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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…



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


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.



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…




Phase Eight Women's Lapis Carla Cowl Top