Bridal Fair

This weekend was the Daily News’s Bridal Fair at The Square Boutique hotel in Umhlanga. I was rather impressed with this hotel. Now, being a bride, going to bridal fairs can be a huge help when it comes to planning. In my mind, this is the type of event you go to, to find vendors, inspiration etc. This is where I want to see trends! Whats happening in the wedding world of 2015. Of course Pinterest is full of trends and ideas, but sometimes you just want to keep it local and see what’s on offer in sunny SA.

We got to the venue and got handed a goodie bag. Excellent! In my world, goodie bags are the BEST way to start any event. Goodie bags at funerals. Someone get on that…

But this was a trick…Enter the archway-made-from-all-the-organza-in-the-world! This should have been my first warning…When I entered the room I had no idea in which direction to go. There was no clear path direction. This may seem silly, but when all the stalls kinda look the same, you need some direction. Every single stall had the same set up – a wedding table. With all the bling bling a Bollywood movie could dream of. It was the same set up you would’ve seen 5 years ago. And it was mainly just decor stuff. You can easily find these things on the internet. And none of the stalls had something unique to show me. Tables, chandeliers, candelabras, pearls and tea cups. Same old stuff.  I was rather disappointed. I wanted to see trends! Forward thinking. What’s new out there. But got faced with the same thing, over and over again. With my dress, I need a specific kind of bra. Surely this would be the place to find such things. Nothing. Not even wedding dresses? Nothing for grooms either.

There was, however, a photobooth where we could strut our stuff and take a couple of pictures to take home. That was fun. And then there was a friendly lady called Anne, who was very helpful and managed to grab our attention and have us telling her about my whole wedding and what we plan and what products she had that I was looking for. And she seemed to have loved my wedding concept and was very enthusiastic. Then again, who tells a bride her wedding sounds shit and lives to tell the tale….nobody. And then there was the lady with the cupcakes. I can’t remember what she was selling. Did I mention she had cupcakes?

So for my first bridal fair as a bride (yes, I may have gone to bridal fairs as a non-bride. What’s the problem here?) I was rather disappointed and uninspired. People of the wedding-vendor-world…get on that shit! Please.

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Hopeless

So the fiancé and I got all dressed to go for a run, socks, shoes, garmin watch, THE WORKS! And instead, went to the couch, grabbed a glass of wine and just drank that instead. Yeah, it’s been one of those weeks. 





Sustainable living

Hello folks!

So there’s been a lot going on in my brain. Mostly wedding stuff. Of course. But even a bride needs a break from all that lace and frills!

I’ve been following a specific blog for quite some time now (the blog is no secret…click here for a little squizz) and find the blogger’s views and opinions very out there, but that’s what I enjoy the most about reading it. A real ef-you-in-the-face-if-you-dont-like-it attitude. When you start writing a blog, I find it quite easy to start steering my posts in the direction of the reader – will they like it? is that too harsh? what will the reader think? How will they judge me? Instead of just writing for yourself and what YOU think. So, this blog has gotten me to think a lot about our living habits. What we eat, how we prepare our food, how we treat other people, you know, hippie stuff. (i love them hippies) and more specifically on what we eat, and even mooooooore specifically…..meat. (for some reason that reminded me of the KFC advert: man man man. you know that one? haha).

I haven’t made a conscious decision to eat less meat or anything as such, but I have found it to be a natural progression. I find that, the less I eat meat, the less I like it, and the fiance shares the same sentiment. We often have braais – probably two a week and I always find myself eating all the sides and leaving the meat. I take one bite of it, and put it down. There’s just something about the texture. Grinding your teeth into flesh that I just find off putting. Especially chicken. Now, I’m an Afrikaans girl, a boere meisie, so meat has always been our staple diet. Meat, with a side dish of meat. My fiance always jokes that whenever my family has a braai, he calls it the MeatFest3000…hahah…and if I don’t bring a salad to said family braai’s, we will only be eating meat, and potato. This never use to bother me though. I loved braai’s and I loved meat. But just lately, we find ourselves with frozen chicken breasts and frozen mince lying in our freezer for months (partly because we always forget to take it out and defrost it) but mostly because we just don’t enjoy the taste of it. Forget Meat-free Mondays. Its Meat-Mondays and Meat-Free-Tuesday-to-Sundays.

I don’t think I can ever go full vegetarian, let alone, vegan. But I do believe we have a huge responsibility towards mother earth and the way we treat her and it’s time we open our eyes a bit to the damage we are causing. I’m sure most people have the Meat-free-Monday down to a T. So why not implement a Meat-free-Wednesday as well. Baby steps. But it makes the hugest difference in the grand scheme of things. I’m no angel. I still have braai’s and I still love me some pork rashers, but the fiance and I have become a lot more aware of these habits of ours, specially me, and even the smallest of change will make the hugest of difference.

Have a look at this website and see how many of the products you use are on there….

Berg Trip

Happy Tuesday everyone!

So we have returned safe n sound from our lovely trip in the berg this weekend. Aah man there is just nothing quite like the Drakensberg. Friday was a bit manic to get everything done. In true Tenille style, we left everything to be done on Friday (ALL the shopping and ALL the packing and ALL the baking of the snacks. yeah, I even squeezed that in).  We only managed to leave at 2pm. Luckily its only a 3 hour drive (EXACTLY 3 hours! I counted), so we were there in no time.

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Road Trip!

When we arrived we had a quick catch up coffee with the owner of The Berghouse Cottages. Not to mention the delicious homemade rusks. That’s how they roll. It was a welcome treat after the long drive.

We stayed in the Thandanani cottage. It’s one of four two-sleeper cottages on the farm. It was just the best. The nice thing about this place is that all the cottages are sparsely situated, so you don’t really notice your neighbour.

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cant complain waking up to a view like this

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Thandanani Cottage

We had some nice chilly weather, which I was very happy about!

Saturday morning we went for a nice ride along the various trails on the farm. It was a lot tougher than I expected and quickly moved over to the dark side and had had enough of the deep burn in the legs. It only ended up being about 6km that we rode but I honestly thought we were in the middle of nowhere. I didn’t realise the farm I could see was the same farm we were staying on and was convinced we had trotted onto someone else’s farm. We were, however, very lucky to see an Eland. Eland is one of the biggest antelope in the world…the world people…that’s a bit buck.

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The happy stage

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DEATH

The rest of the afternoon we just kind of lazied around. We had an appointment with our Reverend for the wedding later that day (the whole reason we made this trip), so had some time to kill.

We took a stroll around the farm and just had to take a selfie with Frosty – the resident shetland pony. In fact, there are quite a few of these adorable little ponies prancing around.

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Frosty looks a bit demonic though…

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so tiny!

We took a drive to The Tower of Pizza for some deeeelicious cheese cake and coffee. We took a look at some of the other available accommodation for our wedding to see how far they are from the venue etc etc. and am happy to report that this place is only 4km away! Bargain. After we had some cheesecake and snooped around we thought we would just take the drive to Bergville and wait to meet with the Reverend. Oh and did we wait. We were a good hour early! Let’s just say if you had to drive through Bergville, and blink, you would miss it. So there wasn’t all that much to keep us busy with for the next hour.

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death by boredom

Anyway, that meeting went very well and we are on the right track to make all this marriage stuff legal! Yay!

On the drive back, we had the most beautiful sunset waiting for us.

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We quickly packed a little snack bag and grabbed some wine and headed up to the view point. We enjoyed some delicious cheese and wine whilst the sun was setting. If anything, this alone makes a visit to this place worth it.

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Beautiful sunset

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this will be our view when we are saying or vows! you guuuyyyss.

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We stayed up there until the sun went down and that crispy coldness came sneaking in. We hurried back to the cottage before it became too dark to see where we were going. We were lucky for a brief moment to experience the beautiful stars that you can only find in the berg.We even tried downloading a quick star gazing app on our phone to try and identify the stars. That didn’t work. I then quickly ran inside, grabbed a couple of towels and blankets and we quickly sprawled ourselves onto the lawn to enjoy the starry view even more. But first…Let me take a selfie….

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attempt one…

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attempt two…we got a finger!

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attempt three….success!

The stars didn’t last long so we grabbed our stuff and made ourselves warm and cozy in bed.

If ever you are looking for a little break away to just relax and reflect, you MUST go to this place!! It is amazing.

Road trip!

Tomorrow we are off to the biggest, fattest slice of heaven! Our wedding venue, of course! Gah! 

We need to go up for some official wedding business so, you know, might as well make a whole trip out of it! Yay! I’m hoping for blistering cold weather and snow storms and hail and everything icy to make it crispy cold, perfect for snuggles and wine! Ok maybe not hail. Ain’t nobody got time for insurance claims! 

So catch you on the flip side for a full report back on our amazing weekend away! I can see into the future so I already know it’s going to be awesome!

Little Cafe

Hello fellow humans!

So let’s have a quick chat about Freedom Cafe: Freedom Cafe is this little local cafe, tucked away in the middle of nowhere, where you would never find it. Just how I like them 🙂 They often have really quirky events on the odd Friday. One of my favourites was their Bubble Dog event. It’s based on a restaurant in London (click the link and read more about it).

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But now, our last couple of interactions with Freedom Cafe hasn’t been all that pleasant. I won’t go into details but let’s just say, you don’t dare mention the word without hearing a few spitting noises in the back from the fiance. But deep down in my little heart I knew I had to give them another chance because it really is the raddest little place. So Saturday morning we decided to go out for a little brekkie, and I gently suggested that we give them another try. I had to really put up a fight to convince the fiance to give them one more chance. And I knew that if they were shit, then that’s it. Freedom Cafe will never ever ever ever see our faces again. PRESSURE! (totally rating ourselves as customers here)

So off we went…first off the cuppacinos were amaaazing (so amazing, that I went back the next day for another round)…we’re off to a good start people!

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sausie dog biscuit totally sealed the deal

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Next was was the deal clencher. I ordered the french toast with bacon and honey, and he ordered your humble ol avo on toast…well, nothing humble about this plate!

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avo on toast

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salt and pepper shaker.

I kept a sneaky eye on the fiance as he ate his breakfast, and the verdict at the end of the day: “yes ok, we can come back again. it was allright”…REDEMPTION!!

Go and have their amazing cuppacinos with even more amazing cakes and food! And you might even see us there, all the time.