A delicious birthday lunch, and a gorgeous cat.

Yesterday we met family and friends for my early birthday lunch at the nearby Oyster Box Hotel. The Ocean Terrace Restaurant which overlooks the Indian Ocean, is a favourite place of ours for eating out.


There was a display in the foyer to celebrate the birth of baby George. The arrangement of red anthiriums was really gorgeous.


There were seven of us for lunch, and we had a really jolly time. Before deciding on my choice from the menu, I decided to go and check out the traditional curry buffet. Durban has a big Indian population and curries are a speciality. There were about a dozen to choose from and I really would have liked to try each one, but it would have been an impossibility if I still wanted to fit into my skirt, so I only tried about six.Β  πŸ™‚


Here’s my sister and I with the famous Umhlanga lighthouse in the background


This was my choice of dessert, an ice cream sundae with halva, hot fudge chocolate and peppermint crisp. It was sooo YUMMY. The pic is a bit out of focus, but you get the idea. πŸ™‚


After eating all this food,Β  I suddenly found myself the lucky recipient of two cupcakes, complete with a birthday sparkler. I decided it would be wise to take these home and save them for teatime much later.


All too soon, it was time to say our goodbyes for a whole seven months. I guess time will fly by as it usually does these days, and before we know it, we’ll all be together again.

Outside the front of the hotel is a really old rickshaw. At the beginning of the 20th century there were more than 2,000 rickshaw-pullers operating in Durban, and it was an everyday mode of transport. Today they are just a tourist attraction.


It may look to you as though I am the only occupant here, but you would be quite wrong in that assumption. Having an afternoon nap, was the hotel’s resident cat Skabenga (meaning hooligan or vagabond in Zulu), who has made this luxury hotel his permanent home for the past ten years. It all started when he wandered onto the property as a stray, and was fed tasty and expensive seafood tidbits by the guests. He soon realised he was onto a good thing, and decided to stay. Can you blame him? He has a favourite couch, and takes dailyΒ  strolls around the hotel, enjoying the spoils that come with his status as the ‘main cat’ on the block. I was reading that Skabenga is renowned for his impeccable timing, and emerges every time there is a red carpet occasion at the hotel, such as the royal cocktail party held for Prince Rainier and Princess Charlene of Monaco, so I was rather thrilled that he was waiting there for me on my birthday. 😎  He certainly does look well fed, doesn’t he?


I’m going to be rather busy packing and travelling for the next few weeks, but I’ll try and pop in on the blogs occasionally, and I’m sure I’ll do a post on the Centenary birthday celebrations once it’s all over.

122 comments on “A delicious birthday lunch, and a gorgeous cat.

  1. Really amazing how you can eat anything and still look good……..and in shape ;). Happy Birthday, Adin. Safe and happy travels.

  2. Such a wonderful place to have lunch or a drink – looks like you have a lovely time. Glad to see Skabenga’s still thriving, although he’s got a lot porkier since I last saw him in 2011 πŸ™‚

  3. You seem to have a wonderful birthday, and i send you a belated Congratualtion greeting from me ! Your photos are a pleasure to look at . // Maria πŸ™‚

  4. … Hurrying in at the last minute with the big hope that this may get through any filters, spam and all problems to do with blogging and commenting et al I’m having Lol .. to wish you a belated *Happy Birthday* AD ! Looked a super celebration .
    Have great fun on your next few weeks wanderings πŸ™‚

  5. Very nice post! My friend Happy Birthday again! ,I look forward to all your new post , and accompany you with pleasure .

  6. Sorry I’m days late to wish you a Happy Birthday AD, looks like you have a superb lunch with your family and friends.

  7. What a wonderful birthday! Everything looks like it was beautiful…I got an unexpected laugh when I scrolled down and saw such a happy fat cat! Wishing you all the best! xo

  8. happy birthday AD.. looking forward to your future posts about your upcoming travels.. and yes, the cat is gorgeous..

  9. How wonderfully elegant you look. I hadn’t realised you had a sister there. I guess that explains the to-ing and fro-ing πŸ™‚

  10. Your photographs are all so vivid, full of color and happiness, just as it should be for your birthday. Happy Day!!

  11. That is indeed one very well fed cat πŸ˜‰
    Trust a cat to find the best spot in town!!
    Happy packing AD – we’ll catch you on the other side P πŸ™‚

  12. Happy belated birthday Sylvia. πŸ™‚

    You your photos, the food, the hotel all look and sound beautiful!! πŸ™‚

    The cat looks very much at home! Hugs to you. Paula xxxxx

  13. Glad you had a wonderful birthday AD, I wish you many more and have a wonderful trip and celebrations to come! i look forward to further posts on your travels and from your home in Florida!
    Take care and regards,

  14. Happy Birthday for when ever it is… and have a good trip over to the other home… we will miss you for the next short while, but travel safe and enjoy…
    I love the Oyster Box Hotel having stayed there and eaten there many times in the past… as for Durban’s Curries… can’t be beat…

  15. Happy Birthday!! There are many adventures waiting for your in the coming year. And I will be following to hear all about them!!! Hugs!

  16. Happy birthday, Sylvia! Are you coming back to the States, now, or headed out on a different trip. I noticed your long fingers. My mother, the pianist in our family, always teased me about my hands, and said I would never be very good because my hands are so tiny. She was right, but I don’t think it was the size of my hands that was the problem, but yours are particularly perfect piano hands. Who notices those things, right??? hahaha Blame it on my mom! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much, Marsha. My son, my daughter and oldest granddaughter have very long fingers too. I really does help with playing piano and guitar, which is my son’s favourite instrument. πŸ™‚ We will be back in the USA at the end of August.

      • Have a wonderful month in England. You certainly have a “worldly” lifestyle! You are all over the place. Enjoy the cooler weather. πŸ™‚

  17. what a beautiful post! thank you for taking us along and spending time with your sister! viewing the anthiriums – wow, you’re right, the arrangement is a knockout, and that cat is one plump feline!!!

  18. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and Godspeed on your excursion. I love your blog and feel like a friend when you share wonderful photos and tidbits of life with us. With the very best wishes, a fan from Texarkana, Texas.

  19. Looks like you had a great day. And just for the record, I’ve been craving dessert so badly for the past week that we’ve been on the mine so thanks for torturing me like that πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, TA. Yes I did have a great borthday. So sorry about the dessert pic. I’d totally forgotten that you’d told me not to post food pics. πŸ˜€

  20. Happy Birthday! I hope you had those mouth-watering cupcakes. Each to mark your present and future life. Best, Allyson

  21. Long time since I visited the Oyster Box! What a gorgeous tiger that is.
    Happy birthday for when it comes!
    I should have donned a massive headdress and pulled you along in that, jumping into the air periodically. You know, I still remember travelling from the station to an uncle’s flat in one instead of a taxi!

    • Thanks so much, Col. My birthday was yesterday. I can really imagine you in that massive headdress, and I’m sure you’d manage quite spectacular leaps into the air too. πŸ˜€

  22. Happy birthday, Sylvia! It looks like you had real red carpet treatment, especially by Skebanga! Those cupcakes look delicious and you look beautiful on your birthday! Sorry I’m so behind in reading your posts; now that I’m settling in Virginia, you should see more of me! πŸ™‚

  23. Wonderful! Looks like a very well celebrated birthday indeed. Wishing you happy travels and also waiting to welcome you to our shores!

  24. Looks like you had lots of fun hon and Happy Birthday again! πŸ˜€ Love the photo’s and what a gorgeous cat! Adorable! πŸ˜€ *hugs*

  25. Never quite comfortable with anthiriums associated with birth. When I received an arrangement at the nursing home the matron was scathing. Said they were most inappropriate :-D.

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