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Celebrating Claire’s 30th Birthday with a Lunch at Jonkershuis My Life 23 NOV 2011

I rather enjoyed our big Touchwork team build lunch earlier this year, held at the magnificent Jonkershuis restaurant situated in the heart of the iconic (and historic) Groot Constantia wine estate.

Thus, you can quite understand my excitement when a mail arrived in my Inbox from Claire earlier in the week, inviting the GB Lotter clan to join Riley and herself on Sunday in celebration of her 30th birthday – which as it would stand, had fallen on the previous day, i.e. the day of Jessie’s big 1 year old birthday bash!

It would seem that Jessica’s party had sucked up all the sunlight and good weather on the Saturday, leaving little other than dark clouds, loads of rain and a fluctuating temperature and humidity to deal with on the following Sunday. Nevertheless, Chantelle, Jessie and I made it safely through (thanks of course to the help from my faithful old TomTom GPS unit!), albeit 10 or so minutes late – unfortunately we were delayed due to Jessica’s first “roll off Mommy and Daddy’s bed and hurt yourself” incident! (Just a little bump on the head, nothing too serious in case the previous sentence made you gasp).

As it was, we actually rode in directly behind Dad’s Lexus, who came bearing mom, dad, Ryan and Granny Bothma! Originally the plan had been to sit outside on the terrace and enjoy lunch, but the rain had pretty much put a stop to that idea, meaning that instead the Jonkershuis staff had to create a seating for the 10 strong gathering. Thankfully this didn’t cause any problems even in the slightest, and in fact, we were given a fantastic table in the very cosy main restaurant!

It was great to have the whole family together and lots of catch up and taking in Jessica was had, before we tucked into lunch itself, picking from the fabulous varied menu that is the Jonkershuis experience. (For mains I enjoyed the most delicious and succulent of steaks I might add!)

The afternoon very much flashed by, and after just short of the three hour mark, the weather cleared and it was time to go, but not before grabbing a few more important photo shots.

So here’s to my sister on her 30th birthday – I trust you had a good one, that Riley spoiled you absolutely rotten, and most important of all – that there are still many more to come! :)

(P.S. Thanks a stack for lunch Claire and Riley. As for the rest of you, you can check out the rest of the gallery here. Nifty.)

Touchwork Jonkershuis Lunch and Team-build Outing My Life 06 SEP 2011

Whilst I’m still barred from blogging regarding my work here at Touchwork, I always enjoy mentioning the few times we get to let down our hair and enjoy ourselves, like last Friday’s first Touchwork team lunch since the sales and marketing division joined, coupled with a clever little team-building session thought up by Rory and Robyn who had been tasked with organizing the whole event.

Having navigated through the morning’s various disasters (things always seem to go wrong on days when you plan not to be in the office!), the team eventually left around 12:00 and made their way through Constantia to the renowned Groot Constantia Wine Estate, where we successfully located our target of the Jonkershuis Constantia Eatery.

We had booked out one of the entertainment/conference rooms in the old classic Cape Dutch style farm buildings, with a huge roaring fire to ensure it remained cosy and four tables arranged in a square so that we could all be seated facing one another. A seating plan had already been drawn up in order to split the divisions and the four at each table then automatically became a team for the upcoming team-build events. As it turned out, I was placed in a team with John (marketing manager), Disha (QA tester) and Theo (sales guy).

After an introductory talk from Rory, the teams leapt straight into battle over 30 Seconds, with two teams featuring Sven and Rudi quickly proving to be the top dogs in that arena, whilst Rory’s troops and our team battled not to be last! The game was interrupted by the arrivals of starters, and I must comment that my beef teriyaki was simply divine! 30 Seconds continued until mains were served, and again the food (I had the steak) was absolutely fabulous, as was the conversation from the now warmed up crowd! :)

Lunch was followed up by the next fun task, this time with Robyn and Rory surprising us all by pulling out the Lego sets and setting us an initial task of building a bridge within a given time limit that needed to be strong enough to hold Robyn’s weighty iPhone without collapsing, but with the added criteria of being the longest and tallest in order to take top honours! This task was loads of fun (I must have been a kid the last time I touched any Lego!) and despite murmurings of foul play due to prior build plans, Rory and Robyn’s team easily walked off with the win.

The second task was even more fun, with the goal being to build the highest Lego tower, which was stable enough to stand upright for a minimum of 10 seconds in front of the office fan which had been hauled along for the ride. After some last minute corporate espionage to get the winning height right, our team actually won the challenge, weighing in with an impressively tall structure which was as solid as a rock in front of the fan!

All this fun was then followed up by dessert, which was pretty funny because there was a lot of dessert swapping going on as guys conveniently forgot what they had pre-ordered during the week, though I was luckily able to secure the chocolate bread pudding which I HAD ordered off the menu, and once again, I have to admit that it was absolutely delicious. Seriously, I can’t say anything bad about their food or service whatsoever! :)

A cheese platter with coffee, combined with the prize giving rounded out the day long event, I won a beautifully plain teal coffee cup in case you were wondering, before everyone finally decided to call it a day and abandon ship. A quick stop to drop Disha off at her house, and then it was the long road back to Gordon’s Bay, with me ready for a nice quite night with Jessie and Chantelle, followed by an early bedtime – because yes, I did have a little bit too much wine and beer in the system, let’s not lie about that! ;)

So thanks once again to Rudi, Rory and Robyn for organizing and hosting such a successful Touchwork outing!

Come Dine with Us Again My Life 16 OCT 2010

Last Friday saw the second leg of our local little Come Dine with Me competition (well competition is unfair considering everyone is seemingly to chicken to allow voting), following on the first one held last month which I unfortunately missed out on due to illness, forfeiting my place alongside Chantelle to Retha as they enjoyed a succulent feast prepared by the team effort of Gary and Michelle. (Young David proved useless in the kitchen after all).

This time around it was the turn of Andri and Malcolm to knock our socks off, and after initially agonizing over what to prepare before eventually picking Chinese, Andri did a full 360 on the night and instead presented the hungry pairings of Michelle and Gary, and Chantelle and myself with a fantastic combination of steak over the coals, home made potato wedges, butternut squash, green salad and of course followed up by the all important dessert which consisted of completely home made sorbet (three delicious flavours) combined with mouth watering home baked meringues!

Needless to say, the six of us ate like absolute kings, seven if you include young Corban who did his best to behave despite a certain Craig encouraging him to play with his dinosaurs whilst at the table, something dad Malcolm was quick to nip in the bud! ;)

As an added bonus, Malcolm hauled out an oversized bottle of red wine his has been keeping for a number years now after winning it as a prize during some or other golf thing, and surprisingly enough, the 2002 Meerlust Red was still in perfect drinking form, actually proving itself to be one of the nicest and easiest drinking reds I’ve enjoyed for quite some time now!

The evening went on for much longer that what I had originally anticipated, which funnily enough was a good thing because it meant that the adults were really enjoying themselves despite the presence of two small babies, making it a shame when it was eventually decided to call it a night.

(As for me, well I didn’t exactly rush off home to Gordon’s Bay though to be honest. After all, I still needed to pick up my Gi to which Mom had lovingly sewed on the Funakoshi badge whilst I was merrily away enjoying supper!)

Not that last weekend’s visitations ended on Friday night mind you. Saturday afternoon saw Chantelle and myself out and about again, though this time wasn’t quite such a gourmet affair. No, we joined all my fellow karateka at Sensei Birgitt’s house where the men enjoyed the fantastic rugby clash between the Sharks and Western Province, whilst devouring Gert’s special “budget” muffins as a snack (Seriously can’t believe how tasty egg and bread baked in a muffin pan in the oven is).

Anyway back to the topic. What this all leads up to is obviously that it now falls upon us to host the final Come Dine with Me leg come next month.

Needless to say, Chantelle has more than a couple of ideas up her sleeve on how best to blow the competition out of the water already, though I dare say none of them actually involve me “helping” her out in the kitchen on the big day!

Still, can’t say I’m not looking forward to this one! ;)

Snapshot of Andri and master Jack. (In case you were wondering, this beautiful picture of the bridesmaid and ring bearer was taken on the day of our wedding!)

Tries and Bullseyes My Life 16 MAR 2010

This weekend past didn’t offer up all that much in terms of news, mostly because Chantelle spend Friday evening in Bellville preparing for Andri’s Stork Party that she was organizing for Saturday morning and finishing Alita’s son’s 21st key-themed birthday cake for delivery that evening, leaving me to my own devices which in the end meant watching anime, Stripperella and inserting increased advertising across the CodeUnit and Rugged Rock blogs. Exciting, I know! :P

Similarly, for the most part of Saturday I did the ordinary things like household chores, i.e. dishes, washing, D.I.Y. etc. mixed in with yet more Stripperella and even some Tomb Raider (whose backdrops are really breathtaking by the way), as well as penning a number of blog posts for scheduling here in these pages.

But come early evening and I was in my lovely Jetta Jameson and on my way to Bellville, to hook up with the Montgomery household and indulge in an evening which was to include a delicious steak braai, an exhilarating four man battle of darts and taking in the quite frankly astounding Stormers game on the telly. Oh, and indulging in left over Stork party snacks and goodies of course!

As for our impromptu darts game, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed picking up the old projectiles once again, and at the end of the day, Chantelle and I came nicely back in our game of Killer versus Monty and Cheryl, with Chantelle even managing to bag a Cherry Bull in basically her first darts game ever. For the most part we were playing catch-up and fell horribly behind on points, but when the open numbers finally dried up and only the bulls were left open, all of a sudden we were hitting them left right and center and came within striking distance of claiming the game, stopped only by a beautiful cherry thrown by Monty just as we were running out of time thanks to the impending Stormers game.

Speaking of the Stormers game, wow our boys are really looking good this season. Excellent defense (pity about that last gift try we gave away though) as per usual but for a change, a beautiful attack and I really can’t help but feel confident of our chances heading into the overseas leg of our campaign!

Sunday morning Chantelle and I slept in a bit and after lazing about the morning, we finally headed out to the mall to purchase some picture frames and print some wedding photos for placing in the pad – after all, it’s been four or five months already and we still haven’t sent out our thank you cards, never mind even printed a picture for proud display in our home!

I followed up our impromptu shopping trip by taking Chantelle out to lunch at JennaVIVA, a new favourite of hers and a delightfully upmarket-decorated establishment on the outskirts of mainland Somerset West I must say. Their menu and food quality is impeccable, the vibe seems like it really has the potential to be nice and surprisingly enough, their prices suits one’s pockets quite nicely. Imagine that! :)

Evening was spent being disappointed that one of the frames we bought was damaged and needs to be returned, hanging the other up in the lounge using double-sided tape to great effect, doing household things like folding up the washing and surprisingly enough finishing up the night with KFC and loads of Stripperella.

And that’s about it as far as I can remember. Nothing too memorable to report back on, apart from the darts of course.

Now that really was cool to play again…