A trip to meet a Saint and a Blog Friend.

A few years ago, I started blogging on a South African blog site, and before too long had made contact with some really nice people there. Occasionally someone would organise a MOB (a meeting of bloggers), and it was at one of these that I met ‘Kragenhai’ of the ‘My Beach’ blog. If you want a daily dose of beach and the Indian Ocean, just click on his link and follow him. He lives just down the coast from me, and I decided that hubby and I should take a trip to see him before we leave here. Of course, the fact that he has a gorgeous Saint Bernard puppy that I hadn’t yet seen, had nothing whatsoever to do with my decision. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a beautiful day as we drove to Ansteys Beach.


We had arranged to meet at the Green Dolphin restaurant, which wasn’t hard to find, as it was the only one there, and right next to the car park.


Cindy and her master were waiting for us, and as you can see by the damp patches on my jeans, Cindy was very pleased to meet me, and greeted me with sloppy, wet kisses.


We spent a very pleasant couple of hours together, and Cindy was so well behaved whilst we caught up on our news. Here are a few pics of our time together. Click on any pic to enlarge, and to see how utterly adorable she is.

Our route back home took us through the Durban city centre, where we haven’t been for years. I noticed a couple of strange anomalies.

Do these lamp posts look a bit skew to you?

Do these lamp posts look a bit skew to you?

What is the purpose of this bridge? It goes from nowhere to nowhere.

What is the purpose of this bridge? It goes from nowhere to nowhere. I notice that if one does manage to somehow get up there, that there are safety railings to stop you falling off. How very thoughtful ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a lovely outing, and something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. Marianne of ‘East of Malaga’ blog, encourages us to do “One Trip Every Month,” so why not take up her challenge?


Michelle “The Happy Hugger” has a Weekly Pet Challenge, so as I don’t have any pets of my own, I’m entering Cindy the Saint for this week’s challenge.



100 comments on “A trip to meet a Saint and a Blog Friend.

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  3. How awesome meeting in person, I can’t wait to meet some of my bloggy buddies in 2015. ๐Ÿ™‚ The pooch looks absolutely huggable. Happy hump day, enjoy the rest of the week too.

  4. Cindy is a beautiful dog. How nice that you were able to meet a fellow blogger. I’ve always wondered if people who blog are the same in person. I suppose they are as this is a very good example. Great photos of Cindy, she’s very photographic. : )

  5. How lovely it is to meet up with fellow bloggers and have a great day out like this, lovely pic ๐Ÿ™‚ I wonder about that strange bridge too…hmmmm…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I liked this post for so many reasons – “lived right down the coastโ€ฆ” ah – the beach life@!!!

    and then meeting with fellow bloggers โค ๐Ÿ™‚

    also, you cracked me up with the different sayings with the dog shots – you have such fun sense of humor. ๐Ÿ™‚

    and this weekend I actually interviewed a lady with her rescue dog from Mexico and so I am extra glad I made it your blog – I am still not sure how I will blog about her – but seeing what you did was enlightening.

    also, love the other shots and felt like we were there on this visit. thanks for this – enjoyed it much. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~y.

  7. What a beautiful day you had AD. Meeting up with a blogger friend and the adorable Cindy, she’s a beauty.

  8. There’s something lovely about meeting in person someone you know quite well….but only in cyberspace! You know lots about the person, and lots of things you have in common, but meeting them adds another dimension…..I often say it’s like doing a friendship backwards….and it’s lovely!
    Oh and what a gorgeous dog ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. O. .. Sylivia that are beautiful travel you and Hubby
    Special beautiful memory with old friend. Great memories and great travel photos. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Thanks, Tandy. I tried to find out on line why the lamp posts and bridges were like they are, and couldn’t come up with anything very definite, except that it was some expensive project dreamed up by the Arts and Culture Department for a Summit to be held in Durban.

  10. Meeting fellow bloggers is such fun. I’ve felt instantly attached with each one I’ve met. Seems there’s a common bond that makes it easy. Cindy is delightful. Someone said it right. They are such gentle giants, though a bit sloppy with the kisses. ๐Ÿ˜›

  11. ha ha ha un cucciolo di sanbernardo in sud Africa, mi ha fatto proprio ridere! io che sono abituata a vederli sulla neve delle Dolomiti! ma chissร  che caldo, poverino!
    Il post รจ simpatico e bellissimo, come sempre, grazie della tua presenza nei miei post anche durante la mia assenza, cercherรฒ di vedere i tuoi vecchi articoli, a presto!
    ha ha ha a Saint Bernard puppy in South Africa, made me just laugh! I’m used to seeing them on the snow of the Dolomites! but who knows what heat, poor thing!

    The post is nice and beautiful, as always, thank you for your presence in my post even during my absence, I will try to see your old articles, see you soon!

  12. Inspiring post once again…..especially the pictures of the ‘unusual’ things you see.
    I’ve only met one blog friend, and it a rewarding experience…….felt like meeting up with a long lost friend.

  13. What a beautiful puppy! I just want to cuddle her! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Were the lamp posts really like that, or was it the camera angle? I only mention this because my camera was doing that and I realised it was one of the settings. If I tilted the camera up it would make the higher part narrow and if I tilted it down it would make the lower part narrow (it kept making the RUC look like it was about to fall over!) I can’t remember how I fixed it now (not much help, am I!) but it’s somewhere in the settings ๐Ÿ˜€ If I remember, I’ll let you know.

    • Thanks, Dianne. No, I’m afraid the lamp posts really are like that, which is what prompted me to take the photos. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m sure there is a reason, but can’t fathom it. Maybe one day, all will be revealed.

  14. Saint Bernard is adorable. How lucky you are to have been hanging out with her, wet kisses and all ๐Ÿ˜€ I am fascinated with bridges, and though this one does not have an apparent purpose it serves as a nice framing in your shot ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Aw how lovely all round Sylvia !
    A super meeting by the looks of it .Dogs really are such fantastic companions they seem to reach out to people ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. What a lovely looking dog and a good entry to Michelles challenge… when I last drove through Durbs which was not long ago, there certainly were a lot of things I saw that needed a bit of explanation… as I was with a good friend who lives there I thought he would be able to enlighten me…. he couldn’t… strange but true…
    I do hope to get down there and to meet with you before you move off again…

  17. How nice to connect with an old blog friend and get the bonus of being loved by a St. Bernard puppy, Cindy. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just hopped over to his blog and left a comment, the one with the girls in it.

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