When I come home after few days away, nothing can pull Merlin away from my side. Nothing but a frisbee or a tennis ball.
Having a puppy means you spend a lot of time in parks. A lot of time. But when the sun is shining and the sky is blue, there are not many nicer places to be.
When Merlin was very little, I was working from home. Thus he initially felt he was more ‘my dog’ than Stuart’s. But that has changed. My lap is still the favourite in the evenings, but Stuart is definitely more fun. And more reliable in all this food-delivery business.
People of Mpumalanga don’t suffer from undue modesty – or how else do you explain a place called ‘God’s Window’. But I have to admit, the views are phenomenal. Along the winding mountain roads are little villages with crafts, great restaurant, whisky and – naturally – curios to all tastes.
One of the places we visited was Pilgrim’s Rest – a little village with number of houses restored to their ‘previous glory’. My favourite spot is the old BP Garage and it’s famous car that has been left to ‘Rust in Peace’.
I admit – a lot of my pictures are of Merlin. But he is cute, willing and always available for photos.
Merlin firmly believes it is his responsibility to lead the way, whether it is in the walk thrugh the park, or – as in here – running from living room to bedroom in the evening. He typically moves too fast for a photo, so I asked him to wait a little to snap this one. Bed can wait for that one extra minute.
Travelling is fun, but then there is home.
With my mother half a world away, I spent my Mother’s Day brunch with friends. Me and Stuart had great time with Ally, Chris and their two pups. We were unable to get a table in any brunch restaurant in town (Mother’s Day problem…), so we ended up in their newly built house. And we ate way too much – as appropriate.
50 days down, 300+ to go.
When it’s cold, Merlin loves to snooze snuggled up in the blanket. Luckily he doesn’t mind sharing. The closer he can snooze to the humans, the better.
While I went shopping today (not something I was not very excited about), I dropped Merlin off for a ‘playdate’ at friend’s house (Remember Merlin’s best friend, Jozi from day 21?). The main benefit from taking Merlin there for a day is that he is exhausted afterwards and requires no attention, thus leaving me to read – or edit photos.