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Cape Town capers – Part 1 – The hen’s day

I’m back, baby, I’m back!  And since its almost like I never had a holiday (already!), I am going to try and eke out my Cape Town experience as long as I can by posting about it as much as I can.  A touch self indulgent, perhaps?

So, I mentioned in my last post that I was off to Cape Town for my sister’s wedding.  It was the most wonderful 5 days, and here are the highlights from Day 1 (the Hen’s Day)…

We started with lunch at Pepenero’s – an elegant looking restaurant with waterviews that was the perfect start to a ladies’ day out.  The food was delicious, especially the Creme Brulee dessert, and the cocktails were fab.  One thing I was surprised about in Cape Town is just how wonderfully attentive the service was everywhere we went- as though we truly were the VIPs I like to dream we were.

 

After lunch, I had planned for us to do some lawn bowls, as its quite fun to play lawn bowls while enjoying the fantastically cheap drinks.  Yes, I am the style master who planned this Hen’s Day.  Slight problem – the club house of the Atlantic Green Point bowls club had burnt down (see below for an idea of how it *was*).  I was undeterred, and asked if we could bring our own drinks and we would look after ourselves.  I was in for a surprise.

 

John, who runs the club, had set up a table and chairs, and clean glasses inside the club house (see below – ‘elf and safety concerns, anyone?) and told us to make ourselves at home (the ladies’ toilet was still working).  Once I had recovered from the shock of drinking in a burnt out shell, we were entertained by the very charismatic, knowledgeable and relaxed John who actually gave us a bowls lesson.  Despite most of us lacking the spatial awareness and coordination needed, we all had a really great time.  Numerous “drinks breaks” did help…

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John giving us some pointers.  He was quite stoic about the lack of skills in the group, and the frequent “breaks” for drinks…

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After many drinks and hours in the sun, we rolled off to the Grand Cafe and Beach on the waterfront for cocktails and dinner.  Excellent food, good strong drinks – it was a very good fun night.

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And what did I wear?  Clearly I didn’t know that Cape Town is very windy.  So I wore a floral print short skirt from Zara (seen blowing up around my waist far too often – it was trousers from there on in…), with a cobalt cowl neck Phase Eight top, black David Lawrence blazer and black Nine West heels.   All old.  And I must express my gratitude to the fab Soltan bronzer from Boots that gave me instant colour in the 25 mins I had to get ready after my overnight flight…

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