30 August 2016

Scotties, Westies and a Bostie go for a walk at Rhodes Mem

Did you say Scottie WALK?
Mmm - nice. Quite fun. A Scottie walk at Rhodes Mem. Harvey hid behind the Alph and a tree as too many Scotties can be quite loud and snary. (Photo from Snoekie, Snippie, Knapie and Wally's mom, Irene.)
He didn't seem to mind the Westies too much and said hello quite politely
while Lad checked out the opposition - Billy and the Gusses (Fergus and Angus).
Some Scotties were not very polite.  
This is 4-month old Hugo. There always seems to be plenty of puppies at these walks - just hope the Food Lady doesn't get any ideas - living with Lad as a pup was more than one elderly Scott can handle. 
Hugo was not going to be intimidated by Harvey.
One of the Gusses - the beautiful and soulful Angus. He is Snoekie's best boy.
Off we set sedately up the mountain.
with the Westies far behind and not coping very well.
The Food Lady found lots of flowers to photograph - a Renosteruintjie (Moraea gawleri),
and lots of different surings like this Geeloogsuring (Oxalis obtusa).
We kept stopping for breathers and snacks and water. This is Charlie and Laddie comparing bandanas.
Jock was the most elderly Scot at 15 years. We missed our friend Mac who doesn't like the up and down paths here.
Wally was the next oldest - looking super fit and trim - with his naughty sister Snoekie who kept on trying to put bumptious Westies and Scotties in their rightful place.
Photograph ME - not these silly flowers!
There were so many of these little Pterygodium catholicum orchids
and interesting (for the Food Lady at least - no one else took the slightest notice!) ericas too - the Berry Heath (Ercia baccans) that only grows on the Cape Peninsula,
and some Erica cristiflora var. blanda bushes which were new to the Food Lady.
Monkey beetles dived into Pauridia (or Spiloxene) capensis flowers as we passed,
and there were hundreds of funny flat-leaf oxalis - Bastersuring (Oxalis compressa var. compressa) - which were also new to the Food Lady.
The Gusses and their sister Jeannie and other brother whose name we can't remember joined us for a slightly longer walk so that Harvey could have some real exercise.
I was a bit slow - but then I don't really like these gravelly roads. At least it was cool - with the fog (or was it a Scotch mist) rolling around in the distance.
Then it was time to leave.
And once home, I had to supplement all the snacks and treats I got with a bit of compost foraging. Its a dog's life!

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