Disappearing Act

Last Sunday we were so lazy, probably because it was preceding a public holiday. Last Monday was Workers Day so we had the day off and my friend Retha and I decided to try and get in for lunch at Green Vine Eatery at Silvermist Vineyards. We did not have a booking but thought why not risk it.

 We enjoyed the amazing view. 

We were greeted by the resident pig.

The staff were running round full on busy but the hostess told us to just wait a sec and she would make a plan. We waited patiently as I’ve been many times and knew it worth the wait. We were seated in no time.

I had a glass of their Sauvignon blanc and Retha the red.

For lunch we decided to share the Caesar salad with bacon.

I was ever so pleased to see real anchovies! 

We shared the platter as well. 

It had charcuterie, cheeses, bread, pickled baby onions, olives, grapes, and a few bits of salad.

They were both divine.

We both had the lemon tart for dessert. It was light, creamy and not too sour. Perfection. 

I love the rustic tablecloths.


Tuesday we were back at work and I was so tired. 

Walking across the foreshore to my car after work I noticed 2 rather scruffy looking men lurking in the shadows and I tried to navigate around them, but I could see one of them was already racing over to me. As I have my laptop and my handbag with me I don’t want to let anyone near me who can grab either and leg it. The man started waving a piece of cardboard at me and I saw it said ‘I cannot talk. I am homeless and need money for the shelter.’ I kept walking but I read the card and told him firmly ‘no, sorry’. He then started shouting at me ‘Did you read the card???’. Um, would that be the card that says you cannot speak, despite you shouting at me? He didn’t get the irony. I shudder to think of whom he took that sign off of. 

He then got very agitated as many junkies tend to do when their appeals do not work. I’m certainly not opening my handbag in front of a junky while meandering down an alley.

He started shouting and showing me his tattoo and telling me he had been a bad boy but he has changed. I think the badly defined jailhouse style tat was something religious or Jesus related. Little did he know that would hold no sway for me. 

I’ve known enough addicts to recognize one, he had lost his teeth. He twitched and jerked. His eyes were not present. He started shouting that he would defend me and keep me safe, the funny thing was that he was the only person who was making me feel threatened. I kept him distracted and walking until we got to the car park entrance where I knew a security guard is stationed and I ducked into that entrance, leaving him waiting at the top.

I arrived at my car with my heart racing.

Never a dull moment in Cape Town.

This week the news was full of a story which blew up on social media. Rhodes Must Fall activist Ntokozo Qwabe was rude to a white waitress and then bragged about it on Facebook. I reported his post for hate speech and it was removed. But some guy went and made a page for donations to this waitress. I feel that there is no question that Ntokozo behaved atrociously but people treat black staff terribly all the time. I think the need to raise funds for her missing one tip was extreme, it is other people cleaning up Ntokozo’s mess. He learns nothing from this.

I read that the waitress’ mom is ill so maybe that cash helps the family cope with that burden at least. 

I think that the scholarship should be removed from Ntokozo. He doesn’t deserve to be allowed to both protest the existence of Rhodes and benefit from his legacy in my opinion. 

Driving in early on Thursday the weather was so windy. The sunrise was stunning.

  After arming my car I was walking in to my office when the wind blew a giant metal sign loose which whizzed by my head missing me by inches!

I was away from my desk in the afternoon on Thursday and when I came back the client looked at me and said “You are disappearing” and I assumed she was complaining I wasn’t at my desk and started to stutter. 

Then she asked if I was dieting. Haha! She wasn’t noticing my absence she was noticing my weight loss! 


Locally a lot is going on.

Stupid humans are again interfering with nature here in the bay, trying to move sand to places more convenient. They’ll never learn.

The horrid story about poor Francesca the girl murdered in the forest nearby has been in the headlines again as her murderers were granted bail and are roaming the streets.

It’s so frustrating.

Friday when I got home from work I sat on the balcony. It was windy but still stunning.

For dinner I baked pork chops and stir fried some mixed veggies and some cabbage. Norm and I had a relaxed evening in as Lily is in George for Josh’s birthday and Caitlin was out with her friends.

There was an event at the local school we were going to attend on Saturday morning, but the wind was still howling so we didn’t fancy hanging around outside. Instead we went to Allegria Cafe for brunch. 
We both had 2 eggs with bacon and mushrooms. 

The wind was howling still but it was so busy we had to sit outside. It was well positioned and we didn’t struggle too much.

After brunch we did a shop at Woolies and picked up my weekly ice cream supply then headed home to give Mzudumo the quarter chicken and sausage roll we got for his lunch.

The dogs all got bones which made them very happy! They kept swapping ownership.

When I got home I realized I had been wearing my shirt inside out all day. Oops.

Saturday was also the Cannabis March to march for support of the legalization and decriminalization of personal use of marijuana.

We gave that a miss too. We stayed in and had the chili con carne I made the night before.

It was very hot and full of so much flavor. I did include a few tins of the red list forbidden kidney beans but I had such a chili craving, it had to be done. At least I didn’t have tortilla chips with! 

I topped the chilli with grated sharp cheddar cheese and a dollop of fromage frais. Delicious! 

We rented Star Wars: The Force Awakens to watch that evening which was lots of fun. 

Today was Mothers Day. Lily made a lovely collage for me and drove back from George.

Norm brought me a milky coffee in bed, I love that new coffee machine! We were booked to go for lunch but the girls were having scheduling issues as Lily wasn’t back from George quite yet and Caitlin was very hungover from a party the night before. Instead the girls booked us in for dinner at Ragafellows. However Norm and I decided to still use the lunch booking and to go to The Riverway Cafe anyway. It then worked out that both girls still joined us!

Caitlin and I were starving so we ordered some piggy poppers to start while we waited for Lily to arrive. 

Then when Lily got there I ordered the Pint of Prawns.

Lily ordered the chicken baguette with fries.

Norm had the chicken salad.

And Caitlin the toasted cheese, mushroom and tomato sandwich with chips.

We love their lemonade.

 We ended with sharing a Banting brownie and Banting cheesecake. 


They had amazing afternoons tea stands being created in the kitchen and loads of them were being served.


When we got home the girls gave me a gorgeous silver gravy boat and a set of coffee cups with drawings of some of my favorite old school actors.


 We went home to relax for a bit and at 730pm we got ready to head out to Ragafellows for dinner.

We shared the calamari and prawns to start for just for a wee nibble.

 We all had burgers except Lily who had the salad.

We had a lovely evening! 

I feel very blessed.

I hope you have celebrated today with someone you love even if it’s an animal baby! 


Takin Care of Business 

In the hang-overglow /aftermath of my party I neglected to tell you about our Hout Bay Gin Bunnies meet up! How rude. Really. I think spending the day curled up in the fetal position sucking ones thumb can do that.  Sunday was a write off. 

But it was so worth the pain. I had a blast. These days it takes about 3 days to fully recover from a session like that. We Cherokee cannot handle the firewater. My liver just can’t process it properly. Last night I only had 3 ciders over the course of an entire evening and today I woke up shaky and with my eyes sealed shut.


Anyway, I digress, back to the Gin Bunnies. It was held at Workspace in Hout Bay as our illustrious leader QueenBunny Jane-Anne always tries to highlight Hout Bay businesses, groups in need and charities. She puts in so much effort for very little thanks other than the peace of mind that she helps build that web of connectivity between like minded souls. And she does it with style and grace. I didn’t get pics of the food laid out for us but it was simple and delicious and looked like a stylist had delicately arranged it all. I was too busy tucking into it!


We had a good turnout.


 The guy in charge and the creator behind the concept is Craig Dunlop. You could hear the passion behind his words as he described his vision and the journey behind his attempts to achieve that dream, he is walking the walk as well as talking the talk. An inspiration to us all, believe it, live it. The doors will eventually open if enough energy is created.


The webpage for Workspace bills themselves as  “a playground for creativity” and I completely agree! It’s like an artist or artisans dream environment. It made me want to make something and I haven’t a creative bone in my body! 

Maybe I’ve just watched Ghost more times than I should.

The Worspace website explains the concept:  “Workspace is a shared DIY workshop incorporating design, manufacture, education and training. Join for an hour, day, week, month or year and enjoy the shared workshop facilities and services we have on offer. 500 square meters of workshop divided up into fully equipped zones including – automotive repair bay, woodworking shop, Engineering shop, Concept development area, Craft and hobby, Pottery and glass zone, Computer with design software and 3D Printer, CNC Routing machine, Lounge and Gallery area with free coffee and WIFI.

 Membership includes regular “HOWTO “workshops, Courses, Networking functions, Guest speakers, great coffee, free WiFi and a cool place to hang out and be a part of the existing Hout Bay Harbour Market and workshop precinct Harvest Centre. 

 We have a full range of DIY Project kits and ideas on offer. All you do is order the kit and we compile all the bits and pieces you will need to build it. If you need a hand, one of our experts is there to help assist, otherwise you’re free to work on your own.

 Design, create, build or repair.

Workspace is part workshop, part gallery, part meeting place, part prototyping studio and part learning centre. We offer comprehensive instruction and expert staff to ensure you have a safe and rewarding experience within a collaborative, stimulating and creative environment.”

As a result we saw all manner of stunning paintings, also an amazing huge fish made out of an entire tree trunk which I’d love by my pool!

I believe it beautifully represents one of these, a celocanth:


There were various pieces of art and sculpture, I adore this artists work.


 And I would happily hang many of the art pieces in my home.


The Workspace has just joined up with the British Council as well. They are also  part of the t.e.n. project which is receiving funding from the Hout Bay Partnership.


I admire how they are engaging the local artisans and encouraging the development or even sometimes revealing hidden talents. 

I love the energy down in this area. There are various other creative spaces. This artist, R. Robin Kutinyu has given birth to the most amazing dragon- I have watched it grow as every time I’m at the markets I pop in to visit him.

Isn’t he stunning?

So I’ve told you about Pixie going to the doggy Chiro for her back. She had seemed so much better but as we can’t ask her, we couldn’t be positive. This week we had proof, I arrived home and opened the outside gate at the same time Norm came out to walk them and Pixie leapt out and legged it down the hill, hair flying in the wind, giant smile on her face. 

A bit like this.

She used to do that every chance she had but she stopped and we thought she was just well trained and over her rebellious habits. Turns out she was just too sore. That makes me sad she was in pain and we could have fixed it. If only they could talk.  But she’s getting help now.

Pomeranians are such funny dogs. Panda loves coffee and barks til I give him a sip, this morning he drank much of my cup when I went in the other room. He needs rehab. It is so bad for him. 

I had such a busy day yesterday. We had a book club breakfast at Green Vine Eatery at Silvermist for Camilla’s 50th birthday. She looks pretty fab for 50! Louise nicked a table decoration to make her a birthday headress.

We had a gorgeous meal. Dawn and Catherine had the Silvermist Health Breakfast for R65, described as: A Delicious Fruit & Yoghurt Terrine Platter with
Berry Compote & Homemade Granola.

Several of the girls had the Breakfast wrap at R60, filled with Bacon, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Scrambled Eggs.

And Louise had the Silvermist Omelette at R65 made from Three Eggs, Fluffed up & Folded with a Cheese, Tomato & Mushroom Filling.

As always I had Eggs Benedict which on their menu was called a Potato Rosti at R70. A Crisp potato Rosti served with Bacon & Two Poached Eggs, dressed with Hollandaise Sauce. It was divine. The Hollandaise could have been a drop more lemony. Other than that I loved it. I wish more people served with the Rosti instead of bread.  

Afterwards they brought a slice of cake with berries for Camilla. 

Note the card lower right that cracked us up. And everyone thought the plate said ‘Harry Biethday” but never mind. 

We had a lovely morning. It’s a stunning venue.

Camilla has just moved house so afterwards a few of us toddled off to have a squizz. We chatted a bit more after our tour and then I had to go into the CBD to Mop Hair to get my hair colored. Leandra even curled it for me as I had a dinner fundraiser that night. I snapped a pic before I left. We also went a shade lighter for summer.

The dinner was held at La Cuccina in Hout Bay which is a lovely open airy venue with healthy locally sourced food.

The evening was a fundraiser charity auction for Community Crime Prevention.

Initially we were sitting on our own so we acted silly.  

Then we ended up joining our table to another and I got to chat to our lovely police captain and his daughter Annalisa who is going to be a heartbreaker! Funny how a persons life changes, there have been many times when I was this close to a cop and it was a bad thing. Once Norm came to collect me in the UK after a girls night out and when he rang to say he was there I had to admit I was in the back of a police car. 

I guess I have sort of grown up. (The ‘sort of’ is the allowance for the aforementioned cider overload.)

The food was delicious and they raised lots of money for the group. 

It was a great night. 

Today I’m being lazy. I’m going to make a veggie curry later for dinner. But for now it’s trash tv time. I had a little sit by the pool, yesterday Mzudumo put mulch down around the plants and it looks lovely.

 Enjoy your Sunday all.