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Chantelle’s Second Market, Semi-Soet, and Logan’s Christening My Life 26 MAR 2012

Chantelle’s off weekend at last, though by now you should be pretty familiar with the concept that Chantelle’s off weekends are now no longer off weekends at all! :)

After Jessie’s little incident (more on this in a later post, I promise), we got her to bed, and the rest of the Friday night was spent with Chantelle in the kitchen preparing for Saturday’s Willowbridge Slow Food Market showing, and me in the study, banging away at my keyboard on my latest software project.

So nothing exciting there I’m afraid, apart from a rather late bedtime.

Saturday morning blasted off with Chantelle up and out of the door at the crack of dawn, where she joined up with her mom and dad in Bellville, before heading over to Willowbridge to set up shop for Chantelle’s Cookies and Cakes’ second market showing.

Back in Gordon’s Bay (where the wind was pumping), Jessica and I took care of the chores and all the packing, before also heading out to the Northern Suburbs – after Jessie arose from her mid-morning nap and enjoyed her bottle of milk of course! The Willowbridge market was once again well supported and the ladies made a killing, so I suppose my little contribution of R7,50 for a piece of chocolate cake wasn’t exactly worth all that much on the day – though the cake as per usual was pretty damn delicious! Loads of visits from the various friends and family, as well as quite a few compliments and possible business leads meant that Chantelle and Cheryl’s day out at the market was once again quite the success.

Jessica and I left the ladies to continue on with their selling in order to make a quick stop at Ryan’s pad to check out the progress on his renovated kitchen, where we found him entertaining Michelle (who we haven’t seen in ages), and even managed to convince him to hand over the latest couple of episodes of Young Justice he purloined off the Internet.

From there Jessica and I headed off to Mom and Dad’s place, wanting to get in a quick visit with them following their return from a week long holiday up at Storms River. As it turned out, Claire was also there for the day, and we enjoyed a nice family visit, with Jessica being quite the centre of attention with old Pops as per usual!

With Jessica pretty exhausted by this stage, I opted to bid farewell to my folks and head off to Monty and Cheryl’s pad, where we dumped Jessica down on a blanket for a solid afternoon’s sleep, enjoyed a quick cup of coffee with catchup regarding the successful market, before Chantelle and I left little Jessie in the capable hands of her Ouma and Oupa, and shot through to Karl and Trish’s pad to join in celebrating Trish’s 30th birthday with her famous cake and off course boardgames, this time consisting of a entertaining game of Balderdash, and a couple of rounds of Pictionary Man.

From there it was back to our base at Oupa and Ouma’s house to pick up the carrot cake baked for Logan’s Christening party on Sunday, and one quick icing job later, Chantelle and I found ourselves at Damen’s door in Kraaifontein, where we successfully handled the drop-off.

Wanting to celebrate Chantelle’s great market experience and my pay increase at work, we decided to take a night off for ourselves, and so straight from Damen and Michelle’s pad, we popped in at Cape Gate Mall, where we ended up thoroughly enjoying the Afrikaans movie Semi-Soet at Ster Kinekor cinemas. It is a by the book, very well executed, funny and touching romantic comedy, and pleasingly, really enjoyable to watch – even if you are and Englishman like myself! Louw Venter is hysterically funny as always, and it was great to see the cinema packed full, the Afrikaner community really supporting this great local movie. (So much so, that Chantelle and I had to sit in the front seat of the cinema, having completely underestimated just how full the movie was going to be!)

After having laughed and cried for a good hour and a half, we decided to wrap up our evening by heading back to Bellville to stop in for a very late night supper at the famous Starlite Diner, where Chantelle enjoy a delicious steak roll and I partook in a fabulous Mexican burger. Yummy!

Anyway, the night had to eventually draw to a close I suppose, and we dragged ourselves back to base, stopping only to change a niggly Jessica’s nappy, before we could hit the bed properly and grab a few hours of sleep before Sunday came rolling in.

Sunday morning was again up bright and early, as we scurried to get Jessica and ourselves ready and settled, before shooting off to Durbanville to meet up with the rest of the friends waiting outside of the Durbanville Anglican Church. The big occasion was of course Logan’s christening, and it was great to see all the friends make it through to come and support, babies and all! As it turned out, the babies were all quiet and obedient (the thing we had been fretting about the most) for the most part of what ended up being quite a lengthy service in a hot and packed church, though I did eventually slip out after the last of the twelve children being baptized on the day were completed. Jessica and I spent the next little while out in the garden under the trees, before being joined by the rest of the guys who also seized the opportunity to slip out during what had turned into quite a drawn out Communion ceremony!

We decided to pass some time before Logan’s celebratory party back at Damen and Michelle’s pad by heading off to Durbanville Mugg & Bean with Evan, Natasha and Evalynne, though our experience was cut short by a very grumpy and exhausted Jessica who was now starting to scream her little head off because of the tiredness (thankfully the quick purchase of some interesting toy goldfish from the Crazy store next door offered us a little respite).

Chantelle and I were par for the course when we got lost trying to take the shortcut via Langeberg road to Kraaifontein, though the extended drive towards Malmesbury was nice in that it gave Jessica a little bit more nap time in her seat, not that you would have said this if you saw her mood once we did eventually turn up at Damen’s door. I’m not sure if it was the large amount of people, the heat, the exhaustion, hunger, or simply all four combined, but unfortunately Jessie quickly took to the screaming approach, meaning that after a quick snack and drink, we had to bid an early farewell and head back to our Bellville base camp, where we finally managed to get a struggling Jessica to go down for a rather extended afternoon nap.

At this point I headed back to Gordon’s Bay, bearing all the crates and materials returning from the market, with Chantelle following later with Jessica, meaning I got a little bit of a break from all the running around – which resulted in the production of this blog post, the unpacking of the car and the putting out of the bins in case you were wondering.

Chores, bedtime routine and at last a little alone time (with pizza) was all that was left for Sunday evening, bringing to close a rather busy weekend for the Lotter Clan!

*Whew* – I’m exhausted just typing this! :)

A Valentine’s Christening My Life 15 FEB 2010

Yay, Chantelle was off for a change, it was Valentine’s Day weekend, We were going away to Hermanus and most important of all little Zandea was being christened – how could one not start the weekend on such a high note? :)

Like I said, it was Zandea’s christening on Sunday and to make it all that more special, Dean and Zania decided to hold the christening at the same church where they got married two years ago, all the way out in Hermanus, Zania’s old hood. Of course, not ones to pass up a great opportunity for turning the event into a weekend away just for the fun of it, we unleashed Chantelle on the Internet and soon she had turned up a great looking place to stay – which then got converted into an even sweeter deal when she organised a guesthouse networking swap which meant that she and I got to stay the weekend in Hermanus for free while in return, the owner of that guesthouse gets to spend a weekend in the future at Gordon’s Beach Lodge at no charge. Great networking and strengthening of referral ties for the two managers and for me, the added bonus of some much needed pressure release off my poor little wallet, still feeling the stinging of the bashing it took with last week’s car saga!

Anyway, we only managed to get away from Gordon’s Bay pretty late on Friday evening after work, and eventually come 21:00 or so we landed in Hermanus, finding the Pebble Beach guesthouse, situated right next to the Hermanus golf club, easily enough thanks to Mr. TomTom’s unerring sense of direction.

Greeted on arrival by the friendly Francis, we stowed our bags in what can only be described as one of the most luxurious rooms I’ve been in and then darted out to grab a quick bite to eat at the local Spur – which surprisingly enough actually had other people still dining away by the time we got there! (Food wasn’t great though in case you are wondering)

After a fantastic night’s sleep (well for me in any event), the morning got underway with a fantastic breakfast served up by the great Pebble Beach team and with our tummies full and hunger sated, we headed out to Hermanus proper to do some stall browsing and hook up with Dean and Zania (and Zandea!) who were meeting up with us at Mugg & Bean for a drink. One successful visit later, and Chantelle and I were on our next mission, walking Hermanus flat in search of the elusive soft serve which simply put… couldn’t be found. (And no, we’re not talking about KFC or Steer imposter soft serves here – I’m talking about proper two tone, sugar cone stuff man!) Any how, with our walk not turning up anything we jumped into the car and headed down towards Onrus side but as you might have guessed, our search was just as fruitless, so with our heads hung low we turned around and returned to town – which made it all the more funnier when on entering the town and right across the road from where we were previously parked, Chantelle spotted the magical soft serve sign just sitting there minding its own business!

Overjoyed we parked and rushed down to the Princess Cafe, placed our order and then watched in horror as the poor soft serve machine sputtered into life, squirted out a couple of chocolate poo’s worth of ice cream and then promptly died, leaving us with little more than a brown twirly mess in a styrofoam cup. Shame, the girl serving us was very apologetic and as a result we didn’t pay anything for the ice cream we did manage to get out, but still I guess the little that we got was better than nothing in the end! :)

Back at the guesthouse, Chantelle was soon down and out for the count enjoying a rather lengthy afternoon nap while I set about enjoying the marvelous, black interior pool before stretching out and catching some rays on the soft grass. Next it was time for some R&R with a couple of the Ultimate Fantastic Four graphic novel, followed by the Stormers versus Lions game on Supersport, though I must admit to missing out rather large chunks of the latter thanks to my darn eyes that kept on falling closed!

The evening was spent for the most part in Panarottis, where we dined on some delicious pizza offerings (though it didn’t quite make up for the missed Cattle Baron, which would have been Chantelle’s supper treat had they not gone and closed down a couple of weeks prior to our visit!). Back home, I enjoyed a late night dip in the pool (Chantelle refused to join me for some reason – something about not having a bather with or something like that! :P) and while she enjoyed a lazy bath I got some solid reading time in again.

Oh, and we swapped Valentine’s gifts just before midnight – it seems like she just couldn’t wait to unleash the monstrous love bug stuffed animal she found upon me!

Sunday kicked off with a special Valentine’s Breakfast which basically was the same as the previous day’s breakfast but just with all the colour replaced with tones of red, white and pink – which was actually quite a cool little touch. Then a quick pack and settling of our little extras bill, we dashed off to the St. Peter’s stone church and grabbed our seats (actually, we accidentally stole the Church Warden’s reserved seats) and enjoyed the spectacle that saw little Zandea, who was VERY well behaved by the way, join the Christian family.

What was great was that Evan and Natasha, and Michelle and Damen had also made the drive through from Bellville on Sunday morning to attend the church service and following on from that, all of us met up at Zania’s mom’s house where we sat for the next couple of hours indulging in some awesome finger snacks and talking the day away. Chantelle and I eventually bid our farewell though (sorry for starting the mass exodus Dean!) and headed back to GB, where Chantelle naturally gave her new Coricraft friends a good testing out and I busied myself with setting up a whole lot of blog posts for the coming week.

The evening however saw us once again out of the door and out to the mall, where we enjoyed a great little Subway snack and then plonked ourselves down in our seats for the rather unentertaining (though it does have its moments) and long Valentine’s Day movie starring a host of A-list faces.

And that was pretty much that. A great weekend filled with friends, some driving and tons of R&R, meaning that I start this week in our newly renovated little shoebox feeling rather refreshed…

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