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A Long Weekend in Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay (2018-09-22) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 17 JUN 2019

The Heritage Day long weekend last year saw Jessica, Emily and I take a drive up to join Mom and Dad at their holiday house in the Pinnacle Point golf estate just outside Mossel Bay. With Spring now upon us, we were treated to plenty of sunshine and flowers – as well as some pretty rough seas thrown into the mix!

Starting off with breakfast and some silly fun at Tuinplaas outside Albertinia, the rest of the laid-back weekend revolved around long drives in the golf cart, ice creams at The Point, sightseeing drives around the area, lots of Jenga block towers, and even an enjoyable dip in Diaz Water Park’s indoor heated pool (in case you were wondering, the one at Hartenbos was closed for renovations).

All in all a fantastic way to spend a long weekend then.


Building up to Easter at Bossa Social Cafe (2015-04-03) Photo Gallery 20 AUG 2015

Oops, stumbled across another small set of photos that I completely neglected to post way back in April. I’ve already mentioned what a nice Easter we enjoyed this year, complete with excited Easter egg hunt and visit to the legendary Scratch Patch, but these photos were grabbed at the start of the long weekend, when we paid a family food visit to Bossa Social Cafe, a pretty hip and popular hangout spot in Somerset West that doubles as a pretty good place for families with kids to visit as well!

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Big grass lawn, sandpit, two jungle gyms, and plenty of outdoor seating, means that Chantelle and I can laze behind some tall refreshing glasses of whatever tickles our fancy on the day, while the kids run wild.

In other words, highly recommended if you’re looking for something local that caters for kids, but isn’t exactly aimed at kids either!

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(That said, Emily’s favourite part of Easter Weekend 2015 must have been the impromptu visit to Funky Frogs in Tygervalley for a play session – she had an absolute ball!)

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(However, my favourite part of the weekend might just have been the special Easter cookies Chantelle surprised me with!)

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Catching Some Z’s over the Long Weekend My Life 21 MAR 2011

The weekend before last I completely crashed. My weekday morning routine of up at 05:30 and back in bed at 23:00, combined with my early hours Jessica feed duty over weekends finally caught up with me, forcing me into bed in a state of deep slumber for most of that weekend (early nights, or should that be late afternoons!), with the only real activity being a whole heap of gardening in the hot day sun, with some blogging in the wee hours of the morning (after feeds of course).

Funnily enough, this past long weekend was pretty much more of the same.

Well except for Friday evening of course. Friday evening saw us knock on the door of Ouma for babysitting duties once more, as Chantelle and I (after a Old Oak Diner pizza for supper) darted off to Durbanville to pay a visit to Trish’s parent’s place, for the annual celebrate Trish’s birthday boardgames get together (well, it is kind of annual most of the time). Just about all of the old gang were present and accounted for, and we had a thoroughly entertaining evening comprising of the classic board game action of 30 Seconds and Pictionary.

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Lean back, Feet up and Arms down My Life 06 AUG 2010

So don’t expect to see too much of me online this long weekend, nor expect to find me lurking around Gordon’s Bay anywhere. No, this long weekend (and I mean looonng weekend thanks to having booked Friday off), Chantelle and I will be dragging Retha and Miguel up with us to Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay, where we expect to relax in style and comfort thanks to the borrowing of dad’s generously offered week in his fractional ownership luxury pad holiday house.

I expect to have my feet up, be cut off from online communications, catch up on a lot of manga reading, visit all the sights Mossel Bay has to offer, braai a lot and who knows, even make a little money at the casino. What I won’t be doing is stressing about work, answering my phone and giving myself a hernia by attempting to play golf.

No sir, this is going to be one long enjoyable weekend of friends, food and fun.

And yes, I think Chantelle and I more than deserve this little break!

Yes, this is pretty much the vista you can expect at Pinnacle Point. Promise I'll try to take some pictures of my own!

See you after Women’s Day then! ;)

The Long, Long Weekend My Life 06 APR 2010

Well, we’re finally back from what has been an absolutely brilliant break from work, the excellent four day weekend courtesy of Easter Weekend. Unfortunately Chantelle worked every single day of my four days off, but luckily for me, I was able to sketch in some great social time dashed with a splash of personal time! :)

This is what your brother does behind you when you're trying to hide behind oven mitts!

Thursday evening kicked off with a braai at our place (well technically I suppose I should mention that we had already gone out on Tuesday night to Ben’s on the Beach to celebrate Chantelle’s raise and on Wednesday night to Panarottis to celebrate my new car), with Chantelle and myself playing host to Terrance and his new beau, Lize. As what now seems the order of the day, I put in a fantastic performance behind the coals (must be the new braai and classic Champion Braaier apron I tell you!), and ignoring the darkness all around me, managed to produce some rather tasty goodies if I say so myself! We sat and chatted and ate like kings, before Terrance and I managed to goad Lize and Chantelle to accept a round of 30 Seconds, in which the team of C&C actually did rather well for a change! :P

Friday saw me tackle some housework in the morning before my doorbell rang and I ushered in Mr. Brown, back again but this time sans the new partner. In other words, it was gaming time. And so we got stuck in to some Resident Evil 5, Gears of War 2 and Modern Warfare 2, before eventually powering down and heading out to the mall with the plan of grabbing some new gear… which unfortunately didn’t exactly pan out as what we had planned. It turns out that on a public holiday, Somerset Mall pretty much shuts the doors of all its shops! So settling for a delicious Subway for lunch, we headed back home in the Getz and got to grips with our game controllers once more. Evening rushed upon us pretty quickly and so the decision was made to pick up some Ooskus for supper (as per tradition) and Rush Hour 2 was selected as the viewing for the night, an action-packed Jackie Chan comedy that simply never lets one down! (Needless to say, Chantelle was quite keen to still be at work when she heard that was what we chose to watch for the evening!) :)

Saturday morning I busied myself with housework (still left over dishes from Thursday evening!) and some shopping, trying my best to hunt down a chocolate Lindt bunny for Chantelle – but can you believe everywhere I looked they were simply sold out!! I also tried my luck in getting some transfer papers from the traffic department, but alas, I should have known that the GB office was closed. Back home I pottered about, writing some blog posts and watching some Mazinkaiser anime, before heading out to the mall once again with the purpose of meeting up with Chantelle and her two miniature charges, Holly and Maddy, for a movie and a hunt to try and locate a standalone scanner.

Now the movie, How to Train Your Dragon, was a really fun blast, thoroughly enjoyed it, but the hunt for a standalone scanner was a completely different animal. Browsing around, it quickly became apparent that it is in fact cheaper to buy a all-in-one printer with a scanning option than purchasing a standalone scanner unit – are these people insane?!? Anyway, I couldn’t find one that I like on the shops’ floors, so it looks like I might buy the entry-level Canon LIDE 100 scanner, but hell, that’s going to set me back R737! On the other hand, I did stumble across Red Faction: Guerilla for a R100 at Incredible Connection, and of course knowing me, couldn’t resist this bargain which I then purchased and went home to play, spending the next three or four hours straight with controller in hand!

Sunday and Chantelle was straight off to work again, leaving me behind to take care of even more household chores and get a little blogging in, before I put on my walking shoes and trotted down to Pick ‘n Pay in order to buy a cooldrink which was to accompany on my lunch time trip through to Claire and Riley’s pad in Newlands.

As it turned out, lunch at Claire and Riley’s was really enjoyable, as it was a family affair starring Mom, Dad, Ryan, myself and obviously Claire and Riley, making it the first family get together since Mom’s birthday back in Feb. Claire’s newly renovated flat looks amazing and now with their large and in charge 50 inch Panasonic plasma and matching PS3 to dominate their lounge, the flat is really beginning to look rather ultra stylish! I took some photos of the pad for Chantelle’s sake, and boy is she jealous! :P

Oh, the food was simply divine as well. Weber chicken, roast potato, etc. You get the idea, proper Sunday lunch! :)

Back home I managed to convince myself not to do any work and instead told myself I’ll just quickly play an hour or so of Red Faction: Guerilla. Yeah right. I spent the rest of the entire day, well into midnight playing the damn game and loving every minute of it. The only break I took was to watch a quick episode of Mezzo DSA (fun show) and have some of the delicious stew Chantelle brought back with her from work. Oh, and to make Chantelle a much needed cup of coffee!

Monday morning, and having survived the embarrassment of Chantelle once again recording my snoring concerto, I set about quickly tidying up the place in expectation of Ryan’s arrival, for a planned day of manly bonding over a super long XBOX 360 session. And when I say play XBOX I mean play XBOX. We started just after 10:00 playing Gears of War and drove all the way through until about 18:00, polishing off all five chapters without resorting to violence towards one another. The only pit stop we put in was for a stroll over the road to Pick ‘n Pay and then a making of toasted cheese sarmies in the pan, but man was it worth it. From start to finish, I can see just why the original Gears of War was a popular a game as what it is.

However, the time for Ryan to finally go home was upon us, and kicking him out into traffic, Chantelle and I finally got to spend some quality Easter 2010 time together by hitting the Tallahassee Spur in Somerset Mall for a nice supper and then into Ster Kinekor for a viewing of Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side.

And that wraps it up for what in the end turned out to be quite an enjoyable Easter 2010, even if it was filled mainly with an inordinate amount of gaming! :)

Back in the Office My Life 13 AUG 2009

20080712_Sick_BearSo I’m back in the office today for the first time since last Friday, and before you all glare at me for having such a long time off work, it is only fair to allow me time to protest my innocence and instead regale you with the story of how my much anticipated and long awaited long weekend completely… sucked.

It all started mid-Friday, when out of the blue I all of a sudden fell completely nauseous and out of it, manfully soldiering on, but only because it was still quite a long time away from home time, plus I needed to stick around to handle a presentation we were making regarding Message4Events to Spintelligent, a task I couldn’t just bale out on anyway.

Unfortunately the presentation didn’t go all that well (mostly due to the fact that because of my state of health, I was not exactly the most chatty of product drivers to be found), and I finally made it home where I slumped on the couch until Chantelle arrived home and prodded me back into printing her some more completed wedding invite envelopes. However, my duty done, it was straight into bed for me where I blissfully slept away until Saturday morning.

Painfully getting myself out of bed, I half-heartedly did some housework, awaiting Chantelle’s arrival, before we both rode off in our cars towards Bellville, where we met we met up with Karl, Trish and Mr. Brown for our suit-fitting ordeal at Mr. Suit Hire, before parting ways and tailing Mr. and Mrs. Storbeck back home where we pounced on them as they opened the gate to drive in and demanded coffee and muffins. Which were good. Oh, and we gave them a shiny invite in return for their hospitality.

Next it was off to Wayne and Candy (note that this is while both Chantelle and I are feeling as sick as dogs), but unfortunately both were running around and so after a quick phone call to organise, we drove through to Cobblewalk Village in Durbanville to catch Candy on her way back from work in order to deliver our next shiny invite. From there it was on to Dean and Zania, where again we nearly missed them as Dean was at work and Zania was entertaining herself by spending all of their money, but luckily we just managed to catch her in time and proudly handed over yet another gleaming envelope. Damen and Michelle were next and this time we did miss them, hanging around their complex for a while, waiting for them to return from their own rather successful shopping spree. Needless to say, yet another golden envelope slid from our sickened grasp.

At this point we went our separate ways, Chantelle onwards to entertain herself with friends and family and I to Ryan where I handed over a batch of envelopes to him and then promptly collapsed on Claire’s old bed – where I blissfully lay unconscious until roused by the noisy horde consisting of Terrance, Karl, Dean, Zania and Ryan, all of who had gathered for Ryan’s much anticipated Table Tennis Battle Tournament (plus South Africa versus Australia rugby viewing).

Needless to say, by this stage of the game, my state had weakened so that I in the end only managed a handful of rather tired attempts at table tennis (I did amazingly win quite a few games though?) and a half-upright sitting through the rugby, never mind even attempt to work my way through a pizza slice of the food that Ryan had so lovingly provided for us all. No it was just after 20:00 and as the ultimate party pooper, I bid everyone good night and slinked back to the spare room where I passed out once again, only waking up at 03:00 the next morning because my body cried out it could sleep no more. However, this problem was soon sorted out by shifting to the big couch where the now tricked body quickly drifted back into a deep sleep, the perfect medicine to lead me into Sunday.

I stayed in the weakened state until late Sunday morning, when Ryan and I headed out the door to quickly pop into Figure Fanatix so that he could lay claim to his latest prize, some awesome figurines in case you’re wondering, while I flopped around to the best of my ability, before bidding him adieu and moving on to the Montgomery stronghold where the first thing I managed to do was collapse onto the bed in the spare bedroom and fall into a deep sleep, completely missing lunch and only waking up much further into the evening. Suave it most certainly wasn’t.

Actually, I only got out of bed for a rather short stretch, and that was in order to laze on the couch to converse for a bit before again heading off back to bed where thankfully I had a far more restive sleep for the night, waking up on Monday morning but still feeling like absolute shit. What a bloody waste of a long weekend!

Eventually during the day I did actually make it home to Gordon’s Bay, where I, surprise surprise, slept again, spent some time on the couch watching DVDs, ran to the bathroom a lot and slept some more. Gripping reading this, ain’t it?

In case you’re wondering, this then pretty much went on for the next couple of days, though I did manage to pull myself out of bed to do a little work both Tuesday and yesterday, but it’s only today that I really felt strong enough to actually tackle the road and come into the office. In after thought, it probably wasn’t my best decision ever.

So not a good start to this week then, I’ve already missed both my karate classes due to this illness that seems to be gripping everyone (seriously, on Saturday the waiting period at all Bellville hospitals was two hours!), which isn’t a great thing when you think my grading is next week, at the height of my illness I had lost 5kg in weight (which thankfully seem to slowly be recovering themselves), but at least I survived it (though still feeling as weak as a newborn kitten) and Chantelle and I managed to get the majority of our hand-delivered invites out, plus last but not least we got the suits for the wedding organised.

Guess that has to count for something then.