Looking back on 2016

I know we are almost two months into the New Year but I thought this would be a great way to reflect and remember the highlights of the past year.

It started with our engagement at Waterkloof Wines
I have a whole blog post dedicated to this which you can read here.
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We bought a house
While we both already own property, there is something about buying the house you will live in and share your life together that is very grown up and exciting.
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I had my favourite food experience ever at The Greenhouse
I absolutely love eating out, the proof of this being the 120 different restaurants I ate at last year which doesn’t include repeat visits. The Greenhouse was by far the most amazing meal of my life.
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Rediscovered my love for Cape Town
I remembered why I loved the city whilst working there for five weeks.
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My first ever holiday with a friend
Together with two of my best friends Michelle & Baveshan, I had an awesome balling week in Cape Town.
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Completed 7 years of work with this view as a consolation
I can’t believe how the years have been flying by. Seven down and many more to go. 
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Watched five theatre shows
I was lucky enough to watch Swan Lake on Ice, Singing in the Rain, Annie, I love you, you perfect now change & Sherlock Holmes and The Case of The Queen’s diamond.
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Strawberry picking for the first time
We did a day trip to Harties where we went strawberry picking, lunched, went up with the cable car, visited the windmill & Eiffel Tower replica. 
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I read 29 books
This wasn’t nearly as many as I would have liked to have read but I still thought it was good going.
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A weekend away at Tshwene Lodge
We saw elephants, zebra, cheetahs, lions, rhino, giraffes & plenty of buck. A weekend in the bush where there is nothing to do but eat and enjoy game drives can be a welcome break.
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Painted for the first time since school
I absolutely loved our work function hosted by Paint Nite. It was my idea after all 🙂 
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Received ten bouquets of flowers
I love beautiful flowers which brighten up my day & put a smile on my face.
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Discovered escape rooms
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Team building at Gold Reef City
Was such a fun day out running around even though our team came last.
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Snapped close to 20 000 photos including way too many selfies of myself
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And occasionally ones with others
Like my gorgeous little sister.
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Spent Sundays at the Fourways Farmers market
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Consumed exorbitant amounts of ice cream both at work
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And at Ice Cream Sunday
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A four year dating anniversary for us at The Winehouse
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And a 29 year anniversary for my parents
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Celebrated the beautiful festival of Diwali.
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Reconnected with friends.
I was so grateful to spend time with my friends Lisa, Michelle & Baveshan who live overseas. As well as reconnect with Navina, Lebo & Ruby who I don’t see as often as I would like to.
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Discovered new parts of Jozi
St Johns College was the beautiful setting for Kamersvol.
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Two celeb sightings
Janez filiming at Urbanologi.
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Locnville lunching at Bellagio.
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Saw the sun rise
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And set in Jozi
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And Cape Town
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Saw the super moon
I must confess I didn’t notice anything different except it being too bright to stare at.
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We found any excuse to bake a cake
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Celebrated many birthdays
A lovely dinner with family spent devouring my favourite pasta and the most delicious cake at Tashas to celebrate 28 years of my awesomeness.
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A night out with friends at Cornuti & Union Bar.
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With plenty of presents.
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Tshwene Lodge for a weekend getaway to celebrate Romi’s 30th.
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My mum’s birthday at Bellagio.
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A little pig’s birthday at Jb’s.
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Fiance’s birthday at Escondido.
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And a special little one who turned eight.
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The most special celebration of the year being Mother’s Day
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The year ended with a kick ass year end function party
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And a family trip to Dubai
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With a day trip to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi
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This was our second family overseas trip together but first where we all travelled together. I love this picture we took in the Dubai Miracle Garden.
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And to round it off I wrote 36 blog posts.

Here is to many more great memories in 2017 🙂
CG

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