Scrumptious Sunday Lunch Buffet at the Island Restaurant

Scrumptious Sunday Lunch Buffet Island Restaurant

Three weeks ago Brent and I celebrated our 13 year wedding anniversary with a weekend stay at The President Hotel in Bantry Bay. This award winning 4-star hotel with it’s superb location has incredible views of Lions Head and the Atlantic Ocean. It offers luxury facilities, gourmet style cuisine and fantastic guest relations.  Sunday past we headed back to the hotel. With compliments of the President Hotel, we (including the girls) were invited to experience the Sunday lunch buffet at the hotel’s Island Restaurant. We knew that the food was going to be good as we’ve already experienced the restaurants’s cuisine during our stay at the hotel.  Sunday lunch away from home is always a bonus as it saves us from cooking.

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Summer Water Safety Tips

Summer Water Safety Tips

Let’s get real people. This is serious and I hope that you will take your time to read this post. Summer is fast approaching for those living in the Southern Hemisphere. Summer is a time for parties and fun in the sun. Soon most of us will be splashing in the pool, going to the beach or going camping near a river or dam. But trying to think of all the possibilities to keep cool; are we giving a thought to water safety.

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My Sunday Photo – Bantry Bay

We spent a lovely Sunday afternoon in this affluent suburb of Bantry Bay. After spending a lovely family lunch at the President Hotel, we took a walk from Bantry Bay to Sea Point.  I was once again reminded how blessed I am to live in such a beautiful city with breathtaking views. Whilst there I captured a few photos of my beautiful surroundings.

My Sunday Photo - Bantry Bay

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Traditional Malva Pudding with a Twist

Traditional Malva Pudding with a Twist

The traditional malva pudding is South Africa’s most loved dessert. Mostly served in winter or colder days with custard, however this pudding is ideal served with ice cream as well. Making it an all season dessert. This traditional malva pudding with a twist takes the malva pudding to the next level.

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Happy Eleventh Birthday Lea

Happy Eleventh Birthday Lea

A birthday message to my daughter on her eleventh birthday

Today my sweet girl you are ELEVEN. How is this even possible?  I guess, I said the same thing when you turned ten.  Looking at you today, so much have changed over the past eleven years. Whenever your birthday comes along, I get a bit emotional as the memory of your birth will never leave me.

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Dearest husband – Reasons why I love you

Dearest husband - reasons why I love you

To my dearest husband, Brent. Today marks 13 years of a successful marriage and I decided to dedicate this post to you.  I think this has been the easiest post I’ve written as it required no research, brainstorming and no in-depth thinking. I know that you are an extremely private person and don’t want to be put on the spot but this post comes straight from my heart.  This is not another anniversary post, which is sappy, spill my gushy feelings type of blog post.

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Styling Printed Pants

Styling Printed Pants

Spring has sprung and what better time to experiment with bold colours and prints.  Some people are scared of wearing patterns but the trick is to style it properly. Playing around with prints can be a fun and allows you to make a style statement. With this look, styling printed pants can take you from Spring to Summer.

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Just average parents

Just Average Parents

Listening to my 55 year old work colleague talk about her activities over the past weekend made my jaw drop. Not because she had a fantastic weekend with so much relaxation.  This woman worked herself to a standstill.  She had a jam packed weekend with endless tasks.  After numerous failed pleas of asking her husband to paint the lounge, she decided to tackle it herself.  This was besides running errands, cooking, cleaning, taking the dogs to the parlour, attending fundraising committee meetings at her grandson’s creche, baby sitting her grandson the Saturday evening and still serving on the ladies committee at her church the Sunday.

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My Sunday Photo – Hout Bay

This weekend we headed off to Hout Bay.  If you have never been to Hout Bay, and this is not directed at Capetonians, it is a seaside town near Cape Town.  However, if you live in Cape Town and don’t know where it is situated or have never been to there – shame on you.  Hout Bay is nestled between mountains and sea, which creates a valley feel to this town.

If the weather is good, it gets quite busy in Hout Bay.  Locals and tourists flock to this seaside town and stand in long queues to enjoy fish and chips from Mariner’s Warf, Fish on the Rocks and Snoekies.  But we’ve discovered a gem in Muriel’s Muchies – fresh grilled or fried fish and calamari.  And their ice creams are the best.

But it’s the view that captures my attention whenever I visit Hout Bay.  Walking out onto the harbour and taking in the sight of the blue sea and majestic mountains – it is something remarkable.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

The lookout from the harbour onto the start of Chapman’s Peak Drive.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

There are charter boats that will take you for a cruise to Seal Island, Duiker Island and Chapman’s Peak.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

This picture captures a seal in the water. In Hout Bay seals come into the harbour. The local fisherman will feed them pilchards and they will launch out of the water to grab it.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

Captured in the picture above is a fleet of fishing boats docking in the harbour. The Hout Bay fishing industry is known for its tuna, crayfish and snoek. Walking out onto the harbour, you notice that the life of a fisherman is not easy. The lines on their faces and their rough hands paint a picture in your mind – that this life is not for the faint of heart.  For them it is the only way of survival, an income to put bread on the table.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

The picture above captures an older fishing boat that sank in the harbour.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

As you walk to the other side of the harbour, you will find Hout Bay Yacht Club.  Boasting a fleet of yachts that are docked in the harbour. You immediately pick up the distinct contrast of life of two very different classifications of living.

Besides walking on the harbour and boat trips, Hout Bay is also known for it’s beautiful white sandy beach, bird watching, art and craft markets, horse riding and kayaking. If you are thinking of visiting Cape Town, please make sure you head to Hout Bay – you won’t be disappointed.

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