Quick Update

A bit of a break…

Near Caledon
Near Caledon
  • Week of 6-12 October.
  • Monday, woke up at Rocking the Daisies, biltong for breakfast, safe to say we were the very last people to leave… had to go search for Paul’s phone, stopped for a quick wine tasting at Darling Cellars, drove back to Cape Town with Paul, a swim at Wouter’s house – very cool place, a long lunch at La Perla with Paul and Wouter – nice chats, good food and some Hartenberg Chardonnay, a drink with Georg, Wouter, Al, Ingi and Cath at Van Hunks… great to see everybody.
  • Pro-tip: drink Rehidrat before the party, not just after (via Wouter).
  • Safe to say I’ve missed Cape Town.
  • There is a bit of an irony to this blog – sometimes when I’m not sure if I’m in the mood to do something I figure – why not? the blog could use the content. It serves as a motivation to keep doing fun things, but sometimes I really just do not want to be busy.
  • Wouter and Paul also like Nikki’s AfrikaBurn theme idea.
  • Found this video about free diving (via Brian), made me think of the most relaxed day ever – 1998ish, Bettys Bay area, after an afternoon of crayfish diving with Jacques and Wynand, we stopped for a second dive along the coastal road. Great dive, just relaxing in the fairly warm water. Diving and exploring. Found a little blowfish and played with it. Views of the sun setting across False Bay towards Simon’s Town. Magic.
  • Tuesday, woke up in Bantry Bay, returned my camping gear to storage, Earl Grey tea, Nina Simone and an omelette at Basic Bistro.. bliss, some photo processing, processed a lot of phone notes, epic 1k swim, sauna, blogging, drove through to Cape Town, took a walk with Cath around Tamboerskloof… walked by our old Leeukloof house, burger in a bowl with Michael at Da Vinci’s.
  • “Everything ends badly, otherwise it would not end.” — Cocktail, not sure how I missed this quote, it was pretty much the reason we watched the movie again recently.

  • Wednesday, woke up in Tamboerskloof, fetched Mia, red cappuccinos and omelettes, played swimming coach – more butterfly training, fetched Francis, JIT outing planning, drove to Greyton… booked a place to stay on the way, stopped at Peregrine Farm Stall and bumped into my cousin Petro, which I have not seen in about 15 years, arrived at a cold and rainy Greyton Lodge, relaxed by the fire, a quick (non-league non-Campari) game of croquet with Mia and Francis, phoned Ernst, Francis rocked her panda onesie to Vanilla Cafe – pizza night, nice chat with the locals, Matilda soundtrack sing along at (bubble) bath time… Francis also knows the words now – and we have it in the car, obvs.
  • “Even if you’re little you can do a lot. You mustn’t let a little thing like ‘little’ stop you.” — Matilda

  • I must say Francis is very cool – not sure how I now feel about all those levels of unhappiness I had towards Naulene when I found out she was pregnant with Francis.
  • Thursday, woke up in Greyton, we watched some Cosmos in bed (how wolves became dogs), nice healthy breakfast, tea and croquet with the girls… took us a while to work out Francis is not left handed (even her mom was not sure), Mia and Francis coloured in their new dolphin and teddy toys, new strategy: when they wind each other up I make them do push-ups, drove to the Greyton Nature Reserve and took a walk along the stream – we found two tiny ducklings at the top of the gorge, walked around Greyton and had a late lunch and pancakes at Oak and Vigne cafe… Van Morrison background music and a nice fireplace, walked back and played some more croquet, watched Cosmos (ep3-5), early night, best sleep in a long time.
  • I think we can all agree that the Greyton Lodge was a bit better when it was run by the Scandinavian couple, but it’s still nice.
  • I’m really starting to miss playing squash.
  • Friday, fairly painful watching the children eat sweet French toast after they convinced me they could order some, quick croquet game, Caledon hot water springs – highlight of the trip for M&F – only took them about 30min to get dressed to leave, rushed back to Somerset West for a party Francis had to attend, wine tasting at Ken Forrester’s – figured I’d show Mia the first place the Bothas farmed in the Cape, lunch at Eikendal… showed Mia the trailer of Star Wars Rebels (starts on 18 Oct), a quick play area visit at La Pineta, drove to Spier, a glass of Chardonnay, Mia convinced the barman to make her a virgin (not too sweet) Strawberry Daiquiri, we kicked a soccer ball around the lawn – with a bit of a lingering Daisies foot injury.
  • The “game of why?” seems to be very popular at the moment: Why do cheese knives have holes on the sides? Why do comets have tails? Why are wind turbines white? Why does steam rise off the road when it rains? Why do they built tunnels for trains in the middle of London?
  • Saturday, woke up at Spier (friends and family rate – thanks W!), soldier eggs (soft boiled eggs and toast strips), kicked a soccer ball around with Mia, a long swim – and a butterfly coaching session… the one arm butterfly stroke is looking good, some clothes shopping with Mia, bumped into Will, dropped Mia at her gran’s, Charley’s birthday party at Nikki’s house, general mayhem.
  • Teaching swimming is more challenging than I figured it would be – not trivial to communicate something which is pretty much a reflex.
  • The Spier review: very cool that they just leave a few soccer balls around the lawns, very family friendly, the art is great, not really my vibe, but nice to see so much art around.
  • Feeling great after following Mia’s sleeping routine for a few days.
  • Managed to keep my life off Facebook for a week.
  • Smartphones really are a pain if you just need to unplug for a day or three – but it’s also a good reason to use your DSLR and leave your phone in the car.
  • Sunday, woke up to the Top Gun soundtrack, sun, swims, wine and more swims, great weekend, thanks!
  • Watching Cosmos really makes you want to live longer – it’s only been a fraction of time (over the last 3.5mil years) that we have our act (mostly) together. It’s a real privilege to live in these times.
  • 7 years, 10 months since I met Nikki.
  • Tune of the week: Tove Lo – Habits
  • Back to work.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.