Monday, braai meat for breakfast, PV gym, home office, fetched Mia, Franschhoek, sunset podcast walk.
Tuesday, May the 4th be with you, school run, home office, smoothie making, creative writing, weekly meeting, batch email sending – sending an email to ~800 people is an art, fetched Mia, quick mid-week braai – Mia made a mushroom sauce with Paul’s recipe.
Paul’s Mushroom Sauce – Goes well with braai steak.
You will need: onions, butter, olive oil, garlic, brown mushrooms, cream, brandy, rosemary, mezina, milk.
Just lightly fry a few onion slices in butter. You can add splash of olive oil so butter doesn’t burn too easily. Adding a little garlic is optional.
Then fry sliced mushrooms with the butter and onions. I find only brown mushrooms or Portabello mushrooms have that rich earth flavour that makes the sauce best. Good to add some Rosemary to mushrooms as they fry.
Once they’re cooked, and moisture has cooked off, add a splash of brandy or whiskey (like 2/3 tots), to de-glaze the pan. Careful, it might flame up from a few seconds here. Then reduce again.
Finally, slowly add your cream. One container of Woolies pouring cream works well, then you can add a dash of milk. Thicken finished simmering sauce with little Mezina if necessary.
Wednesday, up early, school run, Boschendal, email scrubbing morning, day in Paarl, Laborie lunch with Phil – love those bone marrow snails, Tavelberg – got a dishwasher a drinks fridge (with a lock) and a first aid kit, Paarl Mall, tea with Mia.
Locks keep people honest.
Thursday, school run, new toys arrived, VdV gym, sunset podcast golf course walk.
Dad in the winelands life is pretty cool – even better with a dishwasher.
This week I learned about server NIC interrupt coalescence – batching packets to save CPU resources.
Friday, school run, VdV gym, home office – played SIM ISP, fetched Mia, La Paris deli, Back’s deli, sunset podcast golf course walk, Mia arranged a sleep-over party, watched Unfinished Business.
Saturday, walked to the club house for coffee, smoothies, connected the new dishwasher for its maiden voyage wash – let’s be honest – pretty much the best kind of robot we’ve managed to figure out so far, Eikestad Mall visit and drove around three teenagers, stocked my first-aid kit – I can now host kids and adult parties, sunset walk, set up a new water filter.
Mia makes a pretty mean mushroom sauce now.
Sunday, morning walk, Mia made breakfast wraps, gym – found a hex bar, dropped Mia’s friend off at Rushmore, we did a quick braai mission – Spur level efficient cooking – start to finish with dishes is dishwasher: 60 min – and breakfast for the next day.
Monday, woke up in Franschhoek, school run, Cape Town visit, dermatologist – the smell of your own flesh burning is disturbing on some level, brunch at Bootleggers, Den Anker, Franschhoek.
Tuesday, school run, Boschendal, weekly meeting, salads at Col’caccio with Mia, more than one Jamey at the guest house with the owner.
Wednesday, school run, Boschendal – try their fish and chips, admin day, Wellington vet visit, club house sushi.
The Facebook pet project turned one and managed to get 64k likes.
Stayed on a guest farm for a few days, pretty much the only guests – the hospitality industry can not be happy.
Thursday, school run, Boschendal, some VoIP tinkering, weekly meeting.
“People who claim to know jackrabbits will tell you they are primarily motivated by Fear, Stupidity, and Craziness. But I have spent enough time in jack rabbit country to know that most of them lead pretty dull lives; they are bored with their daily routines: eat, fuck, sleep, hop around a bush now and then….No wonder some of them drift over the line into cheap thrills once in a while; there has to be a powerful adrenalin rush in crouching by the side of a road, waiting for the next set of headlights to come along, then streaking out of the bushes with split-second timing and making it across to the other side just inches in front of the speeding front wheels” — Hunter S. Thompson — about distraction
Monday, woke up in the Karoo, hiked up the 1st kloof – spiderman mission, drone flying, removed a splinter from my hand, we made radlers again, braai.
Watch HRV reading shows I sleep well in the Karoo.
Tuesday, morning hike – 2nd kloof to the water pools, braai broodjies for breakfast, a long day of driving, drove from the Karoo to Somerset West to fetch Mia and back to Franschhoek, supper at Allora, Klein Watenfal Riverside Lodge, watched Please Stand By again.
Wednesday, shortest school run yet, worked at Boschendal, dentist check-up, hair cut, fetched Mia, house hunting, sushi at the club house, chilled by the pool.
Thursday, school run, Boschendal again, fetched Mia, oysters special at Grande Provence.
Friday, guest house breakfast, school run, Boschendal, first Atomic Vumatel customers went live, fetched Mia, car wash and beer at Hey Joe Brewery, nap, sunset walk.
Saturday, breakfast with Mia, dropped her at school for a netball clinic, Franschhoek, vet, Pearl Valley, fetched Mia, epic nap, seafood pizza at Grappa Pappa, 18yo Glenmorangie.
Why does Webflow not support IPv6 yet?
“I survived AM, FM, ISDN and IPv4.” — spotted on Twitter
Sunday, lazy morning, blogging and photo processing, we had a late lunch at Topiary, Franschhoek, nap, sunset walk and a long phone chat with Jacques.
Monday, walked to the Waterfront, Mussels Monday with Adrian at Den Anker, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk – 15k steps.
Tuesday, morning walk to Clifton, last day of antibiotics – thank goodness – 4 courses of antibiotics over 3 weeks – not ideal, bloody mary and an all day breakfast at Hemelhuis – yum, a quick Beta Beach visit, nap, sunset walk to the Waterfront – 15k steps.
Wednesday, rainy morning walk to Clifton, Mia turned 15 – yikes, pumpkin flapjacks, home office day, sunset walk, saganaki salad at Mykonos Taverna – 15k steps.
“Nothing lasts as long as a short term workaround. There’s nothing so permanent as temporary.”
You can now get Atomic over the Vumatel fibre network, if you live in the Cape of Good Hope.
Thursday, early morning DC visit – Airpods Pro work pretty well for noise cancelling in a DC – braai with Wouter, Luke, Justin and Shona.
Turns out you can remotely mount a recovery boot disk via IPMI.
Friday, random tinkering, sunset walk, oysters at the Mojo market – pro tip: when you’ve recently had dental surgery – avoid tabasco, watched a Netflix doccie with Wouter.
“Woke supremacy is as bad as white supremacy” — news headline this week
Saturday, smoothie making, backups, device charging, packing, road trip to Laignsburg, met up with Paul and drove to their farm.
Sunday, swim, nap, climbed on the roof to take some photos – too windy for the drone, a few Radlers (see roof, Radler and Paul above), braai.
The term Radler originates with a drink called Radlermass (literally “cyclist liter”) that was originally created by Innkeeper Franz Kugler in a small town named Deisenhofen, just outside Munich. During the great cycling boom of the Roaring Twenties, Kugler created a bicycle trail from Munich, through the woods, which led directly to his drinking establishment. On a beautiful June day in 1922, a reported “13,000 cyclists” crashed Kugler’s party. Fast running out of beer, he blended it 50/50 with a lemon soda he could never seem to get rid of, and the rest is history.
Monday, PV club house breakfast, fetched Mia, road trip to Montagu, hot springs visit, walk, evening hot springs visit.
Tuesday, slept until almost 10am, hotel breakfast, chilled afternoon, tour of the Montagu farm stalls, The Barn on R62, pizza, evening hot springs visit.
Wednesday, slept late, R62 road trip with Mia, we stopped for lunch at Christina’s bistro at Van Loveren, scenic drive to Somerset West, dropped Mia off, a quick Dirk visit and a tour of his new irrigation system, sushi at the PV clubhouse and a sunset walk.
Thursday, the big dentist day, had to be driven home, smoothies and meds, sunset podcast golf course walk and a phone chat with Jacques.
Pro tip: Just skip the root canal and go for the titanium screw option. Not bad at all. Only snag – I’m now on my 4th antibiotics course and I have a whole bag of meds including pro-biotics and steroids – which I think are to help the bone settle around the screw.
Friday, up early, network configs, walked to The Yard and had lunch, drove back to Cape Town, braai with Wouter.
Two types of jobs: 1) doing things others don’t want to do, 2) doing things others can’t do. If you are not in engineering, you are in support.
Saturday, breakfast at Naked with Wouter, photo processing, backups, walked to the Waterfront, late lunch at Den Anker – steak tartare – easy to chew, oh bother the L’Occitaine shop closed, a glass of red wine with Wouter.
Listen to the Jerm interview with Stefan Moleneux.
Sunday, Clifton beach walk, Debian 10.9 upgrades, nap, configured a VM in London and played with mysql replication, pasta and red wine with Wouter and Justin.
Not the best week, less wine photos this week – more dentist fun – about to get a titanium upgrade. On my second course of antibiotics now. Turns out you get two broad categories. You can’t drink any alcohol when taking the antibiotics for anaerobic bacteria. Toothache can really fuck with your quality of life – but modern painkillers are pretty impressive.
Wednesday, Sea Point, dentist 3D scan, other dentist imprint, drove to Pearl Valley, sushi.
The Facebook pet project beat Alan Winde in page likes.
Thursday, up early, walked the dog, home officing, sushi at Oku in Franschhoek, Antonij Ruper Wyne wine tasting – because loadshedding and with wine tasting I mean having tea, Topiary wines.
My stolen Macbook finally showed up on FindMy app and received its lock message. A bit more peace of mind.
Friday, pedicures, lunch at Big Dog Cafe, afternoon walk around the golf course, we made salad.
Saturday, morning dog walk, lunch at Le Lude – good food – but try sit outside because of the acoustics, mini high tea bubbly tasting, nap, walk, watched Spirited Away again.
New fav bubbly: Le Lude Brut – tastes a bit salty – very good.
Sunday, photo processing, shut down a few things which were probably taking up more time than is healthy, a little Sunday adventure to the doctor in Paarl because of an ear infection – so third round of antibiotics – faack – and some Quadriderm to the rescue again, watched Howl’s Moving Castle again, dog walk, salad, watched The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Monday, home officing, backups, photo processing, played graphic designer, sunset podcast walk to Clifton, supper with Wouter.
Tuesday, up early to upgrade a router, made a Shopify online shop live, walked to Clifton, Apple device upgrade day, VM migration.
Wednesday, online shop tweaking, nap, afternoon walk, weekly meeting, dinner with Wouter and Teddy – and some Kevin Arnold shiraz.
I know some Shopify basics now. Online shops are pretty easy to set up.
Thursday, morning promenade walk, dentist, Just Skin, oysters at Mojo Market, weekly meeting.
Friday, coffee at Stepbrothers with Wouter, Point Mall, fetched Mia from school, biltong shopping in Franschhoek, road trip to Pringle Bay – Mia tells me she took the Bible out at the school library and started reading it, stopped in Kleinmond, supper at Bistro 365, slept like a baby.
Saturday, we took a walk to Pringle village for lunch, nap, braai with some Five Soldiers Chardonnay, loadshedding at 20:00 – so early night.
Sunday, Pringe beach walk, coastal drive back with Mia, Somerset Mall, dropped Mia off, late lunch at La Paris Deli, last minute 7 Koppies visit.
Monday, woke up in Elgin, morning walk – realised I need to make a few changes, scrabled eggs, packing, drove to Paarl, lunch at Turbodene (Big Dog Cafe) in Franschhoek, Rushmore visit, wine tasting at Rustenberg and a walk around their gardens, wine tasting at Lanzerac, drove to Cape Town, had some Rustenberg shiraz with Wouter and Rene, in bed early.
Tuesday, car service day, weekly meeting, fetched car – with new software – there was one annoying bug, some laptop hunting in Greenmarket Square again, Wouter and I took some merch photos just past Bakoven, dinner at Maria’s in Dunkley Square with Wouter and Rene.
Wednesday, photo processing, blogging, backups, nap, afternoon walk to the Waterfront – and a long phone chat with Jacques, beer at Den Anker.
Thursday, breakfast at gym, VM migrations with wine and chocolate.
Friday, visit to the old apartment building, lunch at Rockpool – good old chicken skewers and a bloody mary, haircut at Artem mall, biltong shopping, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk and a long chat with Jacques, watched My Best Friend’s Wedding again.
Life has been a bit busy. It was time to do nothing for a weekend.
Saturday, slept late, Son of a Butcher T-bone braai with Wouter and some Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry 2017 red, time well spent.
Sunday, podcast walk to the Waterfront, a beer at Den Anker and some mussels, time well spent.
The holodeck sim really wanted to screw with me this week…
Week of 22-28 February.
Monday, up early, 50m pool swim, breakfast at The Yard, Rushmore, we had lunch at Bovine in Franschhoek, club house pool afternoon, watched Sour Grapes – worth a watch.
Tuesday, fetched my drivers licence, coffee with Phil, Strolla.
“Feeling types are not fully sentient – too open to manipulation.” — Jacques
Wednesday, laundry, backups, photo processing, blogging at Mykonos Taverna, somebody stole my laptop bag out of the back of my car – good thing I made full backups, weekly meeting.
Make double sure your car is locked when parking around Sea Point. Remote jamming is a thing. My laptop was stolen from the back of my car. Sea Point CID looked at CCTV footage and confirmed it was a case of remote jamming.
Thursday, up early to upgrade a server, a quick visit to Greenmarket Square with CID people and police – to try track down my laptop, Sea Point police station, braai at home with Al and Adrian and the dutch models.
Friday, drove to Paarl, biltong shopping in Franschhoek, drove to Grabouw, lunch at The Melting Pot at Oak Valley – used to be The Pool Room – good food – epic Groenland chardonnay, Jakals River Farm.
Saturday, Perigine Farm Stall breakfast, mostly tech-free day, reading Dune – finally, afternoon walk, too windy for the hot tub, watched Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark, fell asleep on the couch.
Sunday, Houw Hoek Hotel visit, epic afternoon nap, walked the dogs around the apple and pear orchards, watched Rocketman again, time well spent.
Monday, woke up in Bantry Bay, laptop tinkering, photo processing, breakfast with Wouter and Rene, blogging, hardware ordering, nap, Camps Bay tidal pool swim with Wouter and Justin, braai and a good catch up with Wouter.
Tuesday, coffee at Stepbrothers with Wouter, walked down to The President Hotel for a meeting and some lunch, 2 hours of lying still, promenade walk.
Wednesday, up early, coffee at Lily’s, Waterfront, Maaji shop, mussels at Den Anker, got some Costa Azzurra, weekly meeting, braai at home.
Thursday, up early to migrate a mail server, nap, fetched Mia, Haute Cabriere – chats about nomad lifestyles.
“Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.” — Werner Herzog
Friday, family braai at Jacques’, Bentley finally met the family.
Saturday, family lunch at Hartenberg, dropped Jacques off at the airport so he can go spend ten days in UK covid isolation.
The Hartenberg uber premium range wines are nothing short of epic.
“As hulle Coke in hulle yskas het, kyk hulle CNN.” — Jacques, about the fake news sugar cartel.
Sunday, shopping with Mia and Charlotte – got some memory foam pillows again, club house sushi with Mia, dropped Mia off at Rushmore, very good Le Lude bubbly.