Archive for September, 2010

Well, this IS the life!

Today, I’m wine & chocolate tasting, followed by an ‘unforgettable luncheon’ by one of SA’s top 10 chefs… on a gorgeous day, in Stellenbosch, with j-a.g.

Whatchoo doing??

PS:UPDATE: some pics below & the day made even MORE unforgettable by winning 2 nights DB&B accommodation at Rocktail Bay – click here, if you want to see ūüôā


psychedelic fishes

We finally got the painting we picked up at Zanzibar mounted – what do you think?

See you there!


I’m in my element… the happy one ūüôā mrb has decided to work one job instead of 2, which means he’s working from home these (last 2) days. He did ask whether it would be ‘ok’ since I am on sabbatical and I have my own space. But – of course its ‘ok’!

He’s less stressed, he’s happier, he’s home more, he’s more ‘present’. I now have the company of my best friend, we get up when we want to (no more alarm clocks!) we smile and joke and have a wonderful time. We even had our very first #lunchbeer today. Although that was an epic fail** on mrb’s part… but we have time to practice!

On my way home from my 2nd #luncbeer of the day (thanks ka), Fresh was playing the ‘cheese of the day’, which was none other than “Katrina And The Waves – Walking On Sunshine”. Singing along, as you’re supposed to with cheese of the day; I had to reflect on how perfectly happy I am right now and if all the kuk previously made it possible to be this happy – then, ja: it was worth it!

I feel the love,I feel the love, I feel the love that’s really real
I feel the love, I feel the love, I feel the love that’s really real

I’m walking on sunshine , wooah
I’m walking on sunshine, woooah
I’m walking on sunshine, woooah
and don’t it feel good!!

** first he doesn’t finish his #lunchbeer, THEN he won’t let ME (his wife for life) finish it for him. #epicfail.

I realise this is morbid

But I don’t see why I have to experience this on my own. Right – so you remember the snake that Lazer brought in?? Well looky look what I got today:

They’re getting bigger… I wonder what I’ll get for Christmas?? An entire¬†reindeer¬†maby?


When you’re feeling completely bleak and not really in the mood for anything fun, what better way to put a smile on your face than leaving the house and finding your garage door graffiti’d with your name and a big smiley face!!

Thanks mrb x



Taking on a baboon: brave or stupid? scary!

Jeeze-Louise – that was just about the scariest thing I have ever done!

I’d just made a delicious avo¬†sandwich and was about to tuck into lunch when a big male baboon slipped in through a window into my upstairs room where I had just sat down. I jumped up and started shouting at him get ‘get out!’ which only made him move at twice the speed downstairs and straight into the kitchen.

I bolted down the stairs behind him, all the while screaming at the top of my voice “get out!” (just so you know – that doesn’t work for shit). On my kitchen counter I had a plastic bowl with fruit / veg leftovers due to be recycled into the garden. The baboon managed to peel & eat my three ‘good’ bananas and was already tucking into the fruit / veg matter by the time I got downstairs, which was all of 1.5 seconds later.

I picked up the kati and waved it at him all the while screaming and hoping to intimidate him with my ‘weapon’ knowing full well that the males dont think any woman of any species to be threatening. (And all the while I’m thinking – Don’t be scared – they can smell your fear!!! Shit! Shit! Shit!)

Not quite sure what to do next, I ran to the lounge, opened the big doors to the back garden; ran back at the baboon and grabbed the plastic bowl with the fruit / veg stuff away from him and ran back through the lounge and chucked it outside – *hoping* that he would follow the food and get out.

*Obviously* he didn’t and all I managed to accomplish with my shouting and taking away his food-prize was to annoy the crap out of him. I know this because he started baring his big yellow fangs at me, making horrible noises, dancing all over my kitchen counters, climbing onto my fridge. So I sucked up all the¬†courage¬†I could muster and went at him again with everything I had (which really was still just the screaming and a useless kati!) But this time he was so anxious to get to my food he managed to rip my kitchen cupboard door clean off, he grabbed a bag of cerial and somehow in the middle of all that I managed to get him into the garage through the door at the kitchen.

Of coure I immediately realised that I had him trapped in the garage with no way out and all the while he’s pulling at the door to open it while I’m holding on to keep it closed. And I’m thinking: OK! Now what??

I decided I needed a bigger weapon, so I quietly let the door go, ran like all hell into the spare room and I grabbed a bar stool and flew back into the kitchen (he was already out the garage!) and went for him again. And of course the ENTIRE time I am screaming at the top of my lungs for him to “GET OUT!”

Somewhere here (I don’t even know how), I managed to get behind him with my bar stool-weapon and the chase was on again. Instead of going out the door that I had opened for him (dumb-ass), he legged it (along with my¬†muesli) through the house – up the stairs – out the window and onto my deck. I quickly closed the windows upstairs, bolted back downstairs to close up the door I’d left open – by which point the rest of the ‘smaller’ baboons had turned up, but were luckily preoccupied with the fruit / veg stuff I had alreay chucked into the garden. I dont think I could have dealt with a whole troupe in my kitchen!

The next 5 mins saw me doing laps around the house repeatedly checking doors and windows until I had convinced myself he couldn’t get back in.

Through all this commotion – he had no time to get to any of my other food and in fact had no time at all to make a mess –¬†because¬†really – I hate losing my food to baboons and even more than that I hate cleaning up after them.

A bit harrowing, but at least it was shopping trip and clean up session avoided.

PS: I broke a nail in this drama = so not completely unscathed.

After hearing about the photo competition, I had a few ideas of what I wanted to shoot. The theme was Cape Town: Winter.

To be honest, Cape Town is so beautiful anyway, it’s really tough coming up with a photograph that is unique or more beautiful than anyone elses.¬†Waiting for the right conditions and driving around the Cape looking for the exact image I had in mind has kept me busy for weeks now – and best of all, I’ve had so much fun doing it!

I received very exciting news this morning – one of the images I entered has made it into the top 20.

It’s called Kommetjie Beach – It was a very energetic day, with the wind pumping, kids & dogs running around and kites everywhere!

If you like it – please vote for me by clicking on the image – it’ll take you to the Cape Town travel website. Click on the facebook ‘like’ and twitter ‘retweet’ buttons.

*much love* for all your support