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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.

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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!)

Klein Joostenberg and Cape Quarter Village Weekend My Life 06 JUN 2012

Another weekend, another Cookies & Cakes Willowbridge Market, though this weekend was my weekend off, leaving Chantelle and Cheryl to man the stall on Saturday morning. (Of course, this means that Friday evening was dominated by market preparation, capped off with Chantelle exercising her chocolate creativity by putting together a fake glamour cake for presentation at the stall – which worked mind you, bringing in three new cake orders!)

Saturday was of course an early start for Chantelle as she up and packed, and left for Bellville in the wee hours of the morning, where she and Cheryl proceeded to man the Cookies & Cakes stall on what turned out to be a very profitable outing.

Jessica and I on the other hand enjoyed a much more relaxed Saturday morning, going through the normal weekend routine and picking up a household chore here and there. However, come 11:00 and it was action stations, as I finished packing all the weekend bags for Chantelle, Jess and I, loaded up the car (which includes getting Jessie in her seat), and drove off through Stellenbosch, successfully navigating all the way through to Klein Joostenberg Farm without getting lost (it’s the same venue where we attended Saret’s wedding a while back).

There we met up with Ryan, Karl-Heinz, Trish and a whole lot of their friends for a bit of a relaxed, celebratory picnic in honour of Karl and two of his other friends’ recent birthdays. Although a bit gloomy at times, the rain stayed away and the sun did shine through every now and then, making for a great afternoon of lazing about, snacking and playing with the seemingly horde of toddlers on the blankets.

Eventually it was time to pack up, and after saying all the goodbyes, Jessica and I drove through to Bellville, after a quick detour thanks to me turning in the wrong direction as I exited the farm. There I met up with Chantelle at the Montgomery Clan Stronghold, and after hearing the great news about the exciting market, we packed Jessica back in the car and took her to visit my Mom and Pops (and Ryan who happened to drop by their place), where we enjoyed some delicious leftover from the market chocolate cake and plenty of catch up chatter. One of the highlights of the visit was Mom revealing a box of old toys and puzzles they had retrieved from the attic, including a wooden puzzle which still bore the birthday message to me on my fourth birthday – back in 1984!

From there it was back to the Montgomery Stronghold as I sat down to watch the epic Stormers versus Bulls rugby game with Monty, which pleasingly we won, thereby eliminating the possibility that my watching a game is a bad omen (the first and only game I watched this season resulted in the Stormers first loss of the season!).

Delicious pizza from Old Oak Diner rounded out the experience.

Because I had earlier in the week promised to pick up Robert’s car at the end of the wedding that he was attending, I had a couple of hours to kill before midnight, meaning the perfect opportunity to head out to Ryan’s pad where I partook in a number of FIFA 2011 battles on the XBOX 360, the result being me coming out comfortably on top!

Now pretty much at the end of Saturday night, it was time for Monty and myself to make the long drive out into the depths of Durbanville, were we located the remote venue and successfully retrieved Robert and his car. Apart from witnessing a brawl on the way there which turned into a full blown police and ambulance scene by the time we returned, the trip was fairly uneventful, meaning that I finally clambered into bed alongside a snoring Chantelle just after 01:00 in the morning.

Sunday kicked off with the arrival of Evan, Natasha and little Evalynne at the Montgomery pad, where they proceeded to check out our car seats in an attempt to help them choose which model to purchase now that Evalynne is finally ready for an upgrade.

One pleasant visit later, and it was time for Chantelle and myself to leave Jess in the capable hands of Oupa and Ouma (and a slightly fragile Robert), first heading out to Plastics Warehouse in Bellville to look for cupcake containers, followed by a drive out to Cape Town where we headed over to the Village Market at the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village in a mission to suss out a new Sunday market at which to market our goods.

Unfortunately it turns out that the Village Market is on far too small a scale to make it worth our while, and after sampling a few items on sale, we decided to make a turn at the Old Biscuit Mill, a market we’ve heard plenty about, but one we’ve never actually visited.

The GPS took us to a pretty rundown area of Woodstock, and because we didn’t know what we were looking for, we immediately assumed it was wrong, and then started biting one another’s head off as we got more and more lost as we aimlessly drove about. Eventually a phone call to Claire put us on the right track, and once again we ended up at the exact spot we dismissed the first time around.

Amusingly, we had never bothered to turn our heads and look at the wall next to us, because there, written in big bold white letters is written Old Biscuit Mill – which had we bothered looking around in the first place, would have saved us from plenty of rather unsexy vitriol thrown at one another. (Seriously, when we get lost then you would be forgiven for thinking that Chantelle and I are the most bitter of enemies!)

Now laughing at our silliness again (but disappointed that the Old Biscuit Mill doesn’t operate on Sundays), we headed back towards Bellville, taking a detour as we got to Century City, where we stopped in the hopes of locating another market which we heard operated in the area. Disappointingly, this too turned out to be a goose chase as that market only operates in Summer.

Finally back in Bellville and reunited with our daughter, it was time to tuck into the delicious pork roast which Robert and Monty had prepared for us on the Weber, complemented by coffee and the rest of remaining chocolate cake for desert!

Sadly, during all our playing in the afternoon, Jessica managed to slip and badly crack one of her teeth on the tiles, putting a bit of a blemish on Sunday afternoon, but outside of that, the rest of the day was pretty relaxed and quite enjoyable, leading to a lazy drive back home in the evening, followed by the normal Sunday bed time routine to cap off what had been a pretty eventful weekend after all! :)

On the Move Again My Life 01 MAR 2011

So after a rather long stretch of home alone thanks to the arrival of little Jessica at our household, Chantelle and Craig have now officially started moving around in the friends and family circle once again.

From two weekends’ ago visit with Natasha and Evan at our place, followed by Chantelle’s gran Nola’s memorial service last Tuesday, and Retha and Miguels sleep over visits over Wednesday and Thursday evening past, all the way through to this weekend’s non-stop family and friends time, it is safe to say we’re back in action.

And hey, we even managed to go on our first date night, the first since young Dribble Monster came into our lives!

This past weekend was REALLY jam-packed with visiting hours. On Friday evening it kicked off with a family Weber chicken braai at the Montgomery Stronghold, where we enjoyed a great evening in the company of Monty, Cheryl, Robert, Debbie, Gail, Nicholas and Angie. Saturday followed this up with a day in Mom, Dad, Ryan and the rest of my extended family’s company, as we celebrated Mom’s birthday all day long with the appropriate assortment of cake and cookies. The perfect opportunity for everyone (both family and family friends) who hasn’t yet met little Jessica to do so, and the perfect weather for me to grab a much needed dip in Pop’s pool when no one was looking.

Come Saturday evening though, we left Jessica safely in Mom and Dad’s hands as they continued to entertain visitors, and sneaked off to Tygervalley, where we were able to catch our first movie in absolute months! As it turned out “Morning Glory” was just what the doctor had ordered, proving to be a thoroughly enjoyable little film that had us laughing all the way through. From there, we ended off our little sneak about by going to the newly revamped Silver Spur, where the two of us enjoyed a nice quiet meal alone in one another’s company, with only the exciting Stormers versus Lions Super Rugby game providing any real distraction on the night.

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Wissing Weber My Life 17 FEB 2010

You see that fellow tucked away in at the bottom right of the above picture? You know, that rather round guy all dressed in black and wearing some sort of grille as a hat? Well I’m sad to say he is no more – some bloody arsehole has decided to remove him from behind our flat and whisk him away to parts unknown! :(

I can only assume that some opportunist reasoned, hey these people have both a Weber and a proper braai here – surely they don’t need both and wouldn’t mind if I simply took old Weber and gave him a new home? Or even better, made some cash by selling him off to some unsuspecting sod?

Well anyway, the point is that some bloody idiot has gone and stolen our Weber that was given to us by Monty and Cheryl, and quite frankly, we may now never again experience the taste pleasure that comes from a properly cooked Weber chicken.

Bastard!

Plus, now I need to head out and get some kind of chain or something to secure the remaining braai here on our property – it would be an absolute disaster if that too all of a sudden decided to find feet! :(