One of Johannesburg’s cute neighborhoods

LOCATION: Housesitting in Johannesburg, South Africa
WEATHER: Forecast was rain all day. Happily wrong! Sunny. High 75

Our homeowners made us some home-made mayonnaise on Christmas Day, so we are trying to eat it up before it spoils. So, every day for lunch we have some sort of sandwich using lots of our leftover meats. The homeowner also baked us some homemade bread that we are enjoying.

After another one of these nice lunches, we headed out to Melville. It is a cute, little neighborhood about a mile from the house. Downhill all the way, it made for a nice walk. Its main street is full of shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants. Many are closed for the holiday weeks, but we stumbled upon Sips, a cozy wine bar.

We each had a nice glass of wine (as their beer selection wasn’t up to George’ standards) and enjoyed watching people stroll by. It seems to be a nice, integrated village with a lot of artsy-looking people.

We bought some wine and beer to tide us over until we leave. Not wanting to carry the bottles or struggle up the hill to the house, we caught a tuk-tuk back home. Fun!

As soon as we got home, it was time to take the dogs for a walk. We loaded them in the jeep and went to the dog park. The park is so massive that we can explore different parts of it each time we visit.

DINNER: White chili —- with chicken, white beans, onions, garlic, bell pepper, cumin, and cayenne. Finished off with some cream. It turned out so well, that I think I might enter it in a chili cook-off we are having in our village in Texas when we return.

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