Category: Loved It


I’m moving…

Hello beautiful people… I am moving!! To my very own domain! Come find me here:

 

http://www.zasites.co.za/blog/

Sabbatical Monday

This is what a Monday on my sabbatical feels like…

A morning walk on Fish Hoek Beach….

… dodging blue bottles, naturally…

Blue Bottle on Fish Hoek Beach

… Watching the boys kiting at Witsands….

Kitesurfing at Witsands

… enjoying the quite of the beach…

Beautiful day at Witsands

… getting home to find it clean and tidy….

A house so clean its like a hotel

.. finding lazy laaaazzaaarrrr upstairs…

Laaaaazaaarrrr

…. Ah yes… it’s just gone 5pm… HOME TIME 😀

NomNom

I’m in my element… the happy one 🙂 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.

Graffiti

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

A few of my favourite things

I briefly mentioned, but haven’t formally introduced my favourite boy in the whole wide world: JAKE. Jake is the proud owner of my bff, ka and cat. He is boisterous, he’s a digger, he’s a jumper. But he is also FULL of Love, has the most beautiful puppy-dog eyes, is loyal, strong (learning to listen!) and the moment you lay eyes on him, you’ll be in love for ever!

I spent the early part of day with him on Saturday – I brought him a postman’s leg, which he seemed more than happy to chew on, carry around and chew on some more. He is my favourite boy 🙂

After that, ka and I went over to my house for some work and stuff. It occurred to me *at the last moment* that we had a beer emergency for the braai that followed and… well… ka tells it best: click here for the full story

Sunday was stunning – My beautiful sister & I went to Tribeca for breakfast, walked around Kalk Bay, admiring the most interesting and beautiful *things* in all the little shops.

I have found the most stunning little summer dress, that I  Must Have – It’s expensive so I am working on mrb for the go-ahead!

What followed was delicious strawberry daiquiris, the company of my sister and ka and sun shine and good times!!

Groupie Mom’s Blog

if you’re a mom, a groupie, a bff, love wine, love beer, love rock stars and especially love your delightful offspring – you’ll *love* groupie mom’s blog 🙂

http://groupiemom.wordpress.com/

….. when i grew up i always wanted to be an assassin. that didnt work out so well, as my family was rather small and my parents would probably have noticed some missing siblings. so now im groupiemom: 30-something, late-blooming, self-confessed groupie and mother of 1…..”

Gee Whizz… so much in one day!

Congrats goes out to j-a.g for getting through the nominations phase of the 2010 Blog Awards! Voting is now open and you can vote EVERY SINGLE DAY from now until the 17th of September. Put it in your diary and support our local favourite blogs. Click here and select your favourites (Travel Blog has already been selected on this link)

http://website.sablogawards.com/2010/vote/voteforme/1145

Congrats also goes out to me for cooking my first meal for mrb. He was treated to French Toast & Bacon & Cheese & Coffee for breakfast. Not bad for a first meal! 🙂 I have 1 breakfast & 3 dinners left to complete.

Spring Day – and in true CT fashion it poured all day long! I loved it and am now sooo ready for summer!

Hump Day was celebrated with ka and a couple of beers with an appropriately ‘hump day’ Girls Night Out for….

Groupie Day!! Or, more accurately, groupie night: We went to see the Parlotones on the first gig of their 2010 World Tour. Have I mentioned that I am a fan??

The show started with The Black Hotels followed by Ash, each doing 45 mins or so. If you an imagine the floor space of the concert as a mini-me version of CT then we were standing in Constantia (the irritating teeny-bopper girly girls of Constantia). We stayed there for the Black Hotels set and at the break left for a quick beer / smoke. We came back in as Ash started playing (they’re very cool, btw) and decided to give Constantia a skip and headed over, instead to the ‘other’ side. Turns out we ended up right in the middle of Belville which was a bit too much of Afrikaans but we decided to risk it and stay. We slowly wormed our way to the (almost) front.

If you’re wondering where the ‘deep south’ might have been located in the floor plan, it was almost certainly outside at the smokers corner!

Eventually The Parlotones started the concert, which was more or less the same time that I started jumping up and down and dancing without a care in the world… Well more less than more: First, I had to get into a fight with some Afrikaans chick. She’d pushed her way in front of us and annoyed us immediately – not only for pushing in but also for having a STUPID hairstyle. Anyway out comes the blackberry and she has it up for like 30 mins, taking video and photos which means our entire experience of the concert had been reduced to looking through her blackberry screen because there wasn’t anyway of seeing past it. Eventually I couldn’t take it anymore, so I tapped her on the shoulder and told it her was distracting and could she maby not do that for the whole concert. She swore at me and told me she’d paid just as much as I had for my ticket. (um, preciscely!) So I tried to compromise and I asked her to at least put it away for every 2nd song?? She swore at me some more so I said that they very specifically said ‘no cameras’ at which point she tried to take another picture about 2 inches away from my face, so I put my hand in front of her ‘lens’ and then she tried to elbow me in the face. At that point I took a deep breath and thought about how to deal with her. What I had thought must have been written on my face because I had obviously scared the hell out of her; she immediately backed down and put that stupid thing away. How irritating to have to even interact with her In The Middle Of A Parlotones Concert!!! – Bitch. HA!  Anyway I won 😛

Well the rest of the night was great. After the show we forced our way into the ‘closed’ Spur for a beer (just because your kitchens are closed, doesn’t mean your beer fridge stops working, now does it?). Anyway, we didnt stay too long and as we were leaving ka decided to walk to the bathrooms on the *other* side of the arena. Turns out she is a natural homing beacon. There the boys were again; chilling, chatting and laughing and of course (thanks to ka) we got our 5 mins of hugs and *much love* again. They are very cool 😀

Zanzibar – the good

2 Weeks in Zanzibar, just me and my man… no phones, no computers, no friends, no family; just us, books, beaches, beer = bliss.

Zanzibar does have the most stunning beaches – the sand is as soft as clay – I know we have awesome beaches in CT, but this is unbelievable. The weather was a mixed bag – really really hot days, followed by windy ones and some stormy days (although not much rain while we were there.)

We did make one little friend while we were there. This little boy kept us company every day we were there. It helped us not to miss our babies too much over the 14 days. He was extremely cute (we debated the possibility of bringing him home….) And he managed to get into our stash of biltong and eat about 1/2kg of it in one sitting.

Zanzibar is well known as the Spice Island, so of course we went on a ‘spice tour’. The picture above was on a plantation, and they grow everything from vanilla, cinnamon, pepper corns, cocoa, cardamon, ginger, lots of fruit (9 different types of bananas – including a pink one!) We bought a few samples of their local coffee – cardamon coffee, vanilla coffee, cinnamon and vanilla coffee, plain coffee… really, you guys need to come around for some coffee!

We also went to Prison Island and had a quick walk around. It was very prison-like – nothing too exciting, except for the hundreds of African Tortoises they have there. We arrived at feeding time, so theres me giving this old one some lettuce. The oldest tortoise they have there is 185 years old. Pretty impressive.

We did make it to Stone Town this time around (we missed it last year). Everyone made a very big deal about us going and so this time we didn’t miss it. It was definitely an eye opener, although not my favourite place, it has to be said. (More on stone town later)

mrb did get in some kitesurfing, which was cool. There were a few days he managed to go out right where we were staying (the tide change was so large that some days there was no beach for him to launch and other days there was a 1km walk over sea urchins to get to the water.)  On other days we walked the 6km’s up the  beach to the more popular kitesurfing spot (with all his gear!) so that at least made us a bit fitter 🙂

Getting around is very expensive if you want to take a taxi anywhere, so we hired a ‘vespa’ for a day. That was lots of fun – although this thing is sooo tiny and neither of our helmuts stayed on our heads – so I had my one hand on my helmut and my other hand on mrb’s helmut to keep it on while chugging along at 70km’s an hour. Oh and the ‘vespa’ only had 2 gears: 1st and 4th – which made riding around in stone town, in hectic traffic (cars, bikes, people, cattle, goats etc!) quite challenging! At least I know that mrb is an excellent rider!

Towards the end of the week,  the heavy tides came in. In the picture above there was usually a long stretch of beach in front, but this afternoon we got back and the waves were bashing up against our wall. So we put on costumes and played in the stormy surge for ages. That was a lot of fun – giggling like kids, playing in the strong stormy water, which eventually got bigger better faster more:

And about 3 seconds later my camera was soaked!!

On another day we hired a scrambler (which was way more fun than the ‘vespa’). We popped in to the butterfly world, which was kinda fun:

We also explore Zanzibar a bit more and ended up somewhere near Unguja Kuu, where we found a B&B / restaurant run by an Italian and his Thai wife / partner. They had a really cool spot – with a 900+ year old Baobab on their premises. The baobab makes fuit, which they use to make baobab juice. It was totally delicious – thick like pear juice with a caramel / amarula type flavour to it. Yummeh!

We then got directions on how to get to Uzi Island – there is a single coral rock road that thats you to the island. The road is only accessible when the tide is low and is surrounded on either side by mangroves. Thank goodness we had the scrambler, because that road would have killed the tyres on the ‘vespa’. (Are you getting that is wasn’t a real vespa?? lol!) Anyhoo… it was a hellava bumpy ride – there isnt anything of interest on Uzi island, that we could find, but we did manage to get some cool pics of the mangroves:

mrb wanted to go out on one of the dhows to join the locals on a fishing trip. The dhow we went on was teeny-tiny: sitting port side, your knees are touching starboard! And there were 5 of us on there. The funny part, though, is that they fish using hand lines and they baited up, cast out, hooked the fish, then gave the line to either mrb or me to reel in. We reeled in about 5 or 6 little tropical fish, before mrb got bored 🙂

About 2kms out, we got to a shallow reef. So shallow that we pulled up and walked across it. Along the way we saw some awesome tropical fish, star fish and even a coral snake! The most amazing, has to be this iridescent sea urchin that we came across. It was underwater, shimmering in reds and blues and purples. Truly amazing; I’ve never seen anything like it before:

We managed to get some snorkeling in as well and saw some huge coral and lots of tropical fish. And in between all that, we mostly sat the beach, reading, chatting, drinking beer and just chilling out 🙂

What a Night!

Girls night out on the town with ka + nix started out at the One and Only’s  Nobu Lounge for their ‘Sake in the City’ Ladies Night. As soon as we found a spot at the bar we were handed our complimentary  sake cocktails and really, the night just improved from there on out.

The venue is oh-so-posh and we’d dressed up perfectly for the evening. Sitting there sipping cocktails and eating canapes we couldn’t help but notice all the foreigners in the joint.

As it turned out there was a certain Texan who couldn’t help checking us out either. And by ‘checking out’ I mean STARING and by “Texan” I mean old git. The best part was when he whipped out his wallet, leaned into our personal space, flashed a huge wad of $$$ (yes, he was close enough for us to see the currency!) and then nonchalantly put it back in his pocket. Suave.

When that cool manoeuvre didn’t pique our interest he managed to insert himself into our conversation by what must be the pick up line of the week: “So, who are you supporting in the final?” In unison ka + I “Hup! Holland! Hup”ped; at which point his face drops and he looks directly at me and says: “I knew you couldn’t be perfect!” Ha! Bloody cheek! Of course I’m perfect. Sleezy Geeza. Thankfully he got bored or hungry or lonely and left. We downed our drinks and made a bee-line for The Assembly for the Live @ 5 CD launch.

I hadn’t been to The Assembly before so wasn’t sure what to expect. It turned out to be a decent size venue that thankfully for us wasn’t packed to capacity. Not quite the Nobu Lounge, but definitely more up my alley.

We grabbed a couple of beers and met up with a couple other ladies (and one token guy who bought us a round of tequilas). We weren’t there for long before Taxi Violence came on and did their set. They were actually very good – I had heard of them and have most probably heard their music on the radio, although I didn’t recognise any of it. But they were great – really enjoyed them!

About an hour or so later they finished up. Katherine from 5 gave away a bunch of cd’s + t-shirts and things (no freebies for us this time, though) and then the stage was prepped for my favourite SA band – The Parlotones 😀

I know that most South Africans have a love / hate thing going for these guys – some love ’em, some hate ’em… and I totally sit on the ‘love ’em’ side of the fence. They never ever fail to entertain me and this night was only better than any of the previous concerts. The venue like I said wasn’t packed, the sound was great, and they played a really long set, which I adored.

Jumping up and down, singing along, shouting, whistling (the wolf type!) – it was awesome!

Unavoidably they finished up their set and as they were packing up a security guard told us that they’d be hanging around in the bar area later (so back off!). Which we did… we mozied on back to the bar got some #welldeserved(afterallthatdancing!)beer and chilled for a bit. And yes, in the end the guys did come chill out in the bar area and yes, we did manage to chat with them for a while. You know; we talked about this and that – it was awesome! It was also getting getting late, so we got our things together and gave them (quick) hug good-bye, and said: See you soon!