Thursday, 29 March 2012

Our home - a quick look around

In just a couple of weeks, our living room has gone...

Camping furniture, a picnic blanket and a crate...
Our (huge) corner couch arrived today. It's not as enormous as we imagined it was going to be so we're very pleased! And below, Lee's wine cabinet. He put it all together a few nights ago, I think he did a great job! It's already filled with some of our favourite South African reds :)
And while I'm at it, you might as well have a quick nosey around some more of the house...
The messy room is our stand in wardrobe until we get actual cupboards. All our stuff has been thrown in there. We really do have a lot of stuff.

So, little by little, our wee housie is turning in to a real home. This has been such an exciting (and stressful) time for us, but seeing it all come together has been so worth it. And in a couple more weeks we'll have hopefully settled in more and have the rest of the furniture we've been waiting for.

And then we can get started on even more fun things!

Friday, 23 March 2012

The four of us sitting outside by the back door

*That big blue painted coffee tin is my dads ash tray.

Home - the one in South Africa (a bit of a cheat really)

I'm falling so behind on the blogging lately. There's good reason for it (I'm working on a much bigger project, more on that will come). 

Anyway, I cheated and threw all of our photos together from the last few days around the house with my mom and dad and dogs. 

This was our last week of South Africa. The sun shone brightly every day, we lazed in the lapa playing ludo and darts and ate watermelon...we went out for meals and ate yummy 'mommy food' and we spent lots of time just chatting and catching up. Gosh, now it seems so long ago that it's like we were never away. We're going to be booking our next trip out really soon, just as soon as we can. 

Sometimes, the simplest things like playing silly board games together can be the best things. That old ludo board is the same one we used when we were kiddies, at least a hundred years ago now.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012


We've finally got internet at home! Oh internet, how I've missed thee! However, there's so much going on just at the moment, that the rest of my South Africa posts are going to have to wait for a bit longer. Our days and weeks have been all over the place and I'm feeling kind of unsettled. Our wee house is coming along nicely and it's so much fun seeing it start to take shape. We've got a long way to go still, but it's getting there. And for that I'm thankful.

Monday, 12 March 2012


We're officially in our new house this weekend.

I still have more posts and photos from South Africa and our last week in Jo'burg with my parents, but they're going to have to wait for a wee while, while we wait for our BT Infinity. In the mean time we are internet-less and cut off, except for the brief moments I can steal while I'm at work, of course ;)

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Franschhoek - la Petite Ferme

Our last stop in the Cape was Franschhoek and La Petite Ferme for two nights. We think we got the best cottage in the whole place and you'll see why when you scroll down and see the view from our patio!
We spent most of our time lounging out by the wee splash pool, sitting on the patio drinking wine and chilling. Lee made a fire the first night and we sat out with some red wine, wrapped in blankets and listening to Christy Moore.

Above: Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and La Petit Ferme cellar tour. Such fun! (Think Miranda's mother)

Lying out as the sun went down over the moutains of Franschhoek. An (almost) end to a wonderful holiday within a holiday. 

Sunday, 4 March 2012

le Pique Nique at Boschendal

On our way over to Franschhoek, where we were booked in to stay for two nights, we stopped off in Boschendal for a picnic, or le pique nique to be correct. The weather was glorious (as it usually is in good ol' S.A) and we chose a picnic table under a big tree. We were brought over a bottle of Boschendals cap classique and some water and we didn't have to wait very long for our basket to be brought over. 

Oooh, it was filled with potato salad, mixed salads, coronation chicken, baguettes and (real) butter, cold meats and cheeses. We feasted and chatted and drank bubbly and sat back in our chairs feeling full and happy and warm.

 We could get used to a life like that. What a great day!

Thelema and Tokara (some more tastings)

We tasted more wines at Thelema and Tokara in Stellenbosch. We all came away with more 'souvenirs'.