We should have been walking from Vogelgat to Fernkloof, but problems with bad weather resulted in a change in the programme and we took the opportunity to go to Farm 215 instead. For many of us this has long been regarded as a sought after walking venue and we were not disappointed. Liz and Garth had originally obtained permission and maps, and John was happy to take over in their absence.
It was also a day when Mike and Koekoe were being moved to Somerset West and we all wish them a very happy time in their new home. Hopefully, we will still see Mike walking with us if he is in the area.
Farm 215 lies just east of Lomond, the large new wine estate behind Grootbos. The fynbos is dominated by ericas and we saw endless fields of pink, with many other species well represented. It is true fynbos, with nothing taller than about a metre. The cold weather and stiff breeze made walking a pleasure and we covered 9.5 kilometres with ease, allowing us time to see part of the lodge and talk to the staff.