Port Alfred and back

So I’m back from my trip to Port Alfred.  My new cell phone has a camera so I was able to document stuff. I was pleasantly surprised at how well my dogs traveled.  Pippin just slept most of the way.  Anna had to keep an eye on the road through that little window behind the drivers seat.

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Above, not in chronological order shows:

The plunge pool at the Calitzdorp B&B,  three views of Port Alfred beach, a curtain from a rest stop toilet just outside Montagu,  Pippin,  a view of the Lang kloof road from the back and the front of our bakkie, and the fire at the Port Alfred house.

We spent new years eve in Calitzdorp and had a thrilling encounter with this:

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And that is more or less life size.  It  visited us after dark and scuttled around our little cottage at breakneck speed, scaring us half into fits.  I’ve never seen a spider (is it a spider?) move so fast.  I found it on the stoep the next moring – dead.  How did it die?  What is it?  No idea.

Some more pretty pictures:

Early morning at Heidelberg, where we stayed over for one night:

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As usual, if you look for it, you find art everywhere.  This looks like a student’s fine art installation, buts its a view of the Calitzdorp Post Office.  I think the thornbush is there to keep vagrants out:

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And a painting:  An old weathered parking sign in Calitzdorp.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jeanne
    Jan 06, 2009 @ 06:32:29

    Great pics Masha.

  2. Trackback: It’s a Haarskeerder! « Masha
  3. Minette
    Jul 05, 2010 @ 19:28:54

    Jy het reg – dis nie ‘n spinnekop nie. Dit is ‘n solfugit, en enig in sy soort. Dié’s in die Arabiese woestyn is nog groter! Ons het dekades op Czd gewoon en half begin gewoond raak aan dié rooi gevaartes – soms een bekruip waar dit in die voue van ‘n gordyn wag en vinnig met die stofsuier opgesuig. Ons katte het hulle opgevreet dat net die kloue oorbly. Word “haarskeerder” genoem, maar met geen bewys dat dit regtig jou hare in die nag afkou, soos ons ousie glo nie.

  4. mashadutoit
    Jul 05, 2010 @ 19:51:17

    Hallo Minette 🙂 Ek het oorals op die internet rondgesoek tot ek uitgevind het wat dit is – nes jy s, ‘n haarskeerder – ek het nog ‘n stukkie geskryf daaroor : https://mashadutoit.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/its-a-haarskeerder/

    Maar ek het nog nooit gehoor van haarskeerder vreetende katte nie. Indrukwekkend!

    Masha

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