Arniston Revisted

2 Feb

Sometimes, to truly relax, I feel that I actually have to get away from home, away from my beloved to-do lists and the (self-improved) pressure to be useful on the weekend. Arniston2 I have posted about Arniston before, but it remains one of favourite weekend-away spots and last weekend we were very fortunate to be invited to stay there in a friend’s legendary holiday house.  It was worth driving through there on the Friday night (it’s roughly 2 ½ hours from Cape Town) just so that when we woke up on Saturday morning, we were already in our “holiday” destination and felt a million miles from work and the usual weekend admin.  While Cape Town was apparently howling we enjoyed a gentle breeze with clear blue skies and the warmest water I’ve experienced since wallowing in Thailand’s bath-like sea.

Arniston4We started Saturday morning energetically enough with a pretty tough run through soft sand in the nature reserve, and then gave in to lolling on the beach until our tummies called us home.  Afternoon G&T’s, some post-G&T yoga (challenging), some highly competitive 30 seconds and an epic braai were order of the day.  On Sunday I took a walk along the beach with friends to the Waenhuiskrans cave, apparently so called because it’s big enough to fit several ox-wagons, while H took advantage of the warm water to surf in boardies for a change (as opposed to the high tech wetsuit that Cape Town waters require!).

Even such a short break was an amazing refresher and was probably more “useful” to my soul than any number of ticked off tasks.

One Response to “Arniston Revisted”

  1. Anne February 2, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    I want to go there too! You make it sound like the ultimate getaway place. I fully agree with the benefits of being freed from to-do lists and the need to be useful: sometimes we really simply need to BE!

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