Weekending

We had a lovely weekend (other than early Sunday morning, which I’ll get to!). A good balance of friends and downtime and baking and pottering around.

Kicked off the weekend with homemade pizzas; so much better than bought ones! I’ve recently been mushing up avo to smear on the slices, after they’ve come out the oven. So good.

Saturday Little Man allowed us all to snooze until 6:30am (a VAST improvement over 4:30am!) after I fetched him and brought him into bed with us. Once we were all up and about, I started some homemade hot cross buns from this recipe.I let them over-rise the first time round, so they didn’t rise much the second time; and then they got a bit burnt on top. But are still perfectly edible. The second batch however, turned out almost perfectly!

I had intended to run to town to do grocery shopping on Saturday morning, but Little man went down for a nap and didn’t wake up till 09:45 and I was hosting a Mom’s Tea at 10am so that was that! We had a lovely tea; so thankful for a great, diverse group of ladies to share and chat with. Quite looking forward to when all the babies can play together too-right now they are oblivious of one another!

John was helping with Rhodes’ Grad Ball on Saturday afternoon and evening so Little Man and I were left to our own devices. I may have eaten a slab of chocolate for dinner. With a glass of milk!

John got home around 2am, at which point I’d been awake since 1am with little man. He decided he wanted to play. No. Nonononono. I eventually crawled back into bed at 02:50! I was less them amused and in need of a lot of coffee! When he woke again at 0530 I went through to the lounge and snoozed while he played on his playmat.

We had some friends over for a braai at lunchtime. John’s been constructing the quintessential South African braai, out of half-drums and this was the first test drive.  Little Man made up for his early morning antics and took a 2 hour nap! I so wished I could join him!! Still, it was a lovely autumn day (we really are having a long Autumn, I can’t remember Grad weekend ever being so balmy!) and there was cold ginger beer, homemade bacon & cheese bread and lovely lamb chops. And I made a really delicious Rhubarb (& other fruits) Crumble with rhubarb from our garden! Officially the first anything harvested!

Rhubarb Crumble

  • 200g rhubarb, diced
  • 100g green apple, cored & diced
  • 150g blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 50g + 100g sugar
  • 70g each flour, breakfast oats & softened  butter.

Toss the fruit with 50g sugar and place in a baking dish or individual ramekins. Rub the butter into the remaining sugar, flour and oats. Sprinkle the crumble mix over the top of the fruit mix. Bake at 180C until the crumble is golden and the fruit mix bubbles through the cracks. Serve with ice-cream, fresh cream or custard.

Sunday evening I was in bed by 8pm and asleep by 9:30!

What did you get up to this weekend?

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A portrait of my child, each week in 2014.

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A rare moment of stillness in your bath. You love to kick and splash and work out the last of the day’s energy. Bath time marks the start of the bedtime routine. First a nice warm bath which we let you play in for as long as you like, then dressed in your jimjams and lately, your sleep sac too so you don’t kick your blankets off over night. We snuggle a bit, sometimes with a short feed, and then you are usually out like a light.

I am looking forward to you being able to sit up in the bath; I think you are getting a bit frustrated with the baby seat! And Bubble Baths! Bubble beards, mohawks (when you eventually grow some hair!), blowing bubbles on soapy face clothes, oh yes, lots of fun things to look forward to. But for now, I’ll take a moment to appreciate the way your toes curl in towards each other and the heady smell of baby bath soap.

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A portrait of my child, each week in 2014

Autumn Stars

I thought I’d missed a week! My brain has been all in a swirl since coming back to work. new routines, new things to remember, but most of all trying to savour what feels like the few moments I get to spend with you each morning and evening. Though you are not making it easy on me, 4:30am is no time to get up for the day!

You’ve been enjoying your Bumbo, we put you on the kitchen counter (careful to move everything out of your ever flailing reach!) and chat to you while we go about preparing dinner. It’s been hot lately, a bit of an Indian Summer if you will, so I put a cube of frozen breastmilk in a mesh feeder for you. Your grasp and hand-eye coordination allows your to gnaw on it and drool all over yourself quite happily. Our first Autumn in this home has found me chasing the gorgeous light; my old Christmas decorations spreading fairy sparkles.

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Here Be Dragons!

We were woken up on Saturday morning by the neighbours dogs barking and barking and barking. Stupid dogs. We got up, made tea (still barking), got dressed, got Little Man dressed (still barking) and were thinking about breakfast when John finally looked to see what they were barking at.

 

 

Oh! It’s a chameleon! A Southern Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion ventrale). We think that the trees that were cut down were part of it’s territory and when it came back around to check on things, there was no more tree. Luckily it was high enough up on the fence that the dogs couldn’t get to it and our cats hadn’t noticed it. Poor thing was very stressed and flashed into danger colours (black, red, orange) and hissed at us furiously (I keeeellll you!)

 

 

John released it into a big Chrysanthemoides bush in our back garden. Hope he sticks around!

That makes one tortoise and once chameleon on the garden’s reptile list so far. Thankfully no snakes (yet!).

What A Day

Little Man woke up for his usual 4am feed and then decided he was done sleeping for the night. Yesterday was a long day at work!

I got home to see that the neighbors cut down the non-native tree on their side of the fence yesterday. Yay! Not so yay was the fact that it was the only tree that cast any shade in our garden and so now we need to go buy some shade cloth to protect our clivias that were planted underneath it. And a sapling to cast shade and offer privacy long term. Oh and more seeds to replace the seedlings that were trampled when they removed the branches that crashed down on our side of the fence; smashing our frangipani in the process. I was less than impressed yesterday! They apparently removed the tree because they were scared of snakes. Never mind that our properties back onto totally vacant lots which are full of fynbos. No it’s the (alien) tree that’s attracting snakes. Not that I’ve seen ANY! Grrr.

Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) & baking powder are not interchangeable. I know this and yet I put bicarb in my rusks last night instead of baking powder. They are revolting.

And the Cherry On Top? I did the same thing this morning to the baked oatmeal I made.

Pass the coffee.

 

 

 

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A portrait of my child every week

 

I discovered, quite by accident, that our bedroom gets the most amazing afternoon light. So we had a mini-photoshoot.. Dad was away fishing and it was just the two of us. I love your big blue eyes and the fine blonde (red?) fuzz on your head.

This is my last weekend of maternity leave and it’s going to be so hard to leave you with Nosi on Tuesday.

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity