an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Pretty clouds over lions head.

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^^ Probably our last hike at lions head.

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^^ Raw beetroot ravioli stuffed with sunflower cheese.

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^^ Pretty succulents.

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^^ Roses popping out.

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^^ A walk on the promenade.

Hello friends! How are you doing? Did you get up to anything this weekend.  We had a horrible weekend where nothing wanted to work out, I almost got knocked off the trail on lions head thanks to the trail runners not worrying about anyone else, and to top it off it was such an insanely hot day before 10 that I started feeling like food in a microwave just slowly cooking away getting radiated.  I’m really not looking forward to Summer back in Africa, but I’m trying to survive by having my eye on the prize.

All I want for Christmas…

 

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We’ve been keeping a big secret! Can you guess what it is? 22 December we’re making our little family a little bigger.  We’re expecting a baby!  Keeping the baby secret so long has been pure bliss for us we really wanted to keep such a joyous moment happy and decided not to tell family  until we had our 20 week scan to make sure everything was good with the baby.  We’ve had all our happy moments ruined so far, so it was nice having the time to enjoy the happiness together without being lectured at 29.

We are over the moon excited! We’ve decided not to find out the baby’s gender in hopes of having everything be a little more gender neutral and its just fun having a little surprise to look forward too.  We’ve been collecting little baby clothes, and I have to tell you guys, I don’t think its that small? I keep looking at the newborn clothes and thinking how is that suppose to come out of me!  It just doesn’t seem right.   We have a name picked out for a boy and girl, so we are ready to go go go!

Surprisingly the blanket in the photo is for a girl, its suppose to match the northern lights, can you see it? I still have to make a blanket for a boy, but I’ve just been so busy I haven’t had time to go get wool and get crocheting !  I’m really excited for baby A’s arrival in the world and this little blessing to fill our hearts with even more joy and love.   I can’t wait to meet you in December little one! From the ultrasound we could see this baby is going to be a little busy body and I can’t wait to be able to hold this little wiggler!  We love you dearly already.

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ The bees are all out and and about enjoying all the almost spring flowers.

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^^ Pretty flowers on our walk to the beach.

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^^ Pretty ocean, we are convinced this ship is sinking.

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^^ have you ever seen an albino squirrel.  Carl spotted this guy when we left from our hike and stopped to take photos of this guy.  The most photogenic, yet scruffiest squirrel around.

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^^ what a poser.

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^^ We made it back down just in time,  when we got to the car it seemed like rainmagadeon .  Just look at all this rain at a nursery.

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^^ Amazing skies.

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^^ Really blue water.

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^^ another pretty sunset.

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^^ Checking out the flowers while Carl takes a photo.  He always takes so long to take a photo.  Hence the face.

How was your weekend? We wen’t for a walk down to the beach, but it was an unbearably hot day with an unpleasant amount of people.  The promenade was filled with people cycling without helmets for them and their kids?  I find it so dangerous to see kids that aren’t even one yet on their parents bicycles without a helmet.   Protect your precious cargo, guys! We went for a lovely quick hike around deer park again, that was basically me just running telling Carl, I need to get my exercise in and he walks to slow.  It was a really great weekend, but any weekend with an albino squirrel will be interesting.

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Found the best organic shop with the most amazing rye bread ever.

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^^ I love this little guy.

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^^ I can’t seem to find clothes that fit me here.  There workout pants even look baggy and like they want to fall right off.

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^^ After hike salad on rye.

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^^ My favourite green smoothie with a view.

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^^ Veggie sushi dates.  Its really hard to make sushi with an average knife.

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^^ Wise words before our hike.

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^^ Pretty proteas.  We’ve actually discovered that I’m horribly allergic to fynbos and these guys, so basically I’m allergic to the entire Cape town.  yay, for me!

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Rocks stacked up.

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^^ I was on high frog alert on this walk.

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^^ End of hike jump!

How was your weekend? We decided to go all military planning on Cape town, thanks to everything closing at 13:00 on a Saturday here, I find it really inconvenient and strange, but we found the cutest little charity bookshop really close to us that sells books at a ridiculous price.  We went for a walk around our neighbourhood that made me wonder why humans have to make everything so ugly.  On Sunday we decided to try and go for a hike on the cloudiest most stormy day, just to get out of this horrible apartment, sometimes walking in nature can turn a bad weekend into a magical one.

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Yes, a blurry photos, but out of the hundreds of photos Carl takes 80 % of them has a finger in them,  is blurry beyond believe, or just looks odd.  He’s getting better, at taking photos so I’ll give him that.

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^^ Forest walks, it doesn’t get better.

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^^ i was trying to put the camera away, but Carl wanted to take a photo.  Photo pose time.

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^^ A little bit of green popping out.  Can you find a four leaved one?

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^^ Cute little mushroom.

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^^ A waterfall popping out.   Not seen, the man and his dog in the river, why? I don’t know.

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^^ Roots everywhere.  We should really start taking lessons from nature.  Endure no matter what.

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^^ Pretty flowers.

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^^ Leaves everywhere.

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^^ I was ranting about the fact that I can’t find pants that fit me and it was so easy to find good looking pants in Ireland.  This looks like his stop talking about pants face.  Even my workout pants started slipping off on our hike.

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^^ Sandwich break!  German Rye bread with a butterbean spread and lots of salad.  Really Yum!

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^^ Carl approves!

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^^ Lilies popping out everywhere!

How was your weekend? We’ve been house hunting with not much luck here, everyone seems to want 2 months deposit, the rent and the soul of your first born child. Its not like we’re buying! We just want to rent a house, nowhere else we’ve lived has given us so much nonsense.  In Ireland we just paid cash, gave them the deposit and we secured the place like that.  In Joburg we only had to pay the deposit to secure the place, but our Realtor is the most helpful British man around, he told us its harder to rent in Cape town, because of the relax living here, people apparently just forget to pay rent, and completely trash the places.  I’ve never heard of anyone just forgetting to pay rent, it just seems obscene!  We still have faith and hope that we will find the perfect place for us.  Hopefully soon!

 

Hunting for seashells

Happy Thursday guys! I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday already, where did the week go? Time seems to be flying by and I’m just trying to hold on and get all my stuff done.  The days don’t seem long enough anymore, but Spring seems to be right around the corner the sun is coming up earlier and setting later.  Winter has not stopped me from eating delicious frozen treats, all I’ve wanted to eat lately has been ice cream and milkshakes, but being the insane health freak I am I’ve been coming up with way yummier and so much better for you desserts.  I’m excited to share them with you guys, but that’s for another post.

On the weekends when we are stuck for something to do we usually end up walking to the bottom of our insanely steep hill to the beach.  I’ve been wanting to go get some broken seashells, but we always end up forgetting about it, or the fact that we’ve been avoiding going to the promenade, after seeing a naked man posing for photos, kids blowing up condoms like balloons and a dead seal.  To say we’ve been slightly traumatised would be an understatement, but this last time it was pure bliss.  Everyone seemed so happy playing pokemon go, riding bicycles and having picnics.

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^^ Exploring rocks, finding the perfect seashells, we do dating differently from everyone else it seems.

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^^ A whole lot of shells.  I felt so bad walking around on these.  I felt like I was destroying the secondhand housing section.

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^^ Nature is full of beauty and treasures.

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^^ happily looking for shells and stopping for a photo.

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^^ Cloudy days on the promenade.

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^^ Broken shells for a little project at home.

What kind of dates do you go on with your partner?

Anniversary meanders in Greyton

For our anniversary weekend we went to Greyton, we didn’t really know what to expect seeing as a lot of the places that look AMAZING on the internet seem to be just a big old okay when arriving, but Greyton is what dreams are made of.   We packed some car snacks and headed off for our adventure as soon as we got out of the hustle and bustle of the city it was like pure magic.  The colours of the fields, grazing sheep and extraordinary wind turbines had us oohing and aahing all along the ride.  We kept stopping to take photos of the amazing colours of the fields,  I wish I could live in those fields or at least get a pretty dress in the yellow colour!

When we arrived in Greyton we were kind of bummed to have missed the market, its suppose to be amazing, but we couldn’t manage to get out of bed early for our anniversary. On our arrival we were greeted by an old fashioned horse and buggy car just doing its thing on the road, the streets were a buzz with people trying to take in all the beauty of this wonderful mountainside town.  We decided to walk around the town, exploring all the hidden shops and ended it all off with smoothie at the cutest little tea garden I’ve ever been in.  Maybe next time we will get up early to get to the market on time, maybe even stay in one of the cute little accommodation they have all over the show.  Or maybe I’ll just give up on city life and go live in this incredible little town right now.

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^^ Walking along the streets.

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^^ I was trying to get a better look at this house.  Don’t worry it was empty and for sale, its amazing!

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^^ Who needs a car.

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^^ The hustle and bustle of this little town on the weekend.

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^^ Church in the mountains.

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^^ Happy Carl.

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^^ All smiles

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^^ Trying to take a selfie.  I think the hair in my face is a good look for me.

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^^ A whole lot of pine cones in one spot.

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^^ Some people have gnomes in their garden.

 

 

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^^ I love these crates.

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^^ These ostrich feather dusters are way to pretty to clean a house.

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^^ I love these pillows.

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^^ Cutest little bunny at the art gallery.

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^^ cow art.

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^^ These shops are just beyond cutesy.

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^^ Carl was upset, because hes worn a similar outfit.  Who wore it best?

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^^ Hire a bike and cycle around the town.

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^^ Sheep and drives.

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^^ I loved seeing these turbines along the drive.

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^^ Cookies and cream banana nice cream.  Way better for you than normal ice cram and just amazingly yum!

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^^ Anniversary walks around Greyton

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^^ This place has the cutest little streets, houses and flowers all over.

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^^ Super smiley Carl

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^^ The drive to Greyton is absolutely amazing, just look at that colour.

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^^ It doesn’t even look real.

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^^ Even on cloudy days he doesn’t want to keep his eyes open for photos.

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^^ Sunday seashell hunting.

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^^ He found a shell.  I was looking for medium sized shells and he kept giving me really big seashells, that looked like we could live in it.

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^^ pretty yellow flowers for our anniversary.

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^^ Ocean treasures.

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Hello friends! How was your weekend? Can you believe its already August, I can’t believe how fast this year has just flown by.  We celebrated our first wedding anniversary by taking a drive into the countryside of Cape town, we found the sweetest little town to walk around in and feel all giddy, I was really surprised by all the restaurants serving vegan friendly meals, its something you don’t often see in small towns! We are still looking for a perfect print to order, so nothing on the first year wedding anniversary gift front yet, but we will find the perfect print eventually, I hope.