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Who Let The Dogs Out 2: Escape to Arniston

I don’t know what you’ve been up to all week but I’ve been sitting at my new desk in a new office for a new job and been battling my way around InDesign. I’ve felt like a retard most of the time but it hasn’t gotten me down (for a change) because I’ve been able to drift off into lovely daydreams about last weekend.

And before any of you jump to conclusions about Prawn’s holey underpants (reference), here’s the real story…

We piled dogs and all into the car and drove through the green and rolling countryside to a self-catering cottage in the utterly charming seaside village of Arniston. The cottage was adequate with a fireplace that worked eventually, and a braai that worked brilliantly (how typical). The village was quiet and peaceful with the only real buzz going on at the hotel on Saturday afternoon when people gathered to watch some rugby thing on the telly.

The beaches right near the village were beautiful but a short walk into the national park revealed panoramic views from cliff top paths, a cave large enough to park a wagon and a span of oxen in, and one of the most spectacular and unspoiled beaches I’ve seen.

We took our dogs everywhere we went and they had an absolute ball. We strolled along sandy roads, peed behind bushes, splashed in the ice-blue ocean, and bought huge delicious oysters from a guy who had “Doctor Satan” tattooed across his forehead. On our drives down country roads we stopped every few hundred metres to have a closer look at fascinating things like birds, bokkies, windmills, and an old ox wagon. Against my better judgement we even climbed the rickety wooden ladders to the top of the lighthouse at Cape Agulhas – it really was worth it though because the view from the top was great.

All in all it was the most fantastic weekend and we’re dying to go back as soon as we can.

See some of our happy snaps after the jump.

Click the images to see them bigger – they make take a while to load though.

10 replies on “Who Let The Dogs Out 2: Escape to Arniston”

Most mornings I leave the house wishing I was one of our dogs and could spend the day languishing on a warm sofa watching Discovery channel. The most those little darlings have to worry about is remembering where they hid their chewies. Urgh bastards :devil:

awesome pics. glad you see you got a shot of my favourite light house :D

indesign is cool, but i do miss freehand :brokenheart:

@Easy: The lighthouse photos came out nicely, I’ve added the larger image resolutions for each one. We went up to the top of the light house. Lucy Furr wasn’t too sure about the ladder climb but she did it. It’s an amazing view. The sign up there was funny – notice the Tippex addition. I tried to take a photo of the lens, but it didn’t come out so good.

@Macross: I miss that – the carefree bit, not being a mutt. Something about snuffling for and eating cat poo just doesn’t appeal to me. Tomorrow we’re taking the dogs to Muizenberg beach to meet two corgis and a schipperke.

What was the internet connectivity like? Sounds like an awesome place to go with the family and mutts, but will – unfortunately – have to have fairly constant internet access if we do go.

Can’t say I checked my mail or tweeted from Arniston. That’s the great thing about pets I suppose, getting you away from the computer.

You might have to leave someone else in charge while you take some days off ;-)

And boy was it flippen awesome to be internet-less for a couple of days! There was not a single minute’s escape for poor old Prawn – we even got him to try his first oyster.

Sigh………. what gorgeous photos! It looks heavenly.
There’s nothing quite like a new job and a new desk – along with all the stress and nail biting comes the opportunity for a new leaf and a fresh start. Leaving all the bullsh*t behind has already done wonders I can tell – well that and a well deserved weekend getaway.

can I just say again – GREAT photos!

Hey Cuz! Nice to hear from you :-D New job is good so far but you are so right about the “new job anxiety” – hoping it subsides soon. All kudos for photos to please be directed to the most talented Prawn – pity his artisticness doesn’t stretch to flattering pics of his old lady :devil: Miss you guys. Hope all is well with you. :heart: :heart: