Saturday, 30 March 2013

Wine tasting around Stellenbosch

^vines and grapes at Simonsig^ and an early morning wine tasting on the patio
^Hartenberg. They were so friendly and chatty. I loved our time here! By the look of the smile on that little girl, I wasn't the only one who was enjoying it!^

^We lunched at Dornier and got in a tasting there too^

We visited Waterford last year and had to go back again for the chocolate and wine tasting. 
Amy kindly slept through a few wine tastings :)
Lunch on the lawn at Blaauklippen 
^Jordan. We plan on coming back here for lunch, the restaurant looks amazing^

Picnic at Spier

I do like a good picnic. Biltong paté on buttered baguette, green fig preserve and soft chocolate brownie washed down with some of Spier's bubbly...oh my.

I have this picture in my head of holding Amy up above me while lying on my blanket on the grass. The sun was shining through the leaves of the big old tree above us and she was laughing and smiling down at me. She's such a little sweetheart.

Friday, 29 March 2013

A day around Jo'burg

Noleen had been telling us about this place she likes to breakfast at in Jo'burg at 44 Stanley, so it was decided that we'd join her and Chris one morning.

 My baby's chubby arms and legs :)

We drank beetroot juice out of jam jars and ate American pancakes with cinnamon and sugar and maple syrup.
We stopped for a mini coffee break when Amy decided it was feeding time.
 Chris and Noleen at the Jo'burg botanical gardens and Emmarentia Dam later that day.
The day was so hot! We strolled along the paths and sat and rested in the shade of some trees for a while. Amy lay out on the grass and was smiley and charming.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

A traditional stop at the nursery for tea (or milkshakes)

Every year we visit South Africa we do the traditional stop at Sharondale Nursery for tea. We had waffles and ice cream and milkshakes and Amy was so good and sat in the high chair and played with her elephant and rattle. It's the first time she's sat in a high chair while out and we were very impressed. This means we can start going back to Nandos for lunch again! Hooray!

Monday, 25 March 2013

We're home (but not really)

Because 'home' is still really in South Africa.

It seems to get more difficult to leave every time we go back there. This time because we were taking Amy away with us again, and I think granny and grandpa were getting fairly fond of her!

Amy seems to have had a growth spurt while we were away, but I'll save that for a 5 months update post.

Some holiday photos...the first instalment of pictures around the house and garden.

My mom got Amy a tiny paddling pool to cool off in. Some days the temperature reached 35 degrees and we were roasting! It was glorious!
One of many evenings sitting outside the lounge with a bottle (or two) of wine. Oh pappa, must you smile like this in all my photos?
One of Lee's favourite things (when he got a few minutes of peace) was to sit out in the lapa with his book and of course, a glass of wine.

We spent a lot more time just around the house this holiday. Amy was getting fed up at the amount of time spent in her car seat and buggy so we tried to limit her time spent in it. She was quite happy just lying on a blanket on the grass in a shady spot or playing with her favourite new toys, her toes.

Now that we're home we're starting a new routine. We fell in to some bad habits while we were away, just so we could all stay sane, really. Amy's been sleeping in bed with us so that we could sleep while on holiday, but tonight she's going in to her big cot and learning to sleep by herself. The next few days/nights should be fun.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Our wee family

Our last day of holidays. We fly back home tomorrow and will be home on Sunday afternoon. It hasn't been the most restful holiday we've ever had, but it's been wonderful just being home. A thousand photos to follow x