I have just been looking through some images in my archives and was interested to see the beautiful patterns that I had photographed on the South African Wild Coast and in Namibia a few years ago. Nature is a marvellous artist and one only needs to use one’s eyes to look around and see the beauty that is all around us. A few examples of what I am talking about are shown below.
The Hurriers’ first outing of the year saw 13 members set out from Protea Road for an eight kilometre walk along the cliff path to the New Harbour. It was a beautiful warm morning and the views along the way were magnificent, as usual. On the way back Tricia invited us into her beautiful home for a drink. There we found Julian having his breakfast, after which he joined us for the return to Protea Road. Mick, who had already done the walk with the Walker Bay Walkers, even joined us to do it again, attesting to his fitness.
Having walks like this on our doorstep serves to remind us how lucky we are to live in Hermanus!
Michael and Andrew turn 40 on Wednesday 18 January and they very kindly invited the family to spend the preceding weekend with them on the houseboat, Nirvana, moored in Langebaan lagoon. Wow, did we have some fun!!
Upon arrival we were ferried over by dinghy to the houseboat. Everything was spotless and ready for us. Our accommodation was more that adequate with plenty of bedrooms and an enormous amount of living space. Better still, there was no TV!! Andrew had brought all his new toys; kayak, Stand-Up-Paddleboard (SUP) and boardsailing gear. A canoe was available for our use and the kids all had their fishing rods and various other gear, so there was plenty to do.
Gillian had drawn up a schedule of meals and everybody knew what to bring. The food was wonderful, starting off with a huge platter of freshly shucked oysters and a crayfish braai of note! Breakfast the next morning comprised big bowls of fruit salad, yoghurt and cereal, followed up by fresh croissants with scrambled egg, smoked salmon and bacon…..and so it went on until we left on Sunday morning.
There was champagne aplenty and no shortage of iced beers. Everyone had turns trying out the SUP and most managed quite well. There were sore arms from paddling canoes and Andrew even had enough wind to rig his board and do some sailing. Of course, Michael and David joined in, proving that once one has learned the sport one never forgets how to do it. Luckily the wind was never a problem as the boat was moored so that it swung with the wind and the main deck area was, therefore, always sheltered.
The fishing was going quite slowly, but the children never flagged. When we discovered a cache of large black mussels clinging to the bottom of the floats, things changed dramatically and with new bait on their hooks, the kids started pulling in small stumpnose regularly. All the catches were returned to the water, but they certainly had their first taste of successful fishing, even if the fish never exceeded 20cm.
We even had an impromptu fashion parade on Saturday evening, however, most of the photographs were censored! It was with long faces that we packed up on Sunday morning for our return to shore and then on homeward. Michael and Andrew have certainly raised the bar for family reunions and will be a hard act to follow.
Our next reunion will be at Vermaaklikheid in March – I, personally, can’t wait!
Carl and Moggs hosted our annual party at their beautiful home yesterday and we took the opportunity to arrange our new programme for the first half of the year. It is summarised below. Walks with pre-arranged leaders are shown in red.
New Harbour from Protea Rd parking area at 07h00
Gansbaai to De Kelders and back
Kanonkop – 07h00 at Visitors Centre
De Kelders to Grotto
Kraal Rock to Grotto – Kraal Rock parking area at 07h00
Dams & Lemoenkop – Visitors Centre at 07h00
Sopie’s Klip – Grotto East parking area at 08h00
Contour/Cliff path – Visitors Center at 07h00
Kidbrooke Zig-zag and mountain
Guy’s Pool, Vogelgat
Plankhuis from Vermont
Vogelgat Leopard Camp
New Harbour from Protea Rd parking area at 08h00
Oak Valley (Elgin)
Kanonkop – 08h00 at Visitors Centre
Vredehoek to Salmonsdam
Kraal Rock to Grotto – Kraal Rock parking area at 08h00