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Weekend of Braai My Life 25 JUN 2013

We enjoyed a nice weekend of family, friends and braai this weekend I must say, so feeling refreshed and raring to go, overjoyed too by the fact that now with school holidays in effect, my drive through to the office is a whole lot smoother as well!

The weekend was kicked off with a Friday visitation from Monty and Cheryl, and after Cheryl finished helping Chantelle with her baking work (you should see the awesome paintbrush cake these two whipped up!), we sat down to enjoy a delicious ostrich noodle dish for supper. Saturday, after my morning walk, Jessica and I joined Chantelle on her delivery to the always delightful Sacred Ground deli in the picturesque Franschhoek, and after a bit of a stroll around (and hugging the giant teddy, and stopping in for artisan chocolate), we enjoyed a light lunch outside the bakery.

Sadly, late afternoon saw Chantelle struck down by her first proper bout of morning sickness, which meant that Jessica and I was tasked with heading out for an extended shopping trip, eventually returning home to put on the fire for a pork and boerewors braai, followed by a delayed watching of the South Africa versus Samoa rugby game on SABC 2. Oh, and because Chantelle was out of sorts, I finished up the night by challenging Ryan to some FIFA (Sadly, it again didn’t go my way).

Sunday saw us start the day off (well, after my early morning walk – been good with those this week) with a cleaning whirlwind around the house, followed by a quick supply run to the shops, coming home just in time for the arrival of Mom and Dad, Evan, Natasha and little Evalynne, who joined us for a leisurely afternoon braai, made even more interesting by the fact that I was asked to prepare a smorgasbord of meats on the day! (Seriously, on the grid I had pork, boerewors, chicken, blesbok, turkey and rump steak!)

Entertainment for the day was seen to by the antics of Jessica and Evalynne (who eventually managed to play together in semi-harmony of sorts), as well as an enjoyable round of 30 Seconds in which Chantelle, Dad and myself narrowly beat out Evan, Natasha and Mom for the win! Oh, and Evan and I capped the evening off with a couple of excitable rounds of FIFA 13.

After all was said and done, Chantelle found ourselves looking at our house and deciding that there was just no way we had the energy to tackle the hurricane mess left by the day’s visitation that late in the evening, meaning Chantelle vegged out in front of the TV before slinking off to bed, while I again got a hiding at FIFA from Ryan. Sigh.

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So all in all, a pretty enjoyable weekend of family, friends and braai was had!

Photo Gallery: Delivery Trip to Franschhoek (2013-06-22) Photo Gallery 22 JUN 2013

On Saturday Jessica and I joined Chantelle on her cake delivery to the Sacred Ground deli in Franschhoek, where we enjoyed a bit of a stroll through the town, stopped in for some artisan chocolate, hugged a big teddy bear and enjoyed a light lunch out in front of the deli!

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Wakaberry Weekend My Life 09 FEB 2013

It was pretty hot and humid last weekend, pretty much keeping pace with how the rest of the week was, meaning that Friday evening was even more of a loss than normal, with Chantelle and I watching Big Bang Theory, eating Ostrich Mince Wraps and dealing with a fairly unsettled Jess during the evening. Saturday morning saw the three of us stock up Chantelle’s car with all the neatly boxed cakes and cupcakes, and then make the long drive through to Franschhoek for the usual Sacred Ground Deli delivery.

jessica lotter and the gian teddy bear in franschhoek

Whilst Chantelle was organising things at the deli, Jess and I took the opportunity to stroll down Franschhoek main road for a bit, visiting the giant teddy sitting in front of one of the stores (which Jessie was absolutely thrilled to see), ambling through the bustling Saturday goods market, and finally snack on some delicious pancakes we grabbed from the aforementioned market! On our drive back we spotted on of those newly disguised speed cameras which look like green power utility boxes coming into Stellenbosch (very sneak), and at the last minute we decided to pull off at the Root 44 market at Audacia to get a feeling of what the atmosphere is like on a Saturday. Turns out that it is pretty much the same as on a Sunday! (Shame, while we were walking around, Jess must have slipped and fell, because she ended up with a nasty, bloody injury at the back of her head!)

jessica lotter in the sand pit at Root 44 market

Back home it was back to baking for Chantelle, who needed to finish a Strawberry Shortcake decorated Chocolate Cake for Annelie’s little girl’s birthday party the next day. Meanwhile, Jessie and I nipped out to the shops and stocked up for a braai, which in the end turned out pretty damn nice if I say so myself! Annelie loaned her Lollos DVDs to Jessica who turns out to be a huge fan, which pretty much kept her occupied until bedtime, meaning that I was left free to plonk myself down and watch the all important Bafana Bafana AFCON game against Mali, which sadly we lost in the end but not for the lack of trying I must add! (Shame, the unpleasant heat must have again been too much for Jess, as she again had a rather unsettled night).

jessica lotter wearing her first pair of sunglasses

Sunday say Chantelle, Jess and myself nip out early to the mall in order to purchase a few odds and ends that I needed, before returning home to welcome the Montgomery clan who stopped by for a quick visit before their luncheon date out in Botrivier. The afternoon arrived and once again we headed out towards Stellenbosch, this time to meet up with all the friends on an outing to Wakaberry, a delightful frozen yoghurt (froyo) bar that allows you to put together the yummiest of desserts! A seriously kid’s friendly location and outing, which also just happened to sport a foosball table which proceeded to keep the guys occupied for what felt like hours (even with all the foraging for 2 Rand coins!).

wakaberry frozen yoghurt bar stellenbosch

From there the group took a stroll to the quaint Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens, and as the day was beginning to wind down for the little ones, we grabbed a quick drink from the little restaurant before making our exit (which was initially thwarted by the locked gates which was a little scary truth be told) and heading back towards Gordon’s Bay. Not feeling like the effort of making supper or stopping at the shop to purchase something to eat, we made a snap call to pull in at the McDonalds at Somerset Mall, a decision we later regretted, what with having forgotten just how bad McDonalds “food” actually is!

chantelle lotter and jessica lotter in stellenbosch botanical gardens

Back home it was the usual bedtime routine for young Jess, followed by some viewing of the original X-Men movie, and finally a tasty little dose of ice-cream, before hitting the sack to bring to an end yet another busy weekend.

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Photo Gallery: Delivery to Sacred Ground in Franschhoek (2013-01-12) Photo Gallery 12 JAN 2013

Jessica and I joined Chantelle for her morning cupcakes and cakes delivery to the Sacred Ground Deli in Franschhoek, on what turned out to be a gloriously sunny day. As always the tourist town was bustling, with tourists, locals and even a festive group of minstrels, the latter being something that Jessica in particular liked!

(So much so that when they stopped to take a break between songs, she broke out in applause and squeals of delight!)

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Photo Gallery: Retha helps with Sacred Ground launch Cupcakes (2012-11-27) Photo Gallery 27 NOV 2012

Sacred Ground ordered so many cupcakes for their big launch event that Chantelle had no other choice but to rope in the helping hands of Retha (who just happened to be spending a few nights with us at the time, fresh from Spain)!

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