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A Weekend of Tygervalley, Newlands, Blaauwklippen and Mondeor! My Life 22 MAR 2015

As always, last weekend was plenty entertaining for Craig and his little girls. With Chantelle working, it was up to us to go exploring, and as such, Emily, Jessica and I found ourselves making the trip through to Bellville to spend a large chunk of Saturday morning browsing around the Tygervalley Shopping Centre, darting in and out of toy, book and clothing stores – much to the delight of young Jessica it must be said.

After a refueling stop at the Tygervalley McDonalds (Jessica had pleaded for a hamburger), we travelled through to Mom and Dad’s pad where Jessica and Emily were to spend the next couple of hours alone with mom, seeing as I was joining Ryan and Dad for the big Super Rugby game at Newlands between home team Stormers and the visiting Chiefs. Traffic was heavier than usual (or as Ryan would put it, we left later than what Dad wanted to because I made myself a cup of coffee first), the result of which was that the stadium was already making a lot of noise by the time we finally parked our car!

stormers versus chiefs 2015 super rugby at newlands stadium

That said, I don’t think arriving a little earlier would have made any difference anyway – lines to get in through the various stadium gates were crazy – it would look like the new ticket scan system is slowing down access into the stadium badly, resulting in a lot of angry people in the process!

ronnie lotter, ryan lotter, and craig lotter watching the stormers at newlands rugby stadium

Anyway, it took a little longer than expected to find our seats, but once we were sitting and settled in, we were treated to an awesome first half spectacle of the Stormers dominating the Chiefs in the scrums and just a tight, exciting game in general. Newlands had a little earlier paid tribute to the heroic firefighters who had been involved in those massive fires just a few weeks earlier, and so there were quite a lot of men in uniform dotted around the stadium. In addition, high school Stellenberg had a contingent of students doing high school track meeting flashes/cheers, which was a bit weird to see at a rugby game, but good for the atmosphere anyway!

super rugby stormers versus chiefs steven kitshoff running with the ball - newlands march 2015

Sadly, come second half and things changed badly for the Stormers – despite the lovely cheerleader girls doing their best to motivate the boys on, the Chiefs turned up the gears and with their superior handling and running down the wings, gave us a proper hiding and lesson in how good rugby should be played.

super rugby dhl stormers cheerleader girls in red hotpants at newlands rugby stadium 3

So that was saddening and disappointing to say the least. After all, I only go to the rugby stadium like once every 1.5 years or so, and so to finally go and then lose is quite depressing as you can imagine.

Anyway, the ride home was a lot smoother and quicker than the ride to the stadium, and after some visit time back at Spolander street with Mom, Dad and my little girls, it was in the car and back to Gordon’s Bay to close off what had been a pleasant Saturday after all.

IMG_20150315_130427 jessica lotter standing in front of silver classic car

Sunday was another glorious day in terms of weather, and so I took Emily and Jessica through to Lourensford Market for some pancake time. However, the closer I got, the more  and more signboards signboards appeared that pointed out that today was the day of the big Getaway Expo held at the Lourensford grounds, meaning a snap decision was made to avoid the massive crowds, parking headaches, and bumper to bumper traffic, and instead make a sharp turn, amble leisurely through the leafy glades of Somerset West, before hitting the R44 and driving down to the always enjoyable Blaauwklippen market instead.

Interestingly enough though, it turned out that Blaauwklippen had decided to celebrate St. Patrick’s day a little earlier than the official date (Tuesday 17 March), and as such everything was decked out in green and a lot of Irish music and culture was on display – which doesn’t really make much sense considering the fact that I don’t think Ireland has that much representation down here in South Africa?

IMG_20150315_135131 emily lotter eating a pancake at blaauwklippen market

Not that it matters though, the girls and I enjoyed the vibe, and Jessica was particularly enthralled with the duo of Irish dancing girls that entertained the crowd with all their kicking and flailing about.

IMG_20150315_141420 jessica lotter watching irish dancing girls at blaauwklippen

The pancakes were good, the girls had fun, and Jessica has already booked a horse ride for the next time that we return – which in itself is something rather amazing given her general fearful nature!

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From there we were summoned to come through to the Mondeor Garden Restaurant to meet up with Monty and Cheryl who were driving through from Bellville in order to meet us for a cup of coffee (Chantelle was busy finishing up her shift for the day – i.e. this was all her sneaky plan for some coffee and cake time), which is then exactly how the rest of Sunday afternoon was spent.

IMG_20150315_163238 jessica lotter in the sky on a trampoline at mondeor restaurant

The carrot cake was particularly delicious.

IMG_20150315_163507 emily lotter in the swing canoe at mondeor restaurant

In other words, yet another activity packed weekend for Craig and his girls done and dusted! :)

Weekend Butterflies My Life 27 JUL 2013

What, it’s seriously weekend already? This post was meant to go out on last Monday or Tuesday already!! Anyway, let’s move it out the drafts folder for this morning then, shall we? Better late than never, even if it is by a week I always say! :P

Jessica dresses up as a little Red Indian

Despite last Thursday threatening to spoil the imminent weekend vibe by capping off a day of work with a hastily convened Country Mews trustee meeting (in case I didn’t mention it, earlier this year at our annual AGM I was voted on to the trustee committee – of which I’m the youngest member by far just by the way) where we discussed the usual silly issues like dogs and people selling stuff out of their yards, the vibe was rescued by an awesome start to Friday morning in the office, thanks to a decadent spread of muffins, croissants and the like, organized by Ignatius and Amanda. Leaving work exactly on time (which in itself is always a bonus), it got even better with homemade pizza and movie night with wifey, the pleasant “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” being the movie choice for the evening.

tamashii daiko taiko drumming exhibition in somerset west

Although Saturday got off to a wet start, we were up and at it pretty early on, heading out to do an emergency cupcake delivery for Theo’s coffee shop in the Somerset Mall, combined with a few pickup errands in and around the area, before finally heading into Somerset West so that Chantelle could take in the Tamashii Daiko taiko drumming exhibition held outside of the Paul Bothner Music store at the Checker’s Centre – while Jessica and I amused ourselves by doing some wine shopping at Checkers as well as sneaking in a quick game purchase (Asura’s Wrath) at the conveniently close by Cash Crusaders second hand shop.

Shame, it did end in tears though. Jessica was so happy with the milk that I bought her that she didn’t even look where she was walking and marched right into a low table, knocking her right on the nose!

Back home the three of us chilled a little (I even managed to get in some gaming with Jessica sitting alongside me), before packing everything up and hitting the road to Bellville in the late afternoon, joining up with the Montgomery Clan for their big fillet braai dinner party in celebration of the return of Peter and Gail to Cape Town. It was great to catch up with Pete, Gail, Nick and Angie after what has really been a long break, and I have to admit – I polished off a lot more wine than perhaps I should have! :)

We opted to sleep over at the Montgomery Stronghold for the night, and after a good night’s rest, we awoke (and when I say we I mean Jessie and me – Chantelle was happily snoring away) nice and bright and early in order to catch the thrilling Free State Cheetah’s Super Rugby game against Jake White’s Australian Brumbies, which of course unfortunately ended in a skin of the teeth defeat for our men in orange.

Oh well, it happens.

Surprisingly enough though, during the course of the game I received an unexpected call from Dean (whom I’ve also not seen in ages), inviting us out to join them for an excursion to Butterfly World, which of course I immediately agreed to right on the spot! After a brief diversion that saw me pop out to Chaos Computers in Willowbridge in order to pick up our new home printer, we packed up and said goodbye to Bellville, hitting the road and heading straight for Butterfly World.

What followed was a lovely catch up visit with Dean, Zania, little Zandea and Cecilia, and I have to say, I was completely blown away at just how English little Zandea has become after only a month or two in her new English playschool! Jessica of course loved the visit, and after we bid farewell to the Stapelbergs and then drank our cup of coffee and tucked into a freshly baked scone at the on-site restaurant, we were grabbed by the hand and dragged straight back into the butterflies by an excitable little Jess! :)

jessica and chantelle lotter confront a tortoise at butterfly world

Eventually she kind of tuckered out and so we headed back to Gordon’s Bay via the scenic Stellenbosch route, where we kind of eased into Sunday evening by making homemade burgers and chips and catching the first half of the father enjoyable Amazing Spider-man film. (Chantelle started falling asleep, hence the interrupted viewing!)

The enjoyable X-Men: FF trade paperback then accompanied me to bed, rounding off what in the end turned out to be a really pleasant weekend of family and friends – and by the sounds of it, we’re doing it again this weekend coming! :)

(Which of course thanks to the delayed nature of this post, is already on the go!)

A Quiet Weekend for Me My Life 15 JUL 2013

We didn’t have particularly good weather here this weekend – if it wasn’t raining then the wind was blowing, and combining that with a sick Jessica meant that this weekend past was a pretty quiet one, with myself and Jess hardly stepping out the door!

Friday at work was pretty nice, what with some delicious Debonairs pizza Ignatius decided to treat the team with at lunch time, but when I did eventually arrive home in the evening, I walked in on a deathly sick Jessica, burning up and curled on top of Chantelle. Having stayed the day at home (and completely kept Olga out of her work), little Jessica didn’t last particularly long before she was dosed up and into bed for the evening. As far Chantelle and myself, after our chicken burgers for supper, it was back to the kitchen for Chantelle (swamped with a huge order for the Deli for the big Bastille weekend festival over in Franschhoek), while I stretched out on the couch and enjoyed the rather silly but entertaining non Street Fighter movie, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.

On top of all the baking and delivering, Chantelle also had a fairly busy social calendar this weekend, first up Chane’s baby shower in Somerset West, and then a girl’s night in with Trish, Natasha and Michelle over in Bellville. That left me and a sick Jessica, who spent much of the day cooped inside thanks to the rainy weather, with Jess catching more than the odd nap on top of me while I caught up on some TV. As a particular bonus, I finally made some time to watch the second Fullmetal Alchemist movie, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, and I have to say, it was a pretty enjoyable and engaging watch.

fullmetal alchemist the sacred star of milos

By late afternoon Jessica has recovered enough that I made the call to accept my dad’s invite to come over and join them for supper in Bellville, and so Jess and I ended up spending the whole evening at my folk’s place (Ryan also joined us), enjoying a delicious supper of fillet and beef roll done in dad’s Weber, as well as hunkering down to enjoy the excellent Stormer victory over the hapless pink Bulls in their big Super Rugby clash happening over in Newlands.

After returning home to Gordon’s Bay, dosing and putting Jess to bed, I then continued to waste away the rest of the evening (and early hours of the morning) by taking on Ryan in some entertaining FIFA football matches (finally, Lady Luck swung my way!), whilst poor Chantelle arrived home rather late, forced straight to the kitchen for some late night baking to fill an emergency Sunday order for the deli.

By Sunday the rain had cleared but unfortunately the wind was firing on all cylinders, meaning yet another day of being cooped up in the house. Plenty of naps were had by all, and I did at least escape for a bit with Jess (who was feeling a lot better by now) to the shops for a quick supplies run, as I whipped up a delicious pork and lamb braai for lunch.

A bit of FIFA with Ryan, lots of coffee and leftover milktart cupcakes with Chantelle, as well as a bit of time taken out to do my tax filing via the superb SARS E-filing website, was pretty much what made up the remaining bit of the weekend, thereby drawing to close what in the end turned out to be a rather quiet weekend for me.

Not for Chantelle mind you, but as they say, that’s her problem! :P (She’s vowed to take Monday off though, and fair enough, she definitely deserves it!)

SuperBru Super Rugby My Life 09 MAY 2012

Hey, whilst my English Premier League and Champions League SuperBru performances have taken a bit of a knock as we enter the last stages of those two leagues, I’m quite pleased to see that by some miracle of some sort, I’m actually doing pretty well in my Super Rugby outing.

As you can see from the stats below, I’m sitting on a 76.71% win accuracy, putting me in the top 1% of all SuperBru Super Rugby players, at position 860 out of 152,206!

Not too bad for a guy who has probably only sat down to watch two or so games in the entire season! (In other words, thank you Supersport Blitz for keeping me in the loop!)

With this streak of luck, maybe I should convince the Evan to host another one of his competitive-natured poker evenings – I could do with winning the pot for a change! :P

After all, if a comic book character like Wolverine can do it…

(In case you’re wondering, this delightful piece of comic book art was whipped up by one Paolo Rivera back in 2009 for Marvel’s Wolverine appreciation month, his “Wolverines playing Poker” drawing heavily on C.M. Coolidge’s famous Dogs playing Poker piece).

— Update (20/11/2012) —

As it turned out, I ended up winning my pools for this years Super Rugby tournament, ending up pretty high in the world standings as you can see via the screenshot below. Also, I went on to win my pools for the 2012 Currie Cup as well, meaning a good year for SuperBru Rugby then! :)