Getting away from it all

So there goes another New Year’s resolution: “I will update the site at least once a week”, indeed! Put that with the “cut down on beer” and “watch England win a cricket match”.

Actually, I do have a very good excuse. We chose to head off out of the big city and find a small village. Preferably one with some sea close by. Arniston* seemed to fit the bill quite neatly and within 3 hours of leaving the metropolis, heading over Sir Lowry’s Pass and winding through the patchwork of fields of the Southern Cape, we were there.

I’d love to fill you in with tales of dramatic, action-filled days, but that wasn’t what we were there for. And so it was up early, hit the beach and swim in the lovely warm Indian Ocean, a spot of body-boarding perhaps and then back to the cottage through the hottest part of the day. Copious beer (me), wine (Nix) and milk (Alex, obviously) was consumed and then it was back to the beach to enjoy the evening before braai’ing each night til late.

Entertainment was provided by the local fishermen, who moored up on the Wednesday afternoon soon after we arrived and then proceeded to drink the rest of the sunny days away slumped outside the local bottle store just down the road, chatting and laughing.
Some readers would take pity on them and see that as a wasted existence, using up what meagre money they have on quarts of Black Label and Milk Stout, but fair play to them, I say. It seemed to me like they were having a pretty good time compared with our local urban dronkies and they all went home by 6pm, probably to be chastised by their wives. Which is probably why they came back the next day.

But all too soon, after a quick trip down to Cape L’Agulhas, it was time to bid farewell to Arniston and head back to reality. Fortunately, you and I can both relive those heady days via the Arniston set on my flickr.

That’ll be all for now then. Tell your friends to come visit. Leave comments. Oh, and help yourself to my
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* Arniston should not be confused with Aniston. We did not spend a few days chilling out with Brad Pitt’s ex, ok?