11 January 2012

Chilling at Daisy

(This is Dougal in film-documentary mood so he will narrate the blog - just this once! Hope he doesn't mess up.)
"Thank-you for your vote of confidence Oh Silly Scottie! I wont mess up. Just watch. Good morning Blog Readers. Last week we went to this beautiful place called Agulhas for a couple of days with our humans and the Alpha Male's sister who was visiting from New Zealand.
We stopped at our most favourite in all the world breakfast spot outside the metropolis of Napier (the birthplace of Matthew the Large)

and while the humans scoffed scrambled eggs and bacon and brie cheese, we were given some off-colour farm water to drink.
But the Food Lady took us for a little stroll around the farm which was greatly appreciated as there were some good piggy smells about.
At last we made it to our destination. Here is the view from Daisy. We like to keep an eye on the dogs on the beach from the balcony and occasionally shout at them. We had a wonderful time doing the usual exciting things:
Swimming in our most favourite spot - Papkuil. Someone once told us that it was the largest rock pool in the southern hemisphere. We like it because no sharks can get in.
Excavating for molerats.
Admiring the flora (although this is more a human activity). A Christmas Berry Bush or Dune Gonnabos in full fruit - just growing out of the dune sand. Its botanical name is Passerina ericoides.
Going for lovely walks along the beach - Soetanysberg in the distance.
Nicola taking a photo of Teddy at the southernmost tip of Africa, where the oceans meet.
The weather was perfect for a sunset campfire braai. Coco checking for cockroaches.
Here are your shoes, now will you hurry up and get walking!
Tails up in the dune scrub - hunting Four-striped Mice in the early morning. (Unsuccessfully I might add. These Rhabdomys pumilio mice are a lot sharper and quicker than house mice and rats!)
The Food Lady was hunting flowers as usual and found this lovely Silene crassifolia growing on the dune sand. It looks a bit like an Edelweiss flower.
There were hundreds and hundreds of these creepy crawlies on the pebbly beach which are actually air-breathing, kelp eating crustaceans (isopods) called Ligia dilatata.
Watching some kayakers and just chilling on the beach. A long trek over the limestone hill - not so nice for paws, although this Erica coccinea didn't seem to mind the harsh limestone.
Another sunset supper round the braai.
Taking opportunities to do some wee-mailing.
Pooped on the stoep - er sorry - relaxing on the veraandaahh."


  1. Excellent narrating Dougal dog - you are a natural!

  2. Hi there Dougal, Coco and humans: I love your blog! I found it looking for flower names, and will surely keep an eye on this treasure trove of useful tales/tails. Please thank the Food Lady on my behalf, for taking the time to know all those clever things about Ericas, Passerinas and even some of the goggas' real names. I recently moved to Kleinmond and am loving the process of getting to know each little flower around here. The variety blows my mind!