It has been fabulous being off of work this week and I’ve mentally started to finally chill. Even the village energy seems relaxed and it feels like we are away somewhere exotic on holiday rather than roaming round our own town.
Tuesday was the start of my annual leave and I’m now off work until mid-January. I couldn’t have a long lie in that morning however as I had a doctor appointment in the northern suburbs and left home just after 730am to make it. Traffic was abysmal and it was pouring rain and foggy and I barely made it there for my 830am appointment.
After my appointment I collected Norm and we went to Allegria Cafe for breakfast. The tourist season has launched for sure as they were rammed! The owner was running round and keeping everything on track and we were shown to a table off in the corner. I ordered the Eggs Benedict with bacon and it was perfectly cooked.
Afterwards we had lots of errands to run and we went to RockChic to shop for my Mom. I narrowed it down to these choices and sent the pic to my Mom to choose from.
As it was the middle of the night in Georgia I decided to come back to the shop the next day to make my purchase after Mom had replied.
Norm and I did some shopping for our upcoming trip and for dinner and we headed home afterwards as Norm was busy writing his report that was due. On our way we stopped off to collect Norm’s car from the garage. The reason it broke down when we collected it last time was that the fuel gauge was broken and it had been out of petrol. They only discovered that when they dropped the fuel tank to check the fuel pump. The funny thing is I had told Norm I thought it was out of petrol and he said ‘don’t be silly there was a quarter of a tank’. Miss Witchy Pants was right. When will he learn to listen to my messages?
Never mind. At least it did not cost any additional money.
We were invited to our friends Tim and Nicola’s anniversary party that evening in Simons Town.
Nicola looked stunning as always.
Their house is directly on the beach of a nature reserve and they have an amazing view.
There were endless trays of delicious canapés making the rounds and a huge trough of bottles of wine and champagne. We met some lovely people and caught up with those we knew already. It was a beautiful warm night and we were all sitting outside on their veranda overlooking the sea. We had a great night but we were both up early the next morning and so we didn’t stay late.
Norm was busy working and I was up early and off to the city to Pause, the hair salon. I had a lovely relaxing session under the hands of the fabulous Thembi. My hairdresser Leandra snapped a pic afterwards.
Norm was in the city for a meeting and he rang after he finished to find out where I was but I had already left the city. We agreed to meet for lunch back in Hout Bay.
I went to purchase the bracelet for my Mom then walked to the pub and got a table in the beer garden.
While waiting for Norm I heard the clatter of tiny hooves on the roof and looked up hoping for a glance of Santa.
It was just a man cleaning the gutters and the magic was ruined. 🎅😂
Norm arrived and we ordered. He had his fave scotch eggs with chips.
I ordered the popcorn chicken starter with chips.
It was a stunning day and we had a leisurely meal then went to the chemist to see if I had a refill on my tranquilizer script but I did not. I prefer to use CBD oil for my anxiety but I cannot travel with that so I reverted to my script. I popped into my GP and they said they would email the script to the chemist for collection. Norm picked up something for dinner that night then met me at home.
We grilled out as it was a lovely warm night. I made a simple salad with lots of feta and Norm grilled sweet corn and fillet steaks.
Thursday morning Norm had a Skype call at 7am and I had a long lie in.
We were invited for Christmas drinks at the British High Commissioner’s residence that evening. The historic home is so exquisite and the old cape Dutch furnishings and interior are as well.
The gardens are so stunning.
I wore a dress Norman bought for me, it’s a few years old but has only been worn once before as I seldom dress up or wear short dresses.
We had a giggle trying to get a decent selfy with the cheetah in the background.
And again trying to get one with the house in the background.
There was a bar on entry and waiters were roaming around with trays of delicious canapés.
We had assumed it would be a large group attending but it was an intimate gathering of only a few dozen. The High Commissioner, Nigel, gave a speech and we all toasted to the end of 2018.
Not long after that we booked an Uber and headed off to get food in Constantia. However as we drove there I remembered that we had not taken any cash or cards as the food and drink is catered and we did not intend to go on anywhere after. Luckily we could just update our app with our home address and redirect our driver. Thank goodness we realized before we got to the restaurant, tipsy and broke.
Once home we used OrderIn to get a pizza delivered from Massimo’s as we have no food in the house at all and we had drank too much to drive.
It was delicious as always and we were happy when we toddled off to sleep full of pizza and wine.
Mom rang when we got in to say she was really sick and on antibiotics and might not be able to come to Atlanta to collect us. We looked online at our options and the bus would take an additional 4 hours on top of our 33 hour trip so we decided to rent a car for one day. Luckily Norm sleeps on planes so he should be fine to drive.
We have booked a lovely couple and their daughter to house sit and the dogs know and love them. We have also booked a dog walker to come walk them every day.
I will miss seeing my children over the holidays but I won’t miss cooking in the intense heat.
I am excited about seeing my friends and family whom I haven’t seen in so long. I will take lots of pics and share our adventures with you when I am back home.
Until next time, I hope you have a wonderful holiday celebrating whatever it is that you believe in. I hope the remainder of your year is full of love, family, good food and fun.
Kisses from the Kitten xoxoxo