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.)