Beasties on Safari!

We’ve a special guest Beastie on the blog today! It’s been a while since he last showed his fuzzy little face around here, but those of you who have been following the BeastieBlog long-term might well recognise him. Hey there, Garcia Beastie!
Garcia Beastie on Table Mountain - S Allen/CrawCrafts Beasties
If you’ve met him before, you may remember that he is partial to a spot of skiiing…Beastie-Size Skis! S Allen/CrawCrafts Beasties
… But this time he’s found himself up a mountain, and there’s no snow in sight! What’s going on?

Well, it’s not exactly ski season where he is, for starters. Summer is just around the corner in South Africa! Still, that means it’s a perfect time to enjoy the view from the top of Table Mountain…
The View From Table Mountain - S Allen/CrawCrafts Beasties
But there’s so much else out there to see! And it wasn’t long before Garcia Beastie found himself back down at sea level… Even without the help of his trusty skis.

First port of call – The V&A Waterfront!
V and A Waterfront, Cape Town - S Allen/CrawCrafts Beasties
When I first saw the name, I assumed it was the “Victoria and Albert” Waterfront, but the “A” actually stands for Alfred. He was Queen Victoria’s second son, and his visit to Cape Town earned him such popularity with the colonial community that they named one of the basins of the newly-built Navy Yard after him… and the other after his mother, of course. This port on the Atlantic shore also happens to be South Africa’s oldest working harbour!

But that sea air really does work up an appetite… Snack time!
Time for a quick snack, Garcia Beastie! S Allen/CrawCrafts Beasties
And of course, you can’t come to South Africa without sampling one of their most famous exports either…
Wine! S Allen/CrawCrafts Beasties
…Everything in moderation, Garcia Beastie!
Too much wine, Garcia Beastie! S Allen/CrawCrafts Beasties
Fortunately, he was none the worse for his tumble… Just as well, because it was soon time to leave the city and head out on safari!

Across the border in Botswana, Garcia Beastie got acquainted with some of the local wildlife in the controlled environment of the game lodge’s natural history museum.
A Macacbre Interlude in Botswana - S Allen/CrawCrafts Beasties
Garcia Beastie at the Natural History Museum - S Allen/CrawCrafts Beasties
He also had fun recreating that scene from “Jurassic Park”…
That is one big pile of... S Allen/CrawCrafts Beasties
But let’s get out there and see what we can see, shall we?

It felt like they were driving forever, but then…
Elephants! And a photobombing Beastie - S Allen/CrawCrafts Beasties
Such excitement – so much so that he Beastiebombed the photo in his attempts to make sure everyone else in the car saw them too!

And by the end of the day, he’d really settled into the idea of life on the African plains…
Sunset on the African Plains - S Allen/CrawCrafts Beasties
…Even if the skiing isn’t up to much!

Thanks to Suzanne for sharing Garcia Beastie’s holiday snaps! And if any other Beasties out there have been off on an adventure lately, please do share your pics with us – all of us here at Beastie Towers would love to see what you’ve been up to!

We’ll be back next week with more monster shenanigans… In the meantime, don’t forget to check out my new Christmas Market page to keep up with the Beasties’ heady festive social schedule!


15 thoughts on “Beasties on Safari!

  1. Knowing how pesky Beasties can be, I’m surprised Garcia didn’t end up riding one of those elephants! Especially after sampling some of those South African vintages. Looks like a great trip!!

    1. I know… Lucky Beastie, right? I am glad he did the responsible thing and stayed inside the vehicle though… The headline “Small knitted monster causes elephant stampede” isn’t the kind of publicity we want! πŸ˜‚

        1. Hahaha! Yes, definitely! He’d be literally stamping out poaching… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    1. Hooraaaaay! Welcome back… And thanks for keeping trying to comment! I know it’s been a bit glitchy since I upgraded my WP account back in the summer – hopefully that’s it sorted now πŸ˜€

  2. I’ll be honest, the highlight for me in this post is the cheese platter. I want it and I need it. PLEASE SHARE, GARCIA BEASTIE!

    Ahem…anyway….fabulous trip – he’s one lucky Beastie πŸ™‚

    1. Reeeeealllly? I would have thought the giant barrels of wine might have caught your eye too… They certainly caught mine πŸ˜€ But you’re right, there’s nothing like a tasty ol’ cheese platter… Good luck getting Garcia Beastie to share his though! πŸ˜†

      1. Yeahhhhh at the time I read the post, I was still recovering from a barrel of wine I accidentally had on Sunday before my 6am Monday morning wake up call…. but those are looking mighty fine to me too now! Hope there’s enough to go around! πŸ™‚

  3. Wonderful holiday snaps, Helen. Looks like it was a fun-filled day. I take it from GB’s skiing habit and his handmade red trunks (cute!) that Garcia Beastie has connections to Switzerland?

    1. Thanks, Shirley! And well spotted… This Beastie was made for a friend’s boyfriend, who created the “Garcia” character a few years ago when he went on a ski trip to Switzerland and all his luggage got lost on the way. His unique outfit (which he apparently wore for most of the holiday) was assembled from what he was able to buy at the resort gift shop! πŸ˜‚ It was a fun make, I can tell you! Cheers for stopping in πŸ˜€

      1. What a wild origin story! All that time, I thought Garcia Beastie was a Swiss local, but lost luggage and being forced to buy Swiss gift-shop clothes makes for an interesting tale and character! πŸ˜€

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