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Walking along the Lourens River in Radloff Park, Somerset West (2017-04-17) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 23 APR 2017

The Gordon’s Bay Lötters had a pretty relaxed Easter this year. Friday afternoon was spent with my half of the family, enjoying Mom’s homemade pickled fish and dad’s roast leg of lamb for lunch, while the evening was spent with Chantelle’s half of the family, enjoying Robert and Monty’s fine work behind the braai and treating the girls to a glow in the dark easter egg hunt.

Saturday was a rare pyjamas day of being at home and doing pretty much nothing, while Sunday we hosted my folks over for a braai back at our place.

Monday, or Family Day if you look at the calendar, kicked off with a morning out at Mondeor Garden Restaurant in Somerset West, where we partook in their super popular, annual easter egg hunt day. (The girls had loads of fun as you might imagine!)

However, with Chantelle then returning to work once all the fun was done and dusted, it was up to the girls and myself to entertain ourselves for the rest of the day, and we did just that by heading out for an early evening walk along the Lourens River at Radloff Park in Somerset West.

It’s only the second time that I’ve visited this super popular park in Somerset West, and as always it is difficult to come away not loving pretty much everything aspect of it!

The river is flowing well, the shady paths well looked after, the rolling fields of grass all trim and tidy, with the entire area perfectly framed by the beautiful mountainscapes that seem to be visible all around you!

The girls and I strolled along the entire length of the river section available to us, i.e. from the car park at the edge of Radloff Park all the way through past the houses and onto the start of the Morgenster Estate, though naturally by the time we reached the end, both girls were starting to moan about having to walk so far!

As expected, plenty of people were out and about on either their bikes or with their dogs, but pleasingly the experience seemed a lot less traumatic for my two ‘timid around animals’ girls.

Naturally, I did have my phone on hand to pick up a couple of snaps as per usual:

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Unless you absolutely hate dogs, it is almost impossible not to like Radloff Park.

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Waterfront Scratch Patch Easter Fun (2015-04-05) Photo Gallery 16 APR 2015

Although we didn’t go away for this Easter Weekend (plus, Chantelle worked on the two public holidays), the girls and I certainly did get up to a lot of fun activities, one of which was a family outing to the V&A Waterfront in order to go gemstone mining at the legendary Scratch Patch!

Both Chantelle and I remember going there at least once as a child, and so it was with great excitement that we took Jessica and Emily there, confident that Jess would love digging around in all the colourful stones!

Honestly, I had no idea what to expect, but after you enter the small Mineral World shop (accessed through the parking garage, no entrance fee), pick your container size that you want to take in with you (a good selection of sizes, ranging from cheap to pricey), you enter a tiny wonderland that is the perfect little place for kids to start hunting in.

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Shaped like a little cavern with natural light streaming in above you, both girls immediately got stuck into the task of hunting out the best, most colourful gemstones, and before long both mommy and daddy were sitting sprawled on the floor, picking out the shiniest of the lot with them!

Although we didn’t get to it (because Jess and Emily are still to young), there is even an artificial cave mini-golf experience tacked on – which looks like it could be a good treat for the kids as well.

Anyway, after much time was spent scratching around like chickens, we emerged, Jessica triumphantly clutching her bag full of beautiful gemstones!

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Of course, you can’t just go to the V&A Waterfront and not stroll around the Waterfront, so that is exactly what we did. It’s the first time we’ve walked through the new Watershed shopping area and I have to say, I was suitably impressed. So fresh and modern, definitely the upgrade that particular area needed!

For lunch we swung into the Shoreline Cafe in the Two Oceans Aquarium, where some delicious fish and chips were had whilst Jessica ran wild in the kid’s play area, while dessert for the day was of course the ever so expensive but always delicious ice cream from Haagen-Dasz (Chantelle insisted!).

With one last play at the slides around the amphitheater done and dusted, it was time to pack up and head back home to Gordon’s Bay, satisfied with an awesome day out!

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Easter Weekend 2012 My Life 20 APR 2012

(Eek! Falling behind with my Weekend Update posts! Two thirds into April already!!)

Ah Easter Weekend 2012. Well, despite the conditions being perfect for going away for a long weekend, i.e. Chantelle was off for the weekend, no, make that for the whole week in fact, seeing as her leave had just kicked in, but the reality of the matter is that we simply don’t have any disposable income between the two of us any more, meaning NO going away for us. Oh well, what can one do?

Anyway, the extra long weekend kicked off quietly enough, with Thursday consisting of little more than working from home, shopping at Pick ‘n Pay with Jess after crèche, bed time routine, steak for supper with Chantelle on her eventual arrival home, and copious amounts of FIFA 10 (manager mode) to round off the night.

Friday was a little better though, with Jessica and I visiting Chantelle at the guest house for a scrumptious late morning breakfast, before returning home to do the chores, enjoy some playtime sessions (resulting in a nasty bump on Jessie’s forehead after one dive off the sofa to many!), and eventually head out to the beach for a good hour or so of play in the sand. (Of course, I did manage to get the timing slightly wrong and arrived to a full tide, meaning no dry sand anywhere, but we did eventually manage to find a playable spot in front of the public bathrooms – where all the parents with toddlers had already congregated!)

Anyway, Chantelle arrived home in the afternoon and immediately sprung to work in the kitchen to get everything ready for Saturday’s market at Willowbridge, leaving me to finish off the bed time routine, before once again rounding the night out with a LOT of FIFA (seriously, the amount of hours I’ve spent now in my Manager Mode game is getting a little ridiculous this week!)

Saturday morning saw an early morning pack and go for Chantelle, while Jessica and I lazed away the early hours at home, shielded against the torrential rain that continued to beat down all around us for the duration of the morning. (We did have to make a dash for it down the road to deliver a chocolate cake order to a grateful number 48, but other than that, we stayed inside, nice and dry.)

The afternoon eventually rolled on in, and it marked the two of us making our way through to Bellville in order to join up with Chantelle and Cheryl at the Willowbridge Slow Food Market, where thankfully the rain had finally subsided, but where the unfortunate quadruple whammy of Two Oceans Marathon, morning Stormers rugby game, Easter Weekend, and of course rainy weather, had a fairly significant impact on foot traffic. (In other words, out of the three markets worked thus far, this was by far the worst in terms of sales).

With the market done for the day, we proceeded to lay down roots in Bellville, before finally leaving Jess in Oupa and Ouma’s care for the evening as we darted out to make a quick leftover treats sale delivery to Ryan (and view his awesome new kitchen), before hitting Cape Gate where we enjoyed some fantastic Panarottis pizzas, followed up by what turned out to be quite the funny, and surprisingly enjoyable, viewing of American Pie: The Reunion at Ster Kinekor.

Sunday and unfortunately the weather still hadn’t quite let up, meaning a morning shopping trip to Ackermans in Tygervalley ensured a winter wardrobe for Jessica this year, followed by quite the enjoyable trip together with the rest of the Montgomery Clan, through to the Blaauwklippen Farmer’s Market in Stellenbosch, where we ended off our amble through the various stalls which had been relocated into a barn with quite the fancy picnic lunch – itself moved indoors to the stunning Blaauwklippen Restaurant premises!

Back home in Bellville, we capped off Sunday afternoon with a late visit to my folks, before finally heading home to get a night of well deserved rest in our own beds for a change.

So having enjoyed Friday, Saturday and Sunday off thus far, it is no surprise that to make this combination even better one would need Monday off as well, and seeing as that’s the way the cookie crumbled thanks to all the public holidays (which now that I think about it was pretty much completely devoid of Easter Eggs this year!).

Of course, as you know us by now, we’re never content with not filling our spare time with some sort of activities, and so early Monday morning had us shooting out to the Southern Suburbs to Claire and Riley’s housewarming brunch in celebration of their newly purchased, jaw-droppingly stunning home in the heart of leafy Constantia.

This was directly followed up with a trip back to the Northern Suburbs (with Ryan as a hitchhiker) in order to partake in Damen’s Birthday Party, which of course included things like food, cake, backyard cricket and of course some sweating over FIFA battles on the XBOX.

And that was pretty much the end of Easter Weekend 2012. So no going away and no Easter Eggs, but after reading through everything I just wrote, it looks like we certainly did all right after all! ;)

Photo Gallery: Blaauwklippen Market and Picnic Lunch (2012-04-08) My Life | Photo Gallery 08 APR 2012

We joined up with the Montgomery Clan and headed out to Stellenbosch over the Easter Weekend to check out yet another market hosted by the gorgeous Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, which has been in existence since the late 1600s! (The wine estate, not the market.)

We also organised to partake in their special Easter Sunday picnic, but unfortunately for us, the weather didn’t exactly play along, meaning that the market was held in a barn, and the picnic was shifted into their big restaurant. Nevertheless, the food was simply divine, and in the end, we all enjoyed a fantastic day out!

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Photo Gallery: Easter Outing to Pringle Bay and Sunset Spur (2011-04-23) My Life | Photo Gallery 23 APR 2011

It was a beautiful sunny day, so no wonder Chantelle, Jessie and I so enjoyed our Easter outing to Pringle Bay, followed up by a compulsory visit to the Sunset Spur! ;)

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