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A Weekend of Wonder and Mountains My Life 03 JUL 2013

Last weekend was particularly awesome mind you. It kicked off with a trip after work to the big Carnival Weekend, the showpiece segment of the Gordon’s Bay month long Winter Wonderland festival, and I have to admit, I was pretty impressed with what I saw. (Even Jessica approved, what with her dancing to each and every live bit of live music she got exposed to!)

Because little toddlers aren’t known for staying awake very late, we eventually returned home and with Jess in bed, we set about watching the absurd but enjoyable British black comedy Keeping Mum, with me even sneaking in some WordPress development for the heck of it.

Saturday was an early start for Jess and me, as I drove the two of us through to Bellville in order to deliver Jess to Monty and Cheryl, who had asked to take her with them on a one night stay in Jacobsbaai. With that delivery handled, I then headed off to Ryan’s place, where after a quick bit of FIFA, we hopped into his Polo and rode off to Constantia Nek, meeting up with Karl-Heinz, Trish and one of their friends for an epic 2.5 hour expedition up Table Mountain via the jeep track, a picnic in the shadow of the dams our end goal. As it turned out, the weather was fantastic for the trip, and all in all everyone enjoyed quite an entertaining five hour long outing on the mountain!

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Back in Bellville, I quickly popped in to pick something up from Mom’s place, before hitting the road again to head home, grab a shower, and then join Chantelle for a movie date night, catching the well made (but not quite for me) Spud 2: The Madness Continues, followed by a relaxing and tasty supper at Panarottis in the mall. From there we braved the cold and headed off once again to the Winter Wonderland festival, where we were entertained by the live music while enjoying some rather delicious pancakes! (In fact, we had pancakes each and every time we ended up at the main tent over the weekend…)

Sunday morning meant a bit of a sleep in for me, but that didn’t last forever as we eventually headed out in order to drop off the Andy’s sister’s birthday cake Chantelle had made during the course of Saturday at Gordon’s Beach Lodge, after which we then took the scenic route through to Betty’s Bay, where we enjoyed a good breakfast at Jack’s Cafe, the first time we had ever been to that particular establishment.

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Following our delicious breakfast, we decided to pop in to Koggelbaai, heading down towards the beach and marveling at all the surfers catching waves and showing off their skills, not to mention the gorgeous scenic views of the surrounding area.

Now I know why Koggelbaai is always such a hit with surfers and tourists alike! (Plus, the playful young baboons causing havoc were an added treat I might add).

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Back in Gordon’s Bay we once again popped in to the Winter Wonderland festival, strolled around a bit, caught a piece of a Lukas Maree tribute band, before heading home where Chantelle caught a bit of an afternoon nap, while I was tasked with doing a spot of shopping.

Late afternoon saw the two of us drive through to Bellville in order to pick up Jessica who had enjoyed an entertaining stay with Oupa and Ouma in Jacobsbaai, not to mention tuck into the delicious snoek that Robert eventually prepared on the braai for us!

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So yeah, a pretty awesome weekend was had by all.

(Though I’m not going to mention just how stiff and in pain I was for the two days following the Table Mountain expedition mind you!)

Weekends of Friends, Family and Markets My Life 30 JAN 2013

Last year I didn’t have too many weekends to enjoy, mainly because Chantelle and I were pretty much running market stalls each and every Saturday and Sunday! This year however we’ve cut back on the markets, now only doing Hathersage every second Sunday, which effectively means that once again I have weekends to relax and recharge in – and it would appear that so far I’m doing my best to make up for lost time!

The past two weekends have been completely filled with friends and family, and yes markets, so in other words, so far so good. (And it helped that each Friday work finished up with a drinks session!)

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Two weekends ago I found myself tied up in the Lance Armstrong confession on Oprah, discovered a great new Fish & Chips shop at the Gordon’s Bay Pick ‘n Pay complex, taking in the forgettable Madagascar 3, paying R65 for the privilege of a new debit card which is annoying seeing as ABSA were the ones who gave it an expiry date in the first place, purchasing super expensive kiddies shoes for Jess (R240 is far two much for shoes smaller than my fist!), not to mention an awesome braai with friends which saw me testing out my new gazebo, playing FIFA offline with the boys, and of course teaching their little ones the bad habit of jumping off the lounge table (something which I taught to Jessica and must still showcase here on this site)!

And topping all of that off, Sunday was spent first visiting the pretty cool new Root 44 market that recently opened its doors, as well as ending off with a surprisingly enjoyable stop at the classic Blaauwklippen market, where we ended up buying Jessica a pretty fun toy (Walltrax, yet another thing I still need to get around to showcasing here on this blog!).

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Last weekend on the other hand I found myself enthralled by the Proteas versus New Zealand cricket, taking in the awesome Dark Knight Returns Part 1, purchasing a new sound card for my home desktop machine, entertaining the Montgomery Clan for an awesome Snoek and Yellowtail fish braai, playing offline Blur versus Robert, visiting with Chantelle as she handled the stall at Hathersage Market, and enjoying some Lotter Clan family time by eating waffles at Ryan’s pad in celebration of his 30th birthday.

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And from the looks of it, the next couple of weekends should feature more of the same, with at least one friends’ expedition to Stellenbosch confirmed, a possible night market adventure on the cards, as well as a potential day out at the cricket.

Socially busy, busy, busy, just the way that I like it! :)

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(Shame, of course this is all pretty tiring for young Jessica as one could imagine…)

Another Weekend of Family and Friends My Life 03 AUG 2011

This weekend we got our visiting groove back on, despite the fact that Chantelle was called in to work to take care of Saturday night dinner and Sunday morning breakfast on what was supposed to be her off weekend. Oh well, what can one do, at least we got some leftovers out of the deal, meaning that she hasn’t had to cook on Monday or Tuesday evening thus far! :)

Whilst Friday evening was more about playing with Jessie, taking a break from our eating plan that we’ve been on for some time now (with some delicious home made chips and burgers in case you were wondering), and of course watching violent animated fare in the form of Hulk vs. Wolverine and Hulk vs. Thor, Saturday was a completely different kettle of fish as we made our way through to Bellville, in separate cars (oh woe is my pocket), after dealing with all the usual wonderful Saturday morning chores.

Taking full advantage of the beautiful weather we had been blessed with, I joined Robert at Wagner’s Golf Academy for a round of 18 on their little mashie course (more on this later), while Chantelle and Jessie enjoyed brunch with Oupa and Ouma. Of course, she had to leave for Gordon’s Bay early afternoon already, but with Jessica safely in the care of Monty and Cheryl, I took advantage of the eager babysitters and popped in for a solo visit with Ryan (where I also caught the Bulls vs Western Province game for good measure). With the day pretty much done, it was then time for Jessie and I to make the long trip home (with a quick stop at the KFC drive-through seeing as Chantelle would only be home much, much later), followed by the whole baby bedtime routine.

Sunday kicked off with a bath for the snot-covered, sleepy-eyed Jessie whilst Chantelle was back at work on breakfast duty, followed by another lock up of Country Mews as we made our way through to Bellville (again), though at least it was in one car this time around! :)

First stop was to Granny and Grandpa’s house, seeing as they had signed on for their very first babysitting gig, and after a whirlwind round of instructions and reassurances, it was off to Monty and Cheryl’s pad (who had been usurped as the day’s babysitters thanks to the early morning SMS plea from Mom and Dad) to pick up Zania’s birthday gifts which we had left with them on Saturday.

After that whirlwind stop, it was back on the N1 as we made our way up to Dean and Zania’s pad in Kraaifontein, with me driving for a change but still completely lost as all Hell (thank goodness for Chantelle’s sense of direction I tell you)! There it was a get together of all the friends (Damen and Michelle, Evan and Natasha, Karl-Heinz and Trish, Ryan, and of course the hosts Dean, Zania and little Zandea), paired with copious amounts of nibbles, cake and tart, one broken plate courtesy of my buttocks (apparently), and of course two guinea pigs, one of which made it out of the cage and into the awaiting arms of Karl, who seems to have some sort of a connection with furry animals (or at least one which I have now just made up).

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It was an excellent catch up session with everyone, though we did eventually have to say our goodbyes and sneak out, hitting a dog with our car in the process, before we managed to even exit the complex! As for the dog(?), it appeared from nowhere, ran into/under our car, and then sprinted off again, so no idea how it is doing (or what it even is – didn’t see it!), though by the sound of the impact, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if it is now dead. So not a great thing to happen, no.

Anyway, not dwelling on that unfortunate incident, we then headed back down to Bellville, where we proceeded to fit in a quality visit with Granny and Grandpa, who by all accounts had thoroughly enjoyed their day with Jessica, which had even included a long pram stroll with Dad around the neighbourhood and a visit from the pair of Great Grannies to boot! Of course, this being a Sunday evening meant that Chantelle simply had to have Idols running in the background (The Soap Girls? Seriously, did anyone see that one coming?), which really wasn’t all that much of a bad thing when you take into the consideration the leftover snoek snackwiches that Dad prepared for us for supper to go along with it!

And that was pretty much that, back home and beddy-time for the lot of us Lotters, bringing to an end what was simply a great weekend of friends, family and cake.

Yummy.

FIFA, Snoek and Keyboard Wizardry My Life 22 FEB 2010

It was a good way to wind down the week and head into the weekend I tell you, and it all started on Thursday evening believe it or not!

First up was the five-star gourmet meal that Chantelle cooked up (she can give you all the details in case you are curious) for Retha and Miguel’s late night visit here at Nagua Bay where they regaled us with tales from their recently completed month long holiday over in Europe. That in particular was an awesome visit considering the fact we hadn’t seen them since December (Miguel we haven’t seen since our wedding!), so it was a great chance to catch up and receive some awesome goodies in the process! ;)

Another bit of fun and games on Thursday night actually came an hour or so earlier on my way home from work, when I pulled off at Checkers in Muizenberg to get something to eat because my blood sugar must have been quite low considering I was on the verge of passing out behind the wheel! But to cut a story short, I returned to my car, pie in hand, when I watched a truck slam into the overhead railway bridge, literally collapsing the poor driver’s entire container and I imagine, leaving him with quite a bit of explaining to do to his boss when he finally made it back to work! (Geez, these trucks hitting into that low bridge happens far more frequently than what I would ever have imagined!)

Anyhow, Friday I finished up feeling pretty good about myself after having completed three 20 minute sessions on the treadmill, one in the morning, one at lunch and one directly after work. No hassles with the legs, no particular fatigue, just a plain old good sensation of having achieved that! Not that I returned directly home mind you. No, seeing as Chantelle was on work duty and Ryan had just received a rip of the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths movie I so wanted to see, I headed off to Bellville to join up with Karl-Heinz, Terrance and Ryan for some FIFA madness, where we slotted in a couple of games and some great goals for the next two and half or so hours! (Karl managed to finally end his goal drought and banged in three goals on the night, one being an awesome back header that completely flummoxed the keeper).

Saturday morning I broke tradition by starting the day off by watching the above mentioned Justice League movie, and man was it as awesome as I had hoped it would be. The only problem after that, was of course that nothing else seemed quite as exciting for the rest of the day! Now initially I had planned to do a ton of web work over the course of the day, working on websites, typing up documents, etc. but thanks to the oppressing 35+ heatwave that engulfed the area, I was pretty much left lying on the couches, watching anime, rugby, reinstalling Ubuntu and playing Devil May Cry 4 (and doing the much hated housework), so at least I ended up feeling fairly relaxed by the end of the day.

Funnily enough though, the one game I had been waiting for the entire day, namely the Stormers Super 14 clash, I actually ended up missing on the night, but all for a good reason it must be said. One phone call from Chantelle and all of a sudden I found myself sitting down at the table with a couple of glasses of beer in my hand and enjoying a fabulous snoek and crayfish braai with Chantelle, Wammy and Louise, and some of her guests, all under a fabulous warm summer night sky. It was lekker (and so was the Devil May Cry 4 gaming session which closed off the night for me).

Sunday however I didn’t make the mistake of turning on the TV to early and so I did actually end up behind the keyboard for the most of the day, but considering the horrible wind and heat outside, I guess it wasn’t too bad a play. Lots of blog posts neatly scheduled, an important letter scripted and proofread (well mostly anyway) and some further work on the Funakoshi website project that seems to be continuously trudging along, pretty much made up the most part of the day. Oh, and plenty of Devil May Cry 4 slotted in between. Turning out to be a damn good game, just as good as the previous one after all.

Outside of that, I did make a quick stop at GBL in the afternoon to have a look at Chantelle’s buggy wi-fi access point (as well as keep Candice and her mom company), and then later take Chantelle out for supper at the Sunset Spur after her shift ended come 21:00.

So it was a good, Melrose cheese spread filled weekend of not doing much, meaning I’m all rested up for what could potentially be quite an important week for me – though more on that with tomorrow morning’s post in case you’re curious! ;)