bad haircuts and Sunday bests

I had a moment this weekend were I was sad, mad and glad.  I was sad, because I got the worst haircut of my life, I was mad because I can’t believe someone would do this to me ( I looked like Jocelyn from Schitts creek, just google it, and I was glad that I’m pretty good at cutting hair and I fixed it as soon as I got home. Continue reading

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Surprise beach days.  Clear blue water in between the mountain.

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^^ We weren’t dressed for the beach at all!

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^^Trying to flatten my wind swept hair.

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^^ Morning hikes.  No time for make up when you need to get hiking.

 

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^^ Pretty little flowers on our hike.

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^^ We are moving at the end of this month, but that didn’t stop me from getting this sweet little bassinet.

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^^ Lots of surfers….Not a lot of waves…

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^^ I kept running around trying to find a perfect sized rock, Carl kept screaming after me to stop running.

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^^ Flowers on the beach.

Hello friends! How was your weekend? We had a very active weekend of hiking, ocean time and getting some stuff for our baby.  We’ve been trying to get a hike in every weekend and seeing how far we can go before my insane need to pee starts to kick in.  Every weekend we get a little further and every return I tend to almost run home to the comfort of the loo.  On Sunday we had big plans to go to this specific picnic area, but after getting lost, not being able to find a loo ANYWHERE, we somehow ended up driving along the ocean on the most magical ocean drive ever!  Sometimes the things that aren’t planned work out even better.  All the wild flowers all around the Cape has made even the most mundane tasks amazing.

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Flower season is here!  During August and September the Western Cape is alive with the most beautiful flowers.  Fields of flowers!

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^^ Traffic jam! All because of this little guy, who was surprisingly fast.

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^^Happy to see all the flowers.

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^^ Standing in a field of wild flowers is amazing! Hence, the excited look on my face.

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^^ We decided to try the shipwreck hike….We never made it to the shipwreck..It started feeling horror movie-ish when we saw 3 dead seals, 1 dead penguin and a sand castle embellished with bones….

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^^ When people say they like long walks on the beach, I guess they’ve never been surrounded by so much dead.  Carl still looks good on these sandy white beach.

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^^ Baby skinny jeans, because if you’re not going to shove your baby into the cutest little skinny jeans ever created, what kind of parent are you? Baby skinnies from H&M.

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^^ We got our first set of cloth diapers, I also realised that I might be a nightmare.  My sister asked me what if I have a boy and I responded by telling her color does not define gender and my child will not grow up in a hateful environment, where inappropriate comments create a confusing environment.  She stopped speaking to me after that.

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^^ Walks on the beach.

Flower season has hit Cape town! This might be the most beautiful time to be in Cape town, all the wild flowers are popping out all over and we couldn’t wait to go check out the West coast nature reserve!  It was the most incredible experience ever being surrounded by so many colorful flowers, walking along deserted beaches and worrying that we were going to run out of petrol/gas! We forgot to fill the car up and the reserve was way bigger than we expected.  We started stocking up on baby things, like wet wipes, diaper liners, cloth diapers and all those wonderful things, we are starting to have quite a haul! 

This weekend was really exhausting and I feel like I’m still recovering from it, being out till 7 o clock at night is just crazy to us now! #oldpeopleproblems   How was your weekend?

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?

An ocean drive, a quick beach walk and one beautiful view.

Over the weekend we decided to go for a beach walk, we wanted to go for the walk we went with, with Carl’s dad, but instead got so incredibly lost and just couldn’t find the right spot.  We kept trying to remember the conversation we had and the exact route, but we just couldn’t get there.  Eventually we decided it was time to just get out and go for a walk.  As soon as I got out of the car I wanted to get back in, the wind was piercingly cold and the sun was so hot, it was a mix of emotions and feeling I just couldn’t really figure out, but we kept walking and I was rewarded with the most beautiful view of table mountain I’ve ever seen.  The mountain with ocean, and gentle floating seagulls made me want to go get an ice cream and just forget all my troubles.  Next time I’ll definitely wear a bigger coat or just wait for a not so windy day to go play around!

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^^ No amount of product could keep Carl’s hair in place.

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^^ My wonky hand.

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^^ If my bicycle had flowers in the basket I would ride it everyday.

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^^ pretty colours.

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^^ Best view.

 

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ You know you’ve made it when you’ve got a hot pink house.

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^^ We walked from our apartment to the waterfront, when we finally got there exhausted we forgot to look left and right and almost got taken out by a tiny train.

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^^ African music serenade.

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^^ These seagulls were relentless! They were eyeing a little girl eating fries.  It seemed like they would take out a finger for one of her fries.

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^^Beautiful flowers on a bench.

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^^Table mountain!

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^^ These seagulls sure love to photo bomb.

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^^ The yummiest black bean and red lentil burger with sweet potato fries.  Why go to a restaurant.

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^^ pretty little flowers.

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^^ Such a handsome man.

How was your weekend? After a lot of planning we finally decided to go for a walk on the beach at melkbos strand.  We didn’t expect it to be so windy and sunny all at the same time, and somehow felt like we got frostbite with heatstroke all at the same time.  We decided to make a run back to the car for safety!  On Sunday we walked to the waterfront from our apartment, I really love walking to places I want to go, its the best way to completely experience a place and see little beautiful things as you wander around.  Here is to a wonderful week!

 

Beach Days

The one thing about Cape town that everyone should know is, that everyday is a a beach day here.  Its never that cold, even on the coldest day all I’ve needed was a thin jumper and maybe a scarf, because scarves bring any outfit together, right?  And sometimes there is no need for a jumper at all! Cape town really struggles to do winter, its always trying to force its hand by showing signs of summer.  I’ve really enjoyed all the flowers out and the butterflies dancing from one flower to another.  Even on the dreariest day, the sun will come out eventually and blind you with how blue the sky is.

Over the weekend we headed to fishhoek beach,  its got a wonderful little walk way that’s just filled with amazing scenery everywhere you look!  Except when you pass a really old, extremely sun damaged man, sun bathing in the tiniest speedo you’ve ever seen, then you try not to make eye contact while shuffling away fast.  Even the beach is beautifully sandy and not that packed; it just seems like the best place to play around and build some sandcastles.

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^^ Sandy beaches in between the mountains.

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^^ Everyone looked so happy playing around.

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^^ Kelp and blue ocean.

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^^ walkway smiling and awkward feet.  I don’t know how I always get my feet in these obscene positions.

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^^ I could totally write a novel here or a screen play.

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^^ Happy Carl.

Have a great Friday guys, eat some fries and have a wonderful weekend.

 

Hiking, squirrels and a lot of Picnics in Deer Park

We’ve been all about deer park lately! Its our quick lets go hiking somewhere place that’s so close to the city and just amazingly beautiful.  Walking around beautiful trees, little streams, being pleasantly surprised by the endless ocean with just a touch of urban feel and being made feel small by the monstrous table mountain.   After our hike we usually go find a place to sit under the trees to eat some treats and have a talk before heading back and getting started with our day.  I wish I could just sit there forever.

We’ve gone to deer park quite a few times and I have not seen one deer, it feels like it should be covered in deer, maybe its an ironic name and I guess squirrel park doesn’t sound as nice.

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^^ walking down on a dreary day

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^^ A little stream among the trees.  I almost broke my neck after this photo I turned around and didn’t see a gigantic rock, but somehow managed to save myself from serious injury.  Carl grabbed my arm somewhere in between all the commotion.

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^^ I really didn’t want to get wet.

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^^ Raise the roof or raise the mountain.

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^^ Half of table mountain.

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^^This guy is always just so cool.

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^^ Stacking rocks.

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^^ Carl contributing to the rock stack.  Good job.

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Such an expert at walking over a stream that he can strike a pose.

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^^ Hikes all over the show.

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^^ an picnics afterwards.  I really prepared for this one! Raw veggies, salad rolls, crackers, dip, chips and my favourite of the moment.  Sparkling water.  So good.

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^^we saw these little guys while being lost.  The cutest little alpacas ever, just acting like dogs, walking around someones garden.

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^^ Pretty little flowers all around.

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^^ The bees were loving these flowers, I can’t blame them they look tasty to me too.

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^^ Beautiful beach days.

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^^ Clear ocean with minimal kelp.

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^^ This was actually a really hot day, but I was already committed to the beanie ( bad hair day) and the scarf was just meant to be.

How was your weekend? Get up to anything fun.  We’ve been neighbourhood scouting, looking for an area that’s more us and out of the city. It turned out to be a really fun adventure,  seeing alpacas, finding the best shop in the world that sold spaghetti squash and we even found a falafel shop.  Obviously its been a great weekend, hopefully its a sign of a good week!

Company’s Gardens

Company’s Garden is settled right in the heart of the city, and is a huge park with a rose garden, amazing vegetable garden and lots more.  You can’t forget to buy a pack of peanuts to feed to the crazy amount of squirrels following you around. It doesn’t feel all magical and Disney like as Ireland having squirrels following you around, these squirrels seemed rough and like they would take your wallet to go buy their own peanuts.  The views of table mountain is amazing from the gardens.

The gardens were established in 1650’s by Dutch settlers and has South Africa’s first cultivated pear tree that has stood in the gardens since 1652.

Personally the park was a little bit too intense for me, the constant harassment from beggars and  people who just assume your a tourist, trying to scam you was a little bit too much for me, but poverty is a big thing here, I would probably just give the gardens a skip next time.

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^^ Fat squirrels sitting up on the tree.

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^^ This squirrel made a run or my ankles.

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^^ Another squirrel.

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^^ Autumn-y

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^^ Table mountain from the gardens.

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^^ Seagulls always sitting on some statues head.