So far, so good

We were all a bit totes emosh taking the beagle out to Paarl this morning for her op. But the news is good: things went well and she’s come around safely after her procedure. Some minor complications therein, but nothing huge, so it’s looking positive for just a couple of nights away from home.

What does that mean for our New Year plans? Well, let’s see. But more on that tomorrow.

So while we wait, life goes on here.

One child is off partying in the Waterfront: in December, nogal. There were only a couple of positives about this: I used Admyt and got a freebie, and we took the opportunity (since we were in town dropping said child off, anyway) to knock out a gentle 8km along the Prom.
Very busy. Very hot. Very sunny. Would not advise.

Safely back and straight into the pool, and now the only thing I still need to do this evening is to go into town and do a fetch and carry from the Waterfront. Hopefully all of the traffics will have gone by then, and I can just enjoy a nice drive into the sunset.

And back.

Real quick

This blog has been going for over 11 years with daily postings now. That’s both rather amazing and rather sad in almost equal amounts. And of course, there have been times when I have come very close to missing a deadline or forgetting to stick a post up. On other occasions, events have conspired against me, and I’ve either got lucky or made some scrambling plan to get a post out before time runs out on the day.

Things were going swimmingly today after a tourist trip to the Waterfront. Arriving home to expected loadshedding, I cooked dinner (gas hob, see?) and was waiting for the power to come back on when it promptly didn’t. And suddenly, you wonder if it’s going to be 10 minutes (it’s not) or 10 hours (I’ll let you know) before we have electricity again.

The UPS on the internet (our bit of it at least) won’t last that long, so I’m here to get a real quick post out… “just in case”.

This is that post.

For the record, the Waterfront was actually rather nice. Crowded, yes, but not hectic. Touristy, yes, but no more than you might expect (and I was with a tourist). Sunshine, beer and some fish & chips made for a lovely few hours out and about.


We spotted Stanley Sibande busking in Nobel Square at the Waterfront on Sunday. Amazing voice.

And then, out of nowhere, he did this: (sadly, I only caught a bit of it on video, but you get the idea.)

Looking him up, he has previous form:

Look we’ve covered Seafret a lot on this blog. And they’re great. But how fantastic to hear a bit of Bridlington in the middle of Cape Town.

And so beautifully sung. Great cover.

Bit jaded

It’s been a pleasant Mother’s Day here in South Africa. And it was great to be able to celebrate and thank the amazing mother in our family.

We had a fun outing to the Waterfront, playing an escape room game together (and saving the world from a deadly virus) (no, not that one), and grabbing some lunch overlooking a clear Table Mountain.

All of this after a late, boozy night with friends last night. The kitchen looked like Putin had tried to de-nazify it this morning. Three dishwasher loads later, and all is well again, although the recycling guy will have his work cut out on Tuesday.

It’s been a fun day, but it will be an early night tonight.

Gone yachting

I like writing about yachting. There are hundreds of opportunities to slip yachting puns into your post, but it’s ok: yaw knot going to ketch me reaching for any of them. (Although I might pop one in schooner or later, so don’t go aweigh.)

But I digress. Often.

The Boy Wonder had a great weekend, which included a sunset cruise for a birthday party. The boat he was on was fairly impressive (friends, all you can eat sushi, on-board DJ), but the boat he saw while he was out there was on a whole other (sea) level.

Meet CLOUDBREAK, freshly into Cape Town from Tristan de Cunha.

72 point 5 metres of luxury yacht, with 22 staff for the 12 guests, who are housed in 1 master suite, 3 double and 2 twin cabins. Swimming pool, helicopter landing pad (because… well, obviously you need to park it somewhere), jacuzzi, and a tender garage for all your James Bond moment requirements. Jet skis, kayaks, flyboard, windsurfers. In case you get bored of the on-board cinema. Wow.

What’s more, by utilising YachtEye technology, charterers are able to trace the course of their passage in real-time on a collection of iPads found throughout the yacht. As impressive in its subtleties as its more obvious design features, CLOUDBREAK is finished with heated flooring in the ensuite facilities and totally automated doors.

And it can all be yours from just €750,000 (R10.7m) a week.

“Plus expenses.”

I’ve checked my bank account, and it being in that deliciously misleading bit twixt pay day and debit orders, I reckon I can afford almost 3 minutes and I’m off down to the Waterfront to cash it in right now.

If you’re reading this in Cape Town today (as in the day that I wrote it: 26th Feb 2018), CLOUDBREAK is still moored outside Mugg and Bean at the Waterfront if you want to go and have a look.

No touchies though, ok? Much like the rest of us, you simply can’t afford the cleaning bills.