Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
When we'd all had our fill of scones and tea (Niave had about 4 cups!) the dressing up really began!
and not even the dogs escaped!
Some pets have to endure such humiliation!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
After a while Abigail and I got into a noughts and crosses marathon and the whole driveway was covered in these:
And Niave drew rainbows!It was lovely to be outside in the sunshine after a week of very wet and windy weather.
and ice cream/frozen yoghurt from Marcel's for dessert.
And there was a crazy lady at our table!!!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Window to the world?
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Old on the left, new on the right! So sad.
During the week, I discovered that you can go up Table Mountain in the Cable car for free on your birthday.
But it was a beautiful day and it wasn't windy at all up there, only towards the end it got a bit breezy.
The last time I went up was when Abigail was 6 months old (I seem to remember another time but the details are so vague I'm sticking with that 1 time!) and I have to say that a 6 month old in a pram in her sweet frilly bonnet is a whole lot more enjoyable than a 3 year old with a death wish. It was a hard task keeping track of Niave (and that on top of the bad temper and cheekiness was quite a lot to take)! I'd much rather have been herding a lot of cows up there!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Then combine the 2 with the bread flour and knead and knead and knead.
And knead and knead and knead!
Then the idea is to let it rise for an hour.
Well, here it is "rising" except that it didn't!
At that point I needed to ask Taryn a question and she gave me a tip to put the dough in a warmed oven - well, then it rose! Yay.
Lots of sticky dough!
By then I had mixed the butter, sugar and cinnamon together to make the filling.
spread, sprinkle and cut. (The spreading was quite a delight - as you can see!)
Once you've placed the "wheels" in a baking tray they have to rise again! Then you pop them in the oven and let them bake.
By the time they were ready it was 5 o'clock and time for supper! They were left in a bit long (although I took them out 5 minutes before the recipe said to) so they were a bit crispy and brown but doused in warm custard they went down a treat - almost like a cinnamonny bread pudding.
So next time I know to do a few things differently and definitely halve the amount of baking time!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Next thing I know she's on the phone asking if she can buy the tickets for me for my birthday which is in a few days time!
So we did a little Google-ing and discovered that it was 3 hours long and decided that maybe it would be too long for Abigail. I ran the idea by Grant and he was not all that keen on 3 hours of Swan Lake so I invited my friend Mandy who's birthday it was on Thursday.
Bev arranged the tickets and they were ready and waiting for us this afternoon.
Our seats were brilliant. Second row of the balcony in the centre! You can't beat that! We had a perfect view.
The performance was very good and we enjoyed it very much.
We were well stocked with peanut Chuckles (the worlds best chocolate peanuts!) and Brazil Nutties.
The sets and costumes were beautiful, I kept thinking that it looked very Russian, especially the costumes. Then halfway through I realised - duh, Tchaikovsky was Russian!!
It was lovely to go to a "non-child related" show as mostly I get to go to Peter Rabbit and Noddy - which are good too, but it was nice to have a grown-up outing for a change!
Actually it's my second afternoon in a row without my kids in tow so I can't really complain. Thanks to my parents for once again stepping up to babysit - not that I gave you much of a choice!!!
Abigail probably would have managed as the storyline was very clear, not vague as some ballet's can be and also she actually knows the story quite well from watching the Barbie in Swan Lake DVD! So, the next time I see a ballet is showing I'll take her along.
Thanks Bev, VERY much for the tickets it was a lovely, relaxing afternoon.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
One time she said "sing the money Ouma" - my mom very cleverly realised that she was referring to "Sing a song of sixpence" ('the King was in his counting house counting out his money')!
Tonight she was battling to fall asleep and asked me to sing a song.
I was just thinking of what to sing when she said "sing the 'pince' mommy" - once again it was "sing a song of sixpence"!!
Happy Birthday Mitchell.