13 April 2017

Large dogs and a Long Beach

Last Sunday we cancelled a walk on the mountain in favour of a beach walk as the Food Lady thought it was going to be too hot for me on the mountain. Siobhan came too,
as did Sue and Honey. And we set off across the shallow lagoon towards the sea in a rather stiff breeze. FAR from being too hot but just my kind of weather. Tails up!
The Alph had a ball-throwing implement to give Laddie some exercise on the beach. (But as you know, I don't chase balls.)
Siobhan took a photo of Laddie tearing after the ball which you can see just above him. Such a simple soul is our Lad.
We walked along the cold sea edge, rather sedately now as the Alph threw the ball into the sea and it had a hole in it so it sank, never to be seen again.
On and on we walked towards the wreck of the Kakapo,
with me starting to tire a bit - and thinking fondly of a Choc-99 that Siobhan had mentioned ...
But what have we here? Laddie ready for a show down with some burly Rhodesian Ridgebacks and a wiry Irish Terrier.
A tense moment,
which escalated into an even more tense situation.
But the Lad held his ground and saw them off. No blood spilled. Just a chuffed - and relieved - Lad.
This is Siobhan's photo of us exploring the wreck of the Kakapo which happened more than 117 years ago.
Uh oh, more trouble.
Even larger dogs!
I decided to help the Lad this time, and after a word about what Scottie teeth could do to ruin a pretty face, they retreated with a nose touch and a friendly wave of the tail.
Can you spot me in this photo from Siobhan? I blended into the wrecked ship - causing the humans a bit of consternation and some "Where is that damn dog!" from the FL.
Tea spot in the dunes with equestrian action behind us.
Honey sticking close to Sue,
and me sticking close to Siobhan - still hoping for a Choc-99 to materialize.
Lad kept an eye on the passing parade but didn't dare do any chasing as some things are just verboten and horse-chasing is one of them.
 He soon managed to content himself with some dune molerat hunting.
and the Food Lady hunted for some flowers. She was more successful than the Lad. This is strandhongerblom (Senecio maritimus) growing in the sand,
and a teeny tiny leaf-beetle (Monolepta bioculata) on sea celery (Daisispermum suffruticosum).
After tea we splashed through the deliciously smelly, shallow water lagoon, me far far behind.
Me catching up with Sue and Honey,
and the Lad still contemplating a wild dash after the horses way in the distance but not sure whether it would be worth his while. 
Then he saw some dogs - small, safe dogs - and off he went to say hello. It is permitted to chase dogs but we are not allowed to make scary noises at them as this makes our humans mad.
On and on we walked. I am the speck in the very far distance. Despite the cool weather, I found it all a bit long. And lunch was way overdue.
While they waited for little old me to catch up, the Food Lady found some fat bushy sedges to photograph: vleibiesie (Ficinia nodosa).
And soon we were on the home straight - Siobhan and me. This is our last walk with Siobhan for a while as she is off on her travels with her husband soon. We hope she comes back soon as we didn't get a chance to have a Choc-99 together.
PS: Here Siobhan is having a Choc-99 in Fish Hoek earlier in the week. Now she and John will have to eat lots of them on their travels and post the pics to us.
Thanks Siobhan for all the lovely photos you sent us of the walk.

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