Hot dogs with a side of Elvis and Hermanus bliss

In our old life – meaning the days in Joburg, before we lived at the seaside – exercising the dogs meant a run around the park every once in a while, as shown here. Post-2012, it’s been a case of getting them to the beach as often as we can for a sandy wet drag/pull/bark like this, in one of my very first blog posts after the Big Move.

That’s exactly what we did on Saturday, albeit a little later than usual in the day as I worked my final Saturday shift for most of the day. But the ‘hot dogs’ I referred to in today’s blog post title are the ‘sausage in a roll’ type, not happy warm canines, as we went to the Elvis-themed ‘On a Roll’ hot dog cafΓ© in Mowbray, opposite the Fat Cactus, as a ‘weekend has finally started’ treat.

Then Sunday was magical in that ‘let’s go on a roadtrip so the weekend feels longer than it really is’ sense, as our friend Alex was taking his son Joshi to stay with his granny in Hermanus for a few days, and we thought, “Why not tag along?’ Why not, indeed. And so, I present to you, the past weekend in photos…

Saturday, 13 September 2014: Working at mom’s house, saucy hot dogs at On a Roll, doggy sunset

Had to change my work location to Mom's house when our internet went on a go-slow soon after I started my Saturday shift. Bonus - lovely coffee as pictured, along with multiple breakfast treats
Had to change my work location to Mom’s house when our internet went on a go-slow soon after I started my Saturday shift. Bonus – lovely coffee as pictured, along with multiple breakfast treats
He's "all shook up" to meet me! And says he "ain't nothing but a hound dog!" (K those are as cheesy as my grin, I'll stop)
He’s “all shook up” to meet me! And says he “ain’t nothing but a hound dog!” (K those are as cheesy as my grin, I’ll stop)
We sat in a booth right behind Elvis the doorman. See the mustard and tomato-sauce coloured walls (oddly similar to our current kitchen walls, lol)
We sat in a booth right behind Elvis the doorman. See the mustard and tomato sauce-coloured walls (oddly similar to our current kitchen walls, lol)
Husband and Bertie on beach, birdy flying past top left
Husband and Bertie on beach, birdy flying past top left
More birdies taking a slow trip overhead
More birdies taking a slow trip overhead
Husband leading boy dog back to car after successful beach walk
Husband leading boy dog back to car after successful beach walk
Standard shot of sandy-nosed Bassie post-beach walk
Standard shot of sandy-nosed Bassie post-beach walk
Hahaha! Just look at the sandy-ness!
Hahaha! Just look at the sandy-ness!
Gorgeous golden sun eating up the horizon
Gorgeous golden sun eating up the horizon
Bassie was awestruck for a little while, so sweet
Bassie was awestruck for a little while, so sweet
Bertie watched the sun set for a few seconds too before he got distracted by other things
Bertie watched the sun set for a few seconds too before he got distracted by other things

Sunday, 14 September 2014: Cloudy, grey Hermanus roadtrip and first braai of 2014 at the parents’ house

Road trip breakfast - McD's does the trick!
Road trip breakfast – McD’s does the trick!
Roadtrip!
Roadtrip!
Hermanus. It's like a postcard
Hermanus. It’s like a postcard
Here are Alex and Joshi, to prove it's not a postcard
Here are Alex and Joshi, to prove it’s not a postcard
Admiring the sea view before the weather took a turn for the worst. We'd built up an appetite by then...
Admiring the sea view before the weather took a turn for the worst. We’d built up an appetite by then…
Best club sandwich EVER at Dutchies on the Hermanus beach front. Look at that smile!
Best club sandwich EVER at Dutchies on the Hermanus beach front. Look at that smile!
BEST cheesecake. The bottom wasn't the biscuit base you'd expect - instead  a caramel brittle that enhanced the cake's citrus zing.
BEST cheesecake. The bottom wasn’t the biscuit base you’d expect – instead a caramel brittle that enhanced the cake’s citrus zing.
Am definitely having this next time. AND the cheesecake.
Am definitely having this next time. AND the cheesecake.
A hot Amarula coffee. With tasty biccie on the side (tick). Yummo
A hot Amarula coffee. With tasty biccie on the side (tick). Yummo
Husband admiring the inside of the mossy cave
Husband admiring the inside of the mossy cave
We found a mossy cave while trying to burn off our large lunch
We found a mossy cave while trying to burn off our large lunch
Husband admiring the sea view after a quick walk through the Hermanus fynbos
Husband admiring the sea view after a quick walk through the Hermanus fynbos
Hermanus mountains, so different to the standard Cape skyline
Hermanus mountains, so different to the standard Cape skyline
Seagull proudly guarding the Hermanus sea
Seagull proudly guarding the Hermanus sea
Interesting sign by one of the walkways in Hermanus
Interesting sign by one of the walkways in Hermanus
Beautiful gloomy conditions
Beautiful gloomy conditions
Then we drove back home for lupper at the parents. Here's Mum sitting at their pretty new summer blue (it's teal, really) garden table  by the purple tree
Then we drove back home for lupper at the parents. Mum sitting at their pretty new summer blue (it’s teal, really) garden table by the purple tree
Having a laugh
Having a laugh
Only the best burger toppings at Mum's, including her famous potato salad
Only the best burger toppings at Mum’s, including her famous potato salad

Delicious sights and tastes… let’s hope the coming weekend holds more of the same!

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