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Celebrating Mother’s Day with a Picnic in Green Point Park, Cape Town (2018-05-13) Photo Gallery 15 MAY 2018

Instead of the usual big Sunday lunch at one of our houses with the rest of the family for Mother’s Day, this year Chantelle came up with the idea of getting everyone together for a big celebratory picnic – settling on the gorgeous Green Point Park (in Cape Town) as the perfect venue for the event.

We arrived early on the day, and as luck would have it, we snagged a table and, more importantly, the weather played along brilliantly, dealing us with a sunshine-filled, windless Autumn day – perfect for all the little ones to run around and play.

In terms of family joining in on the fun, it was Chantelle’s mom and dad, my mom and dad, my brother, my sister and her husband, and of course all the kids – our two girls, and Claire’s three boys!

Loads of food, plenty of conversation, and lots of fun. Basically the perfect recipe for spending a full day enjoying both the company and the stunning surrounds!

With my phone’s battery currently playing up (it needs to be replaced ASAP), I didn’t exactly bother to even try and take any photos on our special picnic day – so I guess that you will just have to take my word for it then that the Green Point Urban Park is an absolutely PERFECT spot for these sort of outdoor family gatherings.

Definitely not the worst way to have celebrated this year’s Mother’s Day then.

Related Link: Green Point Urban Park

A Duo of Weekend Updates My Life 04 MAR 2013

Monday and thus the start of what is sure to be another week of hard code development, thanks to all the shit I have to deal with at work at the moment thanks to some ineptitudes displayed by my former colleagues. Never mind that though, I have in fact enjoyed two rather nice weekends in a row now, the first being our fun getaway with the Lotter Clan to Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay two weekends ago, followed by the weekend just past which was little more than a weekend of pure rest and relaxation!

jessica jumping on a trampoline in george

As for our Pinnacle Point weekend, we joined up with Mom, Dad, Ryan, Claire and little Devon on the Saturday afternoon and stayed until Tuesday afternoon, meaning that it was a good and proper little getaway from home. Of course, this didn’t help Chantelle’s cause much because on her return she was pretty much chained to the kitchen for the new couple of nights playing catch-up, but for Jess and me it was an absolute blast. Plenty of swimming and road trips to George and Mossel Bay were had, lots of good food was consumed, Jessica finally got acquainted with a proper trampoline, and we even squeezed in a birthday lunch with my Mom in Mossel Bay harbour on the Tuesday afternoon before we left!

mom's birthday lunch in mossel bay harbour 3

As for this weekend it was really a weekend of lazing about and doing as little as possible. Probably the only thing we did achieve on Saturday was to go out and do paint shopping in preparation of our house being painted this week (turned out to be a rather quick decision in terms of what colour to go for), as well as some on the spur of the moment DIY as I finally got around to putting up key hangers everywhere! Sunday was a slightly more productive day in that we drove through to Bellville in order to tuck into a properly delicious pork roast lunch with the Montgomery Clan, not to mention drool at the simple but delicious dessert that followed up such a succulent main!

Unfortunately the T20 Proteas versus Pakistan game was a disaster for us South Africans, I was well and truly beaten by Rob at the dart board, and let’s not mention my poor run in this year’s Super Rugby Superbru tournament, but at least I did get something going my way in that I finally managed to find a new pair of shorts to fit me, not to mention this awesome building brick tipper truck present I got for Jess – which proved to be an absolute hit! :)

half way stop at rolandale 9

So yup, had two enjoyable weekends in a row, meaning that I’m now refreshed and ready to tackle this pile of steaming turd which passes off as a project in desperate need of saving here at work. Sigh…

Jacobsbaai Weekend Away with the Montgomery Clan My Life 17 FEB 2012

Xander (short for Alexander) is the tenant who has been inhabiting Monty’s Granny flat for the last couple of years, and in that time, Xander and his mom have struck up a great friendship with the family. A month or two ago, Xander’s mom set up her very first guest house in the quaint fishing town of Jacobsbaai, and as luck would have it, she invited Chantelle, Jessie and myself to come through for a weekend, so that Chantelle could maybe give her some tips on how she might improve her fledgling business.

And as it turned out, the weekend we picked just happened to coincide with the weekend that Monty and company were heading through in order to drop off furniture which Priscilla had purchased from Monty’s dad.

In other words, family-in-law weekend time! :)

I took the Friday off to maximise our weekend, and early afternoon the three of us finished up with packing, bundled ourselves into the car, and made the long trip through to Jacobsbaai, a good couple of hours away from Gordon’s Bay up the West Coast. Again, we struck it lucky when we fell in behind Monty on the road, as he knew exactly where we needed to go, a bit of information which we ourselves didn’t actually possess!

Anyway, we got there well before the sun had set, and set about making ourselves at home in Priscilla’s fantastic little “farmhouse at the sea” guest house, better known as Artists’ Retreat. After that, the boys got busy carrying in and rearranging the new furniture in the lounge, a process that took far longer than what it should have thanks to “too many cooks in the kitchen”! :)

Priscilla treated us to a delicious homemade supper, and after much chatter, pool versus Robert (they have a pool table, bonus!), and catching up, we eventually all turned in for the night, where I must admit, I enjoyed a thoroughly restful sleep.

Saturday enjoyed a nice and lazy start, but after a hearty breakfast courtesy of Chantelle and her helpers, we did eventually head out, first to the lovely Weskus Mall where Chantelle insisted we try the cheesecake from Café Graze, before hitting Paternoster where we stopped in at the fabulous Modo Mio for a sumptuous, lazy seafood lunch. Chantelle, Jessie and I then split from the Montgomery Clan and did a bit of a drive around Paternoster to take in the tranquil sights.

The remaining part of Saturday was taken up by a stroll through Jacobsbaai with Monty, loads more pool with Robert, a fantastic braai for supper, and then a couple of highly competitive rounds of 30 Seconds to round off another late night!

Sunday started off in a very similar fashion to Saturday, with a thoroughly enjoyable breakfast, followed by more pool with Robert, and then a walk with Chantelle, Rob, Xander and Jess all the way down to the abandoned sea lookout at the edge of Jacobsbaai.

Afternoon rolled in and after a tasty chicken lunch, it was time for the dreaded packing up to begin, after which goodbyes were spoken and we bustled back into our cars, hitting the long road home with the goal in mind of making it back to Gordon’s Bay in time for Jessie’s night time routine to kick in.

I can’t quite remember now off the top of my head, but I do think we came pretty close!

So yeah, thanks to Priscilla and her mom for their hospitality in their awesome little guest house, thanks to the Montgomery Clan for the great companionship, and thanks to wifey and baby for making it such an awesome and relaxing weekend away from television, technology and the working world! :)

(Photos of the weekend can be found here, here and here)

Photo Gallery: Jacobsbaai Weekend – Abandoned Lookout Point (2012-02-12) My Life | Photo Gallery 12 FEB 2012

Xander’s mom Priscilla has just recently opened a guest house in Jacobsbaai (along the West Coast), called Artists’ Retreat. She invited Chantelle, Jessie and myself to come through for a weekend for some input from Chantelle, and as events would have it, the entire Montgomery Clan ended up also coming through for the weekend, making for a fantastic family weekend away, dipped in that famed West Coast hospitality!

Sunday, the last day of our weekend getaway, saw Robert, Xander, Chantelle, Jessie and myself go out and do some exploring, making the walk through to the abandoned lookout point across the bay.

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Photo Gallery: Jacobsbaai Weekend – Paternoster (2012-02-11) My Life | Photo Gallery 11 FEB 2012

Xander’s mom Priscilla has just recently opened a guest house in Jacobsbaai (along the West Coast), called Artists’ Retreat. She invited Chantelle, Jessie and myself to come through for a weekend for some input from Chantelle, and as events would have it, the entire Montgomery Clan ended up also coming through for the weekend, making for a fantastic family weekend away, dipped in that famed West Coast hospitality!

On Saturday, the main day of our weekend getaway, we made the short trip through to Paternoster, to dine on some heavenly seafood from the quaint little Modo Mio restaurant. (But not before Chantelle persuaded us to stop at the Weskus Mall for some delicious cheesecake from Cafe Graze!)

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Photo Gallery: Jacobsbaai Weekend – Artists’ Retreat Guest House (2012-02-10) My Life | Photo Gallery 10 FEB 2012

Xander’s mom Priscilla has just recently opened a guest house in Jacobsbaai (along the West Coast), called Artists’ Retreat. She invited Chantelle, Jessie and myself to come through for a weekend for some input from Chantelle, and as events would have it, the entire Montgomery Clan ended up also coming through for the weekend, making for a fantastic family weekend away, dipped in that famed West Coast hospitality!

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The Wagners, Braai and Jessica Weekend My Life 11 JAN 2012

Having not seen Jessica for a whole week now was simply far too much, so for this weekend past I hatched a plan which saw me spend time with her both Saturday and Sunday, thereby scratching the itch and making it a little easier to make it through the next week that she continues her stay with Oupa and Ouma out in Bellville, whilst the creché remains closed for their year-end break.10

Whilst Friday night was pretty much dominated by the awesome XBOX 360 game that is Vanquish (Chantelle is working bloody late at the guest house at the moment, stupid In Season period!), Saturday was a different story, when after a decent sleep I arose and gathered everything I needed for my morning outing.

My plans did receive a little bit of a setback when I realised that I had allowed Chantelle to go into work with her car instead of mine, a problem because my baby car seat is currently inhabiting Monty’s Tucson, thus of no use to me. Luckily this was easily resolved by a quick trip through to the guest house where I switched keys with Chantelle, jumping into her little green Getz and shooting through to Bellville where I met up with Pops and Ryan at the Bellville Lotter Stronghold.

A quick check and pack of the boot, and we were off in Dad’s Lexus SUV, heading straight to Wagner’s Golf Academy in Durbanville, where our mission for the afternoon would be a full 18 holes of their not quite so easy and fairly technical little mashie course.

Seeing as neither Ryan nor Dad have ever played at Wagner’s before, I was at a slight advantage having played there once before (in my previous disastrous outing with Robert where he wiped the floor with me as I continued to whack, and lose, balls left, right and centre!), a fact that I seemingly made use of as I managed to win the first nine holes by a shot and tie for first on the back nine, making me overall winner of the day (with dispute coming from Ryan’s corner. In case you’re wondering, the score was a not so stellar 39 on the front and 40 on the back. Luckily for me, neither Ryan nor Dad fired on all cylinders from the get go!).

Last time I tried to play everything with my pitching wedge, a problem because I wasn’t able to extract much lift out of it. This time however it was sand wedge pretty much all of the way, generating enough loft for me and leading to some pretty nice shots, backed up with putting which for a change wasn’t too horrible at all! For the three hours that we were there in the light breeze and blistering sun, I only managed to lose a single ball, something I’m quite chuffed when taking my last visit to Wagners in consideration!

Anyway, following our successful late morning/afternoon out, next stop for me was a pick up of Jessica from Oupa and Ouma’s house, where I was quite pleased to find that Jess still remembered her old man, breaking into a huge smile when I walked in by the door. (Apparently, she didn’t do this when Chantelle went to visit her during the week, going even so far to get a little upset when Mommy wanted to hold her! Shame, Chantelle was pretty devastated about that!)

Back at my folks’ place, it was a quick bite to eat, before a change into swimming costumes for the whole family, and into the pool where Mom, Pops, Ryan, Jessie and I had a complete ball, frolicking around in the water for well over an hour!

A yoghurt later and it was out for the count for a now dry but exhausted Jessica, while the folks and I wiled away the afternoon by watching golf and tennis, waiting for the little one to wake up so that we could get free (and cute) entertainment once more!

As all good things tend to do, the day did eventually come to an end, and so I dutifully deposited young Jess Jess back with Oupa and Ouma, before hitting the road back to Gordon’s Bay, where I patiently waited the late return of Chantelle from work (with more Vanquish).

Sunday was braai day, as Monty, Cheryl and Rob brought Jessica through to come and braai with us in the early afternoon during Chantelle’s split. Once again it was a scorcher of a day, and for some or other reason I made the silly mistake of braaing using the inside braai. Not my brightest of moments and needless to say, I suffered for it! :)

Anyway, regardless of that, the meat came out delicious as we crowded around the little air conditioner in the lounge, enjoying a great meal and great company, as well as exceptional entertainment courtesy of the always cute as a button Jess!

Eventually it all had to come to an end though, as Chantelle returned to work for her late shift, sparking the return of the Montgomery Clan with Jessica to Bellville, leaving me on mop up duty and then with just enough time to blast away plenty more Russian RIs in the excellent Vanquish on the XBOX 360! (Oh, and maybe I squeezed in a bit of blogging here and there as well.)

So yeah, after reading all of the above, definitely a good weekend that was had, even if wifey was on duty for most of it! :)

Christmas 2011 My Life 26 DEC 2011

I’ll start off by saying that this was probably the most unfestive Christmas season ever. Neither Chantelle nor I could get into the Christmas spirit, and despite having no excuse whatsoever (unlike last year where Jessie in the NICU was a good excuse to be preoccupied), our house was devoid of anything Christmas related whatsoever!

The lead up to Christmas Day was actually pretty productive, in that Jessica was shipped out to Oupa Monty and Ouma Cheryl who had asked for her to stay over a couple of days, freeing me up to get cracking on the multitude of projects that have been piling up in front of me. The fact that Chantelle was also working over this period meant that I could work uninterrupted, so I made the most of the time available to me (seriously, this is not much of a vacation at the moment – if I’m not looking after Jessie, then I’m working! Bloody workaholic I tell you…).

Anyway, Christmas Eve was a loss, with no Jessie and no wifey, I pretty much wiled it away behind the keyboard, stopping for breaks with a bit of X-Men and Wolverine anime for company. On her late return, wifey and I did exchange presents though, with her surprising me with an awesome package containing t-shirts, lindt chocolate, slip slops and the latest hardcover Terry Pratchett, Snuff. This kind of make it extra sucky when she opened up my gift to her, loving the Annique massage voucher contained inside, but a little sad that the electronic kitchen scale I had gotten for her failed to work out of the box! Oh well, back to Game it goes, especially now that I’ve found an even cooler one for her over at Yuppie Chef! :)

Christmas Day itself was all hands on deck (well mine actually as Chantelle was on duty, and would only be coming home for her lunch time split). This meant getting all the prep done for the big Christmas lunch we were hosting, featuring an array of beef fillet, roast chicken, potatoes, butternut fritters, spicy cheese bread, spanspek and baby peas. Pudding was left in the capable hands of Cheryl, so I didn’t have to worry about that for once.

Chantelle arrived home just in time to finish up the cooking for me, just before the Montgomery Clan pulled in, and I have to say, I was absolutely thrilled to have my little nibble monster back. Seriously, it was like she had grown at least 20 centimetres since I’d seen her last! :P

Presents were exchanged, the wine and champagne cracked open, and soon everyone was in a pretty festive mood as we got the final preparations for lunch in place, cranked the air conditioner and fan up to full, sat down, said a toast, broke open the Christmas crackers and then tucked in to what really was an excellent Christmas lunch!

The overwhelming heat of the day and the richness of the food in our bellies meant a bit of a wait until pudding, but pudding we did eventually have, before Chantelle had to up and return to work, followed by the Montgomery Clan shortly after.

In other words, another successful, warm Summer’s Christmas Celebrations officially over! :)

(The photo gallery of the lunch can be viewed here)

Photo Gallery: Christmas Lunch at Country Mews (2011-12-25) My Life | Photo Gallery 25 DEC 2011

For probably the first time ever, we hosted Christmas lunch at our pad here in Country Mews. Joining us for the delicious spread was the Montgomery Clan, and as these pictures show, it was a pretty good way to spend a warm Summer’s Christmas afternoon! :)

(Although I did have to go to the shed to drag out the fan – the air conditioner alone wasn’t good enough!)