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Spring is here! Last week was still so cold, but just like that, change came along! Warmer weather brings so much change in the environment around you and also ignites change in yourself. Have you noticed that you are just a little bit happier because it is Spring?

With the warmer weather, I am also thinking of the wonderful things to do in the city; mostly looking at some perfect little date nights! I think it is really important in any relationship, whether you are together for ten years, or married for one, that you never stop dating each other. Always try and find something new to do with your person – and if you love it, do it more than once! And always try to find out something new about your person. They are human, changes are bound to be made in their life. Did your guy start with a new gym routine? Ask him about that!

Joburg has about seven lakes and dams in and around the city. Bet you did not know that. Starting in the east, there’s the Benoni Lake and Gillooly’s farm, both beautiful places to take your dogs on walks and have some lunch. 

Moving into the city, you can go for a row on Zoo Lake! For reals! Check out my friend Tash’s post on rowing at Zoo Lake here. Or you can have a beautiful day out at the delightful botanical gardens in the leafy suburb of Emmarentia. Be sure to grab your camera as you tour the terraced Rose Garden, with its many fountains and pools, as an especially romantic spot. You can even arrange for a boat ride on the neighbouring Emmarentia Dam or just watch all the sailboats and canoes passing by.

If you’re up for a little more adventure, you could even have a romantic weekend at the Vaal dam, only about an hour’s drive out of the city.

For the more adventurous type, there are park runs and mountain biking. I am still trying to convince Flip to go on a park run with me, and although he has agreed, I can’t get him out of bed on a Saturday. Little steps. But, I have seen many couple just gently strolling along, holding hands, listening to the birds and just chatting the whole 5 km away.

 If you haven’t seen your spouse or significant other for a while, be it because of distance or work, a park run is the perfect way to catch up, without the interruption of a tv or waiters at a restaurant. But, if you are super competitive and want to kick your better-half’s butt, then try some mountain biking. Be ready to eat some dirt though, you are more often than not likely to fall.
Parkrun pic

The Maboneng precinct must be the perfect place to have an entire date night! Start of with pre-drinks at The Living Room  – they have an amazing Amarula chai tea and some select craft beers. They also have great art pieces made of plants, that you can buy, as well as decor pieces to make your house look amazing.

Follow your pre-drinks by walking around the corner to The Chalkboard, where you can have some fantastic pizza – I promise you, the best – and some whiskeys while declaring your eternal love with love notes drawn onto the chalkboard wall. You can immediately follow this up with an indie movie at The Bioscope. Conclude your evening by booking into the 12 Decades Art Hotel – every room has been decorated differently!

If you plan your date night for a Saturday, you can sleep in and have brunch at the Arts on Main market, which is open on Sundays. Hey, husband of mine, I hope you’re reading this! I want a date night like this.

We’ve only done the mini version of this date night, going to The Living Room and The Chalkboard.
Maboneng Pic

I personally love a picnic, and it was one of the first dates Flip took me on. To Emmarentia Dam, no less. But you don’t need to have an outdoor picnic. Indoor picnics are pretty romantic too! All you need is a picnic basket, a blanket, a few candles, wine and some good food of course!

With four putt-putt locations around the city, take your girl or guy out for a fun and relaxed date. There are three courses of 9 holes each, a R70 ticket will enable you to play once on each course. The courses are well landscaped, with plenty of birds in the trees, lush vegetation, caves, waterfalls, and ponds full of attractive Koi fish. Some of the holes are very challenging.

 There are so many concerts coming to the city in spring and summer that I almost didn’t know how my budget is going to handle it. Have a fun day in the sun, or make out like teenagers at an evening concert – the fun is endless! Make sure to get your tickets for any of the concerts early enough, before they sell out! 
Concert pic


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5 Responses to “Hello September! Welcome back dating!”

  1. Gaelyn Cokayne

    Those pictures are awesome, we made time for ourselves this weekend for the first time in ages, and it was a great reminder to consciously make time for ourselves without Zoe. Great ideas!

  2. Sue

    I love this post – it’s so important to date your lover!! Just to get out and have a change of scenery. I love my date nights and feel seriously cheated when something comes up on the same night (like book club this week – I don’t want to go!!)

    Love the list and can’t wait to hear about your adventures together.

    Sue X

    PS. We also try do the park run in Blaauwberg on Saturday mornings. Jake whines and Marius finishes in under 20 mins (takes me double) – it’s a great way to start the weekend for us


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