grandpa!)
So all in all it was a fabulous way to spend a sunny Sunday (and not just because of the fantastic Kudu burger I had for lunch) – even if technically we were working! ;)
This weekend was a pretty hectic weekend for markets, what with Chantelle’s Cupcakery running three separate stalls over the course of Saturday and Sunday!
Saturday played host to our anchor stall at Willowbridge (manned – or I suppose womanned – by Leandra), as well as our first ever stall at the Doilie Market, located on the D’Aria wine estate in Durbanville. To round things off, Sunday played host to our stall at the Century City Natural Goods Market.
Chantelle and I handled the Doilie Market stall and I have to say, I was seriously impressed with the organization of this market. The market assistants were always available if needed, everything was well planned, and the market itself was very well laid out, with plenty of entertainment for both young and old alike. The live music was great, the kids enjoyed the jumping castle and petting zoo, and all in all the atmosphere was really nice – even with the slight breeze that would occasionally whip up over the course of the beautiful sunny day.
Unfortunately for our first Doilie Market though, foot traffic was severely impacted upon thanks to competing markets in the area (Meerendal and Kanonkop all hosted their own little markets), not to mention the Stellenberg Christmas Market and the Fairmont High School Festival that were also happening all on the same day.
Nevertheless, we did okay in terms of sales and in the end, after a visit from Jessica, oupa and ouma (lucky girl got the cutest of yellow dresses out of the deal!), Chantelle and I had a good day out!
(Sadly though, the day didn’t end on the best of notes – on her way home Chantelle crashed her Getz into the back of a bakkie, and to rub salt into the wound, the Stormers went and lost in the Currie Cup final to the Sharks!)
Last Saturday was pretty awesome, what with Jessica and myself spending literally the whole day together, followed by an evening visit that saw Retha and Miguel (finally back from their teaching stint in Borneo) join us for homemade hamburgers and chips with a movie (This is 40 – which was actually pretty funny, even if it didn’t really go anywhere), the night being capped off with some fun FIFA battles between Miguel and myself that went on well into the early hours of Sunday morning, much to the detriment of poor Retha who couldn’t go to sleep thanks to our incessant cheering!
After a leisurely breakfast at the Garden Kitchen and saying goodbye to our friends, Chantelle, Jess and I took a snap decision to head out to the Eagle Encounters bird sanctuary at Spier (the weather was too poor to go for first choice World of Birds in Hout Bay), a tourist spot where believe it or not, neither of us had actually been to before!
Although it’s sad to see all the quite magnificent birds of prey cooped up (or in this case, tethered up), the sanctuary really does some incredible work, and all in all it really was amazing to see some of these majestic birds from so close up. We enjoyed an informative show (where Jessica completely surprised us by demanding that the owl come sit on her hand as well), and a demonstration or two (the secretary bird’s incredible kick accuracy is certainly something to behold, never mind the bounding porcupine who loves to play run), and by the time the rain finally decided to show up, we were quite happy with what we had seen on the day.
Definitely a sight worth visiting then in other words (though only if you pay that little extra to gain access to the shows), especially if you haven’t seen some of the bigger eagles in person ever before!