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.
Merlin loves food. With passion. His favourite times of the day are the mealtimes and not a second is wasted in gulping down the food. He has also developed a very accurate internal clock for the mealtimes, and is diligent in ensuring we don’t miss the right moment – at least not by more than 10-15 seconds.
Breede river is far from Johannesburg. It is almost 1,500 km away – to be exact. And that is a long way to drive.
To get to Breede before dark, we started driving at midnight. At first light of the day, out little first class passenger (the only one in the car with his own bed available for the trip) was already well used to the rhythm of driving.
Having two pups in the house is maybe 5 times more effort than having just one… However, it is fun to watch Merlin and Jozi play together. Merlin is quite an introverted and calm little dog – despite being just over a year old -, so seeing him play his heart out is good. And Jozi is a sweetheart.