Charlie's Bird

living the dream with Charlie and Thandi and chirping all the way back to the nest.

Hello again

… my gorgeous blog peeps! I am missing you, but I am finding that work and it’s demands are dragging me away at the moment. (I am typing this while my nurse is checking a patient’s blood pressure!) I also have a new project, which I know I promised I’d reveal 2 weeks ago, but have wanted things perfect before I do, but it’s not going to be perfect for a bit still, so hold your breath for the big reveal on this Friday!

Weekend recharge

…ok, so my weekend was good. Yesterday afternoon/evening I sat on the couch, sun kissed, relaxed and happy. Slightly anxious about the week ahead, but feeling ok and ready for it. Not sure if I’m ready for the week after that, when I am on my own, because my associate is away, but hey.

Ok, so we headed to the beach this weaken, it was gorgeous, and we had a wonderful time with our friends. Saturday was always going to be about the running (14km in the morning, 11km in the afternoon, phew!), but yesterday I relaxed completely, read my book, and lay in the sun, snoozed on the couch. It was heavenly. We even had our inaugural sea swim of the season, which was marvellous! the water was cool and refreshing, we splashed and swam and bobbed in the water, which was gorgeously clean! So good!

IMG_1885 Sunset on Friday night, which meant that it wasIMG_1883 gin and tonic o’ clock. Sunday started cool and slightly over cast IMG_1890 but how is that view? Photo’s never really do it justice.

Sunday was gorgeous, IMG_1914 as is my bikini clad girl! Love the smile, love the laughing, love the playfulness. Makes my heart very happy.

Those legs

..of mine!

Ok, so after nearly going stark raving bloody mad (isn’t amazing what regular exercise does for one?), I ran yesterday. While it wasn’t pain free, it was ok. Hills were not the easiest, and I know they are already my weak spot, so I am climbing lots of stairs to try to compensate. I saw the physio again yesterday, and she did a few things. She now reckons I am just going to have to nyamazela, and push through. It doesn’t look like I am going to cause myself any damage despite the pain. She has also identified my flutes as a bit weak, which together with my low tone means I use my legs far too much to get me up those damn hills. So I will be hitting the gym with new purpose next week. Toight Ass Muscles! Heaven help me!

So for now, I am going to try a gentle jog this afternoon, if the weather improves storm, with howling gales and heavy rain. If I am pain free I will do a 21 on Saturday morning, if not I will come up with an alternative shorter run. Let’s see how I hold up.

Injury update

…ok, so after another round of treatment, I am feeling a bit better and will go for a run this evening, and see how it holds up. I am very worried about the training I have missed out on, this problem began just as I was due to ramp up my long runs, but I will just have to rely on my bloody mindedness and determination to get me through this trail event. Last week I managed 3 runs before the pain struck again, so I am hoping that this time I will manage more, and hopefully not have a recurrence! All things being equal, and my leg holding up, I will do 21 km on Saturday morning and 10 in the afternoon. A good effort at a bit of tired leg running, and it will all be slow, I promise. And if it gets sore, I will stop! If I still have a sense of humour the next day, I might do something small on the beach on Sunday, but that will be an easy one.

Roll on the weekend is all I can say!

What I cooked this weekend

…so instead of bemoaning my fate and bitching about how busy I was at night this weekend on call, I thought I’d post some foodie news for you.

So on Saturday night we had our german friends over to watch the rugby and in the early hours of the morning, while waiting for a baby, I came across a divine looking recipe for fish tacos, which sounded at that crazy hour, absolutely divine! I’d also, earlier in the week spotted a recipe for an upside down pear cake on one of my favourite blogs, which I earmarked for the weekend. So Saturday afternoon, I got cooking, and look how delicious they both turned out…

IMG_1856Fish tacos with spicy slaw and marinated onions, with a side order of guacamole, creme fraiche and chilli. It was absolutely divine, the onions made it! you can find the recipe here –

IMG_1853Upside down pear and almond cake, which was light and delicious and fragrant. I think my almond extract may be a little old, and I think I could have put a little more in, but with baking I do tend to follow the recipe, rather than be creative. You can find the recipe here –

I do hope you all had good weekends! Sending positive vibes over the interwebs for the week!


…our heritage. My gorgeous girl and her bestie during our ‘traditional’ braai yesterday stretched and reached for dreams in the dripping mulberry tree. Now not many of my contemporaries won’t have memories of this. Our tree was at the bottom of our very big garden. Down 3 terraces to the fruit trees I used to run, and get stuck into the fruit. What wasn’t immediately eaten was saved in bowls, sugared and served with ice cream for a summer dessert. I can still taste those summer days in my mind. I really hope my little lady will carry those stained fingers and sweetened lips into her adult life with her, as a reminder of these hot uncomplicated days. The ones we overlook in prickly irritation as adults. 

Catching up

…ok, so where am I…

Work – crazy busy, hectic. It is looking extremely unlikely that the girl I thought may come and join our practice will, further investigation adds fuel to this feeling. I am distraught over it, because I am busier than I want to be, and it is not sustainable for me, particularly if I want some kind of life quality.

Running – has been on the backburner. My calf injury is not fully settled. I ran a 5km race on Friday night (in freezing cold and rain – brrr!) and felt fine for the first 3 km, and felt it towards the end. I was able to continue running though, which is different to before. The rest of the weekend it was tweaky, and I intended a run yesterday evening, but when I left work at 18h30, it was time to get home to my little family instead.

um… I’m sure there is more to tell you, but work is crowding my brain, and I can’t think of anything to share. (well, there is something, but I will have a big reveal at the end of this week… watch this space… )


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