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Reflections and Rooftops

A friend recently celebrated her 30th in the most unique way.

NOTE: Those of you who say “there’s nothing to do in Durban” are sorely mistaken.

While this concept may have been old news for this particular group of friends, it was a completely unique and novel idea to me. Basically we hit up a parkade in Durban town, paid the 12 bucks to get in and partied on the roof!

We set up fairy lights and a picnic and drank and feasted above the bustling inner city until the sun went down and we all felt sleepy from the warmth radiating from the concrete underneath us.

We had focaccia, artichokes, salted caramel cake, wine and all those good things and the background music was all thanks to a taxi below blaring some sort of gospel into the empty parking lot across the road.

It’s always a wonderful feeling to see your city through new eyes, or at least from a new vantage point. I’m sure we are hardly the first pioneers of a parkade party, and yes the jol could have been cut short should security have done their rounds, but I think the point is that there is a consistent amount of fun and adventure if you’re up for looking for it and stepping out of your familiar comfort zone.

Sometimes it’s about revisiting the most obvious places – setting up a picnic in the park you pass on the way to work everyday, trying out the old beach arcade or finding an empty parking lot to party in. There’s really no excuse to feel bored because there are always new ways to discover your city if you have a few good friends and a decent bottle of Merlot.

Basically, just get out there, gadammit!

Reese’s Pieces

A very dear friend of mine just celebrated her birthday in style. This tiny thing is a big homemaker so naturally when she told us we would be having a High Tea, we knew we were going to be treated to no less than her own unmatched culinary and baking skills.

Set up outside on a warm sunny day in Umdloti, Reese had gone above and beyond to make this the quaintest darn tea party since Mari Antoinette was telling others to eat cake. 

And eat cake we did.And cupcakes and quiches and Oreo pops and gold dusted brownies. Mattresses and scatter cushions decorated the front lawn and white balloons bobbed against the ocean wind. A bit of Cuban lounge music on play and I felt like I was having a holiday in some plush Mediterranean resort. After eating myself silly I retired to the deck for a little hazy afternoon nap.

That my dears, is how you live life.

Thanks Reese xx

J xx

JuMeLi for Jane’s 25th

For my sweet,sweet little friend Jane’s coming of age, we found a Groupon deal for a High Tea at JuMeLi. 

Kristin went early to set up the table with bunting,flowers and her gift while we all got our party dresses on for a super girly affair.

However,when we got there, another group of girls celebrating a birthday had thought the set up was for them! This resulted in our very poised waitress having to sidle on up to them, and ask for the decorations and gifts back as they weren’t actually for them.It was a comedy of errors that had us giggling before we’d even been seated.I must commend our waitress on how she handled “the most embarrassing thing she’s ever had to do”.

We were treated to a three-tiered array of snacks including the famous JuMeLi cupcakes, as well as fruits and sammiches. Even though this was teamed with copious amounts of tea, the six of us were still hungry ( the others due to the fact that they had just done the Turbovite challenge and myself because I just love food) so we also ordered from the main menu. A simple but yummy menu that saw an assortment of savory sandwiches being delivered to our table, after we had gobbled up dessert.

We had a rad time celebrating one of our best friend’s big 2-5.

JuMeLi has a very quaint and personalised vibe which is great for a cuppa with the girls, or a quick tasty sandwich during lunch break.