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Jessica’s Mondeor Restaurant Birthday Party (2015-11-13) Photo Gallery 22 NOV 2015

For some or other reason, Chantelle decided to challenge herself by having not one, but two birthday parties for Jessica (turning five) this year.

IMG_20151113_133720 getting ready for jessica's party at mondeor garden restaurant in somerset west

The first one would be for all the local Gordon’s Bay friends (i.e. from Vergeet-My-Nie playschool and our Country Mews complex), and the second one for our family and other friends out in Bellville.

IMG_20151113_130651 elsa and olaf frozen cake for jessica's party at mondeor garden restaurant in somerset west

To be fair, Chantelle didn’t want to do setup twice, so the first birthday party was organised to be held at Mondeor Garden Restaurant, the same place we had Jessica’s fourth birthday party last year.

Jessica had decided on a Frozen themed party in the end (originally she was leaning towards a super hero Barbie party, but changed her mind at the last moment, much to Chantelle’s relief), and as such dictated that no boys were allowed at her princess party, the girls had to all wear dresses and have plaits in their hair (not that she wore one on the day mind you!), and of course, that she needed a Elsa cake for her birthday.

IMG_20151113_140133 complex friends arriving for jessica's party at mondeor garden restaurant in somerset west

Mondeor is actually very nice for hosting kiddie birthday parties, as they do a pretty cool little setup for the kids, have a great outdoor play area for the little guys to run riot (sucks if it’s raining though – which is actually what happened a few weekends before on Lisa’s – one of Jessica’s friends – birthday party), and have more than enough space, seating and menu options to keep the adults pretty happy for the duration of the chaos too.

IMG_20151113_144140 school friends at jessica's party at mondeor garden restaurant in somerset west

In the end I think that we had about 10 or 12 little girls having a thoroughly fun time on a Friday afternoon which brought pretty okay weather along with it, whilst all us big people happily chilled at a long table with wine and pizza pretty much flowing all session long.

So, Jess loved her cake, had a great time with her friends, and also got loads of cool gifts from everyone – sounds like a successful fifth birthday party to me! :)

Related Link: Mondeor Garden Restaurant

Swimming at Mondeor Garden Restaurant (2014-11-30) Photo Gallery 17 NOV 2015

Oops. Found this folder of photos I completely forgot to post to the blog last year November, taken on one of our outings post Jess’ birthday party to Mondeor Garden Restaurant.

How do I know it was post-birthday? Well mainly because Jessica was totally rocking out in her brand new (and thoroughly awesome) Rainbow Dash swimming costume! :)

IMG_20141130_155450 jessica lotter in her rainbow dash my little pony swimsuit at mondeor garden restaurant

Oh, and we spotted our first Father Christmas statue in November as well (at Willowbridge Mall).

IMG_20141130_124716 jessica lotter with father christmas statue at willowbridge mall

Can’t say I quite remember as to why we were both at Willowbridge in Durbanville and then Mondeor in Somerset West on the same day though!

Play, Markets, and Buying Plants! (2015-06-14) Photo Gallery 16 NOV 2015

If I look back to winter, then quite a lot of my weekends with the girls looked like this – after all, we had a pretty pleasant winter in terms of weather this year:

1) Spend a little time playing at home while I do a couple of household chores. (Mind you, quite often joined by the other little girls in the complex!)

IMG_20150613_105217 jessica playing adventure island 8-bit family game

2) Spend some time eating pancakes and playing in the sand pit at Root 44 Market.

IMG_20150614_131201 girls playing in the sand at root 44 market

3) Enjoy a drink and play on the jungle gyms at Mondeor Garden Restaurant (with Chantelle during her split).

IMG_20150613_143204 savanna at mondeor garden restaurant

4) Sundays almost always involved pony rides and pancakes at Blaauwklippen Family Market.

IMG_20150607_142148 jessica riding a pony

5) And yes, every now and then the girls would help me do a little shopping. They rather enjoy the trips through to Cape Garden Centre mind you. I wonder why…

IMG_20150614_143308 chantelle and emily helping craig buy flowers at cape garden centre

And these photos? They’re all taken on just one pleasant weekend back in June!

In hindsight, seems a pretty decent way of spending one’s weekends then, don’t you think? :)

A Most Unromantic Wedding Anniversary (2015-11-08) Photo Gallery 15 NOV 2015

So this year marked the sixth year that I’ve been married to Chantelle. This year around though, our anniversary day fell on a Saturday, and this being a weekend where Chantelle was working (and stressed in trying to get things organized for Jessica’s big birthday parties – yes, “parties” and not “party”), there was to be no chance for a proper wedding anniversary celebration this time around.

(Last year we did a lot better mind you).

IMG_20151107_110755 Shopping with Jess and Emily in Somerset Mall

So last weekend was spent shopping with Jessica and Emily at Somerset Mall (we did buy some roses for Chantelle), stopping at McDonalds (because this is something that Jessica now asks for. We didn’t buy Chantelle a McFlurry though), and joining up with Chantelle for a celebratory (but kid-interrupted) drink at a bustling Bossa Social Cafe and Bar in Somerset West.

IMG_20151107_121341 Craig, Jessica and Emily Lotter selfie at Waterstone McDonalds

Not particularly romantic.

IMG_20151107_134352 Chantelle with Emily lotter at Bossa Social Cafe and Bar in Somerset West

We tried again on Sunday, but again, small kids don’t really make for romantic wedding anniversary celebration locale selection!

So pink milkshake at Mondeor Garden Restaurant it was.

IMG_20151108_123538 pink milkshake at mondeor garden restaurant in somerset west

Maybe next year we’ll plan ahead and do it properly! ;)

(Which reminds me. It’s six years later and I just realized that I still haven’t gotten around to posting our wedding photos on my blog. I guess I really ought to get around to doing that sometime. That said, it’s been a year and I still haven’t fixed our front door glass – so I wouldn’t exactly hold my breathe on the photos front then if I were you!)

Kiddies Parties Galore (2015-10-31) Photo Gallery 05 NOV 2015

I’ve mentioned a couple of times now just how many kids parties we have during the October/November period, and to be honest, I’ve kind of lost count.

Let’s just put it this way – last weekend we had three parties spread over two days!

IMG_20151101_090612 exhausted emily asleep on the couch with woofie and teddy

Sounds exhausting right?

Saturday morning saw us all go to Cheeky Monkey, a restaurant/pub and play park situated right next to Monkey Town, for Jessica’s playschool friend Isabel’s birthday party.

IMG_20151031_112356 isabel's party at cheeky monkey in somerset west

I have to say, it’s been some time since we’d last visited Cheeky Monkey, and pleasingly they’ve made what had been a slightly run down play area into a much more inviting and enjoyable outside environment.

IMG_20151031_111002 emily playing at cheeky monkey in somerset west

And whilst the kids didn’t don their costumes and play in the waterslide, they had more than enough fun tearing about the massive play area!

From there we made the trip through to Kraaifontein for Logan’s super hero-themed birthday party at Michelle and Damen’s house.

12196103_10156248882840584_3344370583226755576_n decorating cookies at logan's birthday party in kraaifontein

The kids had a ball playing together (they’re reaching a really nice age now), and decorating the cookie men was a massive hit.

However, I suspect what really stole the show for the kids was when Damen emerged in his raincoat, ready to be pelted by energetically flung water balloons and water guns!

10989443_10156248887925584_7092249004331227679_n water gun fun at logan's birthday party in kraaifontein

(Even Emily seemed to enjoy herself, though every now and then she would take some time out from all the chaos and just… chill)

(Mind you, on the note of Logan’s birthday parties – I don’t think that I ever mentioned what we did for Logan’s fourth birthday party in 2014. Held on a small party farmyard setup, last year Damen, Evan and I found ourselves catching a sheep for the entertainment of everybody. Poor thing must have gotten the fright of its life when I reached down and bear hugged it to claim the catch!)

10433895_10154788582920584_3261558508940916232_n craig catching a sheep in 2014 at logan's birthday party

(Hint: we weren’t particularly entertaining as sheep catchers, which makes sense when you consider that none of us were raised on a farm!)

Anyway, back on track. Sunday finished off with a big Frozen-themed birthday party for Jessica’s playschool friend Lisa.

Sadly this time around though, the weather didn’t quite play along, meaning that the children had to longingly look at Mondeor Restaurant’s outside play area from behind the plastic curtains.

Still, they quickly recovered and overwhelmed the sand art station instead! :)

Pancakes at Paardevlei, Milkshake at Mondeor (2015-10-03) Photo Gallery 31 OCT 2015

At the beginning of the month, whilst Chantelle was working her weekend shift, Jessica, Emily and I nipped out to surprise her by buying some flowers from the Paardevlei Farmers Market.

IMG_20151003_122036 jessica eating pancake at paardevlei farmers market

The market was a lot, lot quieter than last time, so it was a more relaxed visit for the girls and me, with us picking up a fun toddler story book for Emily and some pancakes for Jessica.

Speaking of the Paardevlei Farmers Market, I actually received a mail from the organiser Elsje Schoeman regarding my post about our visit to her market on opening day, and whilst annoyed at some of my commentary, she was quite upbeat about the fact that they had secured an official Parkrun association for next year and that they were in the process of looking for a better premises to run the market out of (one of my gripes had been the unsuitable building that the market currently operates out of).

However, things appear to have gone downhill since then – on October 23 Paardevlei Farmers Market released the following to their Facebook page:

“PAARDEVLEI FARMERS MARKET STATUS: Due to the non-compliance of Trigger Fish for illegally selling beer without an on consumption licence, we have decided to retract from operating our market on their premises. We have been victimised, our marketing signs for directions have been removed with intent, we as the market owners were dictated to what and how we can sell. We were promised a building size of 300 square metres and ended up trading mostly outside the Trigger Fish Building. Due to the ongoing bullying by the owner and the enforcement of signing a very one sided contract [which will be also published], we will endeavour to continue with our market in another building. For now, the market will be closed until further notice. Extensive alterations to this heritage building has been done prior to the opening of the market without any approval from the City of Cape Town.”

And given the “strong” character of Elsje (who we had worked under a few times during her involvement in managing the Slow Food Markets – Stellenbosch and Willowbridge), it was no surprise to see this even more angry post come in two days later:

“Luckily social media is a platform to open discussion, and yes, the market is very prepared to face the music for any negative feedback, the sequence of events: 1. we applied for an event at The Foundry Building and was granted a permit; 2. we were bulldozed to trade at Trigger Fish with a contract that was limiting us to grow organically and dictated by someone who wanted to open a market on his premises 2 years ago; 3. on the launch date of the market, Saturday 29 August, someone reported the non compliance of Trigger Fish to the police, a huge reputational risk for us 4. the market was not allowed to sell any coffee, wine or mcc to pair with food dictated again by the current tenant, 5. we sourced our own vegetables and we take the risk at the end of the day, 6. the original 300 square building was promised to us, we could only use less than a 1/3, 7. the times of the market was dictated to by the owner of Trigger Fish, it changed 3 times, 8. we were bullied many times, threatened that they can close the market anytime, 9. they tried to find a reason to work us out when they realised we are sourcing a new building 10. our signs were damaged and removed, the security went into our store room without our consent, 11. R5000 fines were introduced if we exceed our market times, but we were the only ones bringing feet to Trigger Fish 12. this is our story and we do not have anything to hide and carry a very transparent authentic business ethic. Bullied, victimised and discredited is an understatement in the manner in which we were allowed to trade.”

Pity. So for now Paardevlei Farmers Market remains closed, which is sad because I rather enjoyed the closeness of the location. Nevertheless, I look forward to seeing what they have up their sleeve when they make their big return!

IMG_20151003_144320 craig lotter with emily at mondeor restaurant

Seeing as Chantelle was feeling a little left out on the day though, I organised for the girls and I to meet her for a milkshake at Mondeor Garden Restaurant during her split, which of course was a hit with the girls.

Milkshake, jungle gyms and sand art – what more could a girl possibly ask for? ;)

Related Link: Paardevlei Farmers Market | Mondeor Garden Restaurant

Weekend of Root 44, Mondeor, and Blaauwklippen (2015-04-25) Photo Gallery 03 SEP 2015

Back in April this year we enjoyed a nice long weekend thanks to Freedom Day falling on a Monday, and looking back at the photos, it looks like we might just have filled up the weekend with visits to perennial weekend favourites of ours – namely Root 44 market, Mondeor Garden Restaurant, and of course, ponies and pancakes at the Blaauwklippen Family Market.

IMG_20150425_142850 craig and jessica lotter at root 44 market

Seems like a decent way to spend a family-orientated weekend to me! :)

IMG_20150425_142837 chantelle lotter with emily at root 44 market

And Monday the public holiday? Well that saw us drive through to Grabouw of all places.

Related Link: Freedom Day

Helderberg Farm on a Public Holiday (2015-08-10) Photo Gallery 14 AUG 2015

Great weather, check. Public holiday, check. Desire to be out of the house, check. In other words, I had the girls up and dressed pretty early on, and we were out the door just after 09:00am, heading off first to Builders Warehouse to get some DIY shopping done (Chantelle’s shelving is once again coming down, which translates to there being quite a lot of holes in the wall which needs filling!), followed by a quick round of clothing shopping in Somerser Mall – a completely impossible job with a toddler and little girl tearing about mind you!

With those chores now done and dusted, it was time for the fun part of the morning: a trip via the R44 through to Helderberg Farm!

IMG_20150810_114612 jessica lotter on a tractor at the kids play area at helderberg farm on the R44

Surprisingly, for a change I wasn’t pestered to let the girls feed the bunny rabbits – instead they had a quick look and then immediately headed back to the play area for some serious play time fun.

Clambering, exploring and running around – basically I just needed to pull up a chair and put my feet up – the girls were taking care of the entertainment part all by themselves! :)

IMG_20150810_114720 emily lotter in a pipe at the kids play area at helderberg farm on the R44

We popped into the shop for some chips and was quite surprised to see the till gone and the lady writing everything down in a book. Sadly, it turns out that they were literally robbed the day before.

Late Sunday afternoon, a couple of men posing as customers came into the shop, just before closing time, and asked the ladies on duty how much it would cost them to go for a walk. This didn’t work, so the men calmly returned to their car, retrieved guns and pepper spray and came back for the goods. They pepper sprayed the ladies, and after being unable to open the till (the ladies couldn’t help because they had been pepper sprayed), they simply grabbed the whole thing, ripped out the phone, and left.

So definitely not great, and according to the lady we were speaking to, the first time in the twenty years that she’s been working there that they have ever been hit. Yet another definite sign that armed crime is starting to pick up here in our beautiful Helderberg basin! :(

IMG_20150810_124406 helderberg plaas sign at the entrance

Of course, this all went completely over the heads of Emily and Jessica anyway, meaning that they weren’t deterred in the least in terms of enjoying their day – the end result being two very happy chappies indeed! :)

IMG_20150810_124207 jessica on the bridge at the kids play area at helderberg farm on the R44

Of course, plenty of photos with my phone camera were taken on the day:

On the way home, we stopped off for lunch and play at Waterstone Village’s McDonalds branch, and then it was finally back home for a little rest break for two slightly exhausted monkeys…

(Shame, because Chantelle did feel a little left out – she had to work on the day – the girls and I joined her for some late afternoon play time at Mondeor restaurant. This seemed to cheer her up, so job done! :P)

IMG_20150810_160746 chantelle lotter at mondeor restaurant

Oh, and a particularly humorous sight: Easigrass is a Durban-based company specializing in artificial grass, and have just opened up shop in the new Cape Garden Centre next to Mondeor Restaurant. For branding purposes, they’ve decked out their small company cars in artficicial grass – completely covered from bonnet to boot!

Needless to say, the girls quite enjoyed this sight:

IMG_20150810_154230 easigrass artificial grass covered advert car

IMG_20150810_154221 easigrass artificial grass covered advert car

Can you just imagine having to wash and dry those? :)

Related Link: http://helderbergplaas.co.za/

Mondeor and a visit from the Folks (2015-07-25) Photo Gallery 06 AUG 2015

Two weekends ago we were out and about on the Saturday furniture shopping (Chantelle was working, so it was during her split), a completely pointless task if you have a toddler and a four year old tagging along, because invariably they quickly get bored and you end up being more busy getting them to stop touching things than actually looking at the furniture and making a decision!

Needless to say, we didn’t buy any furniture. (Though I do think that I may have spotted the lounge table I’m quite interested in buying. Plus, I continue to shudder at the thought of just how much money Poco must be losing in that horribly located new megastore of theirs… yeah, not so sure about that one.)

Anyway, in the end, we settled for a nice coffee break and play time with the kids at Mondeor Restaurant instead:

IMG_20150725_144301 chantelle lotter with emily mondeor restaurant in somerset west

We don’t get to see my Mom and Dad that often, so it was quite a nice surprise to get a phone call from them asking if they could pop in for a visit on Sunday. Instead, I suggested that they join us earlier for a nice Sunday afternoon braai, which pleasingly they accepted.

Needless to say, Jessica was particularly thrilled to have Grandpa and Granny around for the day in her own backyard! :)

IMG_20150726_130717 grandpa ronnie lotter with the girls

And although we kind of forgot to take some nice pictures on a Sunday well spent, I thought it worth including these couple that I got when we popped in at Mom’s house a week or so earlier when we were in the area (Dad and Ryan were out playing golf):

IMG_20150712_131439 granny cheryl lotter with jessica

So yeah, always nice when the family drop by here in our little corner of the woods! :)