Happy Friday!

Hello Friday!  The thought that the weekend is hours away always puts a smile on my face.

Plus it means making my weekly gratitude list and I love how positive the blogs feel on a Friday.  Reading other blogger’s lists with a cup of tea is a great start to the weekend.

My gratitude list for the week:

  • An amazing weekend in Hermanus.  Explored Stanford, Gansbaai and Rooi-Els and returned feeling so relaxed.
  • Going back to gym.
  • Watching “This Is Us” – I know it was on last weeks list but I LOVE this series and it makes Mondays better!  I’m also enjoying watching “Doubt”.
  • More rain this week
  • The way Mark makes me laugh, puts things in perspective and turns a long work day into a distant memory with his positive attitude
  • Winter evenings cuddling on the couch with the heater on
  • That I have the ability to be happy for others – a trait some people I know are incapable of.  May I never get like that!
  • Discovering new blogs – love it!
  • My Morgan Taylor nailpolish – wearing “sweater weather” which is perfect for winter.
  • Laughing at an old episode of “Friends” with Ross and ‘his sound’ on the keyboard.  Now I’m giggling at my desk just remembering it!

What is on your list?

Have a great weekend

xx

Long weekend in the Overberg

This past weekend was spent exploring the Overberg.  We set out early on Friday morning and made our way to Stanford.  The Willem Appel Dam is beautiful and great for birding opportunities.  It was a freezing morning but Mark had his camera ready for sightings.

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He saw movement by the reeds and wondered if he’d spotted the Black Crake (a bird which has eluded him for 2 years!)  As avid birders we keep a list of every bird we’ve sighted and were hoping to add to this.  Unfortunately we couldn’t positively identify the bird and our list remained the same.  We warmed up with some coffee at a nearby restaurant and hoped that we’d get a chance to spot the mystery bird again before the end of the weekend.

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We set off to Hermanus where we were staying for the long weekend and had a tasty breakfast at The Bistro which is a stunning restaurant with a beautiful view.

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(love the sign next to the mirror).

We walked around a bit, looking (hopefully) for whales, enjoying the wintry sunshine and soaking up the long-weekend feeling.

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Later, after checking in, we drove to Gansbaai and spent some time watching the boats returning to the Harbour.

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Gansbaai is well known for its Great White Shark cage diving.

We stopped off at Danger Point on the way back.  With the sunny weather we wanted to make the most of the day.

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On the way back we also visited De Kelders which is a great spot to watch sunsets.

After making our way back to Hermanus, we had a braai and enjoyed a relaxing evening.  The stresses of the week felt very far away as we recalled our adventures for the day.

It rained in the night and we woke to an overcast day (we were glad we’d made the most of the previous days sunshine!)  We drove to Stanford where we enjoyed a breakfast at Coffee Corner.  It was freezing outside and the restaurant has a cosy fireplace which made such a difference.

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Couldn’t resist snapping a pic of this sign!

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That afternoon we visited our favourite pub in Hermanus for a few drinks.

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On Sunday morning a return trip to the Willem Appel Dam in Stanford meant that Mark spotted the Black Crake at long last!  The bird emerged from the reeds and onto the lily pads!  We could add to our list which is now at 198 birds and were thrilled.  Worth braving the cold for!

After breakfast we packed up and decided to visit Rooi-Els before coming home.  There is another bird we’ve been looking for there – the Cape Rockjumper.  We’ve been numerous times and Mark has only seen one at a distance.  Feeling hopeful we arrived and started walking while scanning the area for this bird.  Hubby spotted one first and walked up the mountain to try get a photo.  They are super quick but this was the closest we’d seen one and we were thrilled!

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Big smiles after spotting the elusive Cape Rockjumper!

What an awesome weekend it was!

xx

Whats up, weekend

I’m a day early as it is a 3 day weekend 🙂

Just over 2 hours until my weekend starts and believe me, I CANNOT wait.

So this is what made me happy this week:

  • Hubby is setting up a photography website and I’m so proud of him.
  • RAIN!
  • Our heater
  • Breakfast at Die Damhuis on Sunday morning after a long lie in.
  • 4 day week and a 3 day weekend to look forward to
  • Date night on Monday
  • Watching “This Is Us”
  • Losing myself in a book
  • Clean and tidy home
  • Discovering new blogs

What about you?  What made you smile this week?

xx

Why I’m happier logged off of Facebook

Each Monday when I plan my week ahead I jot down a few goals.  They include visiting the gym, drinking water and not just tea, making time to read, eating healthily and having two FB-free days.  I list these things every week because I know if I stick to them I’m a much happier person.  Gym, water, relaxing and eating well – yes all pretty obvious.

But for alot of people giving up social media for two days a week isn’t on their to-do list.  The reason it is a priority on mine is because I’ve realised how much calmer and downright happier I feel when I’m living in the actual moment instead of trying to document it to an audience online.  I feel more peaceful when I’m enjoying a weekend and just being there rather than reading what everyone is doing on theirs.

I’m not running down FB – I still log on most days and catch up, like, comment and enjoy seeing what others are up to but I don’t feel the need to be online as much as I used to.  I also find myself posting so much less.  It may sound weird but I don’t feel like sharing as much as I used to.

Yesterday I logged on, checked in and instantly regretted it.  I hadn’t posted in a while and could have continued as a quiet visitor but felt like adding something – no idea why.  However, unlike when I blog or catch up on other blogger’s news, I didn’t feel like I’d added anything to my day.  In fact I probably lost a chunk of time staring mindlessly at my phone.  For no reason.

Over time I’ve realised that on FB you get those who just collect comments and likes but never reciprocate to anybody else online.  Then get snarky when you don’t like or comment after a while.  Or people who like to air everything they are going through online.  Or those who constantly post every few hours with quotes or thoughts that are guaranteed to get a reaction.  Then update “don’t like it, don’t read it” posts when they get a reaction.  Or those who proudly and constantly state how smug they are to be anti-social whilst using social media to post this.

I’m tired.  My timeline is tired and when I discovered the unfollow option a while ago I found that to be more of a highlight than logging on and catching up!

What about you?  What are your views on FB and do you ever take a social media break?

xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday at last!

This week has dragged by so slowly, it felt like Friday would never arrive.  But here we are *does a happy dance*

I am seriously doing a countdown to 4:00pm as I type this.

Anyway despite being a long week with a few irritations along the way (I found a self-appointed expert to be bloody annoying, I hardly found time to gym and I let silly things get to me) there is alot to be grateful for.  So here is this weeks list of things that made me happy:

  • Mark’s project at work is going well.  He did a course in March and is now working on a huge project as well as doing all his work.  I’m so proud of him and his dedication.
  • PNA had a sale last week.  Now as someone who adores stationery – this was wonderful.  I went on Friday after work.  Then I went again on Sunday (I had to make sure I hadn’t missed something)!
  • Awesome Saturday.  Woke up and had delicious flapjacks and bacon for breakfast, took a long and scenic drive to Franschhoek and visited the Station Pub.  We sat outside and it was quite cold but we warmed up instantly when our lunches arrived.  I had been thinking about pizza for days and it was worth the wait!
  • Attending a very interesting client seminar on Tuesday.
  • Doing the grocery shopping last night after work for this weekend.  My word but I don’t enjoy grocery shopping!  Shoe and clothing shopping?  YES.  Book shopping?  YES.  Stationery shopping?  HOORAY.  Grocery shopping?  MEH.  Ended up going to 3 different shops to get everything (major annoyance) but I cannot wait for tonights comfort food and treats that are just waiting at home ready to be enjoyed.
  • Working out a new fitness/healthy eating plan.  Still very much in progress but I don’t want to let my gym card gather dust just because it is winter.
  • Reading with a cup of tea first thing in the morning.
  • Rain is predicted this weekend and again next week (praying we get LOADS).
  • Mark making me laugh out loud at the most random things – I am grateful for my husband’s sense of humour as I sometimes forget mine when I’m stressing over nonsense.
  • Two days of fun and relaxation are less than 8 hours away!

What about you?  What is currently on your gratitude list?

xx

Happy Friday

Hello Friday – so glad you’ve arrived 🙂

My gratitude list for this week include:

  • Breakfast at Greens on Saturday morning, shopping afterwards and then an afternoon drive to Rooiels
  • Awesome hike on Sunday – we went to Cecelia Forest and it was a great workout with beautiful scenery
  • Flapjacks for breakfast
  • Feeling better after having a sore throat on Monday
  • Soothing cups of tea with honey
  • Organising my e-mails this week – worth the effort!
  • Sorbet nail polish
  • Boerewors rolls and oven chips – perfect comfort food 🙂
  • Rain last night.  Please let us get more!
  • Weekend is around the corner

xx

Currently: May

Where has this month gone to?  It seems every month goes quicker than the last and this year is zooming by far too quickly.

So this is where I am currently:

Grateful:  for an amazing mini-break in Stanford earlier this month with Mark

Loving:  my husband and the way he always knows what to say when I’m feeling stressed

Remembering:  my Ouma who spent her first mother’s day in heaven this month

Drinking:  tea with honey

Pondering:  a huge decision I need to make regarding studying further

Hopeful:  for rain.  The dam levels in Cape Town are extremely low and we desperately need lots of rain very soon

Wishing:  that it was Friday evening

Excited:  to try out my new Clinique make up

Feeling:  headachey after a very long meeting.  Want to curl up with tea and a book!

How has your May been?

xx

 

 

Happy Friday

What a week!  I am in desperate need of a weekend and am SO glad that Friday is here at long last.  Lots of people agreed this week dragged by and I cannot wait for 4:00pm to arrive 🙂

My gratitude list for this week:

  • An amazing stay in Stanford.  Mark and I had such a relaxing time and look forward to going back soon.
  • Mark’s 20 year anniversary at his work on Monday.  Such an awesome achievement and I’m so proud of all his hard work and dedication.
  • Dinner with my father-in-law and mother-in-law on Monday evening.
  • Lunch with a work friend on Tuesday
  • Tea with honey
  • Crisp wine after a super long day earlier this week – tea can only do so much!
  • Treating myself to goodies from Clinique and getting a gift with it in a cute make up bag
  • Being creative with the organiser I bought from Typo
  • Having a relatively healthy eating week.  Drinking more water and cutting down on carbs.
  • Driving more and getting a little more confident with each trip.

What is on your gratitude list?

xx

Hermanus getaway

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This past weekend was wonderful.  Hubby and I planned a stay in Hermanus and the weather was amazing with Saturday being really hot and wind-free.  We went to have brunch at Oskars and then walked around a bit before having drinks and watching rugby at Tapas.  I love this restaurant and couldn’t resist a fun pic 🙂

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I thought the sign inside the restaurant was brilliant!

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The Hi-Tec Walker Bay Xtreme was taking place all weekend and Hermanus was super busy with lots of people competing in various sporting events.

Saturday evening we had a braai and watched rugby.  We woke to much cooler weather on Sunday morning but took a drive to Stanford.  Hubby had bought a new camera lens and was keen to try it out.  We spotted a Giant Kingfisher and he was glad to get some pics even though it was overcast.

Later in the afternoon we drove to Gansbaai and Danger Point and stopped at a quiet spot where we watched Kelp Gulls dropping periwinkle snails on the ground before eating them.  Nature never ceases to amaze me!

This is the part where I tell you that I accidentally deleted some of my photos on Tuesday (selected an album instead of one photo) so I have none of the clever Gulls.  I’m lucky to have some pics of the weekend thanks to hubby taking them on his phone 🙂  Some were in my WhatsApp chats – hooray for technology!

Back in Hermanus we took a walk and spotted this little Dassie happily munching away.

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We had another delicious braai that evening and Monday morning went back to Stanford where hubby got some more photos (he is very pleased with his lens) and glad he bought it.

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After a tasty breakfast, we packed up and drove back to Cape Town.

That evening we had a date night and celebrated 10 years of being in our home.  I still remember moving in like it was yesterday!  Over the decade we have painted, tiled, made changes to the garden and hubby built a braai.  However we remembered the first few days of moving in, and because our home was new we had to buy (and install) curtain rails, security bars, gates, a letterbox and not forgetting toilet roll holders.

What a journey the last 10 years have been.  I’m excited for the next decade with the love of my life.

xx

 

 

Happy Friday

This week has been a short one as yesterday was a public holiday for us.  Hubby and I drove through to West Coast National Park and even though it was cloudy when we arrived, the clouds lifted and it warmed up mid-morning.  We enjoyed breakfast in Langebaan at a restaurant called Ginga Beanz and then went back to the park afterwards.

I’d have liked to take today off and add it to a long weekend but I have too much to do at the moment.  I’ll be glad when today is sorted, deadline ticked off and I’m at home with hubby preparing for the weekend.

My highlights for the week include:

  • Using a gift voucher I received for my birthday last weekend.  Had a pedicure and chose a bright orange which brightens up every outfit in seconds.
  • Watching old episodes of “Friends”.  Even though I know how it ends, I’m enjoying it all over again.
  • Going back to gym this week.
  • Reading with a cup of tea
  • Tin roof ice-cream
  • Public holidays
  • Saying no to something and realising the world doesn’t end.
  • Rain this week
  • Clean and tidy home.  Just makes me feel more organised.
  • Fun in Langebaan yesterday.  Daytrips with my hubby always put a smile on my face.

Have a great weekend everyone.

xx