Charlie's Bird

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

What a weekend!

…pop up restaurant, garden revamp, family lunch… Throw in high temperatures and humidity over 90%. Wow, wow, wow!

First, that pop up – it was great, it was incredible, and I will never ever open a restaurant myself. I learnt that on Saturday night. I also confirmed that I have the most incredible husband and the best friends a girl could ask for! TJ and MB stepped up to the plate. On Friday night they came over – helped me get the prep underway – we made the gazpacho, started the prep work for the prawn ceviche and I prepared 2 of the 4 meringues for the dessert. Ok, we were on target. Saturday dawned with us getting ourselves going early. We finished the meringues, we roasted veg, we toasted baguette, we prepared the prawn ceviche, and then we were ready. It was show time – we headed off to the venue, which was stunning – outside in a beautiful garden setting – and then our final preparation began… Tables set, ice in buckets, lights turned on… and then the guests arrived! Game on! And it went well, gazpacho with pan con tomato to surprise the palate; ceviche de gamarones served with salted popcorn; watermelon and lime sorbet to cleanse the palate; Nelson’s fillet, served with Mesh’s roasted veg salad with lemon ricotta cream; Berry Meringue roulade; biscuits and coffee. Phew! By the end of the evening, the 4 kitchen aids were exhausted and melting – the kitchen was seriously HOT! Then we put our feet up, drank some wine, caught up with our guests and get ready for the big clean up, which wasn’t too awful, thankfully. And I managed to raise a very successful amount of cash on the night, with my wine auction (it was a magnum of 2011 Chocolate Block) I raised R8 910. And other donations are coming in slowly. Thanks to all my contributors and my friends – I couldn’t do any of this without you guys!

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Sunday dawned and I felt fairly hung over, but not from wine – I was just tired and physically trashed! And hungry – we forgot to eat on Saturday. But we headed back to the venue, had breakfast and completed the tidy up. Phew! Then I got my knickers in a knot, and I headed to the neighbouring nursery and we stocked up on vegetable seedling and some seeds, and then we headed home and started the transformation of our courtyard. I made Charlie work hard, but at the end of the day we were really chuffed with our achievements. Lettuce, tomatoes, basil, beetroot, cauliflower and broccoli, mustard greens, pumpkins and baby marrows, some corn. I am really looking forward to seeing how our garden grows! It was good to get dirt under my nails and mud streaks across my sun kissed cheeks. It was so special sharing these moments with Thandi. And the reward of listening to my new water feature trickling away last night was priceless!


In the midst of our day yesterday we popped out for a lunch, I could not bring myself to cook or make any more dishes, so we went out to a beachfront spot with my parents, and we had a really nice lunch. Everybody was relaxed, Thandi was a bit tired and slightly cranky, but once she had some food she was quite happy! Good to make some memories!

To say I slept like a baby last night… understatement.



1 Comment»

  halberts2014 wrote @

Phew, I’m shattered, and hot, just reading about it.
Glad the pop up was a success.
Can’t wait to see your veggie patch grow

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