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^^ Picnics on the beach.

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^^ I ¬†wanted to feel how cold the water was without getting wet so I just stood there until a wave lapped at my feet. ¬†I kind of look like a child from behind….My workout pants seem to be getting baggier and baggier…..bad workout pants, you should stay up.

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^^ The most dramatic towel shaker ever.

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^^ Shark watch flag.

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^^ Found a little friend on our walk.

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^^ early morning walks, making friends with fluffy weird haired cats, while I have fluffy just got up bed head hair.

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^^ Invited my parents in law over for lunch and made these two desserts! A raw chocolate pie and a crushed lemon tart trifle.  So good.

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^^ Picnic with a view.  I only ate my avocado sandwich and a couple pieces of fruit, the wind was so intense, all the food was covered in sand almost instantly.

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^^ Birds being dramatic.

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^^ So many of them.

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^^ my parents in law got me an early birthday present, the most amazing food processor/ blender ever.  In an instant I had the most amazing sunflower butter without oil.  It tastes so good and is so creamy.

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^^ Made little drool bibs/neckerchiefs for the baby, because all babies needs to be gangsta while drooling.

Hi friends! How was your weekend? ¬†Is everyone still recovering from Thanksgiving binge eating? Over the weekend we decided to go for a little beach picnic we were all set to take a walk down to the beach, but I was standing in the sun really early in the morning by the way, sending someone a text I realised I might not make it back in this heat. ¬†It was like standing in an oven before 8 o clock in the morning. ¬†So we decided to drive to beach, when we got to the beach, it was insanely windy! Its one of the things I hate most about Cape Town, the fact that it can be so hot and the wind can be so cold, yet harsh that you just don’t know what to do. ¬†We powered through and continued as planned with our little picnic.

On Sunday we invited Carl’s parents over for lunch and I cooked up a mini feast. ¬†I warned Carl about the risk of eating large quantities of dairy and oil when he’s been on a clean eating diet, but he didn’t believe me, I couldn’t stop laughing when he got badly effected by it and wanted to vomit, while having a headache and stomach pains. ¬†It was a lovely weekend and we finally feel kind of ready for this baby to arrive! ¬†I can’t believe how in a couple of weeks I will be holding my little baby in my arms, while asking baby A, “why did you have to abuse mommy from the inside so badly?” ¬†I hope everyone has a great Monday and an even better week.

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^^ Pretty flowers on our first walk around the new hood.

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^^ Found this cute little conservation area close to our new house.  We also found a huge snake that made me almost poop my pants.

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^^ Green grass and mountains.

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^^ We were really exhausted from moving from a top floor apartment, but we still took the time to go for a walk and really relax.

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^^ Shrubbery everywhere.

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^^ The wind was really intense and it was so humid and hot in this little conservation area it was such a drastic change.

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^^ The beach close to our house.

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^^ First selfie on the balcony.

Hello wonderful people! How are you all today? I hope you had a great weekend and your Monday goes by faster than it showed up!We finally moved into our new little house amongst the mountains, after a gruelling two days, thanks to the old tenants leaving this place in a horrid state and me going into must sanitise house completely for baby mode, we are finally a bit settled. ¬†I always assumed its etiquette to clean a house before you leave it? Apparently not. ¬†I’m usually 5 seconds away from leaving chocolates on the pillows for new tenants when I leave a place. ¬†With all the chaos and our internet not being set up yet we haven’t watched general conference yet, but with instagram always showing us little snippets it seems like a good one! I can’t wait to watch it.

This pregnancy has brought out a horrible monster inside of me, I just can’t stop ignorance and silly comments to do with the fact that we don’t want to know the baby’s gender, that we want to keep things gender neutral even though we’ve been getting boy coloured outfits that just boggles my mind and the fact that I don’t want kitschy character printed outfits. ¬†I never understand why people have to say obscene, hurtful, ignorant things and afterwards say they’re only joking, its like Freud says: There are no jokes. ¬†Well not in circumstances like this most of the time people just say what they want not worrying how it comes across just so they can cover it up with saying its a joke. Why can’t we all just be respectful? Is it really that hard? ¬†Pregnancy hormone rant over!

I like long walks on the beach / West Coast National Park

The west coast national park is just a quick hour and a half drive away from Cape town central and oh, so amazing. ¬†We ¬†decided to go for a weekend adventure and see what all the talk is about with the spring flowers and we were surely not disappointing. ¬†During flower season the whole park is filled with wild flowers all over, ¬†if your heaven is a flower covered paradise I bet you will think you died and went to heaven, but today’s post is not about the flowers, I wish it were, I just can’t get all those flowers out my head, but its about the amazing beaches in this park. ¬†When people say they like long walks on the beach, they must be talking about west coast national park? ¬†Walking on long stretches of deserted beaches with the gentle waves lapping at your feet will make anyone a romantic. ¬†I felt like I was in a romantic novel walking on the beach while holding Carl’s hand.

Next time I think we will definitely make a weekend trip and stay at the park, there is just so much to do and not enough hours in one day to fully experience this park, especially when you forgot to fill the car up with petrol/gas and you don’t know if you will ever make it out of the park. ¬†Don’t worry we found a gas station. ¬†I took a little piece of the park home with me thanks to the ridiculous amount of beach sand that was leftover in my shoes, ¬†once you get sand in your shoes you will never get all the traces out again. ¬†Now, I carry little pieces of the park with me every time I lace up my trainers.

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^^ leave behind only footprints.

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^^ Carl had a lot of things in his hands, that’s how this semi formal photo happened.

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^^ How can you not be mesmerised by the ocean with a view like that.

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^^ So many footprints, but we didn’t see any people.

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^^ Baby’s first beach trip?

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^^ even the sunlight was magical.

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^^ Seagull….always such posers.

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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.

Youghal ready for this

Amazing Youghal, Co cork. ¬†You would never believe that its pronounced , Y’all. ¬†Where did the ‘gh’ go? Embarrassing yourself is all part of learning and travelling for that matter, you better believe we said Youghal the wrong way A LOT. ¬†As I type this I keep saying it wrong in my head.

This quiet little seaside town is what dreams are made out of. ¬†Christmas music being played out of speakers for the whole town to hear, cute little houses with the most delightful Christmas decorations, thrift shops, quaint coffee shops, ¬†mom and pop shops, it makes you feel like you’ve entered the twilight zone, but alas you are just in Youghal!

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^^ Beach side walking.

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^^Windy days.

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^^ Found these tiny apples.

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^^ Pretty flowers.

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^^ Walking ¬†everywhere. ¬†It would be easier if we didn’t have a mother of a hill back to our little abode.

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^^ Beautiful walls.

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^^ Cute little houses.

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^^ St Mary’s. ¬†Such a beautiful church and its still in use.

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^^ Seagulls just relaxing.

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^^ The sun saying hello.

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^^ Look the ocean!

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^^ This road just keeps on going.  Nothing like a gradual incline to get your legs working.

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^^ I kept seeing the top of these ruins, so naturally I had to find out what it was. ¬†What awaited was the most amazing cemetery I’ve ever seen.

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^^ tiny apples everywhere.

A couple of photos does not do Youghal any justice.

Dublin Adventure Part 1

After a gruelling 18 hour flight we finally made it to a surprisingly sunny Dublin, short lived sun, but one day of blue skies is more than I needed. ¬†We got a taxi to our lodge and set out to explore Dublin on zero sleep, but a lot of motivation not to waste a second. ¬†Somehow we managed to walk 9 km into the city centre and explore. ¬†If you are one of those crazy people that can sleep on a plane, I really envy you! I tried and tried, somehow hurt my knee and just ended up being grumpy at my attempts of sleep. ¬†The lack of sleep, with the 3 days of exploring Dublin really kept me going. ¬† I’m still rocking those deep bags under my eyes, but its all so worth it.

Lack of burglar guards, small fences, no gates, really honest people had us in a complete sense of culture shock. ¬†We did go all South African on a lot of innocent people just walking home with groceries. ¬†The distrusting “you better not rob me” face was used A LOT, trying to walk faster than everyone else, because of fear was also a big thing. ¬†At one point Carl walked so fast, my legs didn’t want to work any more. ¬†I’ve been suffering from an extremely painful knee ever since. ¬†Every day we seem to chill out a little more, I somehow want to widen my eyes more and more just to take everything in. ¬†The beautiful green, the magnificent grey skies, my two favourite colours jam packed into one hell of a beautiful country.

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^^ waiting for the train.  I completely embarrassed myself by getting stuck in the little exiting train prison, ticket checking part.  Oh well.  Lesson learned!

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^^ One of the many beautiful churches around Dublin.

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^^ The most beautiful grass I ever did see.

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^^ While meandering around the city it started snowing. ¬†Carl didn’t want to believe it was snow, he kept saying it was bubbles. ¬†It was snow.

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^^ Dublin castle and that man trying to break out of the wall.

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^^ Dublin Castle.

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^^ A lot of people hate the cold and wetness, but I love it.  Being all bundled up, not sweating out of perculiar places is heaven to me.  Being angry at your ancestry for going to such a hot place, is justifiable when you hate the heat.

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^^ Cute houses around every corner.

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After the most beautiful bus trip I’ve ever been on we arrive at home base (Youghal) last night. ¬†3 weeks in this beautiful little town before we move on to cork.