Seaside Blues

There are not that many public places where I can spend a leisurely 5 hours relaxing and not start twitching to leave or move around. Polana in Kalk Bay is one of the few places where I have spent many an entire afternoon quite happily.

It was a stunning sunny warm day on Sunday so we spent the morning pottering round the garden and then decided to get out and enjoy a social afternoon. We decided to take the scenic route there. We drove over Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the world’s most scenic drives. And it starts in our village! I’m such a lucky girl.

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We have a friend who is leaving this week to be away until October so we met him in Kalk Bay for 4 pm. Polana close their dining room and only do tapas in the lounge from 4-6. We grabbed a seat by the window with a stunning view from both directions.

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I ordered my usual strawberry daiquiri yum.

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We snuggled into the comfy couches.

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I wasn’t really expecting too much of the tapas, even though their restaurant menu is always delicious but I was so pleasantly surprised! We chose the calamari tubes stuffed with rice in a tomatoey chorizo sauce. It was so tender and full of exotic flavour. We also had the line fish bites which was rather surprisingly in a curry corn meal type batter and such stunning fish! The final dish was pan fried crispy slices of chorizo and fat garlicky black olives. Really divine. It all was a nice blend of flavours.

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We discovered they have a brilliant little duo of fellas singing blues and Cuban soul type music and we really enjoyed them. They even played a wee bit of Ry Cooder at our request.

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We stayed until the sun went down – it is such an amazingly beautiful venue. If ever in Cape Town it’s a must!

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We had such a lovely day and toddled home late that night, Norm had been a good boy as he was designated driver but I had 5 of those cocktails over a 4 hour period. It was a yummy afternoon.
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Ducks and Launches

Last weekend was a 3 day weekend, Monday was Youth Day in SA a day to remember the Soweto Uprising and the lives lost that day.

We have had so little time together that Norm and I decided to hibernate. The weather was cold and wet so it was conducive to snuggling up and being cosy. I had a hair appointment on Saturday morning and so Norm did a shop and we were then both home by the afternoon. Luckily he had bought a heater or it would have been rather miserable as it was freezing cold.

I cooked a big pot of chili con carne on Saturday and it was divine. Truly the best I’ve ever made, but as i never use recipes I will probably never recreate it again. We just had a day of chilling out, chatting, Movies and playing on our iPads. It was heavenly to have him home and to relax together.

Sunday was Fathers Day so I made a nice home cooked meal for Norm of cottage pie, peas and roast veggies. It was yummy. We had spent the day in continuation of the previous to be honest. Sometimes you just need a pajama weekend. Work is intense as I have a lot of deliverables due and Norms job has also been crazy busy.

On Tuesday I hosted bookclub but I had forgotten to buy books and I hadn’t wanted to spend my holiday cooking so decided on some ready cooked roast chickens and veg so I baked some potatoes and roasted some butternut. I was very grateful to Norm for doing the shopping for me as I only arrived home an hour before my guests arrived. It was Mel’s birthday present night so he also bought a gorgeous chocolate cake from a little bakery in Hout Bay called Brot Bakery it was rich and very pretty.

The week went incredibly slow considering it was a 4 day week. I had totally forgotten I had promised to join my friend Retha at the launch of our friend Abigail K’s new studio she has just opened with a group if other artists of various mediums from photography to clothes design. They have a fab joint communal space and it has such a good energy. Abigail does amazing glamorous shots of women and each artist gave away a gift of their time, I was hoping I won the time with Abigail but alas I didn’t enter as I couldn’t think of a good reason to put on the entry form!

This was us girls making duck faces and being silly. silly girls

The wine was sponsored by Cape Point Vineyards and was divine! I really enjoyed their Sauvignon Blanc. It was crisp and rich and delicious. They had both the every day version and a reserve and I tried both. It would be rude not to of course. Ha. But the reserve tasted as if it was aged in oak barrels and I really can’t bear that taste. It is why I can’t bear Chardonnay. But the ‘normal’ Sauvignon was really great. I’ll trundle over Chappies for more.

This morning the sun was out and it was stunning after a week of miserable weather so up we got and set out to our neighbour’s garage sale. We got a soap dish for R5 and a chair for my front porch for 50 (about $6 USD for both). >

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We then headed out for brunch and shopping. We got a lush bathrobe for Lily and picked up a nice silverside roast which is busy cooking right now.

We went to Caffeine at Mainstream mall for my fave, eggs Benedict. Norm had said they made nice ones there as I usually go to Gabriella’s where they do a stunning one, but the smokers puffing away puts us off.

I spotted it came with spinach which is not my fave for breakfast but as it wasn’t early decided it was fine.

We were served and I thought the sauce looked a bit thin, then realized it was pure melted butter.

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Not only was it completely without the hollandaise but the eggs were cooked hard, like a boiled egg. Not moist and oozy like they should be. In all a very disappointing meal.

Never mind, I just won’t go back!

Tonight we are relaxing at home, Lily is away and Cait is out so we are dining as a family then we have a romantic night in. Even after almost 20 years, you have to make time to work on your marriage. Not that it’s work….umm… Ok I’ll stop there before I make it worse. I do love my hubby, I am the luckiest woman in the world!

Tomorrow we go to Polana with a friend who is over from Ireland. He is a laugh and it may potentially get messy as they make divine cocktails. Enjoy your weekend everyone I know I will.>

Pop Goes The Kitten

When I meet new people they often ask me do I not miss the US. I don’t miss anything except the people, but one thing I do wish we had the equivalent of in SA is shopping. The UK and the US have such great sales and a better quality of merchandise generally.

I miss being able to shop 24 hrs a day and the concept of customer service, also quite often lacking here.

One thing I do miss is access to current music or even a quality radio station playing my taste in not so current music. I like a lot of pop music, it’s my dirty little secret. It’s called ‘pop’ because it is what is ‘popular’, mainstream, the common middle ground, music for everyone.

The main channel I used to listen to in SA has had a major staff and show reshuffle. And in my opinion it has been very unsuccessful. They got rid of their popular morning jockey and his very funny team. Personally I didn’t like him, I found him misogynistic, ageist, fattist, when in fact he looks like Ichabod Crane’s ugly younger brother so I found it ironic he is so critical of other peoples appearance.

His team however I thought brought him a nice balance. But they have now all moved on to a live show on the comedy network. I watched it. They all look very self conscious of the cameras. I didn’t enjoy it.

I love the afternoon DJ, a larger than life funny guy, but now he is the morning DJ. But by morning I mean so early only a sparrow will hear the majority of his show. What a waste! Now there is some dude on in the afternoons, and he is surrounded by a group of noisy uninteresting unprofessionals. Some afternoons it sounds like a group of toddlers in my back seat bickering or singing over songs. FFS people listen to your show and realise you are just making noise!? One day this guy actually said ‘I love breast cancer survivors, they generally have bigger boobs.’

Seriously??? What a sleazy scumbag pig of a man.

They have some other dude on now in the late mornings who continually uses the wrong word. He uses actual words that do exist, he just uses them in the wrong context, and this is one of my pet peeves. If you make a living as a linguist you must be able to speak properly. At least he played Iggy Azalea. Once.

She breaks records on downloads and NO ONE gives her airplay? This is representative of the issue I have with South African radio stations. No awareness of international playlists.

So music exposure and professional radio is what I miss most about the US and UK.

I do have limits on what pop music I like and Britney Spears is not on my list of fan sites, but last night we were invited to dinner for a friends birthday at Beluga and this was the theme. Oh dear. Lily made an effort and put on some cute leather leggings and went as the black leather outfit Britney. I just threw on a wig and went as “”Weekend Britney”, aka ‘Britney just hanging round the trailer park’.

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After the yelling of ‘surprise’ and shooting of poppers and blowing of party favours, we went back to our normal selves.

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The service at Beluga was impeccable. They were happy to let us toot horns, pop things, shoot streamers and make noise and still brought a round of the most delicious caramel vodka shooters on the house. They rocked.

We had dim sum starters and sushi for mains.

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We had an uber rich chocolate cake from Charley’s Bakery which was so delicious.

I had a plethora of strawberry daiquiris seeing as I had a designated driver.

Norman has been in Kenya the last week so we have all been busy coping. The week flew by and I even had a dental visit on Friday which Lily drove me to.

The weather is freezing cold and the wind has been howling. We even had a bit of hail. Today I am wrapped up in a faux fur blankie and snuggled up with the puppies. I am glad I have nowhere to be except with the ones I love.

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