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Best Boyfriend

Here’s a sappy post about my best friend who also happens to be my boyfriend. So corny, I know, but it’s true.

We’ve been together for nearly a whole 365 days now. Which may not seem like a huge deal to those of you out there who are married or have been with your partner for 6 million years, but it’s a big deal for me, and this happens to be my blog.

I’ve answered most of these, however Dylan’s answers are in italics and quoted

Where did we meet? If Im perfectly honest, the answer embarasses me, so I’ll have to give it some background. I was studying at the time, and having a night out with the lovely women I studied with. There were some big age differences between some of us, and some of the 25ish women were explaining Tinder (a dating app) to the older women. I then said I had heard of it, but never bothered to try it out. They then decided to download it on my behalf, and create a profile for me. I thought nothing of it until a couple of days later when I had to spend an entire day waiting for my mom to come out of surgery at the hospital. I saw dylan, swiped right and the rest is history. **We had a few mutual friends, and actually found out we were in the same primary school, I had aftercare with his grandmother and it really was a strange thing that we hadn’t ever met sooner.

First Date I don’t think we had an official first date, but the first one I can remember is going to my favorite vegan cafe, Plant.

First impressions I first met him at my house, after fetching my mom from the hospital to bring her home after her week stay there, she was very drugged on pain medication and he spent most of the time talking to her and making sure she was ok, so he came across as the perfect gentleman, friendly and polite. I also noticed his playful and fun personality, which are all the things I then later fell in love with him for. “You were very kind to your mom”

When did you meet the family He met my mom on the first day, and then the rest of my family a few days later. He then met my dad and stepmom about a month or so down the line. I met his family after a few weeks, they’re all incredible people and I’m genuinely glad they were all included in the package deal.

Any weird habits He sleeps like a starfish and it’s near impossible to move him once he is asleep. “Naps often and for long hours”

Just another day of love with you and I'm so lucky. Thank you for everything 💕

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First thing you noticed about each other I first noticed his hair, he has big, magical curly hair. “I first noticed that you were shy”

Things that annoy you about each other He eats on the bed (crumbs or food in my bed are the worst thing that could happen to me) and sometimes plays games on his phone when I want cuddles. “when you are miserable or upset you go into your own little world”

Who wears the pants This is an outdated and very sexist question in my opinion, but I do believe we both have one leg in the pants, or the skirt, or the dress, or the jumpsuit, or the shorts.

What does the other watch on TV He watches The Flash. “Geordie Shore or Game of Thrones” 

Any Traditions “not yet really” 

Talents the other person has Dylan is incredibly patient and able to learn new things quickly, he is also musical and he juggles very well. “Baking and you can ride a unicycle”

Happy Dills 🌞 @iamdylanpf

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What could the other person spend hours doing He could spend hours playing guitar or being in the ocean. “Napping, cuddling or baking”

🌊 my favorite boy checking his ocean #mancrushmonday

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Foods the other person dislikes Dylan dislikes whole tomatoes and seafood, but not sushi. “any meats”

Foods the other person loves Chicken “cauliflower tacos”

And there you have it, for all you nosey weasels out there, Love Courtney (and Dylan)

Welcome to the family Blaziken (Blaze) 🦁

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bonus fact: We adopted a little ginger kitten together and Dylan named him Blaziken (like the fire pokemon)

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Oranjezicht City Farm – Market Day

I’m house-sitting this month which has got me feeling particularly grown-up and “domestic goddess-y”

That being said, I spent my saturday morning at a famer’s market, and LOVED it. Im vegetarian and try to avoid dairy and eggs where I can, so all the fresh, organic produce was an absolute dream for me. I am very concious about what I put into my body and Im always looking for more natural options for the beauty products I use too.

The oranjezicht city farm market had everything from rooibos espresso, to gelato, beautiful black figs, buckets of fresh rocket and much, much more. I got some pears, crisp green apples, green beans, corn, rocket, caramel rooibos espresso pods for my nespresso machine, rose gold measuring spoons and some gorgeous sunflowers. I also treated myself to a rooibos ice tea while I was there.

The market sells both organic and homemade products, eco friendly homeware and recycled planter bags to sustainable meats, and fresh produce right from the farm itself, there are also “happy hens” eggs available.

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some pre-loved items for your home

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The market is held every saturday from 9am to 2pm at Granger Bay, near to the V&A waterfront in Cape Town, I would suggest getting there earlier to avoid missing out on some of the amazing fresh produce. Bring a carrier bag for all your goodies and prepare to spend the morning enjoying healthy eats and chatting to farmers and stall owners about their wonderful goodies.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and I hope to see you at the next market!

xxx

Shiny, Glittery, Sparkly Baubles

Here are some of the christmas tree decorations and baubles Ive picked up this year. Our plastic tree magically grew overnight and we needed a LOT more baubles to fill up the bigger one…

I didn’t go with any set theme or colour, I just picked out what looked nice and they ended up looking quite good all together.

I got 99% of them from stores in Canal Walk shopping centre in Cape Town.

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from the top: Wooden snowflakes- @home

table confetti- Cape Arts and Crafts

Pack of 4 snow filled baubles- @home

Gold sequin baubles- Woolworths

Glass moroccan baubles – Woolworths

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gold dot plate- Woolworths

Chocolate hanging decorations- Woolworths

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Unicorn and Reindeer – Accessorize

Copper Reindeer – Typo

Ceramic Feather – The pause room

Confetti Baubles- Woolworths

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Paper stars- Woolworths

Copper bells – Cape Arts and Crafts

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Old school bulb lights- Game

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Decoupage star- Woolworths

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Fairy and Fox – Accessorize

Pearly Unicorn – Typo

I hope you enjoyed this post and that this inspires you for your own Christmas tree decorating…

Love Quartz xx

Family Picnic

Last weekend we all went to kirstenbosch gardens for a family picnic, catered by yours truly. I wanted to try a couple of things and got carried away…IMG_7818 I ended up making rosemary foccacia, a granadilla sponge cake with buttercream icing, cake pops (that got squished a little) petit fours, basil and vine tomato puff pastry bites, as well as real hot chocolate (the melting of chocolate, cream and spices on the stove kind) IMG_7823 IMG_7826  here’s a photo of me and my stepdad, my little brother took the picture (he’s 3) I decided to go for a long sleeve tshirt and ice blue winter jacket, as this was when I was sick and running a bit of a fever, so I felt freezing cold despite it being a good day. IMG_7829How do you spend time together with your family?

Love Quartz

Taste of Cape Town

This post is late. One, because I have been putting it off for too long, I couldn’t quite decide on how to write it as some of the parts were positive and others negative. I don’t really think Ive ever done a negative review, and I wasn’t sure how to review something negatively without the post sounding too harsh. Ive just decided to be my honest self and see how it goes.

The second reason for this post being so late is that Ive been sick with flu for a week now, being high as a kite on flu meds didn’t inspire me to do much blogging.

So here we go, my honest review of the Taste of Cape Town. IMG_7697 The attention to detail was beautiful, I unfortunately couldn’t photograph it all as it was very crowded. IMG_7706 This is the food stall of a well-known and slightly over-priced bakery in Cape Town. I was incredibly disappointed with their items, more on this later. IMG_7711 Brownie cheesecake ice lolly, who thinks of these wonderful concoctions, I loved this variety, something different from the usual. IMG_7716 IMG_7717 IMG_7720 IMG_7722These were amazing, spinach and mushroom dumplings with sweet chilli sauce, I had some, my sister had some and then I even went back to get some more of them, they were THAT good.
IMG_7724 mushroom and parmesan Gnocchi, also amazing. They used exotic and wild mushrooms which added more flavour and texture to the overall dish.  IMG_7732  now, onto the disappointing bits, I bought a Guinness and brown sugar cupcake, two cake pops, and a white chocolate and blueberry tart. Firstly the cupcake was tasteless and very dry, then the cake pops were oily inside and quite inedible, they also were a bit oddly shaped, and not all the same size? That may sound like Im being overly fussy, but for the price and reputation this bakery has, I was a little disheartened but it. IMG_7733 IMG_7739  Then for the worst of it, the blueberry tart, the pastry shell had clearly been patched up in places along the bottom and sides, and it was millimeters thin in some places and then incredibly thick and undercooked in other places. The white chocolate filling was ok, however, I could have done with more blueberry, and not just a tiny sauce swirl on the top. Perhaps fresh blueberries inside the filling? IMG_7741 To end off on a more positive note, this is a gluten free, salted chocolate bar from Yummi bakery. I could do with another one (or two) right now, they were delicious.

I will go again next year, as I did love the experience as a whole, It did end up being quite expensive, as you purchase food tickets, and that leads you to forgetting how much you are actually spending there.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post,

Love Quartz

Tea Party – “Boere Sjiek”

My mom took me for tea at a place called “Boere Sjiek” roughly translated that means “Farmer Chic” for anyone out there that isn’t South African. I was a little apprehensive as this place is in the middle of an industrial area… However, I seriously want all of my birthdays to be held at this place and Ill probably insist on having my wedding here too. The attention to detail really is next level, the entire trip was an experience of note. I don’t want to give too much away but this place is a must. They only do quiches, cakes and cupcakes, so eat lunch before you go. Their prices are incredibly reasonable, the quiche is R30 ( around $2.50) IMG_7379  A bunny cake stand and pastel pink cupcake!!IMG_7380 IMG_7381 IMG_7382 IMG_7383 IMG_7384  Even their sugar is pinkIMG_7385 IMG_7386 IMG_7387 IMG_7388 IMG_7389 IMG_7390 IMG_7391 IMG_7392 IMG_7393 IMG_7394  this was what my mom’s teapot came with, a furry little tea cosy. IMG_7396 IMG_7397 IMG_7400  my latte with pink sugarIMG_7401 IMG_7402  a giant pond filled with baubles and fresh roses, I couldn’t have been any happier if I tried. IMG_7404 IMG_7405 IMG_7406I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and if you are in Cape Town, grab your best friends and head out this way for a fancy little tea party.

12 Kiewiet Street, Okavango Park, Cape Town. Phone: 021 982-2023

Love Quartz xx

The Spice Route – Cape Town

Here are some photo’s I took during a day spent at The Spice Route, it was really really hot the day we went but all the places are either in shady spots, or they have aircon. This is a wonderful place for the entire family as it really and truly caters for everyone, there’s a play park for children and the entire place is wheel-chair friendly. IMG_7004  There’s loads to do to keep you busy all day long. IMG_7006  These tiles are hand-painted and so gorgeous up close. IMG_7013 IMG_7016  We decided to do the chocolate tasting, it’s all dark, vegan friendly chocolate. Its well worth the money and such an experience, the chocolate is some of the best I’ve tasted, this is a must, even for those who aren’t so keen on dark chocolates.IMG_7018 IMG_7030 IMG_7036 IMG_7059 IMG_7065 IMG_7069 and finally, Marrick and I after a long, and very hot day. Despite the heat it really was a lovely day.

Here is their website for more information: http://www.spiceroute.co.za/

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this, Love Quartz x

New Year’s Resolutions |Update

photoIMG_7169 If you have been reading this blog for a short while you would have already read the post on my New Years’ Resolutions. One of them was to learn something new, I don’t quite know what that will be just yet, but I did go out and get myself a wetsuit, so it will be something ocean related. So far Ive only been swimming, I did bodyboard when I was a bit younger and that’s what my sister does now. I think I might look into Stand Up Paddling or Surfing… IMG_7170How are your resolutions going?

Love Quartz

Company Gardens & Chart Rose Farm

Here are some photo’s from a day that started in the Company Garden’s in Cape Town city centre, and ended in the Chart Rose Farm.

The garden is in Queen Victoria street, near the top end of Adderly street and it’s next to the Parliament buildings. There are quite a few things to see and do around there as the planetarium is there, as well as the museum, holocaust centre, national library and St George’s cathedral. Alternatively you could just wander around with a R5 packet of peanuts and feed the squirrels like we did…

The squirrels are incredibly tame and quite cheeky so watch out for them.

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We then made our way to the Chart Rose Farm. Although the roses are beautiful, don’t bank on having lunch there, their menu isn’t very great and they don’t have any options for children. They do offer fresh cakes so perhaps that is a better bet. IMG_7095 You hand in your car keys and they give you a bucket and the cutters. You can roam around picking as many roses as you like, I found that the two-toned ones had a much stronger scent.

The roses cost R5 a stem and ours lasted for about 12 days, it is better to pick the closed buds as they do last much longer. IMG_7101 IMG_7105 IMG_7108 IMG_7121  The farm was purchased in the 1930’s and has been in the same family ever since then.

There is more info here on the Chart Rose Farm. IMG_7123 IMG_7129

I hope you have enjoyed this post, Love Quartz